Indica strains are said to offer a calming experience, rendering a mild cerebral effect and physical relaxation. If you think of the stereotypical images of “stoners” laying around on the couch, too much indica could be the root cause. We often help consumers keep these strains straight with a silly little joke that indicas will have you “in-da-couch”. Joking aside, stereotypes have painted a picture of cannabis consumers as lazy, yet these “body high” strains can be extremely relieving to those who experience significant physical pain from injuries or illness.
Many consumers love indica for its reported use in relieving pain, stress, and anxiety. In truth, the indica experience is more about unwinding than being fatigued. Some of the most popular indica strains are LA Confidential, Northern Lights, and Kosher Kush.
On the opposite end of the spectrum are sativa strains, reported to produce an uplifting, energetic experience for cannabis users. Despite mainstream research that shows a somewhat equal distribution of cannabinoids between indica and sativa strains, what potentially makes sativa more spirited are the terpenes found within its genetic makeup.
Due to the sativa plant’s taller, wispier leaves and its origin in warmer climates, terpenes (unsaturated hydrocarbons from the plant's oils) found in these strains may have a higher potency, resulting in a hyperactive form of stimulation. If you feel the sudden urge to tidy your room or you have a creative breakthrough on a problem you've been struggling with, that just means the sativa is working properly.
Some of the most popular sativa strains are Sour Diesel and Jack Herer.
With hybrid strains, cannabis users experience a combination of physical and psychoactive sensations. Pinpointing an exact chemical makeup is a bit challenging since crossbreeding renders complex blends, but as mentioned earlier, many strains can be distinguished by their dominance of sativa or indica.
When researching hybrid strains, decide on what kind of experience you're looking for. For example, if you want an energized feeling, then sativa-dominant strains are a solid choice. For a laid-back vibe, indica-dominant strains are the way to go. Also keep in the mind the cannabinoid content in hybrid strains. The amounts of CBD, THC, or CBN are mostly dictated by the strain's dominance, but some distributors may carry products that are elevated in these aspects.