Cannabis: "Sativa" vs. "Indica."
The topic of medicinal marijuana
The topic of medicinal marijuana (the common name given to the psychotropic plant " weed / cannabis ") is, nowadays, one of the most talked about and debated topics in the scientific community, not only because of the large, and growing, investment of international giants in the medicinal marijuana industry, but precisely because of the respective medicinal properties that it offers to the consumer.
From schizophrenic and depressive pictures, to chronic mental diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, treatment of cancer cells, etc. Medical marijuana has the ability to provide substantial physical and mental support to patients where "traditional" and highly chemical and invasive drugs often fail.
The benefits are numerous and varied but, more importantly, they are real, objective and conclusive. However, there is still a great cloud of ignorance, or disinterest, in the general public when distinguishing between the strains, or species of cannabis, that confer these benefits, not only to clinical patients, but also to the sporadic and recreational consumer of it.
Cannabis Sativa vs. Cannabis Indica.
The two best known and most commonly used strains are the so-called Sativa and Indica strains. Both obviously come from the same parent plant but with different properties, and consequently different effects on the consumer.
Differences and physical and morphological characteristics of the 'naked eye' strains.
Sativa plants are tall, loosely branched and have long, narrow leaves. This strain is generally grown outdoors and can reach up to 6 meters in height.
Indica plants are generally smaller, densely branched and have wider leaves. They are best suited to grow indoors.
Morphology and physical appearance of the different strains.
Indica and Sativa strains, as mentioned earlier, have their own unique effects: Sativa plants are generally more stimulating to the consumer, while Indica tend to be more sedative and relaxing.
The neurological effect of Sativa is highly energetic, hormonal and more suitable for daytime use. It gives a feeling of well-being and tranquility and is widely consumed in social situations. It also increases and stimulates the consumer's creativity. The effects of this strain are directly related to the high presence of the molecular compound "CBD" (Canabidiol).
Indica plants, however, tend to have the opposite effect. The sedative, soothing and relaxing sensation conferred by it makes it widely used for depressive and anxiety crises, for example. Indicas are also often used to relieve stress and help with sleep imbalances, and are therefore advised for night use. The effects caused by this strain are directly related to the high presence of the molecular compound "THC" (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
Molecular difference between the compounds "THC" and "CBD".
In general, Indica are better for physical diseases such as pain and inflammation, and Sativa are better for certain mental conditions such as chronic anxiety, deep depression and "ADHD" (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Tips For Growing Marijuana Indoors
There are several tips that should be heeded for growing marijuana indoors; this can be an exciting and fun endeavor if certain rules are followed.
The first rule that should be done each time the grow room is going to be entered, washing your hands, this will help to keep from carrying contaminants into the plants. The tools used on the plants should be included in this as well as the room it should be kept clean. That will help the plants to avoid disease, contaminants or bugs.
Choosing only seeds of the highest quality can produce an exceptional crop, because approximately 90 percent of a plants health depends on the care they receive and the type of seed that is chosen.
When planting use a quality soil mix and make certain that it is sterilized dirt and not something from the yard that can have disease and bugs. These could be detrimental to the plants, and they may die off prior to reaching maturity.
Do not over water the plants or over fertilize them and check the pH level often so that you know the soil is at the level for the plants to grow healthy.
Monitor the temperature, the humidity and the ventilation and this is crucial for the plants and a good harvest. The light is one of the most important factors in having a good harvest so the light must be monitored at all times.
The last rule is to keep your indoor marijuana garden a secret; it is not wise to let anyone know about the crop for several reasons, even though it is exciting growing your own marijuana plants.