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What is the Difference Between Indica and Sativa?

With the rise of legislation to legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana, lighting up has become more popular in recent years. The two major categories of bud are Indica, Sativa, and a Hybrid of both types. Read on to find out the difference between the two, and how to choose the best one for your needs.

Indica strains
Indica effects are commonly known as “in da couch” due to its heavy, relaxing effects. The cannabidiol, or CBD, content relieves pain and relaxes users while the higher THC (psychoactive) content creates a more “high” feeling than sativa strains. For users looking for a body high to lower pain, increase mood, and provide relaxation to help with sleep, an indica strain is a good choice. Patients with nausea, insomnia, and chronic pain should choose an indica strain over sativa.

Sativa strains
While indica strains offer a body high, Sativa gives users a mind high consisting of increased energy and creativity. This type of marijuana is more suited to daytime use than indica strains, because it increases focus and alertness. Sativa is used to treat patients with depression because it lifts the mood. Cancer and anorexia patients are often prescribed medical marijuana due to its increase of appetite. Remember that even though sativa strains will keep you alert, you should not operate a vehicle while under the influence of any type of marijuana.

Hybrid strains
If the aspects of both major types of marijuana appeal to you, there are also hybrids of the two. Some are available that offer a 50/50 mix of both types of effects. These can be used if you want to relieve pain during the daytime without becoming sleepy and fatigued. It is also a good choice for someone looking for a boost in creativity and appetite without the increase in energy.

Along with 50/50 hybrids there are mixes that are either sativa-dominant or indica-dominant. These offer primarily the effects of the dominant type found, but still offer a more subtle experience of those effects. Try several different strains of hybrids to find what works best for you.

While the choice between indica and sativa strains can be confusing at first, there is no harm in trying several strains before making a decision. For a pain relieving body high feeling for the nighttime, choose indica strains. For a daytime boost in appetite, creativity, focus, and mood, select a sativa strain. When in doubt, someone at your local dispensary can help you make the best choice for your medical or recreational needs.