Indica and Sativa: What’s the Difference?

Indicas are known for their high levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and Sativas have higher amounts of CBD (cannabidiol). Both of these cannabinoids provide different effects on the body and mind. Indicas tend to make people feel sleepy while Sativas can cause euphoria.

Indicas are usually used for pain relief, relaxation, sleep, appetite, depression, anxiety, stress, paranoia, and insomnia. Sativas are typically used for energy, focus, creativity, euphoria, appetite, hunger, pain, alertness, depression, anxiety, paranoia, and stress.

Main Difference

Indicas are generally shorter than Sativas and produce buds that are dense and compact. They are usually used for medicinal purposes while Sativas are preferred for recreational use. Sativas are typically taller than Indicas and produce more flowers per branch. Their leaves tend to be larger and wider than those of Indicas.

What is Indica?

Indica is a genus of mostly tropical plants belonging to the family Cannabaceae. It includes several well-known species of cannabis. Many of the species are cultivated commercially for their psychoactive resin which is called ‘hashish’ and is used for medical and recreational purposes. In the United States, it is considered a schedule 1 drug.

Indica is a species of plant, which is also known as marijuana, cannabis, or hashish. It comes from the Hindu word “mitha” which means intoxication. The plant is used as a recreational drug and a medicine. In the United States, marijuana is illegal and is classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Indica is a plant genus of the family Cannabaceae. Indica is known for its pale green, spread-out leaves and short, thick stems. It has a long history of medicinal and recreational use, and the popularity of these strains has increased in recent years. Indica is also known for its skunk-like fragrance when grown indoors.

1. Indole-3-Acetic Acid (IAA)

This is a natural hormone that helps regulate the growth of roots and stems. IAA is produced by bacteria in the root zone and travels through the xylem to the leaves where it can be detected. This substance has been shown to increase the size of trichomes and reduce the number of branches.

2. Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is derived from hemp. CBD is known to have many health benefits including pain relief, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neuroprotective, anticonvulsant, antimicrobial, anticancer, and anti-tumor properties.

3. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. It produces feelings of euphoria, happiness, and relaxation. THC is what makes people high after they smoke weed. Cannabis sativa contains over 60 different cannabinoids and at least 80 terpenes.

What is Sativa?

The Sativa strain is known for its high levels of THC content and the ability to stimulate the mind. This strain is great for those who are looking for a mental boost and want to get creative.

Sativa is the most commonly used classification for cannabis strains, which is a member of the genus Cannabis in the Cannabisaceae family, native to the tropical highlands of Central America and northern South America. Sativa strains are typically characterized by their sweet, earthy taste and high levels of THC and CBD, which are the two main cannabinoids and the active compounds in cannabis that get you high. They are often bred to create a high-THC content and a bud structure that’s heavy with trichomes, and thus more like tobacco than flowers or leaves.

Seeds of strain Sativa are called cannabis Sativa, which means “pleasantly intoxicating” in a wide variety of contexts. There are hundreds of different Sativa strains, each with a different effect on the body, mind, and behavior, but all of them contain THC, the main psychoactive ingredient of marijuana. Sativa strains are often distinguished by being higher in THC levels than other cannabis strains, which is why they are often found in products that contain pot-derived terpenes.

key Differences Between Indica and Sativa

  • Indica and Sativa are the two main types of cannabis that were used to create the first marijuana cigarettes, which were also smoked by American soldiers during the Korean War.
  • The two types of marijuana are made from the same plant, Cannabis sativa, but differ in the way they are processed.
  • Indica is generally more potent than Sativa. Indica enjoys longer-lasting effects, which is beneficial for those looking for a more energetic high.
  • It is a plant with flowers in its head that are large, shaped like a ball, and sometimes have dark red spots on them.
  • Indica plants are usually for recreational use and can often be found growing outdoors or in windows.
  • They are a great option for beginners because they can be grown easily in a small space, without the need for a large garden or a lot of water. They are also cheaper to grow than most indoor plants.
  • Indica is the type of cannabis that is long and slender with sweet and sometimes fruity flavors.
  • It has a relaxed, sleepy high that is often focused around the eyes with lots of giggling. Sativa, on the other hand, is the type of cannabis that produces a more energetic high and is often used to make concentrates or edibles.
  • Throughout the article, we will be focusing primarily on Indica strains but will briefly mention Sativa strains at the end.


Indicas are known for their high levels of THC (the psychoactive ingredient) and are generally more sedating than Sativas. They are usually indica-dominant hybrids that have been bred to produce large yields of buds. Indices are typically used for medicinal purposes while Sativas are often preferred for recreational use.

Sativas are known for their low levels of THC and higher amounts of CBD (cannabidiol), which has many therapeutic benefits. It tends to be more energizing than Indicas, but they do not always provide the same level of relaxation. Sativas can be grown indoors or outdoors, whereas Indicas require a lot of heat and light to thrive.