There is so much to learn out there these days when it comes to cannabis.

More and more people are either consuming cannabis for the first time, or they are coming back from a long absence. This is largely due to recent reform victories, and the continued normalization of cannabis.

A lot of people who fit this description are going to dispensaries and stores for the first time, or are perhaps obtaining gifted cannabis grown by friends. I'm sure they are discovering there is so much to learn out there these days when it comes to cannabis.

One thing that we strongly believe in here at Green Flower is that people should know more about the plant itself in order to learn more about what type of cannabis is best for each person and their situation.

The purpose of this article is to educate cannabis users on the differences between indica and sativa. If there's something you think others could benefit from, by all means put it in the comments section below so others can benefit from your knowledge.

Indica cannabis plants versus sativa cannabis plants

When someone picks up a cannabis nug, chances are they won't be able to tell if it is indica or sativa. If someone claims that they can, they are either fibbing, or have a spidey sense for cannabis that is extremely rare.

But when someone sees a cannabis plant growing, it's fairly easy to tell if a plant is sativa or indica based off of how it looks. Indica plants are shorter, bushier, and the leaf blades are wider.

Sativa plants are taller and skinnier with branches that extend out quite a bit. The blades on the leaves of a sativa plant are much skinnier than blades on indica leaves.

A lot of plants are somewhere in the middle, which indicates that they are a hybrid strain resulting from cross breeding an indica strain and a sativa strain.

'Pure' strains are rare

Pure strains are tough to find in most parts of the world. People have been breeding cannabis strains for a long time, and most stuff that is out there is a hybrid. Naturally occurring cross pollination has contributed to this too.

That's not to say there aren't 'pure strains' out there, because I know people that have traveled the world looking for cannabis strains that have been largely undiscovered by the rest of the world.

There is also a third type of cannabis, ruderalis, which is more of a wild type of cannabis. I don't know that I've ever consumed a pure ruderalis strain, but I have tried some strains that involved cross breeding with a ruderalis strain.

The effects of indica versus sativa, with a grain of salt

Before we dive into what is 'usually' the experience from consuming indica versus sativa strains of cannabis, keep in mind that there is no 'one size fits all' for cannabis consumption experiences. What one cannabis flower will do to one person could be completely different for the next person.

People can consume the same strain from the same grower from the same harvest, and have two completely different experiences. I see it happen all the time.

There is a lot going on in the body when cannabis is consumed, and therefore experiences vary. There have even been times when I consumed the same strain two days in a row and it affected me differently each day.

With that being said, for the most part when people consume sativa strains they feel more energetic, creative, and alert. I always tell people that if they need to get stuff done around the house, garden, or other tasks, sativas are a great companion to said activities.

Indicas on the other hand provide a more mellow high, resulting in what a lot of people call 'couch lock.' As a result indicas are better for sleep, relaxation, and other things that you do after you have completed the house chores and other tasks.

Find what is best for you by experimenting

At the end of the day, whatever works best for your personal preferences and needs is the best route. People will often debate which is better, indica or sativa? The answer is that there is no right answer. It is whatever works best for the individual.

The same goes for cultivation. I am starting a garden right now (No Consideration Farms!) and I plan on growing a variety of plants. Sativas tend to take longer to harvest than indicas, but hybrids provide the best of both worlds, so I plan on having all types.

They say that variety is the spice of life, and for some people that's the best approach for cannabis too. I always urge people to experiment with different varieties, and after trying what there is out there, go with one or more types that you prefer.

If a particular indica is too strong during the day, that doesn't mean that all indicas will be too strong during the day. Also, just because you like one particular sativa strain doesn't mean that you will like them all.

Which type of cannabis do you prefer - indica, sativa, or hybrids?

Which type of cannabis do you prefer - indica, sativa, or hybrids?

indica
19%
sativa
36%
hybrid
25%
i don't care just hand it over
19%