What is the Difference Between Sativa & Indica?

Sativa and Indica marihuana plants are both providers of cannabis. Indica plants are short with broad leaves, whereas Sativa plants are tall with thin leaves. The major difference of this flowering herb (other than their looks) is the type of effect that it will have on the medical user. This difference is very important for patients to pay attention to when treating their medical ailment.


Indicas have a tendency to decrease energy, and possibly cause ‘couch lock’. This is great for people who may have anxiety (and get too ramped up) or to help fall asleep at night. Sativas have the opposite effect, causing a person to feel uplifted and creative. The third strain that may be good for people who have multiple medical needs are Hybrids. These are a mixture of both Sativa and Indica plants. Usually they are labelled as being dominant in one strain or the other. Hybrids can also be a mixture of two sativa or two indica strains.


When it comes to Hybrids it is important to look at the terpenes listed to help guide you to the best choice for your needs. A quick guide to the most common terpenes can be found here (LINK). The terpenes work with the THC and CBD to provide medical relief, also known as the ‘entourage effect’. Depending on what terpenes are dominant, it will have a different effect on your body.


The best way to discover what is going to work best for your body is to try many different Indicas, Sativas, and hybrids until you find your answer. Keeping a journal is a great way to record your reactions in the moment, and provide you with a guide when re-ordering from your Licensed Producer.


“Indica vs Sativa.” Cresco Labs, www.crescolabs.com/indica-vs-sativa/


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