Sativa vs Indica
The main difference between indica and sativa is in the marijuana leaves. Basically Sativa marijuana leaves are much smaller and thinner then Indica marijuana leaves.
Indica is a short plant, usually under 6ft tall, rarely over 8ft tall. Its marijuana leaves have short, wide fingers and are deep green, often tinged with purple. At maturity, the marijuana leaves start to turn even darker purple. It has short branches laden with thick, dense marijuana buds, which mature early, usually about the beginning of September.
The marijuana buds vary in color from dark green to purple, just like their marijuana leaves. Under cooler conditions, the coloration becomes more intense. The buds have little trouble maturing under the cool conditions of our northern climate. Indica marijuana buds for the most part smell stinky, you know the type that smell like bad B.O. after a game of 21! Often pungent and usually the smoke is thick even a small toke will often induce fits of coughing. The best Indica marijuana have a relaxing social high, which allows the person to sense and feel the environment, but does not lead to thinking or analyzing the experience.
We would say that the majority of marijuana plants grown come from a mainly Indica background due to the early flowering times (which commercial growers enjoy) . The THC/CBD ratio also varies. Poor quality Indica marijuana and hashish contain high quantities of CBD. This is where the patient becomes lead-headed and sleepy.
Bob Marley’s Sativa
Sativa marijuana plants vary from about 6ft to over 25ft in height. Most varieties grow in the 8ft to I2ft range. The marijuana leaves are long and thin fingered and are light green , especially equatorial varieties, which have less chlorophyll and more yellow pigments in order to protect the plant from intense light. Temperate varieties are darker green. The marijuana leaves of some varieties yellow and fall off during maturity. Sativa marijuana plants have long branches. The bottom ones may spread 4ft or more from the central stalk, rather like a conical Xmas tree shape.
The marijuana buds are long and thin, far less densely populated than the Indica, although longer in length, sometimes stretching 3ft in or more along the branch. The stomas of the flowering bud may be tinged slightly purple in a cool climate but in a warmer environment will turn dark orange or even red. Maturation time varies
Low THC midwestern varieties mature in August and September, while Equatorial varieties mature from November through to January. The marijuana buds require intense light to thicken and swell. Under the low light conditions the marijuana buds are very skimpy and thin but are often very potent. Sativa marijuana buds smell sweet, fruity (Aunti J’s Apple Pie comes to mind) and perfumed, and their smoke is usually smooth and easily inhaled. Sativas are found all over the world and include most of the commercial equatorial varieties such as Colombian, Mexican, Nigerian, and South African where marijuana plants can be very potent. When smoking a sativa the high is very Cerebral, you have a rush of energy, a buzz in the body and a great way of getting the housework done without vegging out.
Under artificial light an Indica plant will mature faster than a sativa, over 4 weeks of extra light is required to bring a sativa plant to maturity, even then its weight is often much lower. Hence, more indica strains are grown for sale, making the commercial grower and middle-men richer. So, with all these different growth patterns, highs, THC content and maturation times, marijuana plants of today are almost tailored to the individual grower.
Twenty years ago it was difficult to get a prime crop of bud, as the seeds were from a country that produced more light and heat, therefore making growing in Michigan a little painful for the poor marijuana plants. However today it is possible to obtain strains that will flower in the autumn month that best suits you. Indoor growing is fast becoming big business in Michigan and growers are free to grow whatever strain they desire, no limit is put on light and heat, making all strains possible to grow. Believe us when we say seed companies would not exist without a crossbreeding pattern.
So if you’re a patient and you find yourself curious… purchase three kinds of strains: Pure indica, Pure sativa, and a 50/50 crossbreed, and see which medicine helps with your ailments. If you can tell the difference between the three strains, you will be pleasantly surprised, if not a little medicated.
The Sativa Effect:
The sativa effect is often characterized as uplifting and energetic. The effects of sativa marijuana are mostly cerebral. They give a feeling of optimism and well – being, as well as providing a good measure of pain relief for certain symptoms. A few pure sativas are also very high in THC content. They are known to have a quite spacey, or hallucinogenic, effect. Sativas are a good choice for daytime smoking. Attributes for sativa medicine:
Energizes and stimulates
Reduces awareness of pain – Increases focus
The Indica Effect:
The indica effect are most often described as a pleasant body buzz. Indicas are great for relaxation, stress relief, and for an overall sense of calm and serenity. Marijuana indicas are also very effective for overall body pain relief, and often used in the treatment of insomnia. They are the late – evening choice of many smokers as an all – night sleep aid. A few pure indica strains are very potent in THC, and will cause the “couchlock” effect, enabling the smoker to simply sit still and enjoy the experience of the smoke. Attributes for Indica medicine:
Assist in sleep
Reduces eye pressure
Reduces seizure frequrency