Marijuana grows naturally on earth and as a plant and living organism, it has multiple species, known as indicas and sativas. They both have many different strains within them, as well as hybrid strains that can be created. Recreational marijuana stores will generally sell a wide selection of both types of marijuana, with mostly hybrid strains. Hybrid strains that are sativa dominant tend to be the most popular.
Difference in how it grows
Sativa plants grow much taller than indicas and therefor are better spread out. Indoor sativa plants can grow up to six feet tall while indica plants are shorter, usually growing to around three feet. Indica cannabis is generally dense and more compressed.
Sativa strains are believed to have originated in hot climates, close to the equator such as Mexico, Thailand or Colombia. Sativa strains could have come from many African countries as well. The plant thrives in warmer climates where it can have access to the sun. Indica plants are most likely to have come from high altitude climates where hash originated like Afghanistan, Nepal, Morocco and Turkey.
Marijuana strains can have different flowering times as well, with sativa plants taking the longest to grow. Sativas will usually take around 10 – 15 weeks, while indicas can grow in as little as eight weeks, or less if using CO2 and the right grow environment. Hydroponics can make a significant difference in grow times as well. A hydroponics system can streamline providing nutrients to the plant, allowing it to grow at its fastest rate.
Difference in effect
Sativas are known to provide the most appealing high, that is if you like being energetic and more likely to do something other than be couch locked watching TV. Okay, indicas aren’t always like that, but they are notorious for making you tired and unwilling to do things. For that reason, indicas also have the strongest medicinal purposes. However, if you are looking for a good time, you usually can’t go wrong in a sativa strain.
THC and CBD
Recreational marijuana in Seattle, WA comes from local growers that specialize in providing a wide variety of strains. THC and CBD are marijuana’s two primary cannabinoids, known for suppressing neurotransmitters in the brain. THC is what provides the strong psychoactive effect and stoned feeling for marijuana and sativa strains tend to be higher in THC. However, strains with high CBD content and less THC may provide a milder high, which is often more comfortable for the user.
While indicas are shorter, they are almost always higher yielding. Their sativa sisters are meant to grow tall and will produce less cannabis when confined. However, there are exceptions where sativa plants will outperform indicas, particularly if the plants are grown using a hydroponics system.
The recreational marijuana strains in Seattle are grown locally in Washington State. Researchers say the varying THC and CBD amounts in marijuana can have a dramatic effect on what the strain can be used for. Studying all of the cannabinoids in marijuana, all 80+ of them, and evaluating their usefulness is very important to understanding how marijuana can affect people differently.
Strain variance at Seattle Cannabis Company
As a recreational marijuana store in Seattle, Washington, we strongly believe in providing a wide variety of cannabis strains. Marijuana’s greatest asset is its array of high quality strains, each unique in their own way. Marijuana strains have vast differences in how they look, what type of effect they provide, their texture, and even their taste.
It’s our goal to bring Washington’s finest and most desirable strains to our recreational marijuana store in Seattle. By working with local growers and finding out from our own customers what’s in demand, we can bring in a variety of sativa, indica and hybrid strains with differing THC and CBD profiles.