Last updated: January 31, 2019

What Does Sativa-Dominant Mean?

A sativa-dominant strain of marijuana is likely made from a cross (hybrid) of sativa and indica strains of cannabis, but it leans more of the sativa side in terms of its growth pattern and the effects it has on the end user. A pure sativa strain would have no indica characteristics whatsoever, coming from two parent plants that were both pure sativas.

Sativa-dominant strains of cannabis are known for their ability to provide those who consume them with a 'head high'. They are often prescribed medicinally for treatment of depression.

Sativa-dominant strains tend to be higher-yielding than indica-dominant strains, but produce lower THC levels. Conversely, they tend to produce higher CBD levels than indica species, but not always.


Maximum Yield Explains Sativa-Dominant

Physically, sativa-dominant strains are taller and thinner, with narrower and lighter green leaves than their Indica counterparts. Pure Sativa species can grow up to 20 to 25 feet tall (6- 7.6 meters).

Unless a commercial greenhouse space is available, usually sativa-dominant strains are grown outdoors. Their natural range is in warm weather Equatorial countries around the globe.

Sativa strains are often used as “daytime” cannabis, since it does not induce the fatigue and lethargy that indica strains can. Some users report that they are able to think more clearly while under the influence of sativa-dominant strains.

While certainly not always true, names of strains that include “haze” in them are usually sativa-dominant strains. Some commonly grown and distributed strains of sativa-dominant species include: J1, Juicy Fruit, Mars OG, Mauwie Wauwie, Neptune OG, NYC Diesel, Purple Haze, Purple Trainwreck, Strawberry Cough, and Trinity to name just a few.


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