South Asian Sativa
About South Asian Sativa
Although the Indian subcontinent and its surrounding areas are the birthplace of cannabis indica (indica is actually Latin for “Indian”), sativa varieties have been historically cultivated in the region as well. South Asian Sativas are known for having a deep, musky aroma as well as surging mental effects. The THC content of these strains has been measured at between
Flowers of South Asian Sativas are medium to large in size and maintain an elongated shape, like small green branches. The buds have a distinctively loose and wispy sativa structure, with long and feathery leaves. These leaves are a pale shade of green and are interspersed with curly orange hairs (which are actually pistils, reproductive structures intended to catch pollen). A blanket of translucent white trichomes coats these ragged-looking buds, accounting for their potency.
South Asian Sativas may not be appreciably different in aroma from their indica counterparts. The cured flowers give off a rich, earthy scent of wood and soil, as well as some discernible notes of skunk. Grinding up the buds can also releases some harsh, diesel-like odors. When South Asian Sativas are combusted, they can give off a heavy and sour smoke that may cause coughing and watery eyes. On the exhale, this smoke can taste sour and skunky.
Unsurprisingly, this potent landrace sativa begins exerting its effect quickly. Sometimes before they’ve even finished coughing on its acrid smoke, consumers may feel some concerted pressure around the temples and cheekbones. This strange tic is soon met with changes in sensory perception -- sights or sounds may suddenly seem much more intense, and an inexplicable feeling of time dilation may occur. Smokers may also experience cognitive changes in addition to these sensory effects. Thoughts may seem to take on a new complexity and intensity; similarly, Ideas may careen from one to the next in free association. This cerebral state of mind can be put to use in the service of detailed, analytical tasks. It may also spark inspiration for those working on more open-ended, creative projects. Those who aren’t feeling quite as productive, meanwhile, can just enjoy this sativa’s buzz while going about otherwise boring chores or errands.
With no indica influences, South Asian Sativas are not known to bring about many lethargic physical effects. In fact, consumers are more likely to vibrate with energy and mental stimulation than to sink into the closest couch. As such, South Asian Sativas can a provide day-long buzz that may enhance everything from some moderate exercise to a long nature hike. Because of their mostly wide-awake vibe, South Asian Sativas are recommended for consumption during the day -- or even enjoyed as a wake-and-bake treat.
This stimulating strain can also have several benefits for medical cannabis patients. Its long-lasting focus can be a boon to those with attention deficit disorders. Its mood-boosting effects can also temporarily silence the troubling symptoms of mild to moderate stress or depression. Physical applications are limited, but include a relief from chronic aches and pains as well as anti-inflammatory properties that address minor concerns like headaches. Because its feeling of “mindrace” may be overwhelming in certain circumstances, South Asian Sativas are not recommended for patients who are prone to paranoia or panic.
Seeds of this landrace strain may be difficult to come by and do not appear to be available online. Those looking to grow it at home should find a reliable, trusted source in possession of genuine plants of the strain; clippings can be taken of these plants and propagated as clones. They can grown indoors or out, and may fare especially well outdoors thanks to their hardy genes. Plants can grow rather tall and may require indoor gardeners to occasionally prune back their crops to keep height manageable. South Asian Sativas flower within a relatively long 10 weeks.
Those lucky enough to try this legendary sativa should add it to their arsenal. It provides persistent stimulation and a deep, memorable flavor.