Sativa VS Indica

What’s the difference? A brief overview for the beginner.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, most people like to break down strains in two general groups: Sativa or Indica (there’s also a third group, hybrid, but we’ll get into that another time). The reason for this grouping is to allow the user to achieve a specific effect.

For example, if you’re looking to stay active and uplifted, you would choose a sativa strain, which would provide more of a cerebral high. If you’re looking to relax at home and perhaps enjoy a movie, you would choose an indica strain which is believed to be more physically sedating. In other words, more of a body high.

Here’s a quick overview of the two strains:

Appearance:

Sativa

●     Taller plants

●     Longer, more narrow leaves

Indica

●     Shorter plants

●     Wider, more broad leaves

 

Effects:

Sativa

●     Cerebral High

●     Energetic effects

Indica

●     Physical High

●     Sedative effects

 

Medical (believed to help with):

Sativa

●     Anxiety

●     Depression

●     Increased focus and creativity

Indica

●     Pain

●     Relaxation

●     Insomnia

●     Loss of appetite

 

There is much debate over whether or not it is as simple as breaking it down into 2 groups. For the mainstream user who is just looking to alleviate a certain medical condition, simplifying it like this helps them to make a decision in picking a strain. For example, if I’m someone who is stressed out and suffering from lack of appetite, it’s much easier for me to pick a strain that from a group that generally provides the same effects such as relaxation and loss of appetite.

With that being said, everybody is different. Don’t be afraid to try new strains to test how your body responds to the effects. That’s the fun part!

Please leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!

  • Leah, Kush Station

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