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Science of Sativa CannabisSativa cannabis has a reputation for a heady high, one that gives you room to focus and concentrate on creative endeavors instead of sinking into that weird, soft thing in your living room under the phenomenon of “couch lock.” We have explained the differences between indica and sativa in the past, but today we’re diving into the nitty gritty behind the science of sativa cannabis.
Physical DifferencesThe science of sativa cannabis, it turns out, is actually not that different from that of indica strains; differences in the genetics between the plants are somewhat difficult to ascertain, although additional research in the future is likely to shed more light on this. On a concrete, tangible level, sativa plants grow taller and thinner, while indicas tend to be shorter and squatter. With regard to cannabinoids, sativas are known for the higher concentration of THC, while indicas can claim more pain-relieving CBD. The effects of sativa cannabis are also markedly different than indicas, so certain properties have become associated with each type of strain, with the most obvious being that sativas tend to provide a more alert and awake high, while indicas are felt more in the body and less in the mind.
What About Terpenes?Terpenes are aromatic essential oils that all cannabis produces. In fact, it’s the terpenes that give each strain its unique scent, as well as flavors and other characteristics. In other words, terpenes seem to offer a potential explanation for the difference in effects between sativa cannabis and indica strains.Pinene is one of the most well-known terpenes; it also happens to be more likely found in sativa cannabis. It smells like pine trees (hence the name, perhaps), and effects include memory recognition, alertness, and a general sense of happiness. Some of the most popular strains of sativa that are known for high concentrations of pinene include Jack Herer, Bubba Kush, Strawberry Cough, Trainwreck, Chemdawg, Super Silver Haze, and Island Sweet Skunk. Many people who have tried these strains report increased creativity and energy in various proportions.But how exactly do terpenes influence the high? With more and more support for medical cannabis research, we’re sure to find out more specific information in the coming years, but based on what is currently known, the human brain contains various receptors that are affected by cannabinoids (the endocannabinoid system). The presence of terpenes, then, can have an effect on how cannabinoids actually interact with the receptors. The type of terpenes (and how much of them are contained in the plant) are an important component in the form and intensity of the high.While many sativas contain more of certain terpenes (like our friend pinene) they also contain less of other terpenes – such as the earthy musk of myrcene, more commonly contained within indica strains and known for its ability to soothe and calm. Of course, it’s not a hard and fast rule or scientific law; different phenotypes of the same strain can lead to flowers containing varying amounts of terpenes, but the differentiation in the mix of terpenes surely helps in understanding the distinctions between between sativa cannabis and indica.
Variables in the MixOne important point when it comes to cannabis, however, is that each harvest will be slightly different from every other harvest – and even more so from grower to grower. The characteristics of the flower depend on everything from where the seeds came from to the amount of light and moisture the plants are exposed to; yet even with this in mind, growers can still guarantee a product with a certain composition of cannabinoids and terpenes, which in turn will produce the various differing effects we see between sativa cannabis, indica strains, and hybrids.Interested in experiencing the effects of sativa for yourself? Check out some of our favorite sativa strains for energy, and browse our full menu for all the high-quality sativa cannabis you could ever need – as well as indica and hybrid strains, of course. Come check out the flowers for yourself at our dispensary or give us a call and we’ll bring the medicine to you!
CBD For AnxietyIt’s a sensation that most of us have probably felt before. For whatever reason, you find yourself overwhelmed with a crippling combination of stress and dread. Your mind starts to race, snowballing to various discouraging conclusions; meanwhile, your body is shaking, your throat dry, your heart pounding, and your breathing erratic. Maybe these symptoms were triggered by something, like a social interaction (or the very thought of one). Perhaps, even worse, these feelings have come out of nowhere and simply won’t go away. Just like that, you’re having an anxiety attack. A few short decades ago, this sort of thing was chalked up to simply being shy. While shyness is a somewhat simpler issue that many people still struggle with today, doctors and psychologists now look at anxiety with a lot more seriousness. The market is flooded with anti-anxiety medications, each with its own list of pros and cons. While these drugs work for many people, others find their side effects almost as difficult to cope with as the anxiety itself. When you think of anxiety treatments, one of the last options to pop in your head may very well be cannabis. After all, Hollywood stereotypes dictate that “reefer” automatically renders the user laughably paranoid, right? While it’s true that some people do experience heightened paranoia and anxiety during treatment, many strains of medicinal cannabis are actually used to combat those crippling sensations. In fact, treating anxiety with CBD (or cannabidiol, the most prominent non-psychoactive constituent in cannabis) has become a lot more popular in recent years. Time to find out why.
What Is Anxiety?First, let’s clear up one big misconception surrounding anxiety: It’s not the same as fear. Whereas fear is the emotional response to a clear threat, anxiety is all about the “what if” scenario. You have a test tomorrow and you’re worried you’re going to flunk it. You have to speak in front of a crowd and you’re nervous you’ll embarrass yourself. Stage fright, social anxiety, worrying about the future; this is known as “trait anxiety.” For many, this sort of dread is an unchosen lifestyle. It can lead to depression, insomnia, high blood pressure, and panic attacks if left untreated, not to mention the toll it can take on an individual’s work ethic and social life.The second type of anxiety is “anxiety disorder,” which is a more severe mental illness. Whereas almost everyone suffers from trait anxiety (albeit some much worse than others), anxiety disorder is a disease that affects close to 30% of the population. This is where you start to see phobias (a rapid onset of fear directed at one specific thing), PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome), and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). Without therapeutic treatment, individuals suffering from anxiety disorders find that their overwhelming dread constantly interferes with their abilities to live a normal life.
Which Strains Can Help?If we’re going to use CBD for anxiety, it’s important to distinguish the right types of cannabis for the job. Strains rich in THC are not the plants that many would recommend for anxiety, as that is the chemical responsible for most of weed's psychological effects. Unfortunately, high THC levels can be the cause for increased paranoia in many users, and would only exacerbate most types of anxiety. Sativa strains containing high amounts of THC, therefore, should most likely be avoided. Not all sativa strains contain high amounts of THC, however; AC/DC, for example, is chock full of CBD, and is mainly used as a relaxant for people suffering from anxiety. Northern Lights is another sativa high in CBD for anxiety, also notable for its euphoric and happiness-inducing side effects.Indica strains often contain high CBD levels, and if you’re looking to use CBD for anxiety, Affie is one of the most beneficial options. While this plant does offer sedative effects, it first provides you with a small burst of gentle energy. This allows you to go about your day as usual for a moment, finishing tasks you need to accomplish while the Affie soothes your mind.
No-Stress SupportAnxiety, no matter the form it takes, can be extremely problematic. Medicinal cannabis is only one of many treatments one could try in an attempt to curb your symptoms, and its popularity is only growing. If you want to try using CBD for anxiety, check out Medithrive’s menu online to order any of the high-CBD products listed in this article – or give us a call and we’ll deliver them right to you!