Differences between Indica and Sativa Cannabis Strains

differences between indica and sativa cannabis strains

If you’ve been interested in or are new to medical marijuana, you’ve probably heard of the different strains. They consist of: Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid. Here we will break down the different cannabis strains and hopefully clear up any confusion by answering any questions about medical marijuana that you may have. 

Details on Indica and Sativa 

The two main strains of medical marijuana are Indica and Sativa. Each strain has their own range of medical benefits. Indica is known for its deep body relaxation, while Sativa strains give a more energizing experience. 

Indica 

Patients with chronic pain and sleep disorders can benefit from Indica’s full-bodied muscle relaxation and significant pain relief. Indica strains are known to be physically sedating. The effects of this marijuana strain are commonly referred to as being “stoned”, as it impacts a heavy concentration in your body and legs. Indica also enhances physical sensations like taste, touch and smell. 

Due to Indica’s higher levels of Cannabidiol (CBD) this strain of marijuana is ideal for patients suffering from: 

  • Chronic Pain
    The pain may be caused by inflammation or dysfunctional nerves 
  • Muscle Spasms
    A sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more of your muscles 
  • Anxiety
    A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities 
  • Nausea
    A feeling of sickness with an inclination to vomit 
  • Loss of Appetite
    Signs of decreased appetite include not wanting to eat, unintentional weight loss, and not feeling hungry 
  • Insomnia
    Habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep 
  • Multiple Sclerosis
    A disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves 
  • Fibromyalgia
    Widespread muscle pain and tenderness 
  • Lupus
    An inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues 
  • Sleep Apnea
    A potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts 
  • Glaucoma
    A group of eye conditions that can cause blindness 
  • Cancer
    A disease in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and destroy body tissue 

Sativa 

With its uplifting and energetic “head” high, Sativa is quintessential for daytime medicating. This strain of medical marijuana is also great for stimulating creativity and thoughts. Another great feature of this strain of marijuana is that it promotes a sense of well-being and is known for its cerebral, giggly and even psychedelic effects. Sativa is less likely to put you to sleep (unlike Indica). 

Sativa strains of marijuana are often used to treat: 

  • Anxiety
    A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities 
  • ADD / ADHD
    A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness 
  • Depression and mood disorders
    A mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life 
  • Nausea
    A feeling of sickness with an inclination to vomit 
  • Loss of Appetite
    Signs of decreased appetite include not wanting to eat, unintentional weight loss, and not feeling hungry 
  • Headaches / Migraines
    A headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound 

Hybrid Strains 

By crossbreeding the two strains, Indica and Sativa, this strain of marijuana mellows the paranoia effect of Sativa and the drowsiness of Indica. This strain is called Hybrid. 

Hybrid strains produce a range of different highs. Growers have a specific set of effects in mind to achieve when crossbreeding. They can choose the best effects from each strain of marijuana to get the effects they desire. 

Hybrid strains fall into 3 categories: 

  • Sativa Dominant 
  • Balanced 
  • Indica Dominant 

Sativa dominant hybrids provide the MMJ patient with a head high and relaxed body. This Hybrid is typically used when you need to relax, both physically and mentally. 

Balanced Hybrids are a 50/50 balance of both Indica and Sativa strains. This Hybrid strain gives you a balanced head/body high. 

Indica dominant Hybrids provide the MMJ patient with a strong body high. Perfect for patients in need of moderate pain relief, relaxation and sleep. 

Do your research and find a cannabis strain that is right for you and your needs. Ask your MMJ Patient Advisor if you need help understanding if the cannabis you are choosing is dominant one way or the other. 

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2018-06-11T16:55:35+00:00