Sativa is a form of Cannabis, and may have been originally cultivated in South America or Southeast Asia, because of its need for lots of sun, but has now been cultivated worldwide, and is found nearly everywhere except the Arctic and Antarctica, although people who live in those regions could grow the plants inside. Many people cultivate Cannabis hydroponically, as well as in greenhouses. Sativa, like its cousin Indica, belongs to the Cannabis family, but its leaves are narrower than those of its close relative, Cannabis Indica. Sativa’s leaves are also lighter in color than Indica. While Indica grows shorter and closer to the ground, Sativa is taller and lankier than Indica is.

Growers and Sativa

Because Sativa grows tall and thin, many growers who want to grow Sativa strains often grow them outdoors. Sativa is a hardier plant than Indica, and can be grown in many locations throughout the United States. While Indica is said to have a higher yield, some of the best Sativa strains grow tall and the yields are quite large. In addition, Sativa plants take longer to grow, and require more light than Indica plants do. However, when Sativa plants are given plenty of space to go, and get plenty of light, they can go crazy with growth and really give cultivators more yield than they anticipated. THC levels overall are lower per strain in Sativa plants as opposed to Indica.


Why Grow Sativa?

Research has also indicated that organic compounds within Cannabis sativa has many medicinal properties. The compounds have been noted for helping with mental energy and focus, as well as a historically beneficial relief from the debilitating effects of migraines, which include nausea and vomiting as well as pain and dizziness. Indigenous tribes have used Sativa as a traditional focusing agent to prepare the mind for a difficult journey or task. Often, Sativa was used as part of the smoke in a sweat lodge, which many Southwestern tribes used to cleanse their minds and prepare for a battle or as a cleansing ritual. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana have noted that people purchase Orange County Sativa if they need to focus their minds on a project or increase their creativity, as the plant seems to improve mental focus. While many people purchase Indica from dispensaries in Orange County when they have trouble sleeping because it has properties that promote restful sleep, some people have found that Sativa in Orange County helps to regulate and promote a normal sleep cycle because it allows the mind to have a period of alertness, which is then followed by a normal sleepiness pattern.

Medicinal Properties of Sativa

Indica plants usually have higher levels of CBD oils than Sativa strains, however, the Sativa strains have higher levels of THC. The Sativa strains of medicinal marijuana have been studied for their ability to provide patients with lower levels of both anxiety and depression, which seems strange, but years of research studies have indicated that anxiety and depression are both chemical imbalances in the brain related to serotonin levels. 

Sativa has also been used in Orange County dispensaries with people who suffer from chronic pain from injury or disease. Diabetics have found relief from nerve pain through the use of Sativa.  In addition, some cancer patients have used Sativa for its medicinal properties of both pain relief and as an appetite stimulator, which can help individuals undergoing chemotherapy.

One of the best benefits for patients who are using some of the best Sativa in Orange County is in order to have a greater regulation of the sleep cycle. While Indica can provide temporary relief from insomnia and sleeplessness due to stress, research has indicated that Sativa helps to regulate the levels of serotonin in the body, which works to promote a healthier sleep cycle. Researchers have noted that when people are on a proper sleep cycle, they are able to function better at work and with their families, which may help decrease depression and anxiety of its own accord.

Sativa often gets a bad rap because of its hallucinogenic properties with excessive use, the plant does appear to provide individuals who are suffering from severe stress and anxiety as well as depression or other chronic disease symptoms with some medicinal benefits. The plant appears to be especially effective with sleep cycle regulation, and could provide relief to millions of people who suffer from insomnia every year. In addition, when disease, chemotherapy or other drug therapies have reduced the appetite in people, Sativa may work as an appetite stimulant.