Ah, the great cannabis debate. Sativa vs Indica vs Hybrid. Which strain type is right for you and how do they differ from each other?

In this post, we discuss the difference between the Sativa high vs Indica high so you can better understand which medical marijuana might be right for your regimen and lifestyle.

And, we dare to cover the less often asked question: is this actually a good way to determine what you will feel?

Here’s the Sativa vs Indica marijuana quick breakdown:

Effect

Sativa

Indica

Type of High

Head High

Body High

Level of Attention

Alert

Relaxed

Mood

Uplifting, Euphoric, Invigorating

Appetite Stimulant

Activity

Creative Projects, Sports, Social Gatherings

Sleep Aid, Relaxation Aid

Effects

Increased energy

Pain relief

Best Time of Day

Day time

Night time

SATIVA: Uplifting and cerebral effects. Sativa strains are most often used in social situations, creative projects, or physical activity.

INDICA: Relaxed and physically sedative. Indica strains are most often used to unwind while watching a movie, spark appetite, or send you to bed.

HYBRID: Mixed effects from both. But, here’s a tip: pay attention to the parent strain behind the hybrid. Usually, the hybrid’s effects will lean stronger depending on if a sativa or indica strain is dominant.

But here’s the thing

Prominent cannabis researchers have said that the difference between sativa, indica, and hybrid strains is nonsense and the real tellers for marijuana high effects lie in the cannabinoids.

So, why do people keep trusting in the sativa vs indica debate? Well, cannabis researchers say that the biggest reason is people actually are feeling what they expect due to the placebo effect. When in reality, after years of testing, they are confident in saying this is not what people should base their purchase decisions on.

So, now that you have the basic breakdown of Sativa vs Indica vs Hybrid strains and their effects, let’s take a closer look at cannabinoids, which are said to be the better teller.

THC and CBD are the two most common cannabinoids found in a cannabis strain.

THC makes us feel hungry and high.

CBD is non-psychoactive (it doesn’t affect us), but it is known to reduce anxiety, inflammation, pain, and many other symptoms.

Each strain you experiment with in your medical marijuana regimen will have subtle or major differences in the effects. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the different cannabinoids in each, as well as the different terpenes.

Terpenes are the aromas that are associated to the plant. It may not sound like much, but it can have a big effect on our physical effects.

So, next time you’re looking to purchase medical marijuana, be sure to check out the THC, CBD, and Terpene numbers, and don’t be afraid to take a whiff! If you find one that is particularly interesting to you, try it out and pay attention to how it made you feel. Make notes and keep track of what works for you. The sativa vs indica debate is certainly helpful, but it is likely not the indicator you need to buy.

In future posts, we will give a much more in-depth look at cannabinoids and terpenes, but we wanted to get this post out to increase your awareness!

Tell our Budtender staff what you’re interested in and what your symptoms are and they will help you identify your next choice!

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