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All you need to know about the difference between Sativa and Indica

Cannabis and its effects have been subjects of many medical and social debates, and science keeps  oing in-depth research in the hope of breaking the stigma around this plant! Some of the research and studies can be easily found online. A significant number of tests and results are available to the public in order to spread awareness and educate.

Scientists have been working hard to discover as much as possible for this plant and have been trying to prove its amazing effects. So, everyone who is willing to learn more about cannabis and its different strains should definitely do their best in finding out as much as they can.

Something well known so far is the fact that medicinal 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. However, there are two main varieties of medicinal cannabis plants: Indica and Sativa.

One of the most frequently asked questions, especially from beginner users, is: What is the difference between Indica and Sativa?

Indica Plant

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.

Indica 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  referred to be used at night since it can relax the body and mind and make you sleepy.

Sativa Plant

Contrary to the Indica plants, the Sativa plants 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.

Sativa 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 a significant 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.