Indica, Sativa & Hybrids...What's the difference?
Alot of you are new to cannabis medicine and the information out there is extensive and sometimes confusing! I wanted to say a bit about the types of cannabis so that you know the differences between them.
Cannabis indica plants are short and stout, about 2-4 feet tall. They have broad leaves and tend to be a darker green. The plants are believed to have originated in the middle east, they tend to like cooler climates and do better with harsher conditions. The effects of Indica is a very relaxed feeling, many people use Indica after a long day of work to relieve stress, relieve pain and help them fall asleep since it mainly affects the body.
Sativa strains are taller and thinner than Indicas. They have more narrow leaves and brighter green. They originated in the equatorial countries of Columbia, Mexico, Thailand, and South East Asia and thrive in warmer and more temperate weather. Sativa strains are known to produce a cerebral high and is very uplifting and stimulating....great for people with depression. Sativias are great for during the day when you want to be more alert.
Hybrids are strains that are in between sativa and indica. They encompass all the great qualities of both Indica and Sativa, but they tend to be either more sativa dominant or indica dominant. Many strains out there today are hybrids with varying amounts of CBD and THC. Hybrids allow breeders to manipulate the genetics to have either a higher THC level or higher CBD level. The strain that we use in our high CBD tinctures is a hybrid called AC/DC which is a phenotype of the parent plant "Cannatonic" and is considered a sativa dominant plant. Its extremely high concentration of CBD (cannabidiol) and low THC makes the AC/DC strain ideal for anxiety and pain management among many other conditions.....
A group of researchers commissioned by the United States government has unwittingly found that cannabis can actually kill cancer cells. The research was done by a team at St. George’s University of London and found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) weakened cancer cells and made them more susceptible to radiation treatment...to read more please see this article in the Washington Post.