Sativa vs. Indica Cannabis: What's the Difference?

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When it comes to recreational and medical cannabis, consumers can choose from a diverse range of strains with widely varied effects. If you are new to marijuana, one of the most critical points to understand is the difference between Indica and Sativa. Here is what you need to know about these two broad categories of cannabis; Indica vs. Sativa:

The Scoop on Sativa

Although cannabis has a reputation for creating a mellow mood, Sativa strains boost energy, talkativeness, focus, and creativity. Some of the most common uses of Sativa strains include:

  • Pain relief

  • Treatment for depression and anxiety

  • Improved concentration and creativity

  • Increased serotonin, which improves appetite, mood, and stress levels

Many Sativa fans describe the experience as a "cerebral" high, which produces more mental effects than physical effects.

Cannabis Sativa was first cultivated in Europe and Western Eurasia. Sativa plants have a distinctive appearance when compared to their Indica counterparts. The Sativa type of cannabis plant is tall with narrow leaves. It has a longer flowering cycle than an Indica plant and grows best in warm climates.

All About Indica

Indica is known as a more relaxing strain with sleep-inducing effects that make it most appropriate as a nightcap. Effects most often associated with Indica varieties include:

  • Muscle relaxation

  • Nausea relief

  • Pain relief

  • Increased appetite

  • Increased dopamine, which relieves stress and improves mood

In contrast to the mental effects of Sativa, Indica strains are said to produce more of a "body high," with pronounced physical effects.

Cannabis Indica plants have their origins in India. Indica plants are shorter than Sativa and have broad leaves. Because of their shorter flowering cycle, they can successfully be grown in cool climates.

Hybrid Strains

Countless marijuana strains are characterized as hybrid, which means they are bred from both Indica and Sativa parents. Depending on the exact percentages, hybrid strains have characteristics of both. Many hybrids are evenly split between Indica and Sativa genetics, but others are categorized as Indica or Sativa-dominant.

Keep in mind that no clinical research indicates that all Indica varieties will make you tired and all Sativas will provide energy and focus. Other factors that influence how a specific strain will affect you include its percentage of psychoactive chemicals THC and CBD, your body chemistry, the method of ingestion and the dose.

Find Sativa, Indica and Hybrid Strains in Mat-Su Valley

For best results, consult with the experienced staff at Bad Gramm3r. Our dispensary in Wasilla is open seven days a week. You can also fill out our online contact form to get in touch. We will be happy to provide more information about the various strains and products we offer.


Disclaimer: “Marijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming and addictive.”; “Marijuana impairs concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under its influence.”; “There are health risks associated with consumption of marijuana.”; “For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.”; “Marijuana should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.”