The general perception is that it provides a more energizing and creative high, although it can cause anxiety in some people. Sativa can also be useful for people with depression, headaches, nausea, and loss of appetite. Sativa plants tend to contain more THC than CBD. Sativa buds are also associated with sexuality.
This strain of marijuana can act as an aphrodisiac. Because indica strains contain more CBD, they tend to calm the mind and numb the body. This makes them ideal for pain and anxiety. Sativa buds are usually much smaller and can be fibrous compared to the Indica variety.
This is why sativas are often crossed with an indica to increase bud production. Almost pure sativas, such as the Haze plant, can grow for so long during the flowering cycle that they don't even finish. In terms of particular ailments, Sativa strains tend to be better for psychological disorders such as depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Indicas are usually best for pain and inflammation and are therefore beneficial for patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia and cancer.
However, because many diseases are accompanied by side effects such as depression and insomnia, the patient should consider treating both their primary illness and their daily symptoms. In the end, each patient will prefer multiple strains that are likely to fall into the Sativa, Hybrid, and Indica categories. Because they were not bred or hybrid, native varieties offer a very pure example of Sativa or Indica, without human interference. However, Lamark's classification was not a perfect approach, and in the following years, botanists challenged his dichotomy theory, saying that in reality there was only one cannabis breed, cannabis sativa L, that could adapt and take on various physical traits and provide different brain and body effects, explaining why two cannabis plants can look very different.
In fact, native varieties tend to be 100 percent indica or sativa, the result of tens of thousands of years of inbreeding in a particular climate and geography. If you can space out your marijuana use and use it sparingly, Sativa strains have much more to offer. However, it is not clear to what extent the indica and sativa tags capture significant information. Because of this, breeders and growers tend to avoid ruderalis strains; the medical cannabis community focuses on indica and sativa strains.
Scientists realized, through molecular testing, that there is only one species of cannabis, cannabis sativa L. Native to the colder climates of South Asia, it grows faster and produces more buds than sativa plants. Hybrid strains are also sold and are considered an intermediate point between indica and sativa marijuana strains. Because they can give you a deep sense of relaxation, they may work better for certain types of anxiety than sativas.
Some examples of native varieties are Durban Poison, a sativa from South Africa; Afghan Indica, from Afghanistan; Malawi Gold, a sativa from Southeast Africa; and Panama Red, a sativa from the country that bears his name. Certain terpenes, such as limonene and pinene, are associated with that cheerful sativa feel, while myrcene, in particular, is believed to contribute to the deep chill of indicas. If you're a heavy consumer, you might not feel an intense effect from sativa buds because they contain much less CBD that causes people to stand up.