Cannabis cultivars coming from the tropical and sub-tropical areas of the planet – Africa, South and Central America and Asia – are normally called Sativa strains. These strains are then naturally found in countries like Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Jamaica (Central and South America), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam (Southeast Asia), Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Congo (Africa) and Nepal or India (South Asia), among others. Over time and generations, these Sativa varieties have developed specific traits that differentiate them from the others, either due to environmental conditions or breeding selections.
Effects of Sativa strains
One of the main reasons why Sativas are the favourite strains of many growers is their stimulating and uplifting “high”. Sativas are, by far, the most psychedelic cannabis species. As we mentioned before, the “high” induced by Sativas is perfect for performing almost any kind of activities, far away from the “stoned” feeling often caused by Indicas. Sativas are perfect for socialization, artist creation, writing or reading, etc, usually inducing a happy and inspiring effect.
On the other hand, some strains or phenotypes may cause anxiety, tachicardia or paranoia in different grades. Medicinally, Sativas are often used to combat depression, eating disorders and many other medical conditions, while they are obviously not recommended to treat insomnia or anxiety.
Cannabis Sativa plants usually have much higher THC content than Indicas, what promotes their psychedelic effects.