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6 Awesome Cannabis Butter Recipes to Try Today

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in Legal Cannabis

6 Awesome Cannabis Butter Recipes to Try Today

Everyone has heard of pot brownies, but eating chocolate over and over again gets old after a while. There comes the need for something fresh and new. Well, it’s possible to use cannabis in other common favorite foods as well.

Here are six cannabis butter recipes that are fun, easy to make, and are guaranteed to not be boring to the taste buds.

1. Cannaburgers

After a night of smoking, it’s normal to crave something meaty and greasy and this cannaburger recipe will fit that bill. It calls for cannabis olive oil rather than cannabutter, but you can substitute it by melting it down.

It calls for:

  • Fatty hamburger meat
  • Cannabutter
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 Cup of red cracked chilis
  • 1 Tablespoon of rock salt
  • 1 Cup of minced onions
  • An egg
  • Hamburger buns
  • Everyone’s favorite toppings

Combine the cannabutter with the hamburger meat, onion, spices, and egg. The spices can vary, but using red cracked chilis gives it a pleasant kick. Once the meat is well mixed by hand, it’s time to make the patties.

From here it will work just like cooking any other burger. Putting them on the grill will create a mouth-watering smoky flavor but not everyone has a grill.

Pan frying is widely available and a skillet will produce thin, diner-style burgers. Both methods have their benefits.

2. Mac and Cheese

There is something about mac and cheese that makes it a classic. Is it the crusty top? The creamy cheese? It may be hard to grasp this, but we just knew we had to include it with our cannabis butter recipes.

There are a lot of ingredients for this recipe so hang on tight:

  • 1/2 Pound of elbow macaroni, or shells
  • 1 Tablespoon of canola oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of salt.

That’s just for the pasta, the cheese sauce calls for:

  • 5 Tablespoons of cannabutter
  • 2 1/2-3 Cups of warm milk
  • 1 Cup of smoked mozzarella
  • 2 Cups of medium cheddar
  • 1 Tablespoon of kosher salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 Cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Cup of sharp cheddar

For onion rings:

  • 1 Small onion peeled, and thinly sliced

Start off by preheating the oven to 375 degrees. While it’s doing that, bring water, salt, and oil to a boil in a large pot and add the noodles.

Melt the cannabutter in a small saucepan and add the flour. Whisk this mixture constantly for five minutes. Add in the warm milk and cook it until it’s thick and smooth. Put in the cheese, salt, paprika, pepper, and nutmeg, dump in the macaroni, and stir the mixture well. Once it’s mixed pour it into a buttered 6-8 ramekins.

Combine the canola oil, sharp cheddar, and breadcrumbs in a small bowl. Sprinkle it on to the ramekins and bake it for 25-35 minutes.

While it bakes, keep busy by cooking the onion rings. It takes 4-5 minutes and when they are done frying in the oil, take them and place them on a paper towel to catch some of the grease. They will be sprinkled on top of the mac and cheese before it’s served.

3. Thai Iced Tea

On top of food, there are many cannabis butter recipes for beverages as well. One of these is Thai iced tea.

The recipe includes:

  • 6 Chai tea bags
  • Two cardamon pods
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 8 Cups of boiling water
  • 1/4 of sugar (optional if sweetness is desired)
  • 1 Can of condensed milk
  • 3-5 teaspoons of melted cannabutter

Place the teabags in a pitcher and pour 8 cups of boiling water over them. Let it steep for 4-5 minutes before removing them and let it cool to room temperature.

Combine the condensed milk with the melted cannabutter, put ice in the glasses and fill each one about two-thirds of the way with tea. Add the milk mixture on top, it will sink to the bottom.

There is also a recipe for doing this with coffee dump a teaspoon of cannabutter in a cup of coffee for an extra morning boost.

4. Peanut Butter Cookies

Cannabis peanut butter cookies are made pretty much the same as regular peanut butter cookies.

Combine 4 tablespoons of cannabutter, 1/2 a cup of white sugar, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of flour, and egg, and a pinch of salt in a bowl and stir. Roll the dough into balls and put them on a pan covered with parchment paper. Bake, and enjoy!

