If you’ve ever played a game of telephone, you’ll know how easily words can get twisted. Usually by the end of the game, the words are completely different from when it started. The way in which indica and sativa have been used over the years is similar to a very long game of broken telephone.
For instance, imagine walking into a grocery store and buying a crunchy Honeycrisp apple, only to realize when you got home that it was in fact a less crisp McIntosh apple. Unlike apples, cannabis produces psychoactive compounds — the inconsistency of these labels could be very frustrating. From a medical standpoint, improper labelling could lead to negative or undesirable health outcomes.
Indica and sativa are commonly used to describe cannabis strains, but what’s the difference between these two labels?
Detailed strain analyses
As Canada moves into its third year of legalized cannabis consumption, there is a need to revamp how cannabis is labelled, and clearly communicate its effects. The current way we label and name cannabis strains appears to fall short of the labelling standards applied to other agricultural crops.
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Sophie Watts receives funding through a Vanier Scholarship from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Bedrocan International funded the research referenced in this article.
Not only did we find that indica/sativa labelling is misleading, but so are the names given to strains. For example, we found that two strains both named “OG Kush” were more similar to other strains with different names than they were to one another. Overall, strain names are often not reliable indicators of a plant’s genetic identity and chemical profile.
Climate: Cannabis Sativa is originally native to hot, dry climates, such as Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, and western portions of Asia.
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Plant: Sativa plants are usually tall (approximately 8 to 12 feet high), with long, thin, finger-like leaves and are a lighter shade of green than Indica. Sativa plants typically take longer to grow, mature and require more light.
Daytime vs. nighttime: Nighttime
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CBD vs. THC: Indica often has higher CBD and lower THC counts.
Climate: Cannabis Sativa is originally native to harsh, dry climates, such as Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and Turkey.
Plant: Sativa plants are usually short (approximately 3 to 6 feet high), with short, wide, bushy leaves and are a darker shade of green than Sativa. Indica plants typically grow, mature, and require less light than Sativa plants, and also produce more buds.