If you’re just stepping into the world of cannabis you may be confused about all the different strains you are seeing at your marijuana dispensary (ideally ours!). Or maybe you’re attempting to help your pain or condition with medical marijuana and aren’t sure which strain will work best.
Both strains have their benefits but both definitely have different effects – so which one works best for you is up to what you want your marijuana ingestion to achieve.
HOW WILL THEY MAKE ME FEEL?
Sativa strains are known as the “daytime” strains as they help to energize you, enhance creativity, and give you an overall sense of well-being and invigoration. In other words, Sativa strains are the ones that give you that “high” feeling most weed smokers are looking for.
On the other hand, Indica strains are known more as the “nighttime” strains because of their relaxation and calming effects. Indica strains make your body feel more heavy and “stoned” rather than energetic and “high”.
HOW CAN I TELL THE LEAVES APART?
Indica plants grow very quickly and end up being short, bushy, and tight with leaves that are wider than most. Sativa plants take their time to grow tall and have leaves that tend to be long and thin. Sativa plants typically are a bit lighter of a green colour than other plants as well.
If you’re looking to grow your own, Indica strains are best suited for indoor growing while Sativa strains flourish best when grown outside. That being said, nothing beats getting either from a medical cannabis dispensary.
HOW DO THEY TASTE?
Strains of Indica are quite sweet in flavour while strains of Sativa are typically a bit more mellow and earthy tasting.
WHAT ARE THE MEDICINAL BENEFITS OF EACH?
Sativa strains have higher levels of THC, which is what produces psychoactive effects and can help to relieve anxiety while increasing focus and energy. These strains are ideal for daytime pain relief, as well as ADHD and other mood disorders.
Indica strains have higher levels of CBD, which doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. They are often prescribed for conditions such as Glaucoma, a variety of chronic pain issues, side effects to cancer treatment, and major muscle aches since it helps with nausea and relaxation. Ongoing headaches and migraines are typically treated by using these CBD strains. The sedating effects of Indica strains help greatly with nighttime pain relief and can help you get the sleep your body so badly needs.
HOW CAN YOU TELL BY THE NAME?
This one is tough because there are SO many strains out there – including hybrids – and quite a few of them are made up and bred unprofessionally. It can definitely be hard to tell what you are getting by the name. You can usually trust that Kush names are Indica strains and Haze names are Sativa strains.
AND THAT’S NOT ALL
If you can’t decide which strain you need or think you would like a blend, you’re in luck! There are MANY hybrid strains which contain all different levels of each. Some are Indica heavy, while others are Sativa heavy. Consulting a professional who carries a variety of pure organic cannabis and knows about ALL strains (like us at Gulf Island Organics!) can help lead you to reap the medical marijuana benefits you are looking for. Contact us today!