If you didn’t know now you know: What is the difference between Sativa and Indica?

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If you didn’t know now you know: What is the difference between Sativa and Indica?

The magical plant called cannabis – the entire world has heard of it, a significant portion of the world’s population knows about its effects, yet it remains a questionable thing! 

For the longest time, cannabis and its powers have been subjects of many medical and social debates. While some countries have it completely legalized, some are still putting people who use it in jail. Scientists and research do all in their power to break the stigma around this plant! Luckily, a massive portion of the research and studies can be easily found online, and they are made available to the public to spread awareness and educate. 

Ignorance can be defeated only with knowledge, and it is all up to us to get the power in our hands and get educated! We have all heard of the fantastic health benefits, and most of us know that cannabis has been used to treat many different health conditions, pain relief, mental relaxation, appetite-regulating, better sleep, and so on, and has been proven to be successful. 

But if you want more in-depth knowledge, you should know that there are two primary varieties of medicinal cannabis plants: Indica and Sativa.

What is the difference between Indica and Sativa?

  • Indica plants are characterized by a short and bushy structure with wide leaves. Indica plants typically grow faster; they have a higher yield than the Sativa variety and are more indigenous to areas with colder climates. Medicine produced from cannabis Indica plants have higher CBD and lower THC counts.

When it comes to its effects, the Indica medicinal strains are mostly used in cases where mental relaxation is needed, but it can also be used for muscle relaxation in severe cases of muscle spasms. It has also been proven to have an amazing effect on decreasing nausea, as well as acute pain. Many patients suffering from anorexia have seen great results with Indica consumption, as it increases appetite. It is also proven to increase dopamine (a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers). It is preferred to be used at night since it can relax the body and mind and make you sleepy.

  • Sativa plants differ from the Indica plants in a way that they are much taller and more spindly; they are also more indigenous to warmer climates with longer summers and take a longer time to flower fully. Sativa plants are also generally a lighter shade of green and medicine produced from Sativa plants have lower CBD and higher THC counts.

And when we speak of Sativa’s effects, the Sativa medicinal strains are mostly used to help people who suffer from severe anxiety and people who are also dealing with depression have noticed an amazing improvement with their mental state. Sativa is also used to treat chronic pain. People who use Sativa often use it to increase their focus and creativity, and people have also reported feeling happier when they consume Sativa, as it increases serotonin (a neurotransmitter involved in the regulation of learning, mood, sleep, anxiety, and appetite). It is preferable to be used during the day.

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