5. Turkey

Put an extra spin on the holiday dinner with a cannabis-infused turkey. This recipe is pretty simple and self-explanatory.

Use the same seasonings that would normally be used on a holiday bird, but cover it in cannabutter. Not only will it be moist and delicious, but the family will have the most satisfying after-dinner nap they have ever had.

6. Potcorn

Scratching the old brain trying to find a tasty snack for a movie night with friends? Pot popcorn is the perfect solution. It’s also really simple to make.

Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat and combine it with ground cannabis. Stir until it turns green and add in 1-4 kernels in to start. Once those pop, go ahead add in the rest.

Put a lid on the pot and lightly shake it until the popping noises die down. Uncover it and pour on the melted cannabutter and salt.

Smoke Up Your Favorite Foods with Cannabis Butter Recipes

See, pot brownies aren’t the only food that can be made with cannabutter. There are a ton of cannabis butter recipes out there that are perfect for family dinners, movie nights, and refreshing pick me ups.

Want to branch out and try different ways to ingest CBD? Check these 7 consumption methods.

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Sativa vs. Indica: How to Choose the Right Type for the Right Occasion

Posted on Sep 29, 2018 in Legal Cannabis

Sativa vs. Indica: How to Choose the Right Type for the Right Occasion

When it comes to choosing the right cannabis, it’s essential to understand the different effects that each strain produces.

Amongst the 700 strains of cannabis, the most common differentiation is the sativa vs. indica category.

Like many plants, each strain of cannabis has a specific type of growing method, aroma, taste and a different type of high. As a result, each strain will produce a different set of mental, physical and medical effects.

With all the different strands of cannabis to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with making your decision. This is especially the case for those that are new to the world of cannabis.

If you’re looking to learn more about the differences between sativa and indica cannabis, you’re going to want to read this. We’re outlining everything you need to know about the two types of cannabis and which one is right for your occasion.

The Physical Differences

Believe it or not, indica and sativa cannabis do have significant physical differences as well as fragrances.

Indica cannabis is more stocky than sativa and produces buds that are much more fragrant. But, sativa cannabis often produces buds that are larger and taller. In fact, when left to grow, the sativa plant can grow up to 20 feet tall!

The indica buds also tend to grow in tight clusters with minute gaps between each cluster. The sativa buds, however, run the length of the branch and are spaced out from one another.

The Differences in Effects

For novice smokers, you’ll come to learn that indica and sativa produce two entirely different highs.

First and foremost, indica is known to produce a high that is relaxing and more low key. This type of high is often more centered on the body and results in a more physical high than a mental high.

Indica also gets praised for its calming and pain-relieving abilities as well as helping to control insomnia. It’s also known to enhance physical sensations such as taste, touch, and smell.

The sativa strain is better known for producing that classic, stereotypical type of high. This type of high is considered an “upper.” It’s known to spurt energy, creativity, and some serious giggles.

This strain is also more likely to result in a psychedelic high than the indica strain.

For this reason, the sativa strain is more fit for a social setting. The sativa high will encourage chattiness and sociability whereas the indica high often results in the smoker pulling back and enjoying a more personal experience.

For Novice Smokers

For those that are new to cannabis, it may be beneficial to begin your introduction to cannabis with indica.

As compared to sativa, indica is a more calming introduction to experiencing a high. This high is usually not as long-lasting as the sativa high which may be helpful to novice smokers.

Again, this type of cannabis produces an effect on the body that is calming and relaxing. It’s best for beginners as the effects are less drastic and less likely to feel intimidating or overwhelming.

After experimenting with indica, the smoker can slowly begin transitioning to experimenting with the sativa strain.

For Advanced Smokers

As compared to novice smokers, advanced smokers are more capable of experimenting between the two strains.

That said, many advanced smokers tend to enjoy the sativa strain. This type of cannabis is more likely to produce the advanced, “cliche” high effects that cannabis is so well known for. This is often the go-to strain for those that have built up a strong tolerance to cannabis.

