Whether you are new to the world of cannabis or a frequent visitor of your local medical/recreational shop, you’ve likely encountered cannabis buzzwords; Indica and Sativa. In fact, dispensaries often arrange their products to reflect varying levels of the two in their strains. Consumers, in turn, use these stats as a base for purchasing towards desired effects.
So, what is the difference between Indica and Sativa?
Cannabis use helps consumers reduce pain, increase appetite, and achieve a better sense of rest and relaxation. However, two primary varieties of the plant have different effects on the body and mind, contributing to a wide range of curative benefits.
While Cannabis Sativa is known for its energizing effects on the mind, the strain Cannabis Indica is best known for its deep body relaxation. Understanding the difference between the two will help you discover the right strain for your needs.
Cannabis Sativa plants are recognized for their lighter color, tall-thin stature, and narrower leaves. They take longer to grow and require more light than their Indica variety. Marijuana harvested from Sativa plants contains higher amounts of THC and lower CBD.
Consumers enjoy Sativa for its energizing qualities that improve focus and creativity. But don’t underestimate the efficacy of these strains. Cannabis Sativa is known for its powerful release of serotonin in the brain, inducing a highly effective treatment for anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.
Benefits of Cannabis Sativa:
· Promotes creativity and focus
· Effective against depression and anxiety
· Raises serotonin
· Regulates mood, learning, appetite, and sleep
· Treats chronic pain
· Best for daytime use
Contrary to Sativa strains, Cannabis Indica plants are short and bushy with deep green, wide leaves. They grow fast and output high yields. Marijuana harvested from these plants contain higher levels of CBD and lower THC.
Cannabis Indica is known for its increased effects on the body; including deep physical and mental relaxation, as well as treatment for acute pain, nausea, and appetite. It is unique in the fact that it raises dopamine levels, affecting neurotransmitters that rule the brain’s pleasure and reward centers.
Benefits of Cannabis Indica:
· Deep physical and mental relaxation
· Treats acute pain
· Decreases nausea and increases appetite
· Raises dopamine levels
· Regulates pleasure and reward centers
· Best for nighttime use
Medical and recreational cannabis is available in both 100% Sativa and 100% Indica strains, as well as hybrid blends covering everything in between (i.e. 50%-50%, 40% Sativa-60% Indica, 20% Indica-80% Sativa).
Still not sure what strain is best for you? Consult your local bud-tender about the benefits of your favorite Cannabis Indica and Sativa strains!