There are a crazy amount of different strains popping up in today’s marijuana world, but one thing is the same with all of them: they are derived from either Cannabis Indica or Cannabis Sativa. These details might seem unimportant and irrelevant, but it is essential that you are aware of the differences between these two types of strains when choosing the best medicine for you.
Cannabis Indica plants, unlike Sativa plants, are best suited for indoor grow operations. These plants only reach between two and four feet tall, and produce smaller (1.5 – 2.5 ounces per plant) crops. The foliage appears in shades of dark green (shades of blue or green black may present in some cases) and the plants are short and rather dense in stature. Indica plants originated in the hash producing counties in the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Once Cannabis Indica plants begin flowering, they take between 6 and 8 weeks to fully mature. Unlike Cannabis Sativa plants, Indica plants require both a growing and a flowering period in order to reach their full size potential. This plant’s resulting buds will form in thick, bushy clusters, with aromas ranging from skunky to sweet and fruity.
Unlike Sativa, the Indica plant is high in its CBD levels, making it an ideal medication for patients battling a number of health conditions. This species is recommended as treatment for aliments such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, lupus, sleep apnea, and insomnia. In addition, Indica-dominant strains are perfect for other, more generalized conditions such as nausea, muscle spasms, chronic pain, and anxiety. Cannabis Indica is famous for providing patients pain relief alongside sedative effects. Generally, Indica is the classic night-time favorite!
As Sativa’s complete opposite, Indica offers a pure “body buzz” that is both relaxing and care-free. This species has been known to leave users “couch-locked” – laid back, lazy, and lethargic – and makes for a perfectly safe, herbal sleeping aid. Cannabis Indica is the choice of many people after a long day of work, as it acts as the perfect stress reliever and relaxer. However, because of its powerful drowsing effects, patients are recommended to avoid Indica during the day, when that to-do list is needing some attention.
Common Indica Strains
For users looking to get the optimal full “body buzz”, complete with relaxation, pain relief, and stress relief, the following indica-dominant strains are recommended: