Mr. Buzz Killington here, resident MNG newbie, with another personal tale. We’ve all heard about Sativas and Indicas, and the differences between them. Sativas are traditionally a daytime smoke, more of a creative high without the “couch lock” of an indica. Indicas are more of a nighttime smoke, to help people sleep and help with pain.
From the time I got my card, Sativas have really intrigued me. However, Sativas come with a warning. For people who have issues with anxiety, Sativas can often exacerbate anxiety, and potentially cause panic attacks. For that reason, I’ve actually avoided Sativas. I’ve been super apprehensive about trying something that could potentially made my anxiety even worse. However, I also suffer for pretty bad depression, and I couldn’t continue to ignore the huge amount of reports which have stated that Sativas are excellent for helping depression. After a few years of avoiding them, I finally decided screw it… the only way to really know is to give it a shot.
When I moved to California, I decided to pick up a huge variety of flower over the course of more than a year. Mostly Indicas, but also the occasional Sativa, just in case. I bought the classics, Blue Dream, Jack Herer, Cheese, etc.
Over the past few days, I’ve finally started trying a few of these, mainly Blue Dream and Jack Herer, and I have to say, my experiment has left me with one major revelation, which is undoubtedly old news to most more experienced smokers. The type of high really is different. And for my own personal reasons, I’m starting to think that Sativas may be better a better medicine for me.
I’ve really noticed that Indicas give me a much more pronounce stoned feeling, which in my personal experience is not really conducive for getting anything done. If I feel genuinely stoned, I don’t feel that I can actually do anything. I certainly don’t feel like I could go out and interact with the world. However, with Sativas, I feel like I could. The “stoned” feeling is much less pronounced, and doesn’t feel like being impaired in any way. I wouldn’t necessarily want to go out driving, but I think I could interact with the world without fear or paranoia.
The primary symptom of my depression is chronic fatigue, and even exhaustion. I’m often tired from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep. I’ve noticed that a Sativa tends to make my exhaustion less noticeable, and I feel a bit happier and less aware of my fatigue. The same amount of medicine that with an Indica would have me losing track of time and feeling disconnected makes me feel a bit more alert, happy, and relaxed at the same time.
Now I’m fully aware that many people reading this are probably saying “Duh, dude, we know this already” but I’m not writing it for you guys. I’m writing for people who may be new to marijuana, or at least understanding marijuana like myself. I was a regular smoker in college, but like most kids my age I had no idea what I was smoking, as far as Indica vs Sativa and THC/CBD levels. Weed was weed, as far as I knew.
As I reintroduce myself to the world of marijuana, I’ll continue to share my thoughts and observations. If they’re helpful, let me know. If you don’t care, let me know that too. Any feedback is welcomed.