“Contrary to what we’ve all been mis-taught, marijuana is not a very harmful drug.. it’s a drug remarkably free of toxicity providing it’s used intelligently.”
– Dr. Lester Grinspoon (Psychiatry Professor at Harvard University)
“Indica” & “Sativa” are the two major types of cannabis plant. Breeding them together creates “Hybrid” strains. Each strain has its own range of effects on the body and mind resulting in a wide variety of positive medicinal benefit.
The effects produced by ingesting Indica dominant strains are typically a strong physical body high accompanied by feeling sleepy and provides a deep relaxation feeling. In comparison to the effects of a typical sativa, which is found to be more energetic and uplifting with great antidepressant properties.
Cannabis strains range from pure sativa or indica, through hybrid strains which contain genetics from both types of plant, (ie 30% indica – 70% sativa, 50% – 50%, etc…) These differences relate to the plant’s overall effect, resulting in a huge variety of available strains to help better treat specific illness or ailment.
Indica dominant cannabis strains (ie. Afghani, Hindu Kush) often produce a strong sweet/sour odor and provide a more relaxing ‘body high’ that is most helpful in treating chronic pain, anxiety, and sleeping disorders.
Indicas are very effective for overall pain relief and is often used as great insomnia treatment. Most commonly enjoyed by medical cannabis users in the evening or even right before bed, indica dominant cannabis strains typically encourage a great meal and a good night’s sleep.
Sativa dominant cannabis strains (ie. Lemon Haze, Sour Tangie) tend to produce a herby/grassy odor and typically provide an uplifting, energetic and ‘cerebral high’ effect that is perfectly suited for daytime use.
Many artists look to Sativa strains for the creative powers it unlocks. The effect of sativa dominant cannabis is often described as energetic and fun, and known for stimulating positive feelings in the user.
Benefits of Indica:
- Relieves body pain
- Relaxes muscles
- Relieves spasms, reduces seizures
- Relieves headaches and migraines
- Relieves anxiety or stress
- Encourages appetite
Benefits of Sativa:
- Feelings of well-being and at-ease
- Up-lifting and cerebral effects
- Stimulates and energizes
- Increases focus and creativity
- Fights depression