Indica vs Sativa: Knowing the Difference

Indica Vs. SativaAs the efficacy and legitimacy of marijuana becomes more accepted by contemporary society, the prevalence of different strains has become shocking. In fact, there are at least 779 unique strains of cannabis known so far, with many unknown strains thought to be in existence. With so many options, choosing which kind of marijuana to use can feel impossible.

People use marijuana for several reasons, so knowing the difference between indica and sativa is important. The types originate from the type main kinds of cannabis plants used. Because the two types are so unique, you can expect different results from each. Below is a short description of both and a list of the possible side effects thereof.

The Facts about Cannabis Indica

Characterized by their short, bushy plants that have smooth, wide leaves, indica cannabis grows faster and produces as much higher yield than cannabis sativa varieties. Therefore, indica is one of the most commonly sold strains on the modern-day market. Medicines made from indica typically feature higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC, making them more effective at relieving pain and anxiety but not as effective at producing a recreational buzz.

Tom Ford Indica

Tom Ford – an Indica Strain

NOTE: Cannabis indica will still get you high and should be used in moderation until you know how it will affect you.

The most common side effects of indica strains include:

  •  Mental relaxation
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Decreased pain
  •  Increased appetite
  •  Boosted mood
  • Drowsiness

In most cases, cannabis indica is recommended for nighttime use only.

The Facts about Cannabis Sativa

Virtually the complete opposite of naturally occuring indica plants, cannabis sativa is characterized by its tall, thin leaves that are usually a light shade of green. Sativa strains usually take longer to cultivate, making them somewhat rare. They require a lot more sunlight and may need special soil nutrients to help them grow. Either way, cannabis sativa tends to have higher levels of THC and lower levels of CBD, making the strain more ideal for recreational purposes.

NOTE: cannabis sativa can still be used for medicinal purposes but should be used in moderation until you know how it will affect you.

Lemon Skunk

Lemon Skunk – A Sativa Strain

The most common side effects of cannabis sativa include:

  • Alleviated anxiety
  • Mood elevation
  • Chronic pain relief
  •  Improved focus
  • Boosted creativity
  • Increased energy

In most cases, cannabis sativa is recommended for daytime use only.

Indica or Sativa: Tips for Choosing the Right Strain of Cannabis

Cannabis Indica Leaves

Cannabis Indica Leaves

It’s possible for both types of cannabis to be right for you. However, knowing when and how to use each strain is crucial. As a general rule, enjoy indica when you’re ready to relax and enjoy sativa when you’re ready to party. Keep in mind, however, that dosage and side effects will vary from person to person.

If you’re unsure how a marijuana strain will affect you, be sure to ask your WEEDS budtender for suggestions. You can get more info or contact a cannabis specialist here. He or she is specially trained to answer questions about cannabis plants and describe sensations from each strain. If all else fails, speak to a licensed marijuana doctor for more information.

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