What’s the Difference Between Indica and Sativa?

Indica Vs Sativa

Indica Vs Sativa

Indica is a short, bushy plant with tightly grouped branches. Its leaves are dark green plant with broad, full leaves and produces dense, tightly packed buds.

Sativa is a tall “Christmas tree” like plant with lots of space between its branches. It has long, skinny leaves that are light green in color and produces long, loose buds and flowers.

Countries of Origin

Indica originated in Central Asia & Morocco, countries with cooler climates.

Sativa originated in the tropics and countries close to the equator with mostly warm climates.

Cultivation & Strains

Popular Indica Strains include: Granddaddy Purple, Bubba Kush, Northern Lights, LA Confidential, and Skywalker. Indica grows to a height of 2-6 feet tall and is ready for cultivation in about 6-10 weeks.

Popular Sativa strains include: Sour Diesel, Green Crack, Jack Herer, Lemon Haze, and Durban Poison. Sativa grows to a height of 5-25 feet and cultivation usually takes between 9-14 weeks.

Compounds

Indica has a higher CBD/THC ratio. CBD doesn’t produce a psychoactive high and has an anti-epileptic, anti-anxiety effect. Most users find Indica best for use at nighttime.

Indica effects

  • Relaxes muscles, relieves pain
  • Relieves migranes and headaches
  • Fights depression
  • Sleep aid
  • Reduces nausea
  • Can cause “couch lock” body high

Indica is commonly used to treat:

  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Lupus

Sativa has a higher THC/CBD ratio. THC has a stimulating effect. Most users find Sativa best for use during the day.

Sativa effects:

  • Boost creativity and imagination
  • Increases focus
  • Uplifting and mood enhancing
  • Energy and introspect
  • Feelings of well-being and ease
  • Head high

Sativa is commonly used to treat

  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Loss of apatite

Hybrids

Many hybrid strains are now available as a mix of Indica & Sativa allowing you to choose a custom mix with the effects that are most beneficial for you.