Sativa vs Indica: What’s the Difference?

Whether you’re a novice or experienced consumer, you may still find yourself wondering, “what type of strain would be best for me?” Marijuana is a diverse plant, and depending on the specific strain of your product, different effects can be found. The two major categories of cannabis strains are sativas and indicas, and although most available products will land somewhere on a spectrum of these two categories (like a plant, it’s nearly impossible for cannabis to be grown as a 100% sativa or indica) it’s much easier to categorize strains into what fits them the best. Essentially acting as the yin and yang of cannabis categories, sativas and indicas both possess beneficial but occasionally contradictory properties, and what may best suit your needs can vary.

Sativa dominant strains tend to grow tall and quickly, with buds that may not be the densest, but still pack a big punch in terms of cannabinoids and terpene content. In fact, sativa strains are known for their high THC content averages, but in turn, aren’t usually found with high CBD percentages. These cannabis strains are considered to have a cerebral, uplifting and energy-boosting effect. These are the strains best used for daytime activities, creative ventures, or just for giving you that boost in positivity for the time being. Sativa strains can also be helpful for a variety of medical ailments, including anxiety, depression, and lack of focus. Although, it’s important to note that, not everybody experiences strains the same — one individual may fare better using one strain over another.

Alternatively, Indica dominant strains are shorter, denser plants, with fat, compact buds covered in trichomes. Indicas can have high percentages of THC, but it’s also more common to find strains with high amounts of CBD as well. Indicas are characteristically notable by the old adage, “indicas put you in-da-couch”, meaning this strain is more sedative and relaxing, making it ideal for evenings or days where the most complex thing you’re planning to do is decide what to stream on tv. Indica strains are also excellent pain relievers, have anti-inflammatory properties, and can even help relieve insomnia. Indicas are also ideal for some more high-strung stress symptoms of ailments such as PTSD.

Overall, finding the best, most appropriate strain for yourself or a friend may take some trial and error, but understanding the general idea of what the two major strain categories are best for will help in long term situations. Another point to keep in mind is that no two people are the same, and the best strain for relieving your symptoms may not be as effective for another individual looking to improve nearly identical issues. Additionally, each harvested batch of cannabis can vary (even if slightly) from one another as well. Because of this, it’s a good rule of thumb to remain open to trying new strains categorized as sativas, indicas, and even hybrid mixes of them both to determine what works best for you and your situation.


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