Durban Poison. As its name suggests, this pure sativa originated from the South African port city of Durban. The strain is famous for its stimulating effects courtesy of its 15% to 25% THC content. It produces a focused and creative kick that works wonders during busy work days. The parent strain of Durban Poison grew on its own, flourishing in the fields in Africa. Hence, it does not have complex growth and maintenance requirements.
Super Lemon Haze. The acclaimed Sativa-heavy hybrid won first prize in the overall category of the 2008 and 2009 High Times Cannabis Cup. Of sweet lemon scent and taste, the strain awakes the senses even with just its zest. It also shares an energetic and uplifting mental effect thanks to its up to 20 to 25% THC volume.
Pineapple OG. Perhaps only available on the West Coast, Pineapple OG can be challenging to get hold of. Nonetheless, the variant still became quite popular due to its unusual sweet pineapple taste with a hint of spice and potent hit. Being a cross between OG Kush and Pineapple Express, its up to 26% of THC strength is no surprise. It can also provide an upbeat high with some buzz throughout the body.
Sour Diesel. Also called Sour D or Sour Deez, Sour Diesel is a legendary brand in the 420 world. The nearly pure Sativa is known for its soaring head high and unique chemical essence. The variant is also useful in managing pain and halting nausea. With such features and up to 26% THC capacity, it also became a popular parent strain that birthed to other hybrids such as Sour Jack and Sour Tsunami.
Island Sweet Skunk. A Canadian original, Island Sweet Skunk was bred and born in the Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It is also sometimes called the Sweet Island Skunk and is a descendant of Sweet Pink Grapefruit and Big Skunk #1. The herb has a distinct tropical citrus taste and grapefruit-like aroma. However, its primary selling point is its ability to boost energy and palliate mild pains. Although usually containing a robust THC kick of 16 to 25%, some varieties of the strain come with higher amounts of CBD. Hence, Island Sweet Skunk can also be excellent in alleviating inflammation, anxiety, and muscle spasms.
Afghani. Afghani is one of the most celebrated strains of all time and is the epitome of what an Indica should bring to the table. The plant is named after its country of origin, where it was found thriving even in the comfortless environment of the Hindu Kush Mountains. It is also known for its massive resin production that is a highly coveted feature in both the breeding and consuming scenes. Never faltering even with the current trend of whopping THC levels, Afghani’s 16 to 20% can give a strong psychedelic punch. Besides, the almost pure Indica can deliver a deep, full-body relaxation that slowly transitions to a restful sleep.
Northern Lights. An Afghani and Thai landrace strains blend, Northern Lights is one of the most famous variants since the dawn of hybrids. It also brought forth other notable fusions such as Shiva Skunk and Super Silver Haze. The resilient plant captivates with its pungent, sweet, and spicy aroma. Then, once consumed, it shares an abundance of euphoria and body relaxation. It also momentarily crushes pain, stress, and depression to a pulp with its 16 to 18% THC weight.
Purple Kush. The 100% Indica Purple Kush rose in the Oakland area of California. It is the result of crossbreeding Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani. Named as one of the “Top 10 Most Powerful Strains in the World” by the High Times magazine, the variant’s THC levels can reach up to 27%. The kush has a subtle, earthy aroma, combined with the distinct sweet overtones. Initially, it sends a blissful and long-lasting euphoria. Then, within minutes, a relaxing and somewhat numbing sensation will crawl into every part of the body until it is fully engulfed. Purple Kush is often used for pain management, ceasing insomnia, and alleviating chronic stress.
Blueberry Kush. Although sweet like dessert, Blueberry Kush is a mean-punching Indica hybrid. In fact, it is considered one of the most robust medical variants available today with a strapping THC capacity of up to 24%. The strain is known to immerse the body with a heavy, sedating buzz. Hence, it is best for nighttime use and is excellent in appeasing insomnia. As the herb also increases the desire to eat, it is a valuable aid to appetite concerns as well. On top of that, its uplifting mood effects help relieve stress and anxiety.
God’s Gift. God’s Gift grew in popularity in the California cannabis scene in 2005. The variant is especially in-demand for its ability to mitigate PMS, chemotherapy side-effects, and inflammation. Boasting of grape, hash, and citrus flavors, the strain showcases its Granddaddy Purple and OG Kush lineage at the outset. Then, it proves its 18 to 22% THC strength by sending the mind into a dreamy daze. An overpowering relaxation follows shared by its 90% Indica genetics.
It’s A Draw
Sativa and Indica both have a blurry past. Nonetheless, with their immense recreational and therapeutic value, their future is without a single doubt looking bright.
The two cannabis types have features that set them apart from each other. However, their overall merit is never about their distinct attributes. Rather, regardless if one is of Sativa or Indica roots, the chemical makeup of the strain is what truly matters. To know which variant is best to cultivate or consume, contemplate on its intended purpose and the preferred effects among others.