Indica vs. Sativa Education

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Cannabis plants can typically be broken up in to three major categories Indica, Sativa, Hybrid. Lets learn more.

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Indica

With dense foliage and full leaves, indica plants are made to withstand much harsher growing environments than sativa plants. Indicas are short and stubby, and are know for for being physically sedating, perfect for relaxing with a movie or as a nightcap before bed

Morphology: Short & Bushy

Geographical Origin: Hindu Kush region of the Middle East –  Turkey, Morocco, Afghanistan

Effects: Tend to be sedating and relaxing, with full body effects

Symptom Relief: Anxiety, Insomnia, Pain, Muscle Spasms

Flowering Time: 8-12 Weeks

Yield Size: 1.5-2.5 ounces per plant

Flavor: Typically sweet in flavor

Typical Naming: Indica - Kush

 

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Sativa

The easiest way to tell indica vs sativa is to look at the leaves. A true sativa is a tall, scraggly looking plant with wiry stocks and thin leaves. Sativas typically provide more invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative projects.

Morphology: Tall & thin

Geographical Origin: Grown near the equator – Colombia, Mexico, Thailand, Southeast Asia.

Effects: Tend to be uplifting, and creative with cerebrally focused effects

Symptom Relief: Depression, ADD, fatigue, mood disorders

Flowering time: 10-16 Weeks

Yield Size: 3 ounces - 1 pound per plant

Flavor: Typically Earthy in flavor

Typical Naming: Sativa - Haze

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Hybrid

A hybrid occurs when you crossbreed a sativa with an indica. Nowadays, hybrids are bred with other hybrids. This has lead to some outrageously strong man-made marijuana varieties. Many of the most common starins wouldn’t exist today without crossbreeding sativa and indica varieties.

Because hybrids are so diverse, it’s best to use a strain finding tool like Leafly to look up the specific psychoactive effects of each individual hybrid strain.


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