If you are new to Cannabis or just refreshing your memory on the three Cannabis strains and their effects, read on for a brief refresher.
Well, let’s dig and explore the three stains and how they will affect you. I’ll talk about the general effects of each and some medicinal purposes that you can benefit from each as well. I personally like all three and use them differently depending on the high I am looking for.
It has been very interesting researching where each of the Cannabis Strains originated. As it turns out, there is no real Sativa or Indica strains.
Over time the variants and been intermixed, and naming has not followed any scientific method. But the premise of what each provides is primarily accurate, especially if you get medical Cannabis targeting a specific condition. Here is how I personally view the strains: Indica is a more relaxing and calming strain in general; Sativa helps you focus; if you’re looking to laugh and be happy in general, this is the strain you are looking for. Because of this, affect it is suitable for those with mood disorders like depression. In general, you will feel more social. Hybrids are precisely what it sounds like; it’s a mix of both strains. You will often hear them described as either Indica or Sativa dominant, meaning it has more on one than the other. Hybrid is good if you want a bit of each of their characteristics but want to limit its effect, so you don’t become too relaxed and become part of the couch. My doctor recommends a Hybrid for Anxiety to continue to function at work in the middle of the day.
Indica Cannabis Strains
Cannabis Indica originally referred to varieties discovered in Asia but named Indica because samples came from India. Today Indica generally refers to stout, broad-leaf cannabis plants.
Indica contains a rich source of Cannabinoids, THC, and CBD, lending itself to the following effects:
- enhancement of physical sensations,
- dry mouth,
- red eyes.
This is due to the high concentration of the aforementioned three-component components, which derive Indica strains. These effects are often referred to as someone being “stoned” because they stare off into space and feel like they are part of the couch. This is usually a very relaxed state of mind with your thoughts wandering with an inability to focus. Most medical Cannabis derives from Indica, which help with the following conditions
- Sleep and insomnia
- Anxiety relief
- Inflammation relief
- Seizure reduction
- Muscle spasticity
- decrease nausea
Due to Indica properties, Indica is an excellent body relaxer allowing your mind and muscles to relax. I love it after a long stressful day at work; I’m able to decompress and forget about all those stresses. I also take a few hits before bed, and I sleep like a baby; without it, I am up in the middle of the night for a few hours. Just remember, once you take it may become difficult to get up off the couch, so plan to relax and stay in for the night. Remember, many products are made with Indica, and focus on one ailment or effect will have to match your desire to find whatever you are looking for.
Sativa Cannabis Strains
Sativa is often associated with the following feelings: uplifting, stimulating, and elating with all its energizing power. On the opposite spectrum, Indica might get you ready to catch some shut-eye or provide that needed relaxation; Sativa, on the other hand, provides energy and a bigger desire to be social versus Indica, where you are more chill and satisfied to sit.
Sativa originated in Central and South America and commonly refers to tall, narrow-leaf varieties of Cannabis. With its uplifting effect, Sativas often help relieve mood disorders, depression, fatigue, and even ADD. This is due to Sativas properties that increase serotonin, affecting mood and appetite, which is why it is a great strain to help combat the following medical conditions:
- Increase appetite (Munchies)
- Increases focus and creativity
- Treats chronic pain
With Sativas invigorating and energizing high, it is a perfect strain that can help reduce anxiety or stress and increase creativity and focus. Or in many cases, it is the preferred recreational strain for these same effects producing an energetic and social high.
Conclusion: Cannabis Strains
Depending on what you want out of your Cannabis, you now know what to look for. I did not review Hybrid strains because they mix both Sativa and India to take on those properties. Some dispensaries will not call their strains by these names; they will simply refer to them as Indica dominate or Sativa dominate, which means that they act similar to either one or the other.
The bottom line is to know what you are looking for a pick something that matches what effect you want to experience. Below is a chart of some common varieties and their recreational or medicinal effects are geared towards. All you need to concern yourself with is your desired outcome and pick the product that matches.
|Acapulco Gold||Sativa||0.1%||15–23%||Fatigue, stress, nausea, pain|
|Blue Dream||Hybrid||<1%||30%||Pain, cramps, inflammation, insomnia, mental fog, PTSD|
|Purple Kush||Indica||<1%||17–22%||Chronic pain, muscle spasms, insomnia|
|Sour Diesel||Sativa||<1%||20–22%||Fatigue, stress, acute pain, mental fog, anxiety, PTSD|
|Bubba Kush||Indica||<1%||14–25%||Insomnia, acute pain, nausea, low appetite, PTSD|
|Granddaddy Purple||Indica||<0.1%||17–23%||Low appetite, restless leg syndrome, insomnia|
|Afghan Kush||Indica||6%||16–21%||Acute pain, insomnia, low appetite|
|LA Confidential||Indica||0.3%||16–20%||Inflammation, pain, stress|
|Maui Waui||Sativa||0.55%||13–19%||Fatigue, depression|
|Golden Goat||Hybrid||1%||23%||Depression, anxiety, mental fog, low energy|
|Northern Lights||Indica||0.1%||16%||Pain, mood disorders, insomnia, low appetite|
|White Widow||Hybrid||<1%||12–20%||Low mood, mental fog, social anxiety|
|Super Silver Haze||Sativa||<0.1%||16%||Stress, anxiety, mental fog, low energy|
|Pineapple Express||Hybrid||<0.1%||23%||Mental fog, acute pain, social anxiety|
|Supernatural||Sativa||<1%||22%||Migraine, glaucoma, headaches, low moods|
Many dispensaries have moved away from the terms Indica, Sativa, and hybrid and started classifying the different strains as Type I through Type III:
- Type I: high THC
- Type II: THC/CBD combined
- Type III: high CBD
If you are buying Cannabis on the street, you can still determine the strain by the shape of the bud. Indica buds are dense and bulbous. Sativa buds are long and sausage-shaped. I don’t recommend buying products on the street as you don’t know the quality of what they have put in it. Many illegal growers use many chemicals that are not good for your body. In any case, I hope you have learned a lot from this article. Enjoy and have fun!