Do you remember what type of cannabis you consumed last? Was it sativa or indica? Most people have no idea what subspecies of cannabis they are consuming. “So what?” you might ask. So why is it important what type of weed you consume?
Is there a difference?
Each major strain of cannabis has its own range of effects on the body and mind resulting in a wide range of medicinal benefits. If you are consuming cannabis it’s important to know exactly what your desired effects are and find the strain that is perfect for you.
Cannabis strains range from pure sativas to pure indicas. Hybrid strains consist of both indica and sativa (30% indica – 70% sativa, 50% – 50% combinations, 80% indica – 20% sativa). Certain strains can better treat specific illnesses.
Indica dominant marijuana strains tend to have a strong sweet or sour odor (ex. OG Kush, Northern Lights) and provide a very relaxing and strong body high that can help relieve general anxiety, body pain, and sleeping disorders (to name a few).
Indicas are very effective for overall pain relief and are often used to treat insomnia for many people. Medical marijuana patients most commonly consume indica buds in the late evening before bed. Many of people in our community have found that it makes them feel sleepy and tired – great for a good night’s sleep!
Benefits of indica:
- Relieves anxiety or stress
- Relaxes muscles
- Relieves spasms, reduces seizures
- Relieves headaches and migraines
- Relieves body pain
Indica strains originally came from countries known for their hash culture such as Morocco, Afghanistan, Nepal and Turkey.
Sativa strains tend to have a more grassy type odor. Most of our patients report an uplifting, energetic and “cerebral” high that is best suited for daytime consumption.
A sativa high is one filled with creativity and energy. If you’re looking for your next breakthrough idea sativa is for you. It is known to spark genius ideas and creations! Many artists take advantage of the creative powers of sativa bud to create paintings.
Benefits of sativa:
- Fights depression
- Up-lifting and cerebral thoughts
- Stimulates and energizes
- Increases focus and creativity
- Feelings of well-being and at-ease
The original sativa strains came from countries like Colombia, Mexico, Thailand and several African Nations.