When visiting any legal marijuana dispensary or calling any legal marijuana delivery service, you’ll likely be asked what type of marijuana you are interested in. You may have no idea and ask, “What is the Difference Between Indica, Sativa and Hybrid Marijuana?”
When consuming marijuana for recreational or medical purposes, besides staying on the right side of the law and finding a legal marijuana dispensary, it is best to know the differences between the plants. Sativa and Indica are the two major types of cannabis plants. When bred together they create a Hybrid strain. Each strain has its own range of effects on the body and mind resulting in a wide range of medicinal benefits. Marijuana strains range from pure Sativa to pure Indica and Hybrid strains consisting of both Indica and Sativa. Because Sativa and Indica buds have different medicinal benefits and effects, certain strains can be targeted to better treat specific illnesses.
Consumer patient expectations can play a significant role the experience and effects of Indica or Sativa. Two other types of cannabis compounds, Cannabinoids and Terpenes, have the most impact when it comes to smell, taste, effect and benefit. Cannabinoids are molecular structures with unique properties and medicinal benefits. Terpenes are the main building block of any plant resin or “essential oils” and contribute to the scent, flavor, and colors. These too have their own set of effects. If you’ve ever consumed medical marijuana in the 10% THC range and felt a stronger effect than expected, it was because of the Terpenes, and not the Cannabinoids. In this way, cannabis strains are the sum of smaller parts that may be passed on genetically. This information helps explain the consistency with certain strain types, but since these are living plants they will evolve over generations.
Indica plants typically grow short and wide. Its leaves have short, wide fingers and are deep green, often tinged with purple. It has short branches laden with thick, dense marijuana buds, which mature early. The marijuana buds vary in color from dark green to purple, just like their leaves. Under cooler conditions, the coloration becomes more intense. The marijuana buds have little trouble maturing under the cool conditions of our northern climate. The best Indica have a relaxing social high, which allows the person to sense and feel the environment, but does not lead to thinking or analyzing the experience.
The high produced from smoking or consuming an Indica is often described as a pleasant body buzz or strong physical body high that tend to make patients sleepy. Indica dominant strains tend to have a strong sweet or sour odor, providing a very relaxing and strong body high that is helpful in treating general anxiety, body pain, and sleeping disorders like insomnia. Indica’s are typically consumed in the late evening or right before bed, due to how sleepy and tired you become from the high. That is why Indica’s are great for relaxation, stress relief, and for an overall sense of calm and serenity. Marijuana Indica are also very effective for overall body pain relief. A few pure Indica strains are very potent in THC, and will cause the “couchlock” effect, especially when eating Indica edibles, enabling the smoker to simply sit still and enjoy the effect.
Benefits of Indica:
1. Relieves body pain
2. Relaxes muscles
3. Relieves spasms, reduces seizures
4. Relieves headaches and migraines
5. Relieves anxiety or stress
Sativa plants can grow remarkably tall, some even reaching a soaring height of up to twenty feet. Sativa’s are known to give off a far more pungent aroma than that of an Indica, but yields significantly less flowers per plant. The buds are long and thin, and are much longer in length. When medicating with a Sativa, the high is very cerebral. You get a rush of energy and a buzz in the body. A great way of getting work done without being sucked into your couch. The Sativa high is thought of as being uplifting and optimistic. It is also said that since Sativa’s contain a very high THC content, they are best for dealing with certain pain symptoms.
Sativa dominant marijuana strains tend to have a more grassy type odor, providing an uplifting, energetic and “cerebral” high that is best suited for daytime smoking. A Sativa high is one filled with creativity and energy. Being high on Sativa can spark new ideas and creations. Many artists take advantage of the creative powers of cannabis Sativa to help boost their creativity. Since the effects of a Sativa are mostly cerebral, they give a feeling of optimism and well being, as well as providing a good measure of pain relief for certain symptoms. A few pure Sativa’s have a high THC content. They are known to have more of a hallucinogenic effect. Sativa are a good choice for daytime smoking.
Benefits of Sativa:
1. Feelings of well-being and at-ease
2. Up-lifting and cerebral thoughts
3. Stimulates and energizes
4. Increases focus and creativity
5. Fights depression
Hybrid cannabis strains provide the best of both worlds. Expert breeders select the top Sativa and Indica strains and combine them into super strains that maintain the best aspects from both parents. Hybrids can be broken down into three basic categories, Sativa-dominant Hybrids, Even balanced Hybrids, and Indica-dominant Hybrids. Sativa-dominant Hybrids give a cerebral high with a relaxing body effect that provides physical and mental relief. Even Hybrids (50/50) are ideal strains for people seeking a perfect balance of head and body. Finally, Indica-dominant Hybrids. These strains provide a full-body pain relief, with a relaxing head high. Recommended for nighttime use to go to sleep, or daytime relief from minor pain, Hybrid strains are perfect for patients who suffer from all types of conditions marijuana can treat.
Alternative View: Maybe the Difference Between Indica, Sativa and Hybrid are Just Physical?
Writer Lester Black examines the science behind the strain differences and questions whether the difference in high has anything to do with the Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid label…
“Are you looking for an Indica, a Sativa, or a Hybrid?”
Anyone who has walked into a legal weed store has heard this question. The majority of pot stores divide their products into these groups, and people who buy weed are used to the distinction—it’s older than pot shops are. Supposedly, Indica sedates and Sativa uplifts. But here’s a peculiar thing: That’s all bullshit.
The differences between Indica and Sativa plants are physical. Indicas are short and squat and supposedly come from the mountains of Pakistan. Sativas are tall and thin and supposedly come from the tropics. But according to Ethan Russo, a board-certified neurologist and one of the country’s leading cannabis researchers, these outward physical attributes have no power in predicting what kind of high you will get.
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