Sativa vs Indica: What’s the Difference?

Sativa vs Indica Medical Marijuana
Sativa vs Indica: What’s the Difference?

As more research begins to emerge about medical marijuana, there are still a few myths circulating around the terms indica and sativa. The most popular myths seem to be that all indicas will produce sedative or calming effects, while all sativas produce uplifting, energetic effects. Recent studies suggest that there is much more to the labels indica or sativa and that these classifications are not what we have always thought them to be.

Short stature
Wide fan leaves

Deep green leaf coloration
Shorter flowering time
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Narrow fan leaves
Lighter green leaf coloration
Longer flowering time
Indica vs Sativa

How do growing conditions affect the biochemistry of marijuana strains?

Recent findings suggest that the reason why certain strains act differently in the body is due to specific compounds found within the marijuana flower and how the plant is grown. Factors such as genetics, temperature, hours of sunlight, humidity, altitude and nutrients in the soil can alter the appearance and chemical makeup of a plant. By controlling the climate and nutrients each plant receives, a cultivator can dial in which terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids are expressed. A plant's specific cannabinoid and terpene profile tells us what type of effects will be produced.

Terpenes and Cannabinoids

While THC and CBD are two of the most well-known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, there are over a hundred different others, as well as hundreds of different terpenes. These compounds work together through a phenomenon called “the entourage effect” to provide greater and more desirable effects. A strain can be called indica but may contain terpenes or cannabinoids that produce uplifting effects rather than sedative effects. The sedative effects and earthy aromas of a strain have been linked to high myrcene content. While energizing and fruity aromas of a strain have been linked to high limonene and α-pinene content.

Can I choose a product that is made with a specific strain?

At Texas Original, we do not carry strain-specific products. Instead, we categorize our products by ratio and specific cannabinoids present. We are currently focused on extracting and testing for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and terpenes. Our marijuana plants have several terpenes like myrcene, beta-caryophyllene, limonene, and linalool. Our blends of terpenes can be found in our tinctures labeled “Plus.” As we expand, we will continue to advance our product line to meet our patient’s needs.

Become a Patient 

Ready to become a patient? Texas Original has partnered with key physicians throughout the state to provide you with the opportunity to quickly review your eligibility for medical marijuana at no cost. Once approved, you will be scheduled for a virtual appointment with a registered physician. 

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