When people talk about marijuana, they’re often referring to two species of the cannabis plant: Cannabis indica or Cannabis sativa. But, what’s the difference? And how do you tell which one is which?
So here you go :-
Sativa strains originated in an area around the equator and can be found in countries like Colombia, Mexico, Thailand and several African Nations.
The Indica strains originated from a higher altitude and can be found predominantly in countries known for their hash culture such as Morocco, Afghanistan, Nepal and Turkey. These plants are shorter and fuller plants compared to their sativa counterparts.
The top five differences between indica and sativa are:
Sativas will always grow taller than their Indica sisters. Indoors I’ve seen sativas get as big as six feet while indicas tend to stay short – around three feet.
As a connoisseur smoker there is nothing like a sativa high, while with the indicas I find the effect to be quite universal across multiple different strains. It is actually the indicas that have the strongest analgesic effect when it comes to medical cannabis, it’s usually the sativas that have a higher amount of THC compared to CBDs.
- uplifting and energetic
- cerebral, spacey or hallucinogenic
- best suited for day use
- relaxing and calming
- body buzz or ‘couch lock’
- best suited for night use
Sativas have a wide range in flavors from fruity, like a Fruity Thai or Amnesia, to what is known as the cat-piss flavor, which is more of an ammonia scent. The indicas can also be quite fruity which you see a lot in the Kush varieties, as well as sport skunk flavors as found in indica hybrids.
Sativas can take a long time to finish, maybe about over 20 weeks.
Indicas have a much shorter flowering time and can be expected as short as 6-8 weeks.
Generally speaking the indicas tend to have a higher yield than their sativa sisters.