Indica vs. Sativa

Monday, Nov 2, 2020 | Education

Traditionally, ‘Indica’ and ‘Sativa’ labels have been used to describe the expected physiological effects of a given cultivar. When you browse the list of cannabis cultivars (strains) at your favorite dispensary, do you usually search for an Indica or Sativa? . For example, most of us believe that ‘Sativa’ typically refers to strains that produce a “head-centric day-time high”, while ‘Indica’ refers to strains that produce a “body-centric night-time high”.

We believe this idea has been outdated through the hybridization of cannabis. Many commercial growers have selected “hybrids” based on particular traits. Common traits cultivators generally look for are terpene content, harvest weights, high THC content, bud structure, and even color. Over time, massive genetic changes across cultivars have occurred. As a result, the majority of all cannabis cultivars are actually a hybridized version of the original and very few strains can still be classified as an Indica or Sativa.

At Dialed In…we are helping guide the community away from these outdated designations by keeping it off our packaging. We know this classification system is outdated because it does not account for the entourage effect, crucial for understanding which specific terpenes and cannabinoids are the right choice for you. Let’s shrug aside this outdated classification system and focus on the actual terpene profile of each different cultivar.

Want to see terpene reports? We got you covered, our website is a treasure trove of terpene and cannabinoid reports. We also help interpret them with our hash maker notes that address genetics and terpene profiles from each batch.

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