If you want to tell the difference between indica and sativa strains, just give them a quick glance. Indica varieties grow bushier and wider, but are definitely shorter than sativas. Because of this, indoor growers prefer to cultivate this type of cannabis at home.
On average, indicas come with higher levels of THC and lower concentration of CBD than sativas, which is why these strains tend to be more psychedelic and sedative than their sativa counterparts.Such a high ratio of THC to CBD may be a bit too much for first-time consumers. Plus, it might be a bit difficult to perform your tasks when you’re locked to your armchair, so unless you want to have a quick smoking session before bed, or you plan on having a lazy day, indica strains are not the best option.
THE ORIGINS OF INDICA
Now, people can grow indica strains all around the world, in the comfort of their homes, but back in the days, they were mostly grown in Morocco, Afghanistan, Turkey and countries from the Hindu Kush region of the Middle East. This is the exact reason why many indica strains have the “Kush” name affixed to their labels.
THE EFFECTS OF AN INDICA HIGH
Since different types of marijuana bring up a different high, indicas come with unique, slightly opposite effects when compared to sativas. Because of the high level of THC, indicas tend to be more sedating, which is why it’s best to use this type of weed in the evening or at night. In addition, indicas induce a couch-lock effect when used in too large amounts, which can result in having an unexpected nap. On top of that, indica strains promote calmness and relaxation. If you’re planning a relaxing evening, go with a pure indica; the calming body high and clear mind behind the foggy, red eyes is well worth it.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS BENEFITS OF INDICA
If you’re interested in the medical side of cannabis, here’s the good news: you can find many indica strains with high levels of CBD. Famed for its abundance of health benefits, cannabidiol may be invaluable for treating anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, multiple sclerosis, and epileptic seizures. Moreover, CBD found in indica varieties can aid you in fighting PTSD, fibromyalgia, or lupus.
Aside from the numerous medical qualities, indica strains come with a range of recreational benefits, too. If you’re looking for a soothing, full-body high that will further unleash complete relaxation and sharpen your senses, indica varieties will do the job just perfectly. They can also reduce the tension after a hard day at work to help you have that long awaited good night sleep and wake up as if you were reborn.
A cross between Thai Haze and Afghani, Northern Lights come with a moderate yet noticeable level of THC, reaching up to 19%. Northern Lights excel at potency, inducing an overwhelming body high, which is why first-time users should approach it with baby steps.
Aside from inducing a calming body buzz, the strain boosts creativity and keeps you uplifted while washing away all anxious thoughts. As for the medical benefits of Northern Lights, it’s one of the most recommended strains for pain relief, but it also helps with insomnia.
Afghan Kush is a pure indica strain that was historically used for producing hashish. This highly potent indica comes with up to 25% of THC and it’s perfect for evening/nighttime recreational and medicinal use. Afghan Kush brings up an intense body high, accompanied by euphoria and relief from muscle tension. Moreover, the strain can alleviate depression, stave off stress and improve regeneration. Afghan Kush also stimulates appetite, so be prepared for that “extra meal” in your tummy.
SUPER GRAND DADDY PURPLE
Super Grand Daddy Purple is a top shelf indica that comes with promising levels of THC, ranging between 17% and 20%. The herb has a citrusy aroma and flavour, with delicate hints of spices and earth. Super Grand Daddy Purple promotes complete mind-body relaxation, boosts creativity, and relieves stress, being a decent solution for sleep-related disorders.