You may be aware that marijuana comes in two different species: cannabis indica and cannabis sativa — but what may surprise you is that not all cannabis is not created equal. In fact, these two types of marijuana are widely believed to have unique and opposite effects from each other. So, how do you decide between sativa vs indica?
Have you ever consumed cannabis hoping to fall into a deep sleep, only to find that your mind is racing with creativity and inspiration? Have you ever gotten high during the day and as a result, couldn’t keep your eyes open afterwards? Knowing the difference between a sativa vs indica high can be the key to consuming the appropriate strand at the best time.
Sativa vs Indica: How to Tell the Difference
Typically, cannabis indica plants are short, bushy plants with wide leaves. Indica plants also typically grow faster and have a higher yield than the sativa variety. Medicine produced from cannabis indica plants have lower CBD and higher THC counts.
In contrast, cannabis sativa plants are opposite of the indica strains and grow tall and thin with narrow leaves. Sativa plants are also generally a lighter shade of green than their counterpart, and have higher CBD and lower THC counts.
Indicas and sativas not only look different, but in some cases, can taste different as well. Indica strains are typically sweet and fruity, while sativa varieties are usually very piney and earthy.
Sativa vs Indica High
One of the big differences between the sativa and indica is that they usually yield totally different experiences.
Indica strains are known for being physically sedating, which is why some people seek cannabis indica to relieve stress, provide full-body pain relief, and help them fall asleep at night. Indica’s effect on the human body is usually referred to as “stoned” or a “body high”. This means, its effect is felt more throughout the body rather than in the mind. Indica tends to enhance senses such as sound, touch, and smell, though it also leaves its users extremely relaxed, and sometimes even drowsy.
Sativa, on the other hand, gives users what is described as a stimulating “head high.” Studies suggest sativa strains are less likely to make the user tired, and sometimes can even boost energy and creativity. Sativa strains are known to produce an uplifting and cerebral high that is typically stimulating. In fact, when you consume a sativa strain you might feel more energized, focused, and uplifted.
The Medicinal Benefits of Indica and Sativa
Since indicas often result in a relaxing full-body experience, they’re typically used to relieve chronic pain, muscle spasms, and chronic nausea. Indica is also thought to benefit specific diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, and Fibromyalgia. Thanks to indica’s relaxing effects, it’s commonly used as a sleep aid as well, especially for people who suffer from insomnia.
Sativa is usually best to use it during the day because it gives you a far more uplifting and cerebral “head high” than indica. According to NIH, these mind effects may be why sativa is typically used to treat mental and behavior issues including ADD, ADHD, and depression. Like indica, cannabis sativa also stimulates hunger, which makes it very useful for those suffering appetite loss from certain forms of cancer, anorexia or AIDS.
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