The biggest differentiation made between breeds of cannabis are Sativas and Indicas. We generally equate Sativa with an upbeat and more cerebral high, with Indica being a more sedating body high. The true difference between Sativa and Indica however is the climate in which the genetics develop.
Sativas were originally found in warmer climates closer to sea level, which lead them to develop a tall lanky structure with long thin leaves. Indicas came from cooler climates with higher altitudes and developed a short bushy hardy structure.
Sativas and Indicas do not truly represent a difference in psychoactive effects. Indicas were attributed to a more sedating high, due to their high production of trichomes, to act as a protective layer against the environments in which they are naturally found. Since Sativas produce fewer trichomes than Indicas, they are associated with a lighter high that can be more upbeat. That is not the case with modern day Sativas and Indicas, very few strains can truly be called Sativa or Indica now. What we have learned in recent years of cannabis research is that chemicals called terpenes have more of an influence in guiding the high, whether more cerebral or physical (sedative).
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