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The Ultimate Guide to Cannabis Sativa

Cannabis sativa has been around for thousands of years, but it’s still largely misunderstood. We’ve got everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the espresso of cannabis.
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Cannabis sativa might not be as popular as indica, but the species has provided some amazing strains and legendary hybrids. If you’re new to the cannabis world or just want to learn more about your flower, we’ve got a full deep dive into cannabis sativa. From its history to the top strains, you’ll be a sativa expert after reading this guide.

Sativa 101

While the exact origins of the sativa plant are unknown, it likely originated in Asia and may have been one of the first plants cultivated by humans. In fact, the word sativa is a Latin botanical term meaning cultivated.

Sativa plants grow much taller than indica plants, and the leaves are typically thinner and longer. There are many different cultivars of cannabis sativa, with uses ranging from recreational and medical cannabis to industrial hemp.

A common terpene found in sativa strains is pinene. This naturally occurring plant oil is also found in evergreen trees and gives many strains a fresh scent. Pinene effects include increased alertness and focus, which are also commonly reported by sativa consumers.

Effects of Sativa

Every strain has different characteristics, and some users report different feelings while consuming the same strain. In general, sativa consumers report feeling uplifting effects, better focus and memory retention, and even feelings of euphoria. Indica strains typically have a higher THC content than sativa strains but less overall CBD content. However, the exact percentages are always strain-specific.

Long known as the daytime choice for cannabis enthusiasts, consuming sativa strains can be compared to ingesting caffeine. Sativa gives many users what's described as a “head high” versus the more relaxing “body high” of Indica strains. Sativa strains typically have more CBD than indica varieties and will give you a boost of energy after consumption.

People using sativa for medical benefits have reported an uplift of energy, reduced stress and anxiety, and even increased appetite. This can be invaluable for consumers seeking relief from nauseating treatments or medicines. Due to the higher CBD levels found in most sativas, you may find some relief by incorporating it into your routine.

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Popular Sativa Strains

Because many sativa varieties share similar terpene profiles, you’ll find many strains have similar names. Limonene and pinene are common sativa terpenes, and most strains with haze or citrus fruit in the name will be sativa. Here are some top-selling sativas you’ve probably heard of:

Sour Diesel - Sour D is a popular strain in Canada, and with some practice, you’ll be able to pick it out on smell alone. Consumers gravitate to Sour Diesel to help relieve pain, stress, and depression.

Durban Poison - With one of the most unique flavour profiles on the market, Durban Poison has been a top sativa choice for decades. Known as the espresso of cannabis, it’s a great choice when you need some extra focus or if you’re taking an adventure outdoors. While it’s tough to prove, Durban Poison is widely accepted as a parent strain of the wildly popular hybrid GSC.

Super Lemon Haze - Heavy in limonene terpene content, SLH is a tart, citrus-forward strain that’s perfect for daytime use. Consumers have reported feeling energetic and uplifted after consuming it, and the neon green buds can brighten up your day just by looking at them. If you’re looking for a tasty sativa to start your day, looking no further than Super Lemon Haze.

Cannabis sativa has been a part of the human experience for thousands of years, and there’s no doubt consumers of any experience level can find satisfaction with the species. With uplifting strains and flavorful terpene profiles, sativa enables users to enjoy cannabis during the day, too. With a good balance of the two species, you can enjoy cannabis around the clock!

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