Indica is one of the two most prominent types of cannabis. In this installment of our Cannabis 101 series, we’ll explain what indica cannabis is, and its significance.
Part of what makes cannabis so much fun — besides consuming it, of course — is learning about various strains, their effects, where they come from, and what sets them apart from other types of cannabis. Square one when learning about cannabis is appreciating the differences between indica and sativa strains. We’ve got another post all about sativa, but while you’re here, let’s get down to the nitty gritty with indica.
What is indica cannabis?
The term cannabis indica was first coined by French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in 1785. Lamarck named and described the species based on specimens collected throughout India.
Indica plants are stout and robust with broad leaves and short flowering cycles — perfect for thriving in the colder climates and mountainous regions of India. The leaves also have a thick coating of resin, making them especially potent.
Understand the effects
Indica strains tend to be synonymous with one word: Relax. These strains offer combinations of cannabinoids — THC, CBD, and others — and terpenes that deliver more sedative and calming effects. It’s important to note that indica strains can vary from higher THC to higher CBD, but the terpene morphology tends to be similar — big notes of berry, earth, pine, and sweetness.
Overall, indica strains tend to be uplifting and will make you feel euphoric and, yes, every, very relaxed. Indica can be extremely helpful treating a range of medical conditions, including chronic pain, stress, insomnia, and depression.
All-star indica strains
Indica strains tend to be very popular as a pre-bedtime smoke or nightcap. They taste amazing and are the perfect pairing for a chill night in. Indica = In da couch.
Want to give indica cannabis strains a shot? Here are some highly recommended, popular choices:
- Granddaddy Purple: Sweet berry and grape flavors makes this a delicious smoke
- Northern Lights: Earthy and pine-forward with a higher level of THC
- Purple Kush: A delicious blend of grape and earth flavors perfect for a night on the couch
- DJ Short Blueberry: Sweet, ripe berry taste that is a perfect into to indica
That does it for our primer on indica cannabis. Now head over to our post about sativa!