Indica vs. Sativa

Indica vs. Sativa

Indica vs Sativa - Medicinal Cannabis Effects

The effects of marijuana seeds can vary greatly depending on which sub-species or strain you medicate with. The plant species Cannabis Sativa L has two main sub-species used for medicinal purposes: Indica vs Sativa. There are many noted differences between Indica vs Sativa.

Indica Cannabis Seeds

Indica strains are sedatives or relaxants and are effective for treating the symptoms of medical conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, muscle spasms and tremors. Common strains include: White Widow, Northern Lights, Purple Kush, Chemo and Afghani.

Indicas cannabis seeds have a higher level of CBD than sativas, which results in a sedated body type effect. Indica strains may cause feelings of sleepiness and heaviness so many medicinal cannabis users prefer to medicate with this type of cannabis at night.

Sativa Cannabis Seeds

Sativa cannabis seeds are more of a stimulant, and are effective in appetite stimulation, relieving depression, migraines, chronic pain and nausea. Common strains include: Durban Poison, Lemon Skunk, Blue Hawaiian and Big Bud.

Sativas have a higher level of THC than indicas, which results in a psychoactive and energetic mind high. Sativa strains may cause feelings of alertness and optimism so many patients prefer to medicate with this type of cannabis during the day.

Hybrid Cannabis Seeds

Hybrids or cross-breeds of indica and sativa strains produce varieties that carry some characteristics of each parent. For example, adding sativa to indica strains adds mental clarity and decreases sedation effects. And adding indica to sativa strains can decrease or even eliminate the sativa tendency to stimulate anxiety.

Common strains include OG Kush. Hybrids are often referred to based upon the dominant sub-species inherited from their lineage, eg: pure indica, mostly indica, pure sativa or mostly sativa. Instead of using pure indica or pure sativa, many patients can benefit from the use of hybrid strains. There are a vast number of strains available for medicinal cannabis patients, each with a different cannabinoid profile and effects.


  • Guest, Mon, 13/04/2015 - 4:57pm:

    Indica or Sativa? I am allergic to any morphine derived drugs so am unable to take them for pain. I have severe bursitis of the hip. Which seed should I use? I also have a friend with brain tumors - what would be the best for him? I intend to make the oil.

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