People living in cannabis-friendly states have been opened to a more extensive marijuana world than ever before. There are countless products on the market, and more strains than one could ever smoke. If you’re new to either retail or medical marijuana, understanding the difference between strains can make a world of difference when choosing the best experience to fit your personal needs. The main differences between marijuana strains are indica, sativa, or hybrid (which is a combination of the two). When you know what type of weed is responsible for doing what, you can more easily determine what type of strain you need for exactly what it is you’re feeling.

Understanding Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains of Marijuana

Indica

The effects of cannabis indica are the relaxing, mellow feeling that some people associate with cannabis. Indica strains typically offer a body high, and what most people use when they want to relax after a long, hard day.

They’re famous for the “couch-lock” effect, perfect for a movie night or those days you just want to chill. An indica strain makes a great accompany for taking it easy and reading a good book, surfing the web, curling up in front of the fire on a cold winter’s day, or relaxing in the sun during the summer.  

Indica strains provide relief from chronic pain and are ideal to take at the end of the day when you want to get a good night’s sleep. Indica is also used for stimulating appetite, making it an ideal strain for those suffering from eating disorders or undergoing chemotherapy.

Sativa

If you’re looking for a more uplifting high, cannabis sativa could become your new go-to. Sativa strains are known to offer an energizing and cerebral effect. A stimulating strain to say the least, sativa is best reserved for daytime use.

The giggles and uncontrollable laughter that cannabis often elicits are all sativa. Sativa is a strain that will invoke deep conversations and unsurpassed creativity. Some strains have shown to accentuate colors and sounds, making listening to music, visiting an art museum, or watching a movie all that more intense.

A good sativa is what will get you going in the morning, and keep you going throughout the day. Great for patients with fatigue, sativa strains offer energy and a heightened experience that makes you clear-headed, creative, and invigorated.

A note on sativa: Those who experience anxiety when consuming cannabis, often find a sativa strain to blame. There are many people who consume cannabis regularly, that find a strong sativa elicits feelings of anxiety or paranoia. If this happens to you, your best bet is to tone it down by finding a nice, balanced hybrid.

Indica/Sativa Hybrid

Hybrids are a mix of both indica and sativa. There are generally three types of hybrids available. These include indica-dominant hybrids, sativa-dominant hybrids, and even hybrids (50/50 split of indica and sativa).

An indica-dominant hybrid is that which gives a full-body effect, with a more relaxed high. The head high with an indica-dominant strain is typically more mellow, and is recommended for evening use.

A sativa-dominant hybrid offers an uplifting head high, while also relaxing the body. Sativa strains will offer both mental and physical relief. They are recommended for daytime use, but can also be good in the evening when you want to relax, but still get things done.

Even hybrids offer the best of both worlds. Those looking for innate balance when consuming cannabis, will find it with a 50/50 hybrid.

 

When choosing a marijuana strain to fit your personal needs, these are the basics you’ll need to begin. It’s important to remember that each strain is different. No two sativas will offer the same uplifting effects, just as there aren’t two indica strains that will offer the exact same effect.

It’s all about finding what type of cannabis works for you (indica, sativa, or hybrid) and then experimenting with different strains until you find what you like best.

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