Most dispensary offerings usually consist of three sections: indica, sativa, and hybrid. Indica and sativa are the primary varieties of the cannabis plant, each having a distinct appearance and physiological impact. But what’s the difference between indica and sativa?
Just like pairing food and drink, choosing between indica and sativa can be a bit of work. Not all cannabis strains are alike, nor do they have identical effects. While some strains are great for daytime consumption, others are best for evenings. Ideally, you want to find the right type of cannabis for you.
This article will help you determine not just the different types of cannabis strains and their effects, but which cannabis strains work best for you when it comes to indica vs sativa. Keep reading to have greater knowledge of Sativa, and Indica strains.
With Afghanistan, India, and Pakistani origins, indica plants grow short and bushy, with broad, vigorous leaves. Usually, indica strains produce flowers with dank, earthy, and sometimes cheesy aromas. This is due to terpenes which are aromatic compounds in the cannabis plant.
When consuming indica strains, you get a “body high.” If you have that one cannabis enthusiastic friend who smokes and gets couch-locked, it’s most likely due to indica strains. This is because indica strains are great for relaxation.
While the medical benefits of indica cannabis are not proven, most people often use it medically for body pain and inflammation. Other conditions which may be useful with indica strains include arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Indica can best be used recreationally at the end of a long day at work when the only thing in your mind is to sleep or relax.
Popular indica strains include Afghani, blue dream, Northern Lights.
Originating from Asia, Turkey, and Northern Africa, sativa plants grow tall and skinny, with thin leaves. Overall, sativas require more time to grow and have lesser yields than indica strains. Their flower usually has a sweet, fruity, or even spicy smell which is because of its terpenes.
Typically, sativas strains can provide a more active, creative high which helps you focus on art and music. Sativa strains tend to make users smart and while it won’t make you a great artist, it will probably give you some exciting ideas. Unlike indicas, which typically have an all-body high, sativa high starts in your brain before moving to the body.
Sativa strains provide stimulating effects, which make them suitable for daytime consumption. Furthermore, due to its impact on the mind, medical marijuana doctors typically recommend sativas for psychological conditions like anxiety and PTSD.
Popular sativa strains include Haze, Sour Diesel, and Jack Herer.
There are many chemical and even physical differences between indica and sativa. However, their main difference lies in their physiological effects. Indica strains offer a more relaxing and stronger body high while sativa strains offer a more active, and cerebral high.
Both Indica and Sativa strains also have very distinct appearances and effects. Sativa plants grow tall, and skinny, with up to 13 fingers. Indicas on the other hand, grow short and bushy with fewer fingers, possessing anywhere from seven to nine. Their leaves are bulky and broader than that of a Sativa plant.
After looking at the effects of both strains, sativa strains are suggested for daytime use and Indica for nighttime. You can consume sativa during the day to get more productive and consume indica at night to wind down. Still don’t know which strain is best for you. Now might be a good time to schedule an appointment with Trilogy Medicinal – Port St. Lucie Medical Marijuana Doctor and Cannabis cards and talk to our certified Physician to see if medical marijuana may be for you.