Sativa Indica Hybrid strains are the three well known marijuana strains. Each strain has it’s own characteristics, medical benefit(s) and effects on the body and mind. You will find that most strains are either Indica or Sativa dominant with a mix making them Hybrids. These differences make up the different physical and psychological effects, as well as medicinal effects.
In this article we examine the differences between the three strains to help you determine which is the right one for your unique needs.
Indica strain plants most often grow to less than six feet tall, are typically more potent (higher THC%) than its Sativa counterpart. Indica strains are very effective in helping treat insomnia, anxiety and pain. It’s relaxing effects are best when smoked right before bed will help the user become very sleepy.
Relaxing and narcotic-like effect is what best describes Indica. Ideal for chronic pain, and people who suffer from diseases like multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and lupus.
Benefits of the Indica strains
- Complete body high
- Relaxes muscles, reduces spasms & seizures
- Increases appetite
- Reduces bodily pains
- Helps relieve symptoms of stress & anxiety
- Helps with migraine headaches
- Helps you sleep
The high produced from Indica strains is usually a strong body high, tingling sensation in your body and limbs. Indica will make you feel sleepy with a heavy couch locked relaxation feeling. Indica produces a type of high that is best when taken at night, generally the high lasts about 2-3 hours.
Sativa plants typically grow to exceptional heights of up to 20 feet when grown outside. Sativa plants need more light and require more time to grow and mature. Sativa marijuana strains have a very distinguishable grassy odor. Sativa strains provide an uplifting, emotional high suitable for smoking during the day.
A Sativa high gives users inspiration to become creative, gives them energy and opens there mind to new ideas.
Benefits of the Sativa strains
- Gives you feeling of ease & well-being
- Helps as an anti-depressant
- Helps with chronic pain
- Increases focus, helps with creativity
- Increases serotonin (helps regulate mood, social behavior, appetite & digestion, sleep, memory)
- More alert, increases energy
- Best use in the daytime
Sativa strains are known for their uplifting and invigorating high, it gives users an energy boost helping with creativity, alertness and motivation.
Sativa can cause anxiety and paranoia, take in small doses to help you steer clear of unwanted anxiety side effects.
Hybrids are a combination between Indica and Sativa plants. Most of the cannabis strains today are hybrids which offer a dominant strain of Indica or Sativa.
You will find hybrids in the following categories:
Sativa dominant Hybrids give users a relaxing body effect, while providing feeling of ease and well-being. Some examples of Sativa dominant strains are: Sour Diesel read review or Super Silver Haze
Indica dominant Hybrids give users a complete body high pain relief. Ideal for patients with chronic pain, and recommended for use at night to help you go to sleep. Some examples of Indica dominant strains are: Purple Kush or White Widow read review
Even Hybrids 50% each, give users a balance between what the two Sativa and Indica strain offer. Some examples of Hybrid strains are: Blue Cookies read review