Sativa and Indica: what’s the difference?

Some people think weed is just weed. Think again. There are thousands of varieties of cannabis products with different traits based on their subspecies, which can differ from the cannabinoid profile and terpene content. These subspecies are known as cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis. Ruderalis is something of a rarity, so we’re focusing on Sativa and Indica.

Effects

Sativa

Sativas are best known for their energizing and uplifting properties, and unique variety of sweet flavours and aromas. Sativas generally provide more invigorating, cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative projects. This means Sativas are great for daytime use and won’t provide you with the same lazy feeling you would get from an Indica. Sativas also have a variety of medicinal properties such as its ability to aid in depression or help fight fatigue.

Indica

Indicas are best known for their potent smell and strong sedative effects, commonly described as a “Couch Lock” feeling. This is due to Indica’s extremely relaxing nature and full-body high. Because of this, Indicas are often used at nighttime. Indicas also provide a wide variety of medical benefits including appetite stimulation, pain relief, and more.

History

These classifications have been around far longer than you might think. Early taxonomic distinctions between Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa began in the 18th century when differences between their structure and resin production were first noted.

Geography

Sativas

Sativas first appeared in countries closer to the equator such as  Colombia, Mexico, Thailand and Southeast Asia, in areas with warmer climates where they can thrive.

Indicas

Indica’s origins have been traced to the Hindu Kush region of the Middle East – Afghanistan, Turkey and Morocco, where they developed thick coats of resin as protection against the harsh climate and conditions.

Appearance

The simplest way to tell if your plant is an Indica or Sativa is to look at its shape and buds.

Indica – Darker, dense buds, broad leaves, bushy shorter plants at  3-4 ft.

Sativa – Brighter, stringier buds, slender leaves, tall skinny plants up to 20 ft.

So, next time you’re choosing a cannabis product, remember, not all cannabis is made equal.

If if you’re looking for a boost of energy and want to be productive, find a Sativa. If you’re looking to chill out in the evening, try an Indica.

Don’t forget to check out our cannabis products here. You can get whatever you need across Canada through our website and by searching for us on Weedmaps.

Written by : Team

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