Back in the day, you relied on your dealer to provide answers to all your cannabis questions. Would this strain chill you out or rev you up? Would it make you paranoid or relaxed? Would it give you the jitters? These days, when it comes to Sativa vs. Indica, you don’t need to play guessing games anymore. Your local dispensary will know exactly what’s in your cannabis — and steer you in the right direction.
Sativa Vs. Indica: Different Strains of Cannabis
Sativa and Indica are two different strains of cannabis; they are also the two main types. Sometimes you’ll see Indica or Sativa cannabis products in a dispensary; oftentimes, you’ll see Sativa and Indica combo cannabis products.
Just to confuse things even more, you might see that a cannabis product is Sativa-heavy or Indica-heavy. That simply means that the product contains a combination of both Sativa and Indica strains but contains more of one than the other.
Sativa Vs. Indica: Sativa Basics
Sativas are the strain of cannabis that can make you feel energized or excited. They get the blood pumping. Users love to take Sativas before working out or going on a hike. When it comes to Sativa vs. Indica, you’ll want to choose the former when you want to be more alert.
It’s never good to combine cannabis with driving, operating heavy machinery or basically any activity where you need to focus. We always recommend taking cannabis only for recreational or medical reasons.
Sativa Vs. Indica: Indica Basics
Indica is the form of cannabis you’re possibly most familiar with. It’s the one you take when you have insomnia or need to relax a little. It’s the strain that’s most commonly prescribed to people who suffer from anxiety. It’s the strain that gave cannabis users the ‘stoner’ stereotype.
This type of cannabis is known to slow down your reaction times and help you chill out.
Indica tends to contain less THC than Sativa, so you’re more likely to feel the benefits of cannabis (such as decreased anxiety and tension) without feeling the ‘high’ as much.
Ruderalis: Another Cannabis Strain
The third strain of cannabis is Ruderalis. You don’t hear much about this strain because it doesn’t offer the healing, relaxing and mental benefits of the other strains. And it doesn’t offer psychoactive benefits either. It does have significantly higher levels of CBD, though, so these plants are often harvested for CBD oils and hemp. Sometimes Indica and Sativa strains are cross-bred with Ruderalis plants, lowering the levels of THC and grow times but increasing the heartiness of the plants.