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The biggest thing that surprises people about cannabis when they’re brand new to it is that all the various types can have such different effects. One strain might put you to sleep, while another could fill you with energy and creativity.
No two cannabis strains are exactly alike, but we can generally categorize them into one of three overarching labels: sativa strains, indicas, and hybrids.
What Are Sativa Strains?
Of the three main categories of cannabis, sativa strains are thought to be the most uplifting. They normally do well in very warm weather, so most of the landrace sativa strains originated near the equator.
They’re popular in countries with hot weather, like Mexico, Columbia, and different nations throughout Southeast Asia.
Now that the cannabis industry has evolved to include methods like indoor growing, we no longer need humid tropical environments to make them thrive.
Even here in Colorado, experienced cannabis cultivators can develop some of the strongest sativa strains on earth.
Common smell and flavor profiles of sativa strains are likely to have peppery, fruity, and piney notes, but that partially depends on a given strain’s specific terpenes.
We’ll go into more detail on that when discussing the differences between various sativas, but those are some of the most prevalent scents to look out for.
Another characteristic that’s common to sativa strains (but not required) is that they seem to grow taller than indica plants. They also normally have narrower leaves.
Since they’re suited for warmer climates, they’re equipped for a long growing season, which means they normally have longer flowering cycles.
Are All Sativa Strains the Same?
Even though sativa strains usually have characteristics in common with each other, they’re not all the same. There are over 100 cannabinoids in cannabis plants, and each strain will have its unique chemical footprint.
We’re starting to realize that the terpenes (think essential oils) of all the different plants can have a massive effect on how the body processes THC and CBD.
This is referred to as the entourage effect– in other words, a strain may affect you differently depending on the different terpenes it brings to the table. Even two sativas with the same THC potency can lead to noticeably different experiences.
Some sativa strains seem to make people feel intense energy, while others are still associated with some mild effects of relaxation.
One sativa might make you want to be alone and do something creative, while another could make you want to mingle in a social setting.
Highlights of Sativa Cannabis Strains
Not everyone will react to cannabis in the same manner, even if they’re smoking the same strain. Your body chemistry, mindset, and even your setting can all play a part in the experience.
For that reason, it’s best to try a few different sativa strains to see which is best for you.
As a general rule, people can expect to have a cerebral head high from sativas compared to the relaxing body highs from indica strains. Sativa is associated with alertness, euphoria, creativity, and bursts of energy.
For all of those reasons, people typically like to smoke sativas during the daytime, especially if they have a lot of things they want to get done.
Where to Buy the Best Sativa Strains in Colorado
Here at Chronic Therapy, we’re proud to offer more than 50 premium strains, including some of the best sativas in Colorado. Shop our menu for options like Durban Poison, Girl Scout Cookies, and our award-winning Tangie strain. See us today, and an experienced budtender will help you pick out a winner.