Indica, Sativa, Hybrid – What’s the Difference
So many people today associate how cannabis makes them feel with the terms Indica and Sativa. These terms actually only describe the type of cannabis plant it is, and how it looks. What really determines how cannabis will make you feel is the terpenes.
While Cannabis Indica plants are shorter and stocky with fat leaves; Cannabis Sativa plants are taller with skinnier leaves and expanded flowers. Typically, Sativa plants are actually higher in THC than Indica plants are and they tend to grow better in a warmer climate.
It is true that most Sativa strains have a more uplifting effect, but I’ve had Sativa strains that have been dominant in Myrcene and have put me to sleep. On the other hand, I’ve had Indica strains that were dominant in Pinene and made me super motivated and focused.
Indica strains are known for producing a “body high”; providing relief from pain, anxiety and promoting restful sleep. This is due to the higher amounts of terpenes like Myrcene and Linalool.
Sativa strains on the other hand are known for producing a “cerebral high”; or a euphoric feeling of being focused or motivated. Research has shown that terpenes like Pinene and Limonene produce feelings of euphoria and wellness, while actually helping with memory and attention problems.
When choosing your next strain, make sure you take a close look at the terpene profile so you’ll know exactly what to expect. Don’t depend on whether it’s labeled Indica or Sativa – That just tells you what the plant looks like, not what its effects might be.
For more information on terpenes, read my articles about them here!