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Currently, 9 American states and jurisdictions allow recreational cannabis, along with 31 states with medical cannabis programs. As legalization reaches general acceptance, many folks may ditch their morning lattes or expressos for the invorating, mindful effects of cannabis sativa. If you need something get your morning started and help you concentrate on the tasks ahead, cannabis sativa, the second of the three most popular cannabis species, may be just what you need.
It’s important to note cannabis’ genus possesses incredible genetic diversity. Each cannabis plant contains a unique profile of cannabis chemicals (cannabinoids) and terpenes that work together to provide distinct effects. Therefore, cannabis effects vary person to person, and strain to strain, and affect each individual differently. Sativa strains may help some but not all. With that said, continue reading to learn more about Sativa’s energetic effects.
Cannabis sativas plants grow tall, and extend long skinny leaves
The main distinction between cannabis sativa plants, and their shorter cousin, indica, is environmental.
Cannabis indica plants originated in colder climates, and thus create large amounts of THC, a plant protective cannabinoid that also creates a euphoric, “high,” often associated with cannabis. Cannabis sativa, on the other hadn, originated in warmer climates, and produces less THC. High THC content in indicas spill over into one’s body, and create fatigue known as “couch lock.”
Sativas work primarily on one’s mind. They bypass any couch lock property on account of their THC content, and provide a clearer effect, with just enough THC for the “high,” but not too much to bog one down. For many, Sativa’s aid their concentration, and helps maintain “flow,” when immersed in an activity.
Sativas possess greater numbers of phytocannabinoids than indica strains. These cannabinoids work in synergy with THC. A recent study found THCv, a phytocannabinoid abundant in cannabis sativa strains, mitigated the effects of THC. This interaction helped reduce memory impairment and heart rate. You can thank THCv for the clarity and focus sativa strains offer.
But how does all this work?
Cannabis interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system to produce its effects.
When one ingests cannabis, the many cannabinoids present inside interact with their brain’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
Your ECS regulates many bodily processes. In a 2016 review of the endocannabinoid system, Olaizola et al details that the ECS regulates mood, appetite, pain sensation, memory, among others functions. The ECS has receptors that cannabis chemicals bind to, including THC. Once binded, these produce effects associated with cannabis, like euphoria and pain relief, among others.
Terpenes are organic molecules, formed in cannabis bud, which provide taste, scent, as well as protect and produce cannabinoids. Once cannabinoids reach your ECS receptors, these terpenes potentiate, or interact with the ECS system. In Ethan Russo’s 2011 review of terpene entourage effects, Taming THC, he maintains that terpenes “display unique therapeutic effects that may contribute meaningfully to the entourage effects of cannabis-based medicinal extracts.”
Therefore, terpenes work in synergy with other cannabinoids to provide specific cannabis effects. For example, limonene, a terpene found in nature in citrus plants, helps produce sativa’s energetic high.
Starflight guava contains 0.1% limonene, a citrus smelling terpene known for producing sativa’s invigorating effects
Limonene smells pleasant, almost like an orange peel or a splash of lemon. This terpene creates cannabis sativa specific effects. Limonene produces an invigorating, uplifting effect that accompanies most sativa strains, and helps treat depression, anxiety, and stress for medical cannabis patients, as well as invigorate enthusiasts throughout their day.
Limonene has unique cancer killing properties, as well, which make Sativa strains a go to for sufferers. It has been found to reduce the destruction of the RAS gene, a known contributor to tumor growth.
In conclusion, cannabis sativas can help invigorate and start your day, and provide euphoria without overpowering your senses, and causing you to crash. This energetic plant may be just what you’re looking for, so check out this list of great sativa strains to start your day with.
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