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Sativa short for Cannabis Sativa is one of the three major classifications of the Cannabis plant. Sativa strains are generally very tall plants that are lighter in color and they require more time to grow as compared to Indica, but they can grow up to 5 feet tall. Cannabis Sativa is well known for its energetic and uplifting effect, often to treat depression and encourage creativity and amiability. Sativa’s are also used by people at parties and its uplifting effects sometimes lead to anxiety and paranoia in users.