The difference between Indica and Sativa is said to be debatable. Did each species evolve naturally or did they evolve thanks to human cultivation? Is one better for daytime and the other better for nighttime? Does one energize and inspire creativity while the other induces sleep and relaxation?
In short, we’re still figuring out the answers to all these questions, and the debate over how to classify the plant species.
So far, scientific studies have yet to provide definitive and conclusive evidence that can answer the common questions, but there is a general consensus that exists about the difference between Indica and Sativa that’s widely accepted by legal Cannabis users and distributors. When describing Indacloud products, this is the consensus we generally agree with and
A Brief History of Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica
Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa are closely related but have been classified as two different plant species entirely for centuries. Cannabis Indica plants are shorter and shrub-like whereas Sativa plants are taller and more tree-like. The leaves of the Indica plant are also broader whereas Sativa leaves are more long and narrow.
The indigenous origins of Cannabis are unknown but thought to be from Eastern Asia, but both species have been so widely cultivated that many experts believe humans have influenced the evolution of the plants.
Cannabis Sativa was first classified in 1753 by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus with “Sativa” coming from the Latin “sativum” meaning “things that are cultivated.” This is due to the fact that Cannabis Sativa has been cultivated since the beginning of recorded history and for many uses, including food, fiber, seed oil, and medicine as well as recreational and spiritual.
Cannabis Indica was classified later in 1785 by French botanist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck who had collected specimens from India. He described the difference in species much like we do today–Indica plants being short and broad and Sativa being tall and slim. The origins of Cannabis Indica are thought to be the Hindu Kush mountains in modern-day Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.
The unique climate of the region is what affects the shape, growth, and properties of the plant, and It’s unclear whether cannabis was introduced to the region by humans or if it grew there naturally. In any case, the cultivation of these plants is not new, and we are rediscovering the natural benefits they can offer.
Indica Vs Sativa – The Effects and Hybrid Blends
The general consensus is that Sativa strains are more energizing and Indica strains are more relaxing or sedating. Many of our customers use Indica strains to help them relax or fall asleep, and Sativa strains are popular for daytime use–some people find they can help with focus, mood, and creativity.
Today cannabis cultivators intentionally breed their plants for certain properties, which may include more or less THC or CBD content, flowering times, tolerance to climate, and other factors.
When it comes to hybrid blends, the effects can vary, but you’ll often find that the effects “balance each other out” in the sense that with an Indica-dominant strain, you enjoy the relaxing effects of Indica without falling asleep or getting “couch-locked” and with a Sativa-dominant hybrid you can enjoy the stimulating effects of Sativa without bouncing off the walls.
Consumer demand has led to an explosion of countless types of hybrid blends, many of which may still be unknown to science and the legal cannabis industry. But because legal cannabis is so highly regulated, we are creating certainty around how our products at Indicaloud are made.
The biggest known difference we’ve made in reducing the risk of paranoia and intense psychoactivity by infusing our products with Delta 8 THC rather than Delta 9 gummies. While exact responses to cannabis vary from person to person, Delta 8 THC is a compound that reportedly has less intense effects than Delta 9.
What Percent THC is Delta 8 THC?
Delta-8 THC has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. It’s a minor cannabinoid that’s structurally similar to delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. Delta-8 THC is known for its milder psychoactive effects and is touted by some as a legal alternative to delta-9 THC. One of the most common questions about delta-8 THC is what percentage of THC it contains. In this blog post, we’ll explore the answer to that question and provide some background information about delta-8 THC.
What is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC is a minor cannabinoid that occurs naturally in cannabis plants. It’s similar to delta-9 THC in its chemical structure, but it has a few differences that make it unique. Delta-8 THC has a double bond on the eighth carbon atom, while delta-9 THC has a double bond on the ninth carbon atom. This subtle difference gives delta-8 THC some distinct properties.
