Whether you’re browsing the menus on our website or purchasing cannabis at a shop, you may notice strains are commonly separated into two main classifications of plants: indica and sativa. Additionally, crossbreeding of indica and sativa strains has also led to a wide variety of hybrid strains.
Each strain offers a different set of benefits. Understanding the difference between the two is imperative to determine the right strain for each customer or patient.
Indica plants are generally short, densely branched and have wider leaves. As far as growing is concerned, they are better in high altitude and cooler climates.
The high from indica strains is relaxing and calming. They provide an immense body high that is mainly tailored for nights when you aim to wind down. Indicas are typically used to relieve stress and aid with sleep.
In general, indicas are best for physical ailments such as pain and inflammation. In regard to medical treatment, patients dealing with health conditions such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, and sleep disorders typically benefit from the effects of this type of strain. Furthermore, they are also used to treat anxiety.
On the other hand, sativa plants are tall and loosely branched with long, narrow leaves. They are often grown outdoors in hot, tropical climates and can reach heights of up to 20 feet.
Ideal for social situations and the ability to enhance creativity, the high from sativa strains is energizing and uplifting. As opposed to indica strains, they are well suited for daytime use.
Sativa strains are an ideal choice to treat mental ailments, often used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder depression, ADD/ADHD, and other mood disorders. However, some people may experience an increase in anxiety, which is why it is critical to test out a new strain before considering it as medication.
Lastly, hybrids are crossbred strains of marijuana contain both sativa and indica genetics. They can take after either parent plant—referred to as indica-dominant or sativa-dominant—or be a blend of both. The main objective of hybridization is to create a strain with desirable characteristics from each dominant strain.
To learn which strain works best for you, contact The Station for more information today!