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What is the Difference Between Indica and Sativa?

When you work in a dispensary, you get to have interesting conversations with people from all walks of life. You hear a range of cool things – Stoner stories from the ‘60s, inspirational stories about finding relief during chemo – but most often, you hear people asking questions. Everyone you meet is eager to learn about all of the intricacies of cannabis.

When it comes to weed, no question is too small, and there is certainly no such thing as a stupid one. This plant has been defamed for decades with insane amounts of misinformation and slander. We’re here to correct those misconceptions and offer accurate information, and we’d like to start by answering one of the questions we hear most often:

What is the difference between Indica and Sativa?

Most people try to compare the two against each other, expecting either the indica vs sativa high to have a clear victor, but, when it comes down to it, realize that they don’t have to exclusively choose either an indica or sativa. They are two different forms of medicine that each offer unique benefits which everyone can use. I recommend thinking about the difference between sativa and indica as a factor of timing.

When should I choose an Indica or Sativa?

Sunrises with Sativa

Sativa strains are usually considered great choices for daytime smoking. The usual sativa high effects include an increase in energy, focus, and creativity while reducing appetite, depression, and anxiety. If you’re a “get sh*t done” kind of stoner, waking and baking with the right sativa strain is going to set you up for a successful day. Think about all the engaging activities you do that could be improved by a mellow sativa high. Allow your creative juices to flow while your stresses fade away, become one with the nature that surrounds you on a local trail, or even just make your weekend chores more exciting. With sativas, you’re very rarely going to feel lethargic and sleepy afterward. From sunrise to sunset, sativas have you covered.

Relax with Indica 

If sativas are for when the sun is up, then you’ve probably already guessed that indicas are best used for night-time activities. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good indica high during the day, most indica high effects are better suited for end-of-day use. If you’ve had a stressful day, battle with insomnia, or just want some lasting pain relief, indicas are your new go-to. When smoking indica strains you can typically expect a wave of relaxation to envelop your body, putting any pains at ease, while your mind begins to let go of the things that troubled you during the day. If you didn’t get proactive and meal prep during that sativa high earlier, keep your phone nearby so you can have someone sober bring you food. Let’s be honest, we all know that feeling when your couch feels so nice that answering the door for some Mickey D’s is the only thing that can persuade you to move. So, spark up and enjoy hours of lasting relaxation that will inevitably lead to a great night’s sleep.

What Makes an Indica Plant and Sativa Plant Different?

Paging Dr. Greenthumb

If you’re interested in growing your own weed you should first always consider where you live and what kind of growth you plan on doing (indoor, outdoor, greenhouse).

When it comes to growing sativas, or even finding them in the wild, they can be identified by their tall plant structure and their long, thin leaves. Sativa highs coincide so well with summertime that even their plants prefer that time of the year to grow. A warmer climate with long growing seasons allow sativa plants to flourish and thrive. Not to mention, a lot of sativas have very refreshing flavor profiles of tropical and citrus fruits! Adding a couple to your summer garden will have you well supplied with sativa’s giggly energy all winter long! Don’t worry, when summer rolls back around and your harvest is gone, we’ll have plenty more coming in from our farm and others all over the state.

If you’re interested in applying your green thumb to some indicas, be ready to get a bit of purple on that thumb. Lots of indica strains flower feature deep purple coloration mixed in with the green buds. Others will come out looking completely purple! While many strains have woody, earthy flavors, plenty of indicas taste reminiscent of sweet blueberries and grapes. Indica plants do well up here in the PNW thanks to the colder climate we experience most of the year. If you plant a couple of indica seeds you can expect shorter plants that fill out more with shorter, fatter leaves. The buds will be super dense and full of trichomes all the way to the core. With shorter flowering cycles, you can expect to get at least a couple of crops a year if the weather is right.

No matter what you choose to plant, nothing feels better than a high you cultivated yourself.

When it comes down to it, everyone is going to have slightly different experiences with each strain, regardless of whether it’s an indica or sativa. Some will find one strain extraordinarily helpful, while others may feel only mild effects. As long as you know what kind of effects you want, you can figure out exactly what works for you with some of the best of trial and error of your life. Once you have a better understanding of what strains work for you, you might find it beneficial to try out some hybrid weed strains that combine your favorites and put the indica vs sativa battle to rest.


Diem Cannabis – Indica & Sativa Delivery

Regardless of the types of marijuana that work best for you, we know you’ll have a great time with cannabis in your life. If you ever want to share some stories about you and your favorite strains, or just want to ask some more questions, we’re here for you every single Diem of the year. We can’t wait to help you make a lifetime of memories with marijuana and we’re truly thankful for the opportunity!

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