Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid cannabis strains. You’ve probably come across these terms before, but do you know what they mean? More importantly, do you know the difference between them? If not, have no fear. This article will teach you all about these different types of marijuana strains.
There are numerous differences between Indica and Sativa. For starters, the plants don’t grow naturally in the same climates, and they don’t look exactly similar. But most importantly for the cannabis consumer, both have very different effects and potential benefits.
First things first: taxonomical distinctions between the primary marijuana strains
Indica strains are believed to have originated in the Hindu Kush mountains while Sativa plants have historically grown better in climates closer to the equator. Besides being shorter than Sativa plants, Indica strains are also bushier and they grow a little bit faster than Sativa.
If you want to identify a marijuana plant, just take a look at the leaf shape. Indica have broad leaves, and Sativa’s are a bit more slender. But the prevalence of Hybrids can make the eyeball test tricky since they are a combination of both.
When it comes to taste, Indica is known to have a sweet flavor, whereas Sativa is a little earthier. But taste will most certainly not be the major factor impacting your choice. It’s all about the benefits you get from using different types of cannabis.
The effects and benefits of the different marijuana strains
Let’s start with Indica strains. Smoking an Indica strain like Kush will have a relaxing, full-body effect. Most people will smoke this type of cannabis in the evening or right before going to bed. Because of the muscle relaxing and sleep-inducing effect, it can help you get to sleep at night if you suffer from insomnia or have trouble relaxing after a stressful day.
Also, Indica can fight anxiety and is a helpful strain for pain relief. Topicals containing this type of cannabis might also be of interest because, as you might already be aware, smoking isn’t the only way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. New cream and lotion products are constantly hitting legal markets that only need to be applied to the painful area of your body for relief.
Sativa strains are best used during the daytime, thanks to their uplifting effects. Purple Haze, for example, benefits creativity and focus. Additionally, these strains can fight depression and fatigue. If you have trouble focussing because you’re tired, some Purple Haze or a similar product might just do the trick.
If you need something uplifting during the day, and something to help you relax at night, you can use both strains at different times. That said, it’s recommended that you gradually figure out which type of cannabis you need at which time of the day. Keep in mind that the effects can last several hours. If you need to go to bed early, you might want to quit using Sativa after a certain time in the afternoon.
What about hybrids?
Another option is to use a Hybrid strain. Hybrids are strains that consists of both Indica and Sativa products. Because both have such different effects, Hybrids can help treat specific types of illnesses and other ailments. The medicinal effects of a Hybrid strain will depend on the percentage of Indica and Sativa it contains. There are 50/50 Hybrids, as well as Sativa-dominant or Indica-dominant ones.
White Widow is probably the most famous example of a Hybrid strain, made popular by its prevalence on Dutch coffee shop menus. Consuming White Widow will provide the best benefits of Sativa and Indica: A relaxed vibe mixing with feelings of euphoria and happiness. Many people agree that this strain can help manage your pain, but will still allow you to function normally during the day. Sounds perfect, right?