Back to Basics: What is the difference between Indica and Sativa?


Back to Basics: What is the difference between Indica and Sativa?

Before 2005, I don’t have any memories of weed being anything but good or bad. Are we getting it from the shady guy or the college guy or the shady college guy?  Are we meeting them at the park or at the bar? It was a different world only a decade ago, and lucky for us the world has changed drastically.  Gone are the days of weird street dealers, unsafe meeting places and only good or bad weed.  Now we have delivery services, dispensaries, lab tested marijuana and budtenders who care about customer service (Whaaaat??). We are the freaking Jetsons, man.


In this new age, it’s important to have all the knowledge that comes with it.  Knowing the difference between Indica and Sativa strains can be incredibly helpful in customizing your own experience.  Don’t have a clue what I’m talking about? I got you boo boo.


Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa are two different species of marijuana.  


They are very different both in physical appearance and effects.  

Sativas usually have skinny leaves and tall plants.



Indicas generally have fat leaves and short plants.


So now you know that.

Let’s talk about effects, though.


  • Indica strains generally have these effects:
  • -calming
  • -sleepy
  • -”couch lock” or body buzz
  • -pain relief
  • -best used for night time.


  • Sativa strains usually give these effects:
  • -uplifting and energetic
  • -cerebral
  • -giggly
  • -focused
  • -best used for day time.

Indica and Sativa strains can be cross-bred into hybrids and dependant upon the dominant strain can give you a mix of both of these effects. Now that you have a little knowledge, why not be bold in this brave new world and order yourself a little of both and see what you like? Remember, everyone’s experience with marijuana is different, so don’t rely on someone else’s preferences.  

Sativa up, Indica down.


Now you know.  

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