Cannapedia Encyclopedia of cannabis strains




One of the first things you will notice while browsing Cannapedia website is probably a color distinction dividing all the strains into three main categories: Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid. The original classification of cannabis strains as Indicas and Sativas dates back to the 18th century, when first Swedish biologist Carl Linné identified Sativa in 1737 and then French scientist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck described Indica in 1785.

What Is The Difference?

The most accepted way of distinguishing Indica and Sativa is by their appearance (or morphology in scientific terms): Sativa plants are usually tall and thin, loosely branched and have long, narrow leaves. They can reach up to six meters and are suitable for growing outdoors.

Besides appearance, the two species are believed to have different effects on the user. The main effects of Sativa should be uplifting, cerebral, euphoric, or energizing – that is why Sativas are best suited for day use.

However, no scientific study has so far confirmed these differences and effects, and there is some doubt about their accuracy as we are just beginning to understand the effects of individual cannabinoids and other compounds found in cannabis plants.

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