One of the first things most cannabis users learn is to distinguish the difference between marijuana species—cannabis Sativa and cannabis Indica, that is. For some, the lesson is learned by trial and error, but for those patients looking to learn a bit more about one of Nature’s best medicines, here’s a simple history of the cannabis plant.
Much like the marijuana or hemp plant itself, the classifications for the different species of cannabis are quite ancient. Some of the earliest taxonomic evidence found suggests that the classifications between cannabis Indica and cannabis Sativa began as early as the 18th century when taxonomists began to notice differences between the two species’ structure and resin production.
Indicas are thought to have originated near the Hindu Kush range in the Himalayas near Afghanistan. Because of this, Indicas are more tolerant of cold and inclement weather than Sativas. As protection against the harsh climate conditions of their native region, this species of cannabis evolved to develop thick coats of resin. The resin produced by Indicas is cannabinoid-dense and also one of the reasons that Indicas contain such high levels of THC. Physically,Indica plants are typically shorter and stouter than their counterpart and have wider leaves.
Unlike their hearty and hardy northern cousins, Sativas thrive in temperate, humid areas that are found closer to the equator. First classified by Carl Linnaeus in 1753, Sativas originate from the warm climates of Mexico, Central America, and Southeast Asia. These plants thrive easily outdoors in the heat and are especially prone to growing between 18-25 feet tall during flowering time. Physically, the Sativa plant is long, tall, and thin. In fact, a Sativa leaf may be one of most well-known symbols for marijuana.
In addition to differences in geographic origin and appearance, cannabis Sativa and cannabis Indica strains can also be differentiated by:
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