But advanced smokers that partake in daily smoking may turn to indica for producing a “functional high.” This is because the smoker is more capable of accomplishing daily tasks and partaking in their usual routine.

Choosing the Right Occasion

When it comes to choosing the right type of cannabis for the occasion, it’s all about understanding what type of high best correlates with your setting and your desired type of high.

For example, let’s take the occasion of a party or a social outing. In this setting, the common smoker would turn to the sativa strain. This is because it often produces a high that is more social, stimulating, and vivacious.

On the other hand, the indica strain is best paired with a low-key, more personal setting. This is usually the type of occasion where the smoker is looking to relax and enjoy a high that is personal and calming.

The indica strain also gets praised for its pain-relieving and calming effects. This could be beneficial for moments of anxiety, insomnia or helping to relieve pain such as menstrual cramps.

Of course, depending on one’s location, purchasing cannabis is not always legal. If you’re interested in learning more about how to purchase cannabis in the safest and legal way possible, be sure to read more here.

Debunking the Myths: Sativa vs. Indica

Upon entering a dispensary, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with choosing the right strain of cannabis.

To ensure you’re selecting the right one for you, it’s important to understand the differences between the two common strains of cannabis.

Although sativa and indica both belong to the cannabis family, these strains of cannabis have a diverse set of differences. Amongst these differences, each strain will produce entirely different effects on the body and mind.

To get the most out of your experience, it’s best to understand these differences beforehand and choose the right strain for your occasion.

To learn more about the world of cannabis and how to choose the right strain for you, be sure to visit our website!

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Legal Cannabis Recipe: How to Make Weed Tea

Posted on Sep 27, 2018 in Legal Cannabis, Popular Legal Highs

Legal Cannabis Recipe: How to Make Weed Tea

Medicinal and recreational weed is catching on hard in America these days. Pretty soon, the entire country will be covered in green.

If you’re living in a state that’s already legalized the herb, you may be thinking of new ways you can enjoy marijuana.

Well, why not try some weed tea? We see it as a pretty legit way to get the high you want, and it’s really simple and easy to make.

Read on to learn how to turn your next hot drink into a delightful cannabis experience.

How the Ancients Did It

You didn’t think cannabis tea was just now a thing, right?

This beautiful greenery has been around for millennia, pleasing the people in every way that it does for us today.

This is especially true of its use in India and China, where the drink was well known for its calming and spiritual effects, as well as medicinal capabilities.

They were very fond of mixing weed with their tea to create a warm, mildly psychoactive drink that they would even give to their kids to calm them down (talk about a lucky bunch of youngsters).

To this day, weed-induced tea is still the official drink of the Holi Festival of Colors each spring. Jamaicans have also had their fair share of the tea, making good use of it’s healing properties.

Seems like the only person missing is you. Time to get you caught up.

How to Make Weed Tea for Yourself

The great thing about marijuana tea is that after you learn the basics, there are a ton of different combinations you can make for good tea and a good high.

That being said, you have to learn these basics to get anything at all, or else you’ll end up with some really bad tea.

The two most popular ways to make cannabis tea is using stems and using flowers. Why not try them both and see which one works for you?

Using the Stems

Right now you’re probably saying, “Use the stems? You’ve gotta be joking.”

We’re totally not joking.

Stems are usually not your go-to when you think about getting high, but there’s a lot more to these stems than you think.

To keep things simple, the smaller the stem, the more cannabinoids, which means the more psychoactive effects you’ll feel from it.

All in all, cannabis tea made from stems is a lot milder than tea made from flowers, making it perfect for those who are sensitive to THC (or who just don’t want a weed-induced trip to the stars).

If you choose to make marijuana tea with this method, you can basically just whip it up the way you would any other basic cup of tea.

First, you’ll need to heat up a pot of water for your weed (a pot for your pot… get it?) while getting the other materials (like sugar and creamer) ready by placing them in your cup.

Make sure to crush up the stems finely or put them through a blender before adding them to the hot water. Stir the pot for 5 to 7 minutes so all the flavoring can get into the water.

