Indica vs. Sativa
Indicas and indica-dominant strains provide a very relaxing and strong body high that is helpful in treating general anxiety, body pain, and sleeping disorders, such as insomnia. Indicas and indica-dominant hybrids are most commonly smoked by medical marijuana patients in the late evening or even right before bed due to how relaxed you become.
- Relieves body pain
- Relaxes muscles
- Relieves spasms, reduces seizures
- Relieves headaches and migraines
- Relieves anxiety or stress
- Relieves insomnia
Sativas and sativa-dominant strains provide an uplifting, energetic and “cerebral” high that is best suited for daytime smoking (or nighttime smoking if your evening plans involve staying awake). A sativa high is one filled with creativity and energy as smoking sativa is often said to spark new ideas and creations.
- Feelings of well-being and peace
- Up-lifting and cerebral thoughts
- Stimulates and energizes
- Increases focus and creativity
- Fights depression
One way of understanding the distinction between Indicas and Sativas as medicine is by looking at the CBD-to-THC ratio. In general, indicas have a higher CBD-to-THC ratio, whereas sativas have a lower one – meaning that indicas are known for having higher percentages of CBD than sativas.
For those looking to minimize the unwanted psychoactive effects of THC, that makes indicas an obvious choice. If a medical user wants the psychoactive effects, then they would look to a pure sativa or, more likely, a sativa-dominant hybrid.
Medical marijuana users looking for full-body, relaxing effects or relief from physical pain will turn to indica or indica-dominant hybrids, since experiments show it is highly likely that CBD is contributing to this pain inhibition. Smoking indica strains causes a much more “stoned” feeling of lethargy and a jelly-like physical state of relaxation. Sativas on the other hand are responsible more for the characteristic “high” feeling of mental elation, giddiness, and introspection.