Classified by Carl Linnaeus in the year 1753, Cannabis Sativa varieties have been cultivated for centuries for its hemp fibre and for its psychoactive resins, among the other benefits which the plant has been known to offer, for those who consume it. Originating from equatorial countries in Central America and South East Asia, including the likes of Thailand, India, Mexico and Colombia, Sativa varieties are better suited for warmer climates and hence thrive if grown in the outdoors.
Moreover, the plant’s structure is constructed in such a way whereby it can reach heights up to twenty feet, and thrives in humid atmospheres and tropical climates. The leaves and flowers will also look different, with Sativa strains featuring long, thin foliage and long, cylindrical buds in comparison to stocky, dense Indica varieties. Sativa requires a slightly longer time to grow, taking between ten to sixteen weeks to mature and hence ensuring a higher yield.
Furthermore, Sativa varieties typically produce high levels of Cannabidiol (CBD) rather than the psychoactive and intoxicating Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Though cannabinoids form the major component of Sativa, other constituents include proteins,
enzymes, simple acids, fatty acids, simple esters, lactones, simple ketones, non-cannabinoid phenols, pigments, flavonoids, and vitamins. The flowers of the plant, though to a lesser extent the leaves, stems, and seeds as well, contain the psychoactive chemical compound, cannabinoid, which is consumed by users for recreational and medicinal purposes. One such Sativa strain is the Amnesia Haze, one of the top yielding Cannabis plants, which has an immediate and cerebral high with psychedelic overtones; unlike other Sativa plants, it works great for both indoor and outdoor growers.
Primary Effects and Medicinal Benefits
The therapeutic effects of Cannabis Sativa have been used for many millennia, the mythical founder of Chinese herbal medicine (Shen-Nung) mentions hemp in 2737 B.C. and in the 19th century, Cannabis was an important component of apothecaries for many uses. Particularly when it comes to the treatment of pain in the joints and muscles, migraines and cramp like pains, Cannabis Sativa has been utilised for its therapeutic properties.
In the present day even preliminary research has found the effects of CBD, found in Sativa, to be wide-ranging, having sedative, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, anti-arthritic, anti-nausea, and anti-convulsive properties, thus making CBD-rich Sativa seeds the top choice to incur such benefits.
Cannabis Sativa has also been used in medical practices as a therapeutic alternative for people with mental illnesses since it tends to produce a variety of primary effects leading it to be sought out by many users. These effects include Sativa being uplifting, cerebral and good for creativity thereby providing an overall energetic effect which is likely to stimulate conversation and creativity. As a result of the aforementioned, Sative tends to be consumed during the day while its counterpart, Indica, is consumed at night time. In addition to this, Sativa is also affiliated with certain medicinal benefits i.e. Sativa can be helpful for depression, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and even fatigue, making Sativa Seeds a further therapeutic source.
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