Indica and sativa are commonly used and widely discussed terminology. Indica strains are considered to have more calming effects on full body and sleep, while Sativa strains are thought to have more energizing, elevating and intellectual benefits.
For decades, cannabis users have mixed plant types and their effects. Hybrid strains are supposed to offer a mixture of Indica and Sativa effects, and are currently the most popular types of cannabis, with “pure” Sativa / Indica strains being hard to find.
Today, do we understand what is the difference between Sativa vs Indica vs Hybrid? What are the effects they produce? And what are the most prevalent myths regarding strains?
What is Sativa?
Sativa marijuana plants are taller and slender than Indica. Sativa can grow up to 20 feet tall!
Sativa strains are well known for their energy effects and mental stimulants. They can help reduce anxiety while also stimulating creativity and productivity. Compared to Indica varieties, Sativa strains have lower levels of CBD and higher levels of THC. This, however, varies from strain to strain and phenotype to phenotype.
general effects – Sativa strains are more commonly used during the day to boost energy rather than calm down shortly before bedtime. For chronic pain, glaucoma, headaches and depression, Sativa is often prescribed.
Euphoria is one of the best known effects of Sativa. It can help relieve stress and increase productivity and creativity.
What is Indica?
While Sativa marijuana plants tend to be tall and lean, Indica plants tend to be short and thick, with wider leaves. Some Indica strains offer a calming “couch lock” effect that relaxes the body and mind. As a result, they are well known among those suffering from insomnia and chronic pain.
Sleep apnea, MS, anxiety, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease are the prominent diseases for which medical marijuana users return to Indica strains.
General effects: Indica strains are suggested for clients looking for relaxing and calming effects on the mind and body. When they relieve nausea and discomfort and improve appetite, the dominant Indica or Indica Hybrid strains are perfect.
What is Hybrid?
Hybrids are created by crossing two or more cannabis strains, where they usually combine a body and a tall head.
Breeders are working hard to develop strains throughout to treat a variety of diseases. For example, you can find a Hybrid strain that manages inflammation and discomfort while also providing an energy boost.
General Effects – The effects of a Hybrid are difficult to notice because of the wide range of potential combinations of percentages of cannabinoids (THC, CBD and CBG) and types of terpenes. Knowing the ratio of Indica to Sativa in a Hybrid variety helps determine which effects will be most prevalent.
Common myths about Sativa, Indica and Hybrid
Myth 1: A Hybrid is a 50/50 mixture of Sativa and Indica varieties.
Cannabis products marketed as Hybrids are generally in the hands of customers who are not familiar with the plant.
Truth: Hybrids come in a variety of forms.
Usually there is no 50/50 mix between Sativa and Indica in Hybrid strains. When it comes to crosses, researchers want you to believe that it is as simple as crossing the Indica and Sativa genes.
Myth 2: Indica are more potent because they contain more THC.
Customers often ask for power when they visit dispensaries. Some believe that the larger the number, the higher the quality of the rivers. Indica products often carry labels such as “body high”, “sedative” and “couch-lock”.
Due to their higher THC content, Indica strains are considered to induce drowsiness and relaxation.
Truth: A higher THC concentration doesn’t make you feel “higher”.
This logic is controversial for consumers on many levels. That’s because it doesn’t take into account a person’s tolerance. If you are in the dispensary, inquiring about power, your tolerance is more likely to be an all-time high. This means you need more cannabis to get the same results.
According to survey feedback from research participants who have consumed different potencies, some researchers argue that high-THC strains do not bring you “higher”.
Myth 3: Sativa are used during the day, while Indica are used at night.
Simplified descriptions of the effects of stress abound on product labels. Traditionally, it has been said that Sativas stimulate and revitalize the mind, while Indica calms and rests the body.
Truth: There is no long-term impact for everyone.
While dispensaries and budtenders may find it easier to sell cannabis based on “stress effects,” cannabis is not that simple. It is completely subjective and depends on a person’s individual ability. A Sativa variety can provide a high brain for one person while leaving another exhausted.
To be clear, the physical properties of Sativa cannabis, Indica cannabis and Hybrid varieties are different. There are changes in the shape, size and color of the leaf, but things get a little dark when it comes to impacts.
Age, weight, environment, headspace, anxiety levels, and the last time a person ate can influence the experience. It is important to note that cannabis has varied effects on different people. The easiest way to know is to become comfortable, try them all, and see what happens.