The two main varieties of cannabis are the sativa and indica strains, and each type has its own health benefits. Sativa plants usually produce stronger effects than indica strains, with indica being more often known for a relaxing or sedative effect. However, there are also many varieties of cannabis which produce both types of effect – for instance, there are indica strains which are known to create a more euphoric effect on users, while also producing a powerful appetite suppressant.
Sativa plants contain a large amount of an enzyme called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is what makes them high in marijuana. The good thing about this, however, is that the plant’s production of this enzyme is reduced when the plant is bred to be low THC. This is why it is usually advisable to grow a strain of cannabis which are high in delta-9-THC, rather than a plant which have a high amount of both sativa and indica, so that it will produce a better-tasting and more potent marijuana. The higher the number of tetrahydrocannabinols per gram, the more potent marijuana will be.
The most popular sativa variety is the Hawaiian. Although it is usually thought of as a weed in the garden, it is actually the plant which produces the most THC and therefore is often used to create a high. It has also been bred to be more potent in other ways, by breeding the plant with various other types. The most common of these is to cross the Hawaiian with another indica, to produce an “Isoflavonoid” variety of cannabis.
Sativa strains tend to be very easy to grow, and are ideal for those who wish to experiment with different kinds of marijuana. They are easy to grow, and require little maintenance, except for ensuring that the soil is rich with nutrients, and that it drains well. They tend to be more effective at producing a high, compared to indica strains.
Sativa plants are usually slower to mature, but will yield significantly more yields. While they produce a milder high, they also last longer and have a much higher yield, compared to indica plants. It is possible to grow a good deal of sativa plants, then a lot of indica plants, which will result in a much better overall crop yield than with more sativa than indica plants.
Sativa strains are not particularly suited to beginners but are quite suitable for experienced users. Because they are slower to mature, they need more time to get used to the effects and therefore may take longer to reach their maximum potential, and should be grown under the guidance of someone who has experience growing them. Sativa is not recommended for inexperienced growers – and should be taken under the supervision of a professional if you are new to growing. – this is because the effects of sativa may not be as obvious on inexperienced users.
Indica varieties, on the other hand, are best suited to beginners because they are more readily available and can be grown in a large variety of conditions, including small spaces, which means that the plants can be planted in any location you wish. They also produce a more powerful high, although it is not possible to grow as many indices as you can with sativa. The reason for the popularity of indica is that they are usually easier to grow, and are easier to maintain – they do not need to be bred for maximum effects. The higher quality of indica marijuana can result in higher yields and lower prices.
Sativa and indica are both great strains, but they can be mixed to make hybrids. Hybrid strains are plants that have one or more specific characteristics that make them different from each other. For example, there are hybrids that are high in sativa and low in indica, and hybrids that are high in sativa and low in indica and vice versa. Hybrid strains are ideal when growing in small areas with very poor soil or space, because they are easier to grow and can often double or triple the output of a regular seed.