Indica vs. Sativa: Which Cannabis to Use for Which Purpose?

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The Enlightening Differences in Cannabis:

Indica and Sativa

Medicinal cannabis is used to treat a wide variety of ailments. There are two primary varieties of cannabis, Indica, and Sativa, both of which have unique benefits. Indica and Sativa plants differ in appearance and growth, as well as in their medicinal properties.

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Indica Cannabis

  • Appearance – The overall appearance of the Indica cannabis plant is short and bushy with wide leaves.
  • Growth – These plants grow faster and have a higher yield than the Sativa plant.
  • Medicinal propertiesIndica plants produce lower THC amounts than the Sativa plant.
    • Indica plants are usually reserved for nighttime use and provide the following benefits:
      • Increased dopamine (a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps control the brain’s pleasure and reward centers)
      • Improved muscle relaxation
      • Anti-inflammatory properties
      • Increased appetite
      • Increased mental relaxation
      • Helps to decrease acute (early or sudden onset) pain 
      • Decreased nausea


Sativa Cannabis

  • Appearance – Sativa leaves are a lighter shade of green than their counterpart, the Indica plant, and are thin and narrow, and the plants tend to grow taller.
  • Growth factor – Sativa plants take longer to grow and require more light than the Indica plant.
  • Medicinal propertiesSativa plants tend to have higher THC amounts than the Indica plant.
    • The Sativa plants are usually used during the daytime and are beneficial in the following ways:
      • Increased serotonin (a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps to regulate learning, anxiety, sleep, mood, and appetite)
      • Increasing the mind’s creativity and focus
      • Anti-anxiety
      • Anti-depression
      • Improved chronic (long-term) pain
    • Overall, Sativa will invigorate and energize the body and mind.

Finding the right product to fit your individual needs is crucial when picking the right product. It is also a good idea to get the facts on long-term effects.

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Indica vs. Sativa – The Main Components

The cannabis plant contains a multitude of cannabinoids, but one of its main cannabinoids is THC.  

  • THC – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant, and is responsible for the “high” or euphoric feeling that is associated with cannabis use. 


Hybrid – Combining the Best of Both Worlds

Products also c0me in hybrid forms, which contain a combination of both Sativa and Indica. Hybrid is classified as indica-dominant, sativa-dominant, and balanced, based on the amount of each strain that is present. Hybrid forms cannabis products typically have higher levels of THC than Indica forms. You can use these types of cannabis products to help ease ailments such as migraine headaches, reducing anxiety and stress, and even to alleviate the symptoms of chemotherapy. 

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Interested in using cannabis as an alternative treatment? Get your cannabis card with a licensed physician.

Interested in using cannabis as an alternative treatment? Get
your cannabis card with a licensed physician.