Indica vs Sativa: Understanding the Differences Between the Two Cannabis Species
As you dive deeper into the world of marijuana you will keep hearing references such as 'Indica', 'Sativa' and 'Hybrid'. These are not just names for cannabis, they are distinctive subspecies of the cannabis plant. Each type comes with different effects when smoked, let me break it down for you.
Type of high from Indica Cannabis
When you smoke a dominant Indica strain you may feel something along the lines of:
- A heavy full body high
- Physically sedated, rendering you lethargic
- Decrease in nausea and pain
- Relaxed muscles
Indica strains are reported to have many medicinal properties for things such as loss of appetite, pain relief, combating insomnia and reducing nausea. Many users prefer to smoke an Indica at night time.
Type of high from Sativa Cannabis
Smoking on some Sativa dominant cannabis may feel something along the lines of:
- Reduced anxiety
- Reduced Depression
- Feeling uplifted, creative and focused
- Serotonin increase
Sativas are also a popular medicinal strain for things such as chronic pain relief. It is often recommend for day time use due to not leaving the user feeling tired or couch bound when smoked.
So, what is a Hybrid?
Pretty simple. The majority of marijuana strains out there have a random balance of both Indica & Sativa; placing them under the title 'Hybrid'.
We sell cannabis seeds of all types, you can pick up Indica dominant strains such as White Widow, Black Domina and Bubba Kush. We also have some Sativa dominant seeds such as Cinderella 99 and Chocolope.
Sativa vs Indica Effects: So is it really this straight forward?
Not any more! Assuming the type of high the user will get is really not as easy as identifying its species; Although for many years people thought it was. There is a method available to determine the effect of every cannabis strain. But we need to dive much deeper into marijuana science!
To truly identify the type of high you will get we need to look at the chemical balance within the marijuana. The two main key ingredients are Cannabinoids and Terpenes. Finding more information on these two key ingredients will give us some details on how the user can expect to feel when smoking the marijuana.
Indica vs Sativa Yield & Smell
When it comes to the smell and yield of indicas and sativas there is nothing to compare. Whether or not your selected strain is dominant to either specie, the yield will not be effected.
So for many years smokers relied on selecting a subspecies of cannabis for their preferred high. But as marijuana finally starts to get some real in-depth research, highly qualified chemists have found evidence to show that no matter the cannabis species, the psychoactive effect can be very different; and instead of looking at 'Indica vs Sativa' we should be looking into the Cannabinoids and Terpene profiles.