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What are Sativas and Indicas?

What are Sativas and Indicas?

Understanding the differences between cannabis strains can be challenging. We want you to spend less time searching and more time enjoying your every day.
Understanding the basics:


Sativas, indicas and hybrids (a mix of sativa and indica) refer to different species of the cannabis plant. Each strain offers distinct effects from uplifting and energizing to relaxing and sedating. These strains produce THC, the psychoactive compound (the high that people get) and CBD, which is much less psychoactive.


What is indica?


Indica plants are shorter, have thick, dark green leaves and grow more quickly than sativa plants. The effect on the body can be great help for pain relief. Most commonly used for relaxation, sedating, muscle relaxation, pain management, reducing inflammation, reducing anxiety and as a sleep aid.


What is sativa?


Sativa plants are taller than indica plants and have thin, light green leaves. The effects associated with sativa strains produce a feeling of happiness and energy. Most commonly used for physical activity, social gatherings, mood elevation, increased sense of well-being, increased focus and increased creativity.
What is hybrid cannabis?


Hybrids are a result of crossing sativa and indica strains to achieve the perfect mix of effects. Typically there are indica-dominant, sativa-dominant or balanced stains to provide a more balanced effect that impacts the mind and body. Indica-dominant strains carry more properties of the indica plant and will help treat pain, depression, insomnia and anxiety. Sativa-dominant strains carry more properties of the sativa plant and can provide a clear-headed symptom relief. A truly balanced strain will provide an overall balanced mix of relaxing and uplifting effects.


With such dramatic differences between indicas and sativas, consult Joint Operations to help recommend strains that are already known to deliver exceptional benefits.