Cannabis Variety 101- Indica vs Sativa

When you medicate with cannabis, you will have to choose which type of cannabis will be best for your specific needs. Cannabis plants have two main medical species which are Indica and Sativa. Indica and Sativa are both marijuana, but they’re different plants which have completely diverse effects. There are a lot of criteria people use to differentiate between Indicas and Sativas. Here are some of the specific characteristics that differentiate the two.

Sativa

Sativa strains are usually more stimulating. A relaxed feeling  and uplift is often associated with Sativas, making them ideal for social situations. The high from sativa strains is energizing, cerebral and well suited for daytime use. Sativas are known to bring out the creativity in people, make music sound better and give you that daytime jolt to get up and go.

Indica

Indica strains, on the other hand, have an opposite effect. They provide a “couch-lock” heavy, sedative body high that is well suited for nights when you just want to wind     down and be in your own head. Indicas are often used to relieve stress and help with sleep and pain management.

Medical Benefits

Sativa

Sativas have a high CBD:THC ratio, while indicas have a high THC:CBD ratio. Naturally, both have their own medicinal benefits.

Due to its high CBD content, sativas have a stimulating effect that improves alertness and optimism. So, patients may prefer to medicate with sativa during the day.

Sativa is commonly used to treat mental and behavioral issues such as depression and ADHD. Because it is so stimulating, sativa may also help encourage hunger in           

patients who suffer from anorexia or certain types of cancer.

Benefits of Sativa:
1. Feelings of well-being and at-ease
2. Up-lifting and cerebral thoughts
3. Stimulates and energizes
4. Increases focus and creativity
5. Fights depression

Indica

The higher levels of THC give Indica strains sedative properties, making them ideal for medicating during the evening.

Indica is commonly used to treat insomnia, chronic pain, muscle spasms and nausea. Indica may also be useful for fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis or lupus.

Benefits of Indica:
1. Relieves body pain
2. Relaxes muscles
3. Relieves spasms, reduces seizures
4. Relieves headaches and migraines
5. Relieves anxiety or stress

Comparison chart

Cannabis Indica versus Cannabis Sativa comparison chart

Cannabis Indica Cannabis Sativa
 
Popularly known as Indica Sativa
Origin Afghanistan, India, Pakistan South America, Thailand
Leaf shape Wide, compact clusters. Thin leaves spread apart.
Medical uses Relaxes muscles, relieves pain, schizophrenia. Energy, fighting depression and anxiety, appetite stimulant.
Psychotropic effect Physical relaxation, sedation, pain relief, hunger Uplifting, Cerebral high, bringing out creativity and energy. Happy.
Commonly used during Nighttime Daytime
THC content Low ratio to cannabidiol High ratio to cannabidiol
Maturity 6-8 weeks 10-16 weeks
Popular strain Purple Kush Hawaiian
Plant appearance Stout and bushy Tall
Average plant height 5 feet 15 – 20 feet

So it all depends on your certain health problems to choose the right products that will improve your quality of life. Whether that is an Indica or Sativa product we are confident that you will find on our shelves and improve the quality of your life.

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