Apr 202014
 April 20, 2014

dank nuggetSativa vs Indica: The Biggest Differences Between The Two Cannabis Plants

Sativa and Indica are the two major types of cannabis plants which can mix together to create hybrid strains. Each strain has its own range of effects on the body and mind resulting in a wide range of medicinal benefits.

Indica plants typically grow short and wide, compared to Sativa plants which grow tall and thin. Indica plants are better suited for indoor growing because of their short growth and sativa plants are better suited for outdoor growing because some strains can reach over 25 ft. in height.

The high produced from smoking Indica bud is a strong physical body high that will make you sleepy or ‘couch-locked’ and provides a deep relaxation feeling compared to a Sativa high, which is known to be more energetic and uplifting.

Marijuana strains range from pure sativas to pure indicas and hybrid strains consisting of both indica and sativa (30% indica – 70% sativa, 50% – 50% combinations, 80% indica – 20% sativa). Because Sativa and Indica buds have very different medicinal benefits and effects, certain strains can be targeted to better treat specific illnesses.

Indica dominant marijuana strains tend to have a strong sweet or sour odor to the buds (ex. Kush, OG Kush) providing a very relaxing and strong body high that is helpful in treating general anxiety, body pain, and sleeping disorders.

Photo of a Sativa and Indica cannabis leaf side-by-side:

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image via boards.cannabis.com

Image of a Sativa and Indica cannabis plant side-by-side (Sativa plant on the left, Indica plant in the middle, the mostly benign Ruderalis on the left):

 

cannabis varieties

image via mmj-guide.com

You can see in the photos above Sativa plants tend to be significantly large while Indica plants are shorter and wider.

Indicas are very effective for overall pain relief and is often used to treat insomnia for many people. Indica buds are most commonly smoked by medical marijuana patients in the late evening or even right before bed due to how sleepy and tired you become when high from an indica strain of marijuana, like Kush.

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 dominant marijuana strains tend to have a more grassy type odor to the buds providing an uplifting, energetic and “cerebral” high that is best suited for daytime smoking. A sativa high is one filled with creativity and energy as being high on sativa can spark new ideas and creations. Many artists take advantage of the creative powers of cannabis sativa (marijuana) to create paintings.

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

The most popular Indica strains currently include Kush, Northern Lights and White Widow, and popular sativa strains include Purple Haze, and Mauwie Wauwie.

About Jay Smoker

I have been smoking marijuana for almost twenty years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. My life was turned upside down in 2009 after getting arrested and tossed in jail for being in the wrong state with legal medical marijuana. I got fed up, and I now devote all my time to ending this insanity.I am responsible for the technical side of this project, but try to chip in when I can, either with syndicated articles or original content.Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.Feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
  • Breezy

    does anyone know what this is? I was told it’s ice city diesel

    • Breezy

      I am sorry but I am having troubles loading my picture….

    • alexa

      God bud

  • Tyler Lajoie

    thx foolz im outty

  • Singha

    This is growing amongst wild growth on a vacant piece of land next to my house. Is it Indica or Sativa? Secondly, how am I supposed to harvest/use it?

    • Teslar

      I’m thinking its indica, I’m no expert by any means but if it stays low and thickens wide then yes but if it grows tall and a bit wider then I would think it’s sativa. It still looks young, but if it grows a bit taller and spindly then it could also be ruderalis which is pretty much benign. Keep checking the images above as it grows. That’s you best bet in my opinion. Hope that helps.

  • Thyme

    very quickly at an early age I acquired hepatitis C in my blood now at 65 years old I have cirrhosis of the liver it was just bothering me so badly the depression set in. I was diagnosed with cancer of the prostate which I had it taken care of. I have 3 Crushed discs in the left side of my rear lower back. Marijuana is the only thing that I have found to alleviate the pain and relax me to be in a good place. To sleep good at night & eat good during the day marijuana is a must in my life. I have a medical marijuana card, but it is from Michigan and now I live in Florida. I have to hide in the bushes to take my medicine. Something has to be done! I hope it passes on the ballot I know I will vote YES on the marijuana law to Florida

    • julie

      i been on differant planet past 30yrs just moved back to cali got my med card the easiest thing i got done since moved back to ca in january, i put my life and happiness on hold to help my 88yr old darlin moma. i have chronic pain disabled 20+ yr on morphine and other opiate pain med just as long. thank god for med marij here cuz u know the more u do the more u need, constant battle(nitemare) unless u know pain u know how u just rather be dead. this medical stuff is like ray of light in a very dark tunnel, my body is my own personal torture chamber of hell. i want to live now, imagine that dont matter how lazy i get, it not but 6months ago i begged GOD for the peace of death. i came to help my old moma, ended up getting way more help for myself with hope of med maij.thank god he put every herb on earth 4 us to use, if others dont like it let em stay on their own side of the table

  • Kenneth

    I have 8 plants I’m a newbie can I get help they r still baby’s

  • Eyes Wide Open

    Thanks so much Jay! I’ve been smoking for years, but never paid much attention to what I smoked. I always knew bought from people who sold good stuff, but never knew why one kind made me tired and another got my creative juices flowing. You’ve changed the way and what I smoke forever.