Sativa and Indica are the two main varieties of the cannabis plant which can be cross-bred to create a hybrid. Each strain has its own range of effects on the body and mind resulting in a wide range of medicinal benefits.
The effects produced from consuming an indica is typically described as a strong physical body high that will make you sleepy or ‘couch-locked’ and provides a deep relaxated feeling compared to a sativa. Sativas are known to provide a more energetic and uplifting effect.
Marijuana strains range from pure sativas to pure indicas to hybrids consisting of both indica and sativa (30% indica – 70% sativa, 50% – 50%, 80% indica – 20% sativa and all possibilities in between). Because sativas and indicas have different medicinal benefits and effects, certain strains are better suited to treat specific symptoms and illnesses.
Indica dominant marijuana strains tend to have a strong sweet or sour odor to them providing a very relaxing and strong body high that is helpful in treating general anxiety, body pain, and sleeping disorders.
Indicas are very effective for overall pain relief and is often used to treat insomnia for many people. Indicas are most commonly smoked by medical marijuana patients in the late evening or right before bed due to their sleep-inducing nature.
Benefits of Indica:
- Relieves body pain
- Relaxes muscles
- Relieves spasms, reduces seizures
- Relieves headaches and migraines
- Relieves anxiety or stress
Sativa dominant marijuana strains tend to have a more grassy type smell providing an uplifting, energetic and “cerebral” high that is best suited for daytime smoking. A sativa high is one filled with energy and can spark creativity. Many artists take advantage of the creative powers of cannabis sativa to create works of art.
Benefits of Sativa:
- Feelings of well-being and at-ease
- Up-lifting and cerebral thoughts
- Stimulates and energizes
- Increases focus and creativity
- Fights depression