Sativas are tall, thin plants, with much narrower leaves and grow a lighter green in color. They grow very quickly and can reach heights of 8 – 20 feets in a single season. They originally come from the Tropical Area around the world. Once flowering has begun, they can take anywhere from 10 to 16 weeks to fully mature. Flavors range from earthy to sweet and fruity. The high of a Sativa is cerebral, up and energetic.
So what are the sativas’ medical benefits? Sativas can help with psychological problems, including depression, as well as aid in encouraging activity. Sativas are better suited as a stimulating medicine, though they have been known to relieve some kinds of pain, including migraines. The uplifting effects of sativas mean that they make a good medicine to take in the mornings or during the day.
Effects of Sativa (high THC, low CBN/CBD):
• More stimulating and uplifting
• Energizing and thought provoking
• Increases focus and creativity
• Best for use in daytime
• Positive, uplifting, cerebral effect
Benefits of Sativa (high THC, low CBN/CBD):
• Reduces nausea
• Stimulates the appetite
• Fights depression
• Supports immune system
• Energizes and stimulates
• Relieves headaches and migraines
• Acts as an expectorant
• Brakes the growth of cancerous tumors
• Prevention of Alzheimer’s
• Relieve Menstrual Cramps
However, sativa users need to consider if they’re really the best option for evening and nighttime use, because the cerebral effects – somewhat analogous to caffeine – can keep the user awake. Certainly the purer varieties of sativa will do this, so if a sativa user is having trouble sleeping, then it’s time to consider a more balanced sativa/indica hybrid as their medicine – or possibly even switching to indica use in the evening. This may also help reduce the amount of tolerance that the body develops toward the medicine, which is something that all medical users have to contend with – there are times when interrupting one’s regular use and then restarting it later helps to combat tolerance-related problems.