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:


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!
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  • Dis

    Natures natural

  • Dis

    Growing growing

  • Dis

    How thick am I lol I have just realised the difference one has 5 leaves the other has 7

  • Dis

    One of my plants is most surely a hybrid as it has 5 and 7 leaves on it

    • bmore crazy410

      I’m asking has any one smoke green crack and is it good

      • Dis

        I don’t smoke any of it I tried it once and took the piss out of everyone whilst laughing my head of,could get me in serious trouble lol I just like growing it,I’ve heard of green poison but not green crack lol

        • Dis

          I’d think only crack heads would smoke that haha

      • StonerDabThirty

        I Love It

  • Dis

    Still alive

    • StonerDabThirty

      Hey Dis Can You Teach Me How To Grow Outdoor Plants?

      • Dis

        It depend on how you want to grow them ,I would rather use the natural way which is outside or in a greenhouse.its well to late to sow anything outside right now at least not until early spring when the frost is over,come back to me then if your still wanting my help although I no doubt if you google it you will get all the help you need ,thanks anyhow.

        • StonerDabThirty

          541-694-8282 Text Me With Any Advice For Indoor And Outdoor

          • storm_crow

            Best advice, join a cannabis forum! They all have expert growers who love being the “Ganja Guru” to beginners!

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  • Dis

    I love nature lol

  • Dis

    Another few days

  • Dis

    Patience is a virtue

  • Tendai

    Who can tell me what strain this is? It has sativa leaves on top and indica leaves and the base?

    • 2mean

      Can’t tell till 2 more weeks.

  • Dis

    Still with it

  • Dis

    Still alive

  • meyona1

    You mean mostly the benign Ruderalis on the right. ;) Just thought I would let you know. Thanks for the information. Very interesting and awesomely detailed. Thank you. :D

  • Dis

    Rubbish weather so it’s staying indoors

  • El Periquero mayor not gomztho

    Thanks for the tips y’all reallymz apprecciatez da gesture tho… Oughtta say, loved nem sativamz quite frankly enjoyed da whole damn blog.

  • Jay

    White Widow is a balanced hybrid isn’t it? The high is more euphoric and is said to be more on the Satvia side

  • StonerDabThirty

    Where To Get Good Cheap Seeds?

    • twat

      gorillaseeds, cheapest prices around. And lots of information on each strain



    • rainbowrider

      Do you have this link so that I may beable to read and print this out..I cannot read it ..it is blurry…thank you

  • jbperez808

    Please get a bitcoin address so people can easily give support to writers like you with a cause they identify with.

    Breadwallet for iOS is easy to use and free.

  • Khor Lee Show

    Psalm 75:8 For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them. What kind of mixture does one pour out the same? Although I don’t think the bible to be exact science, it has moulded lives, for better or worse, over the last two millennia. There are some things right or exact with the Bible, this is one. In Matt 15:11 & 20 Jesus said Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

    Please let us wake up an smell the Hemp.

  • Deniro

    Hi guys, I have smoked 3 times between the ages 17 and 18. The first time I smoked, it was great, the first stage was relaxing and I was very much peaceful in the moment, without having thoughts in my mind, I was just present, I’d then be more energetic than I already am. I took three good pulls. That was it. I noticed that the weed smelled fresh like grass before we burnt it. The second time I smoked weed, I was tired, clumsy and way to relaxed that I wouldn’t even bother to study. It was worrying, I started to dress less smart too. This time I took more hits. I breathed in deeper. My friend told me this time we were smoking ‘Kush’ I had no idea what it is but, it had a strong dirty weed smell. I expected myself to feel energetic and optimistic again, but no. From this site, I have learnt that what I really want or prefer is the Sativa type. How do I get hold of it? That is if I ever try it again. Since smoking the ‘Indica’ type, I am still being lazy and feeling tired and relaxed. It’s worrying because the last time I smoked it was October 2014 and now it’s January 2015. I don’t know if it is the weed, but if it is does anybody know what I need to do? I have a good diet. I try so hard to be me again, but it’s hard. Anyone know what I m going through?? I would really appreciate it! p.s. I am thinking to smoke the Sativa type, it may help. Good or bad idea?

    • Morgan

      You get it from a drug dealer man. And I’ve been doing it for four years. I understand what you going through, and it’s better to find 50%-50%. It’s perfect. Your not to lazy, not to energetic. But it actually just depends on you dude. And you just have to be careful who you get it from, because if you get it from the wrong person it could be laced. So always, always, research what your getting, and look at the pictures. Even if you already paid for it and it doesn’t look right or smell right, don’t do it. I hoped that helped help you.

      • Deniro

        Thank you man, I appreciate that. What does laced mean though?

        • PetiePiper

          Laced means a different drug is mixed in with the weed, sometimes with the intention to get you addicted by using drugs with addictive qualities.

        • Trippy McTripperson

          Angel dust

    • Stephane Guanja

      Try and find blue dream or Rasta berry Ive been smoking since I’m 14 years old and I’m 17 now these are the two most relaxing and stress relieving weeds for me and it makes you energetic but not too much and the taste is just so damn amazing like I’m glad I got these connects it’s the two best weeds for me anyways like Ive smoked all the weed theres to be smoked Ill stick to my Jamaican Rastaberry (Indica) and my Blue dream (50%-50% hybrid) One word. (Mellow)

      • charlababez

        U stay in cali

  • Deniro

    By the way the first time i smoked, my friend said it was ‘Lemon’ it was the type i liked and allowed me to be energetic. Am i right to say it is Sativa type??

    • Dennis Soron

      lemon haze….. sativa

  • Andres

    some body could tell me what kind is it? because I am not sure, and I think this is not Cbis

    • AlexCali

      That doesn’t look like marijuana sorry. You should’ve already had regular marijuana leaves growing.

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    • Marty Magillicutty

      That looks like Siberian Elm.


    There was a new strain discoverd in Australia here not long ago up in the mountains, it was the only one up there and some scientist killed it on accident, and they have never found anymore of it growing wild there yet but are searching……..I read a article on it the other day on the net, don’t know ho true it is…….

    • weedman

      Its really true!! They have it in Amsterdam.

    • incorrect

      It was outed as fake by high times

  • Susan

    I am all for medical marijuana but ya know with it being so available I find myself smoking more than I should an now I am lazy. Even with the sativa.
    I know I’m not the majority here but I find I don’t get the things done I need to. Some of us like to use a lot if it’s around. If its not around and I get it once in a while makes me more creative and able to get quite a bit done.
    I am 53 and did my share of everything in the 70s and 80s. medical marijuana everyday for someone in pain can be good but it eventually makes a person weak, uncaring for other things and with our world going to hell, we need to keep out wits about us as we all well know our governments would love us to stay stupid and not care what is going on in DC so they can pass what they want.
    Marijuana is to available. I hate to see what our next generation is going to be like when it is available as much as liquor. If I did have to choose I would rather see someone smoke and drive than drink and drive.
    Use marijuana responsibly and not everyday.

  • buddy

    Can someone tell me what kind i have?