After that, place a filter over the cup and pour the hot water into it. The filter should catch the stems, leaving only tasty weed water in the cup.

Grab a spoon, stir it up with a dash of honey (if you’re into that sort of stuff) and Voila! You now have a perfectly good cup of cannabis tea.

Using the Flowers

If you’re looking for the next level of high, then you should definitely go for the buds.

Using flowers is definitely more potent than using stems, but there’s a little problem that you need to take care off first.

Cannabis is naturally made up of a compound called THCA. As long as it’s in this form, you won’t be getting that ultimate psychoactive effect you’re craving.

That doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with a low-grade high. All you need to do is decarboxylate the weed.

Let’s take a walk through the details, shall we?

For those who don’t know, decarboxylation is when you take the non-intoxicating compound THCA and turn it into THC, which is much more potent and psychoactive.

This process is natural when you smoke or vape weed, so there’s no effort needed on behalf of the user.

Edibles are almost as easy: all you need to do is drop the cannabis in with some oil or butter before you heat it up, giving you the THC you crave.

When it comes to drinks, however, it’s a whole different story. You can’t smoke the weed down to THC (obviously) and water alone isn’t enough to break it down.

The best way to do this while keeping the integrity of the weed is to mix it with butter or some other type of oil-based ingredient to help break the cannabis down (about 1/2 teaspoon should be fine).

Because this can be a time-consuming process, the best way to do this is to have a premade batch of cannabis butter ready for when you need to whip of some tea in the future.

Since you’re most likely starting from scratch, take some ground up buds and mix them with the butter.

Take a tea bag, cut the top and empty out the contents, and place the weed butter in the bag. You just need something to hold and filter the butter, and tea bags are about the cheapest and best way to do it (coffee filters work too).

After the water gets to a decent temperature (don’t let it reach boiling point) place the bag into the water and let it simmer for about half an hour, then remove the bag and place the water into your cup.

Add some honey or sugar for extra flavor, and you’ve got yourself the best tea in town. Why not share with your friends?

All the Ways to Get Your Best High (Legally)

Weed tea is a pretty great way to get high, but trust us, there’s a lot more where that came from.

We know all the best ways for you to get high – legally, of course. There are a number of ways on how to get the most out of your legal cannabis, as well as fun facts on Kava, Kratom, and ways you can get high without the plant.

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Can You Really Use CBD Oil for Back Pain?: The Answer May Surprise You

Posted on Sep 24, 2018 in Legal Cannabis

Can You Really Use CBD Oil for Back Pain?: The Answer May Surprise You

Are you suffering due to intense back pain? More people struggle with back pain than you think.

To avoid harmful painkillers, many patients are turning toward natural alternatives. But some holistic medications and physical therapy options don’t work for everyone.

There’s one natural remedy more patients are trusting: marijuana. But do you want to avoid that classic “high?”

You can always opt for CBD. Cannabidiol is one of the cannabinoids in marijuana. It’s non-psychoactive and is packed with a variety of health benefits.

Can you use CBD oil for back pain? You’ll get lots of benefits from CBD oil. Continue reading and discover the facts.

What Is CBD?

The marijuana plant is comprised of over 100 cannabinoids.

These cannabinoids enter our endocannabinoid system, causing multiple different reactions. You have cannabinoid receptors in different areas of the body that helps the cannabinoids communicate with your cells.

There are psychoactive cannabinoids, such as THC and CBN. But there are plenty of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, such as CBD.

CBD is a powerful health tool because of your CB-2 receptors. CB-2 receptors are found throughout your body; primarily in your brain, nervous system, immune system, and stomach. When CBD enters your system, the cannabinoids latch onto your cells and control their movement.

But how do you consume CBD without the THC? The most prominent method is by consuming CBD oil.

This is CBD extracted from the hemp or marijuana plant, isolated and converted to a liquid form. You can easily buy this product from companies such as Floyds of Leadville.

How Does CBD Oil Work for Back Pain?

Before you understand how CBD oil treats back pain, you must understand how you feel pain.

When your nervous system detects something is wrong, your nerve cells will communicate with your brain. Your brain will send warning signals to you in the form of pain.