One of the most significant differences between delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC is their psychoactive effects. Delta-9 THC is known for its potent psychoactive effects, which can be intense for some users. Delta-8 THC, on the other hand, is known for its milder psychoactive effects. Many people report feeling relaxed and calm after using delta-8 THC, without the intense high that comes with delta-9 THC.
Another difference between the two compounds is their legal status. Delta-9 THC is illegal at the federal level in the United States, as it’s classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Delta-8 THC, on the other hand, is legal in many states, as it’s derived from hemp and falls under the legal threshold of 0.3% delta-9 THC.
What Percentage of THC is Delta-8 THC?
The percentage of THC in delta-8 THC can vary depending on the product. In general, delta-8 THC products contain anywhere from 0.1% to 99% delta-8 THC. The percentage of delta-8 THC in a product will depend on several factors, including the extraction method used, the quality of the starting material, and the intended use of the product.
Delta-8 THC can be extracted from cannabis plants using several different methods. One of the most common methods is through a chemical reaction that converts CBD to delta-8 THC. This method typically produces a product that’s high in delta-8 THC, often around 95% or higher. Other methods, such as distillation or chromatography, can produce products with lower delta-8 THC percentages.
The quality of the starting material can also impact the percentage of delta-8 THC in a product. High-quality hemp plants that are rich in cannabinoids will typically yield products with higher percentages of delta-8 THC. Low-quality plants or plants that have been grown in suboptimal conditions may produce products with lower percentages of delta-8 THC.
Finally, the intended use of the product can impact the percentage of delta-8 THC. Products that are designed for recreational use, such as delta-8 THC flower or edibles, may have higher percentages of delta-8 THC. Products that are designed for medical use, such as delta-8 THC tinctures or capsules, may have lower percentages of delta-8 THC.
Is Delta-8 THC Safe?
Delta-8 THC is generally considered safe when used responsibly. However, as with any cannabinoid, there are potential side effects to be aware of. Some users may experience dry mouth, red eyes, dizziness, or paranoia when using delta-8 THC. These side effects are typically mild and short-lived, but they can be more pronounced in some users.
Indica Vs Sativa – Final Thoughts
We still have a lot to learn, so take these insights as guidelines rather than rules, and always be sure to get to know how your body reacts to cannabis so that you can always have the best experience possible.
If you’re testing the waters of Delta 8 cannabis, try starting out with moderate doses of gummies or chocolates and see how you feel.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC is a minor cannabinoid that occurs naturally in cannabis plants. It has a chemical structure similar to delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. Delta-8 THC is known for its milder psychoactive effects and is considered a legal alternative to delta-9 THC in some states.
How is Delta-8 THC different from Delta-9 THC?
Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC have a few differences that make them unique. Delta-8 THC has a double bond on the eighth carbon atom, while delta-9 THC has a double bond on the ninth carbon atom. This subtle difference gives delta-8 THC some distinct properties, including milder psychoactive effects and a legal status in some states.
Is Delta-8 THC legal?
The legality of Delta-8 THC varies by state and country. In the United States, Delta-8 THC is legal at the federal level as long as it’s derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3% delta-9 THC. However, some states have banned Delta-8 THC or placed restrictions on its sale.
What are the potential benefits of Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC is believed to have many potential benefits, including pain relief, anxiety reduction, and nausea relief. Some users also report feeling relaxed and calm after using Delta-8 THC, without the intense high that comes with delta-9 THC.
How do you consume Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC can be consumed in a variety of ways, including smoking, vaping, edibles, tinctures, and topicals. The method of consumption will depend on the individual’s preferences and the intended use of the product.
What are the potential side effects of Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC is generally considered safe when used responsibly. However, some users may experience side effects, including dry mouth, red eyes, dizziness, or paranoia. These side effects are typically mild and short-lived, but they can be more pronounced in some users.
Can Delta-8 THC cause a drug test to be positive?
Yes, Delta-8 THC can cause a drug test to be positive for THC. While Delta-8 THC is legal at the federal level, some drug tests are not able to distinguish between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC. It’s important for individuals who are subject to drug testing to be aware of this potential risk.