Sativa strains of cannabis, similar to their Indica cousins, have a wide variety of health benefits. Some of the more notable benefits include
- Relief from depression
- Mind stimulation
- Increasing focus, and
- Treating PTSD
Examples: Cinex, Haze Wreck, Jack Herer
Sativa plants are found throughout the world. Potent varieties such as Colombian, Panamanian, Mexican, Nigerian, Congolese, Indian and Thai are found in equatorial and sub/equatorial zones. These plants require a long time to mature because they originated in areas that have a long season. They are usually very potent, containing large quantities of THC. The highs they produce are described in such terms as psychedelic, dreamy, spacey, and creative. The buds usually smell sweet or tangy and the smoke is smooth, sometimes deceptively so.
Sativa plants grow in a conical, Christmas-tree form. The leaves have long, narrow serrated blades, wide spacing between branches, and vigorous growth. They often grow very tall outdoors and are difficult to control indoors.
Sativas have long, medium-thick buds when grown in full equatorial sun; under artificial light with inadequate intensity, or even under the temperate sun, the buds run, or are thinner, longer and don’t fill out completely. In areas with short growing seasons, the buds often don’t mature before frost.
Sativa at a Glance
Height: 5′ to 25′ (1.5 to 7.5 m)
Shape: Tall, Christmas-tree shape
Branching: Moderate branching, wide at its base, single stem at top
Nodes: Long stem length between leaves
Leaves: Long leaves, thin long blades
Color: Pale to medium green
Flowers: Long sausage-shaped flowers
Odor: Sweet to spicy
Flowering: 8 to 15 weeks