Inflammation is also caused by this process. When pain signals go off and your immune cells detect something is wrong, inflammation occurs. This is your immune system’s warning to you.

All pain relievers work the same way that CBD does. They interfere with cell-to-cell communication. Pain medication doesn’t let your nerve cells or immune cells communicate pain and inflammation to the brain.

Remember where the CB-2 receptors are located? They are located in the three prime pain areas: the brain, the nervous system, and the immune system. This means CBD is adept at controlling and reducing pain.

But unlike other pain relievers, CBD helps control pain for the long-term.

It’s a joke amongst marijuana users: marijuana stays in your system for a long amount of time–a couple of weeks to months. This is why many “stoners” fail drug tests.

Good news for CBD users–CBD also stays in your system for long periods of time, which is beneficial for your health. The cannabinoids will continue to improve cell-to-cell communication, resulting in long-term pain relief.

How to Use CBD Oil

There are many different CBD consumption methods. Here are the two most popular:

  • Tincture
  • Vaporizing

Let’s look at these consumption methods more in-depth.

Tincture

A tincture is the extracted CBD mixed with a food grade component, such as proof grain alcohol or olive oil. You can easily swallow this by applying the tincture underneath your tongue. A tincture has two different forms:

  • Dropper
  • Spray

You either drop the oils under your tongue or spray under your tongue.

Many patients prefer swallowing the oil because it’s easy and they don’t have to breathe anything into their lungs. You’ll also get more intense effects when you ingest CBD. But it takes longer to feel the results.

Have you ever eaten a marijuana edible? If so, you probably know the effects take up to an hour to kick in. But your high is intense. It’s the same process with CBD.

The cannabinoids have to go through your whole digestive system. But more cannabinoids are absorbed into your blood through this method.

Vapor

Vapor has been the all the rage. From e-cigarettes to marijuana vapor, more people are enjoying the safer effects that vapor has on the lungs. You can also consume CBD this way.

CBD oil is converted to a vape juice that can be used with electronic cigarette devices. You can easily buy an e-cig or a mod that can be used to vape CBD oil. From here, you pour the CBD vape juice into the coils and start vaping.

People who experience pain love the benefits of CBD vapor. It’s safe for their lungs and they instantly feel the effects.

When CBD enters your lungs, it almost immediately absorbs into your bloodstream. But only a small percentage of cannabinoids enter your bloodstream with this method, so you’ll have to keep vaping throughout the day.

CBD Oil Side Effects

Another reason patients love CBD oil is the few side effects. The side effects of CBD pose no dangerous health risk. This makes CBD oil safe for a myriad of patients, including children and animals.

The biggest side effect patients experience is a dry mouth or “cotton mouth.” This is a normal side effect when you consume any type of marijuana. That’s because cannabinoids alter your salivary glands.

Just be sure to stay hydrated while taking CBD oil.

When you start ingesting CBD oil, it’s normal to experience diarrhea. Unless it gets more severe or painful, it’s nothing to worry about and should start disappearing.

Even though CBD is non-psychoactive, feeling calm and even drowsy are common symptoms. When you first start taking CBD oil, make sure you plan on staying home. Don’t drive or operate any type of machinery.

Will You Take CBD Oil for Back Pain?

Suffering from back pain is never fun. Fortunately, there are different natural and side remedies available. CBD oil for back pain is becoming more common.

CB-2 receptors are prevalent in your brain, your nervous system, and your immune system. This will help CBD communicate with your cells and will reduce pain.

Do you want to know more about CBD and marijuana? Visit our blog today!

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How Does Weed Actually Get You High? Here’s the Science

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 in Legal Cannabis

How Does Weed Actually Get You High? Here’s the Science

If you take a regular toke or two, you’ve probably heard that the thing that actually gets you high is the dopamine that cannabis floods your system with. What many don’t know is that this is actually a myth.

While it’s true that marijuana does work with our reward system, it doesn’t work by flooding us with a lot of dopamine.

So, how does weed get you high? We’ll talk more about that in this article, so read on.

