Posted on

sativa cbd strains

Do your own research — you won’t find a CBD flower company that holds a candle to Secret Nature. Our lab reports are more thorough, our customer reviews are more enthusiastic, and our products are clearly top-shelf through and through.

The latest research indicates, though, that cannabinoids and terpenes change each other’s effects through a phenomenon called entourage effect . It appears that the various plant oils present in hemp flower work in synergy to deliver strain-specific effects.

When they’re still growing, indica-dominant and sativa-dominant cannabis plants look markedly different. Indica plants have wider, purplish leaves, and sativa plants have greener, finger-shaped leaves. While sativa-dominant cannabis grows tall and stretchy, indica grows short and squat.

In dried-and-cured nug form, indica and sativa cannabis can be distinguished from each other with the following criteria:

Batch-specific lab report

Reviewers comment on the perfect density and trim job on Secret Nature Papaya nights nugs. They say this strain is calming and energizing at the same time, and Tyler G. gives us one of our best compliments yet: “This place really surprised me with quality I have not found anything even close to comparable.”

Now that you’re even more of an expert on the differences between sativa and indica than you were before, it’s time to touch on some of the main points you should consider as you choose the right sativa-dominant, low-THC buds:

Papaya Nights is our most popular haze sativa strain, and one look at the frosty colas this CBD-rich strain produces is enough to see why.


Brands market themselves. That’s the nature of the business world. You can’t fully trust anyone who has their own agenda, however, which is why it’s better to look to your peers for guidance. When thousands of verified reviewers have given a brand five-star accolades, it’s clear that they’re onto something.

Both sativa-dominant and indica-dominant cannabis strains, however, are from the same species — Cannabis sativa . As a result, it might be simpler to call strains with sativa genetics strains “sativa-dominant” rather than just “sativa.”

Sativa cbd strains

Cannabis is an incredibly diverse crop that produces over one hundred aromatic and psychoactive compounds with distinct aromas and effects. Adding to the complexity of cannabis compounds, research has also indicated the possibility of an “entourage effect,” whereby terpenes interact with cannabinoids to mediate different psychoactive effects.

Almost half of all Canadians have tried cannabis at some point in their lives. If you’re one of them, you’ve probably been confronted with the choice between buying strains labelled indica or sativa.

Our team of researchers at Dalhousie University worked with Bedrocan International, a Dutch medical cannabis company, to study hundreds of cannabis strains with indica and sativa labels. We measured the chemical compounds produced by each strain. This included not only the major psychoactive cannabinoids like THC and CBD but also the terpenes that give cannabis its distinctive aromas. We also measured the genetic profiles and were then able to examine the chemical and genetic differences between strains.

Some people are adamant that indica strains are sedative with earthy aromas. In contrast, sativa strains are supposedly energizing with sweet aromas. However, the extent to which indica and sativa labels actually capture meaningful information is unclear.

Broken telephone

On the other hand, strains labelled sativa had higher amounts of sweet and herbal terpenes, like farnesene and bergamotene. These findings echo what cannabis consumers have long said about the differences between the two labels.

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.

In certain cases, we found weak correlations between indica and sativa labels and a small number of the aromatic terpenes. Strains labelled indica tended to have higher amounts of the terpene myrcene, which is thought to contribute to sedation and the more intense “couch-lock” effect.


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.

Dalhousie University provides funding as a member of The Conversation CA-FR.