Indica and Sativa are the two main strains of cannabis. Indica is a short bushy plant with chunky leaves that grows wide and broad. Whereas Sativa is tall and has slender finger-like leaves. Indica grows faster than Sativa, which grows up to 12 feet tall and takes even longer to mature. There are also some differences between the CBD to THC ratios of both plants, with Sativa having a lower amount of CBD and a higher dosage of THC. Indica boasts higher CBD content, while THC is also found in a healthy amount. Growers can mix these strains to create a hybrid. Popular strains of Indica include the Hindu Kush, Afghan Kush, and Granddaddy Purple. Acapulco Gold, Panama Red, and Durban Poison are some popular strains of Sativa.
Indica is used for its relaxing effects and thus mostly used at night, whereas Sativa is known for its anti-depression, energizing effects and is taken mostly during the daytime. Indica can also be used as an appetite stimulator and pain reliever. Sativa strains are good if you want to get a cerebral high. The effects generally differ due to different levels of CBD and THC in both strains. More research is underway on both these strains and their hybrids.
Indica and Sativa have their respective benefits and appeal to customers in their own ways. Indicas are often the best for pain and inflammation and, thus, are beneficial for patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer. Sativa is used to get an active and focused brain. Sativa strains tend to be better for psychological disorders like depression, PTSD, and anxiety in terms of particular ailments.
Some consumers say that there is no difference between these strains at all. Given that we are focusing on the differences of these strains, they do sound different. Both strains are in high demand in the market, and many customers like to consume both of them at different times, depending on their mood. But Indica has dominated the market for a while and seems to be much more popular.
Sativa is consumed by people who want to stay active and focused on their jobs and daily routines while also enjoying the effects of being high. On the other hand, Indica has more therapeutic touch with pain-relieving and relaxing effects. Another thing to be noted is, Sativa is used for mind high, and Indica is used for a full-body high.
The choice depends on the consumer as both are equally recommended and liked. Given the benefits and differences, one can choose the best for themselves. Even though there are some differences between the two plants, a person should also consider the chemical compositions of their strains to suit their needs. More chemicals are added during the making of different strains of these plants, so it is a question of choice not just between these plants, but of their respective strains as well.