Sativa Effects and High – Understanding Cannabis Sativa

Sativa Effects and High – Understanding Cannabis Sativa

Are cannabis Sativa effects really that different from the effects of Indica or Hybrid marijuana strains?

According to marijuana budtenders, a cannabis Sativa high is very different from the high people experience when using Indica cannabis.

Whereas Indica marijuana strains produce deep senses of bodily relaxation, Sativa effects are more stimulative. As a result, Sativa is often the preferred strain of cannabis among people who use marijuana medicinally.


Cannabis Sativa Effects on the Mind and Body

Even if you don’t use marijuana personally, you will likely be familiar with the slang term ‘stoner.’

A stoner (in a strictly stereotypical sense), is someone who gets high, experiences a deep sense of bodily relaxation, and will often develop an insatiable appetite. All these traits, though, are characteristic of the effects of Indica marijuana strains. As it is, a Sativa high is very different.

Rather than promoting bodily relaxation, a cannabis Sativa high can see users experience everything from sharper mental alertness to a significant physical energy boost.


  • Using cannabis Sativa can increase physical energy levels.
  • As well as extra mental alertness, Sativa users often report feeling more creative.
  • In many cases, a Sativa high can result in senses of euphoria, as well as temporary anxiety relief.


What Makes a Sativa High so Different to an Indica High?

The differences between the effects of Indica and Sativa cannabis highs have been documented since the mid-1700s. However, no one can say with any certainty why Sativa effects differ so widely to those of Indica or other cannabis strains.

What we do know, is that different marijuana strains produce slightly different terpenes and cannabinoids. Hemp, for example, is itself a strain of Cannabis Sativa. However, hemp contains less than 0.3% THC. (THC being the main psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis.)

Sativa and Indica cannabis strains are also physically very different.

Typically, Sativa cannabis strains are tall with narrow leaves. By comparison, Indica cannabis is squatter, with broader leaves. It is, therefore, reasonable to assume that cannabis Sativa effects are the result of slightly different plant chemistry.


Sativa Uses

Because the effects of a Sativa high are so different from, the effects of a cannabis Indica high, Sativa cannabis strains have several therapeutic uses.

Famous as a natural anti-depressant, many people use Sativa to combat mental fatigue, depression, and anxiety.

There are, of course, many people who use Indica cannabis strains the same way. However, Sativa having more of a stimulative effect than Indica makes it possible to use Sativa cannabis therapeutics without risk of feeling drowsy throughout the day.

Many people also believe that higher THC counts make Sativa cannabis strains more effective than Indica strains when helping treat chronic pain.


How to Choose the Right Strain for Your Needs

Are you planning to use cannabis therapeutically? If so, make sure that you understand the difference between different Indica and Sativa cannabis varieties. If in doubt, simply talk to your budtender or your medical marijuana consultant.

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