The Effects of Indica vs Sativa
By: Colleen Kibler Licensed Cannabis Caregiver
Generally speaking, Indica strains are physically and mentally sedative which is why people often say “Indica: in ‘da couch” to help them remember this classification. Those looking for pain relief, help with sleep and support for stress/anxiety or PTSD most often find themselves asking for strains in the Indica category. Most people immediately notice muscle tension release paired with mental and emotional release which is often followed by a sleepy feeling. These strains produce a full-body high that can make the consumer feel unusually relaxed or slow. The most requested strains of cannabis tend to be Indica strains, and they often produce the stereotypical “stoner” high, with marked slowdowns in speech and thought processes. A few of the more popular Indica strains in Maine at this time are:
Do-Si-Do 20.5% THC: With its pungent, floral funkiness, Do-Si-Do is a fast rising strain in our area, known for its relaxing physical sensations that seem to melt through the body. Reported to be a strong selection for those trying to reduce physical tension.
Purple Punch 19.5% THC: A favorite for those who love sweet dessert cannabis strains, Purple Punch smells grapey with touches of blueberry and tart sweetness. Excellent for managing nausea, body aches, sleeplessness and stress.
As you travel to dispensaries his summer, you’ll hear the Budtenders asking the same question over and over: “Indica or Sativa?” If you are new to the world of cannabis it sounds like such a delicious question, but what exactly is the choice they are presenting you? The words “Indica” and “Sativa” are actually scientific terms that define separate species of the Cannabis genus. After years of the inability to study, teach or even talk much about cannabis, these scientific distinctions have slowly (tho incorrectly) come to be accepted as a method of categorizing the effects of particular cannabis strains.
We now know that terpenes play a larger roll in the medicinal effects of cannabis, however when the Budtender asks you to share your preference with them they are trying to get a quick feel for the type of high you are trying to achieve. A great budtender will chat a little with you about what you hope to achieve with your high before choosing a few strains to present to you.
Strains falling under the Sativa categorization tend to impart invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects. Many enjoy heightened focus and creativity, and some use it to help them engage in social situations. Sativa strains are typically used during the daytime because of their stimulating nature. This summer, look for these popular Sativa strains.
Sour Diesel 19% THC: Fast acting and mentally invigorating, Sour Diesel is one of the go-to’s for people who are looking for a dreamy cerebral state. It is a pungent strain, instantly recognizable to its fans for its peppery, citrusy, diesel-like smell. Jack Herer 17.5 THC: This spicy, piney strain has become a fast favorite for those who experience social anxiety or trouble with focus. It is renowned for its happy, uplifted, friendly effects.