Understanding the Effects of Indica vs. Sativa
Throughout the decades since cannabis prohibition began in 1937, its use by humans has been largely misunderstood due to a lack of research, funding and legality. This has left us guessing as to why certain species – or, more accurately, different strains – of the same plant elicit varying effects when consumed. Many hypotheses have been put forward over the years with most centering upon either differences between species (indica vs. sativa) or cannabinoid content and ratios.
With today’s shifting political landscape and public perception of cannabis, we are finding out – through real scientific research and technology – that these notions are likely incorrect. However, one central point holds fast. The varying effects we feel from one variety to another is, in fact, chemical. But those effects may not be coming from the compounds we originally thought.