The Dopamine Myth

For over four decades, scientists have said that everything that acts as an addictive substance works through flooding our brains with dopamine. Even the National Institute on Drug Abuse says that it works that way.

It’s not that they’re lying. THC does turn the brain’s reward system on. However, it doesn’t do it by hitting us with a ton of dopamine.

Studies in humans show that pot smoking only gives us a small amount of dopamine, nothing at all like what we thought before. (However, even if it did, dopamine is actually not the pleasure point that the media often portrays it as.)

While it’s true that cocaine and amphetamines will cause this dopamine rush, it’s just no the case for weed.

Anandamide, the Real Pleasure Point

So, if it’s not dopamine that gives us this burst of feel-good fun, what is it? Something has to be causing these good feelings, otherwise, weed wouldn’t be as popular as it is today.

That’s where anandamide comes in. A doctor first discovered this molecule in the early 1990s and saw that it created a “feel good” feeling.

And he was right. This molecule does a lot more than just make us feel good, though. It also helps our memory, our drive to do things, how well we can move, our pain receptors, our need to eat, our fertility, and some say it can even stop cancer cell growth.

This is because it works to help our bodies create new nerve cells while also uplifting us and decreasing our anxiety.

The only downside is that it breaks down quickly in the body, so we can’t keep these effects long-term.

How it Works

The endocannabinoid system is a system in our bodies that helps keep everything in balance. It’s comprised of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and metabolic enzymes.

Cannabinoid receptors are little beacons that sit on top of our cells and pay attention to what’s going on around it. They use that information to tell the cell how to do its job.

Endocannabinoids are outside molecules that work to turn our receptors on. Endocannabinoids are found in our bodies, while phytocannabinoids (like THC) are external.

Metabolic enzymes work to break down the endocannabinoids once our bodies are done with them.

All three of these things work together to create homeostasis in our bodies. It pays attention to when things are in any extreme and works to bring them back to “just right”.

Anandamide is an endocannabinoid, which means that we can find it in our bodies. However, THC is it’s phytocannabinoid equal, and that’s found in cannabis.

Both anandamide and THC can bind to the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. So, when you ingest weed, you’re giving your body the same effects as anandamide does.

As we mentioned, these receptors tell our body what to do. So when the THC hits those receptors, it tells them to give you the bliss and relaxation that comes with pot use.

The Other Side

Most people can use pot and be fine. However, a small group of people can feel the opposite effect.

Our bodies have an enzyme called fatty acid amide hydrolase. It deactivates the anandamide, and some people don’t create as much of it. This means that our bodies have to find other ways to break down the anandamide, so these people are usually more relaxed.

But when they consume pot, they experience the completely opposite effect. Instead of feeling calm and happy, they start to feel anxious and paranoid.

Also, just like with anything else, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. If you take too much THC, your body will start to feel the opposite reaction as well.

The Effects of Weed

Right after you smoke weed, you’ll start to feel the effects. It travels through the bloodstream at a face pace. But when you eat it, it can take upwards of an hour or more before you feel it.

There are two different strains of marijuana as well. (Well, some think there are more, and something that it’s all technically sativa, but that’s an argument for another day.) Sativa is better known for giving that euphoric feeling while indica is a great sleep aid.

However, there’s no hard science to back up the difference in the strains effects. Scientists can’t come to an agreement on the different species of marijuana, which makes it hard to have a peer-reviewed study.

How Does Weed Get You High?

So, how does weed get you high? It works with the cannabinoid receptors in your brain to produce a feeling of euphoria in the right circumstances. There’s a lot of science around weed that isn’t a sure bet, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be used as a tool to relax or manage your pain.

It’s also just a nice recreational activity if you’re so inclined.

For more information about legal ways to get high, visit our blog today.

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Indica vs. Sativa: What’s the Difference?

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Legal Cannabis

Indica vs. Sativa: What’s the Difference?

Whether you purchase marijuana to use recreationally or for medicinal purposes, you’re bound to notice the three most common strains: Indica, Sativa, and hybrid. A hybrid strain is created when Indica and Sativa are blended, but what exactly happens with the two strains independently?

