The cannabis plant comes in many different shapes, sizes, and colors – which means that your marijuana products are all bound to be different as well. While there are numerous brand name strains that exist, industry experts and enthusiasts alike widely recognize Indica and Sativa as the two dominant strains where noticeable differences exist.
Sativa dominant strains are widely held as having the effect of helping users achieve a euphoric state. The Sativa plants grow tall and thin. They are slow to flower. Sativa is a creativity booster, making the user more receptive to new ideas. Sativa dominant strains are known for having a higher ratio of THC to CBN, the two active ingredients in marijuana that contribute to the high. Users characterize the effects as feeling more of a “head high.” Sativa dominant strains are less likely to be used medicinally but have been said to work well in providing relief for depression, ADHD, and mood disorders.
Indica is the go-to strain for anyone wanting to feel tranquil. It is said to make you more drowsy and relaxed, and give more of a “body high”. Indica dominant strains contain a higher amount of resin which makes the plant stickier. This makes Indica the preferred strain when making hashish, a highly concentrated cannabis extract. Opposite their counterparts, Indica has more CBN than THC, which is what gives it a more relaxing effect. Indica dominant strains are more commonly used medicinally and have been said to be effective in providing relief for insomnia, anxiety, and headaches.
Years of cannabis growing, and usage has led to the interbreeding of the two dominant strains of cannabis. Now, in the modern cannabis market, there are a variety of strain types one can choose from. The varying levels of THC vs CBN, flowering cycles, growth heights, and more create products that can have different effects to compliment a user’s desires. Most hybrids are a combination of the best qualities of Indica and Sativa and, because of this mix, there is no distinct height, growing pattern, or leaf distinction to identify a hybrid. The same goes for cannabis used for medicinal purposes. The medicinal benefits of a hybrid strain will vary based on whether the hybrid is Indica or Sativa dominant. As a consumer of cannabis, be aware that most seeds out on the market today are hybrid seeds to an extent, due to their extreme popularity.
If you are looking to find the right strain of cannabis for you, or just curious about the properties of the different strains, visit our discover page or check out one of our other blogs. We want to make it clear that while these claims are widely accepted within the cannabis community, there is ongoing testing and scientific studies internationally. We encourage you to try a few different dominant strains before deciding which one is the right one for you. We hope you find the best strain for you and remember, Be Kind!