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May 12th, 2019
The stereotypical cannabis experience involves an evening of easing your munchies with junk food, watching stoner comedies, and not moving from the couch. In reality, cannabis offers a wide array of experiences when you consume it, and the effect of the plant is dependent on what strain you choose. The first step to choosing a strain that will produce your desired effect is choosing between three categories: indica, sativa, or a hybrid of the two.
The specific effect will vary between strains, but as a general rule of thumb, indica cannabis produces a more relaxed high, while sativas are the more energetic strains. Hybrids are a marriage of the two, specifically bred to produce certain qualities of the different plants.
If you choose to grow at home, one of the most important decisions you will make will be what strains to cultivate. After all, if you’re planning on using cannabis to enhance a hiking experience, for example, you aren’t going to want the same strain as what you would choose before bed. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to learn the basics of the differences before selecting your strain.
You can spot the difference between an indica plant and a sativa plant by observing the leaf shape and plant height. Indica cannabis leaves are wide, and the plants only grow between three- and four-feet tall. Despite their diminutive size, the indicas tend to be potent due to the cannabinoid-dense resin that protects the plant from its native mountainous, harsh climate. Indicas traditionally have higher levels of THC for this reason.
The belief is that indica cannabis originated near Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush region, which explains why many indica strains are named “Kush” (OG Kush, Lemon Kush, and Afghan Kush, for example). Indica plants are tough, able to withstand harsh conditions, and tend to thrive between 30 to 50 degrees latitude.
The flavor and odor of cannabis vary according to strain, but as a general rule of thumb, indicas are sweeter than sativas. It’s common to see indica cannabis strains in fruit flavors, from berries like blueberry and strawberry to tropical fruits like mango or pineapple.
A common mnemonic device used to remember the common effects of indicas is “in-da-couch.” Indicas tend to be more sedating than their sativa counterparts. They produce a “body high,” which means that the effects are primarily physical. You may experience a heavy feeling in your body that makes you want to relax. This makes indicas ideal for a bedtime bowl, or when you’re doing something that doesn’t require much energy, such as watching a movie.
For those using cannabis medically, indicas can help with symptoms such as muscle spasms, chronic pain, insomnia, and anxiety. Any disorder that causes sleep troubles may be aided with an indica strain.
In contrast to indica plants, sativa plants feature long, slender, wispy leaves. They are also significantly taller than their indica counterparts — a sativa plant can grow up to 20 feet tall! This means sativa plants often fare better outdoors, so they can grow to whatever height unencumbered by a ceiling.
The origin of sativa cannabis centers around the equator in countries like Thailand and Mexico. They prefer tropical, hot climates between 0 and 30 degrees latitude.
As stated above, flavor and odor will be dependent on the strain, but in general, sativas tend to have an earthier quality than indicas. They tend to smell skunky and piney.
Sativas are more likely to produce a “head high,” which means its effects are more mental than physical. This makes them ideal for activities where you need your energy, such as parties, hikes, or even just doing some chores around the house.
Sativas are not ideal for people to need the relaxing properties of indicas for pain relief or anxiety. Instead, sativas are better suited for mood disorders, as they provide an uplifting, euphoric effect. Because they are energizing, they are also advantageous for people with chronic fatigue.
This is only a brief overview of the difference between indica and sativa, and when it comes to picking a strain of cannabis to grow, there are many more factors to consider. We will cover this topic more in depth in the future, and in the meantime, if you need more guidance on cannabis cultivation, you can learn more by contacting us.