Indica-dominant strains are most commonly associated with body highs. A body high is the sensation your body feels after using marijuana. Many people enjoy the relaxed, sleepy feeling that comes from a body high. The general perception is that Sativa strains primarily produce a cerebral high, whereas Indica strains provide primarily a body high.
The literal difference between the two is in terms of classification: Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica are two of the subspecies of the genus Cannabis. You've probably heard of cannabidiol (CBD) and THC, but what exactly are CBD and THC? Below, we explain what the two compounds are and how they relate to cannabis. Also known as “on the couch”, this cannabis strain gives you more body high (rather than a “heady” high) and leaves you more relaxed. Oddly enough, indica strains tend to have a lighter THC concentration than sativas, even though they produce a more “high” sensation.
The second most abundant cannabinoid in the marijuana plant, CBD is the yin to the yang of THC. It produces that pleasant, gentle relaxation without the psychoactive effects (what your grandfather might call the “joint madness”). If smoking marijuana makes you anxious, paranoid, or prone to hallucinations, a strain high in CBD is probably your cup of tea. It can also be your cup of coffee, as there are now brands of coffee with CBD on the market.
Thinner leaves, taller plants and longer flowering cycles characterize the sativa cannabis strain. The favorite strain of those who wake up and bake, the high-THC sativa gives you a more heady high instead of a strong high. Some strains may even act more like a high than a low, providing positive energy that is particularly useful in creative and brain endeavors. If you're trying to finally write your novel or you need to make a PowerPoint presentation, this jerk is for you.
Sativa is also said to be useful for depression, social anxiety, and even ADHD. For those who use marijuana to achieve a high, the indica and sativa plants provide different results. The indica species is said to cause a “body high”. Users report feeling relaxed, warm, sleepy, and demotivated after using Indica as a medication.
Users often reserve Indica for nighttime use to help sleep. In addition to relaxation, Indica can be used to reduce pain and nausea. This strain can also help you lose your appetite, it's the type of high that causes cravings. Indica is definitely more of a nighttime variety, but it's also great if you're just planning on having a relaxing time.
An Indica body high can cause lack of motivation and also lack of coordination. While you're placed on an Indica strain, you may become clumsier than usual or struggle with complicated tasks. Therefore, never use an indica if you find yourself in a situation where you could harm yourself or another person. The two cannabis strains, cannabis indica and cannabis sativa, differ in size, shape, smell and potency.
Indicates, but recent studies on CBD and anxiety published in The Permanente Journal reported that anxiety levels decreased for three months for those taking CBD. Indica strains are less likely to cause this side effect than sativas, since they may contain more CBD. For example, an indica can cause cravings, so if you take cannabis to increase your appetite, a body high might be best for you. While it is true that any variety of cannabis can cause “cravings”, this phenomenon is especially associated with indica strains.
If you're looking for an almost perfect balance between the sedative effects of an indica and the euphoric energy of a sativa, keep your eyes peeled for Blue Dream, a California strain that has achieved legendary status. While Indica's reputation is that of a sedative that produces a body high, Sativa is said to cause more brain effects, perfect for the day. Cannabidiol produces fewer psychological effects, so the indica species is associated with a “body high” and relaxation, and is better when it comes to medicinal use, since the chances of anxiety and paranoia are lower. There is a wide variety of indica-dominant strains, and the only way to know how they affect you is to try them yourself.
The most significant difference outside of smell and appearance is that the use of Indica results in a more relaxed and sleepy feeling, while Sativa tends to give a cerebral and creative high. Indica dominance or Indica dominance, as you can probably guess, is a hybrid strain that leans more toward Indica. Many popular cannabis strains are hybrids of Indica and Sativa; even those considered Indica or Sativa are likely to be hybrids of some kind. Although there are exceptions to the rule, indica strains tend to have a higher ratio of CBD to THC than sativa plants.