Cannabis Types (Sativa, Hybrid, Indica)

When it comes to understanding the different types of cannabis, understanding the difference between Sativa and Indica strains is a good place to start.

Origins: while both types of plants are now available worldwide, Indica is said to have originated in the Middle East while Sativas were originally grown close to the equator.

Plant Size and Shape: Indicas have broad leaves and grow around 3-4 feet high, while Sativas have slender leaves growing as high as 20 feet. As a result, the amount of buds yielded by each type is between 1 – 3 ounces per Indica plant and from 3 ounces to a pound per Sativa plant.

Time to Harvest: Cannabis plants take time to flower and produce their buds. The time for each type of plant is different with Indicas requiring only 8-12 weeks whereas Sativas can take between 10-16 weeks.

• Flavour: The flavours of cannabis are practically endless, but as a rule, Indicas produce sweet, fruity flavours, while Sativas are traditionally earthy, woody in nature.

Hybrids are a combination of both Sativa and Indica-dominant strains and can be found in a countless variety of ratios.

Generally speaking, Sativas produce an intense, uplifting, active high, while Indicas produce a more lazy, stoned effect.

Need an easy way to remember? In-di-ca will often put its user in-da-couch.

Indicas are great if you are looking for physical or mental relaxation making this suitable for nighttime use while relaxing in front of the tv or just hanging out stress free.

But beware, if you want to avoid the ‘munchies’ associated with cannabis use, then Indicas probably aren’t for you. They typically increase the user’s appetite, which is great for those seeking that effect, but not so great for those of us trying to avoid eating an entire package of Oreos.

On the other hand, sativa strains can increase the users focus and creativity, getting them off the couch and engaged in activity. Ideal for responsible daytime use, Sativas are also a go-to for people dealing with anxiety, depression or chronic pain thanks to its ability to increase the amount of serotonin in the brain.

These are just a few of the differences between the two types of cannabis you will come across. Trying both, along with due diligent research, should help you find the ideal cannabis product fit for your unique needs.

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