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Sativa vs Indica – Which Cannabis Is Right For You?


All cannabis is not created equal. In fact, there are two primary kinds of cannabis--Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. In the past few decades, modern growers have bred these two types of cannabis together to create hybrid strains that offer cannabis users the best of both worlds.

But which one is right for you? Here’s a helpful guide to introduce you to Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid cannabis.

Sativa Properties & Effects

  • High THC levels
  • Lower CBD levels
  • Best for daytime use
  • Energetic and uplifting
  • Spacey, cerebral or hallucinogenic high
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Relieves depression
  • Often have an earthy flavor and intense scent

Indica Properties & Effects

  • High CBD levels
  • Lower THC levels
  • Most appropriate for nighttime use
  • Calming, sedating and relaxing
  • Body high
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Reduces anxiety and pain
  • Has a sweet flavor and lighter smell

Sativa Vs. Indica

Cannabis Indica

What Is Indica?

Cannabis Indica originated in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and Turkey. The plants are short, bushy, and stocky which makes them perfect for growing indoors. Indica flower tends to be dense and tightly packed.

Indica strains often have high levels of CBD and are known for their full-bodied high. Indica strains have highly sedative effects and are perfect for those looking for deep relaxation and a good night’s sleep.

When you consume an Indica strain you’ll know the true meaning of the phrase “stoned.” A word of warning--Indicas tend to have depressive qualities, so they’re not the best choice if you need to be alert or productive.

What Are Indica Strains Good For?

Because Indicas induce full-body relaxation, they are excellent for people with insomnia, bodily or muscular pain, and anxiety. Sativa strains are usually prescribed to users with lupus, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia.

Indica strains can:

  • Relieve body pain
  • Relieve muscle spasms
  • Reduce seizures
  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Relax muscles
  • Promote sleep
  • Relieve nausea
  • Improves appetite

Cannabis Sativa

What Is Sativa?

The Cannabis Sativa plant originally came from Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, and western portions of Asia. It thrives in a hot, dry climate with plenty of access to sunlight. While Indica plants are short and busy, Sativa strains are thin with long, slender leaves and can grow over 12 feet high. They take longer than Indicas to fully mature and have a higher THC to CBD ratio.

Unlike Indica, Sativa strains offer a “head high” that promotes creativity, energy, and stress relief. It’s best for the day because it can be quite stimulating. They’re a great option for parties and social gatherings, especially if you will be physically active.

However, Sativa strains may also make you feel anxious or paranoid when smoking. Those with anxiety disorders may find that these strains worsen their symptoms.

What Are Sativa Strains Good For?

Because of it’s motivating, energizing effects, Sativa strains are often prescribed to patients with depression, mood disorders, ADD, certain types of cancer, anorexia, fatigue, and HIV/AIDs.

Sativa strains help with:

  • Fighting depression
  • Motivation
  • Energy levels
  • Uplifting mood
  • Increasing creativity
  • Improving focus
  • Stimulating appetite

What Is a Hybrid?

Hybrid strains were bred by combining Sativa and Indica plants to create midground between the two. Hybrid strains combine the effects and properties of their parent plants, so each one is different. However, hybrids often have one dominant parent. Sativa-dominant hybrids are more energizing without inducing paranoia or anxiety, while Indica-dominant hybrids tend to be physically relaxing without completely sedating the user.

Want to Know More About a Strain?

Want to know about a strain we stock at Fine Fettle? Not sure whether an Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid is best for you? Contact us or stop by our Rowley, MA dispensary and ask one of our knowledgeable budtenders for more info today!

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