Sativa vs. Indica: The Difference Between Cannabis Strains

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There are always new strains cropping up in the cannabis world. More than 1,000 strains exist of cannabis being bred, it’s important for patients and consumers to understand the different strains for the best therapy or high possible. You can learn a lot about learning about each flower based on whether it's an indica, sativa, or a hybrid of the two. 

Plant Differences

Indica and sativa differ not only in their physiological effects, but also in their appearance. They share many similar features but have distinct differences that are visible when you look up close. Indica plants tend to be short and stocky, featuring leaves that are chunky in look. Sativa plants tend to be smaller and skinnier with leaves that are more pointed, but are oftentimes harder to grow but worth it due to the high THC potency. Indica plants also grow faster than sativa plants with a higher CBD potency. 


Indica is known for its “couch lock” effect and great for nighttime medicating and contains more CBD than THC in the strain. Indica strains are great for treating insomnia, muscle spasms, stress, acute pain, and inflammation. Some of the benefits to indica include stimulating appetite, aid in muscle relaxation, decrease nausea and helps decrease acute pain. You can find our indica selection in our OG Kush, Fire OG, and Phantom Cookies.


Sativa strains are cerebral and great for daytime use because it doesn’t have the couchlocking effect like indica. Sativa plants also tend to have more THC than CBD in the strain. People like THC strains during the day because it enhances mental states, allows for bursts of energy, and increases serotonin levels to affect mood. You can find our sativa selection in our 5 Alive, Lemon Jack, and Jack Herer

Understanding Hybrids

Hybrids can often provide a more balanced version of both indica and sativa. Some of the most famous hybrids are Blue Dream, Girl Scout Cookies, and Gorilla Glue #4. Hybrids are great for people who want a balanced high. It’s important to remember that not all hybrids are perfectly balanced and one strain can overpower the other. 

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