What are the best uses for each and how can you identify them? Continue reading this article and we’ll clear those things up for you. Then you can choose which you think is best between Indica vs. Sativa.

A Brief History

The terms Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica were introduced in the 18th century to differentiate the species of cannabis.

The term Sativa came from Carl Linnaeus, a botanist, physician, and zoologist from Sweden. Who because of his experience naming organisms, is known as the “father of modern taxonomy.”

Indica was given its name by Jean-Baptise Lamarck, a French naturalist who first introduced the idea that humans evolved from apes.

During these times, the plants were cultivated mainly for its fiber and seeds. Whereas now the names they were given is to describe the high you get when the plants are smoked.

In fact, what we call Sativa today was originally Cannabis indica ssp. indica. Put simply, the names no longer hold the meaning they once did. But it’s still nice to know the differences between these marijuana strains in order to make informed purchasing decisions based on the way things are today.

Which Do We Smoke? Male or Female Plants?

As a plant, cannabis can be either male, female or hermaphrodite.

When male plants pollinate females, it begins the production of seeds. Female cannabis plants are seedless on their own.

This causes the female plants to grow buds that are rich in cannabinoid. So, the plants that produce the weed we smoke are all female.

Marijuana growers can choose their plants’ genders by growing clones of a parent strain. You can also gather female seeds through a special kind of breeding process.

Hermaphroditic plants are rare and contain both male and female parts. This allows the plant to pollinate itself.

Most growers try to avoid this because it spoils the seedless female plants and causes the hermaphroditic genes to pass.

Indica vs. Sativa

You don’t have to be a professional cannabis cultivator to know the difference between the Indica and Sativa strains. The first part of knowing the difference between the two is understanding how their appearances differ.

The Look of Sativa

Because this plant can reach up to 12 feet high and its branches need room to grow widely and flourish, it’s best to grow Sativa outdoors.

The leaves, buds, and colas, in the Sativa plant are more far apart and spaced out than other strains. The branches grow upward.

There isn’t much bud that grows toward the stalk of a Sativa marijuana plant. The parts of the plant that can be used, typically grow halfway up the plant’s stalk.

Most of the drawings and images you see where marijuana leaves are depicted mimic the look of Sativa. The leaves are thin and spread apart.

Additionally, toward the bottom of the plant, there are small pencil thin leaves that join together.

Sativa can grow wildly in Thailand, Southern India, Jamaica, and Mexico.

The Look of Indica

Indica strains of cannabis grow much to be smaller than Sativa, they grow to be about 6 feet tall. However, they grow quicker and in larger amounts.

The branches and leaves at the top of the plant are narrow and pointed while it thickens as you reach the bottom. This shape is very similar to pine trees.

The usable buds on Indica are mainly located at the bottom where the density is. The leaves on this strain are much wider than Sativa’s although the pattern is very similar.

Indica varieties are primarily cultivated in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Northern India, Tibet, and Nepal.

How is the Sativa High?

The levels of THC in Sativa are much higher than the levels of CBD. This makes for a more energetic, perky high. It’s one that you would definitely prefer in the daytime or if you were out partying, socializing, or simply want to be in your own happy little bubble while staying at home.

If you are smoking this strain for medicinal purposes, it will help treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • An inability to focus or be creative
  • Low serotonin levels

Sativa is best known for its cerebral or psychedelic high.

How is the Indica High?

The levels of CBD in Indica are much higher than the levels of THC, which means it has great mellowing effects.

The high from Indica is the opposite of Sativa. Instead of giving you a burst of energy, this strain will help you feel relaxed. It’s a great natural alternative to dangerous, habit-forming sleeping pills as it puts most people straight to sleep.

If you want to use Indica for medicinal purposes, it can:

  • Treat insomnia
  • Stop muscle spasms
  • Ease anxiety
  • Reduce nausea
  • Increase appetite
  • Release dopamine

Indica provides more of a full body high. This means it can enhance some physical sensations. Some people notice differences in the way food tastes and the way things sound.

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