Indica vs Sativa: What’s the Difference Between These Types of Medical Marijuana?
As most of you know, medical marijuana can be used to treat a wide variety of approved conditions in PA and the symptoms that accompany them. However, what most of us might not know, is that there are two species of cannabis plants: Indica and Sativa. While they both promote healing and ease ailments of illness, each offers a different set of therapeutic benefits. Knowing the difference between Indica vs Sativa may help patients to be more successful on their journey to health and wellness.
Indica vs Sativa: What’s the difference? Let’s dive right in…
Indica vs Sativa: Tall and Lanky vs. Short and Stalky
First, let’s start at the beginning—it’s always the best place to start! In this case, the beginning is what each plant looks like. Indica plants are short and stalky with fat, broad leaves. These plants have shorter flowering cycles, making them suitable for colder climates due to their shorter season.
In contrast, sativa plants are tall and lanky. Their leaves are narrow. They have longer flowering cycles, which makes them better suited for warm climates due to their longer season.
Indica vs Sativa: Sedating vs. Stimulating
Indica strains are commonly known for producing a “couch-lock” effect, and are great sedative strains for nighttime medicating.
Potential medical benefits of Indica strains:
- Stimulate Appetite
- Aid in muscle relaxation
- Decrease nausea and acute pain
- Increase mental activity
Indica strains can be helpful in treating:
- Muscle spams
- Acute Pain
- Northern Lights
- Salmon River OG
- Pre98 Bubba Kush
- Blue Cheese
On the other hand, Sativa strains are great for daytime medicating and, like their physically sedating counterpart, have a ton of benefits for medical marijuana patients.
Medical benefits of Sativa strains:
- Increase serotonin levels and elevate mood
- Stimulate focus and creativity
- Decrease pain
- Ease anxiety and depression
Sativa strains are great for treating:
- Chronic Pain
- Green Crack
- Jack Herer
- Maui Wowie
- Sour Tangie
- Island Sweet Skunk
So, What’s a Hybrid?
In nature, a hybrid is an offspring of two animals or plants of different races, breeds, species, etc. This means that hybrid medical marijuana strains are just that, a mix of both an Indica and a Sativa parent. While all Hybrids tend to favor one parent more than the other, usually Hybrid strains give patients the best of both worlds. Most Hybrid strains will give medical marijuana patients the “body high” associated with Indica strains, minus the “couch-lock” effect. This will also cause them to feel the cerebral effects specific to Sativa strains, without it being too stimulating.
Medical benefits of Hybrid strains:
- Elevate mood and decrease stress
- Aid with insomnia
- Stimulate appetite
- Ease pain
- Decrease anxiety and depression
Hybrid strains are great for treating:
- Chronic Pain
*Hybrid strains take on healing characteristics of their parent plants. Please consult your Patient Care Consultant for strain specific information.
- Blue Dream
- Pineapple Express
- Girl Scout Cookies
- Bruce Banner
- White Widow
Types of Medical Marijuana Strains at Solevo Wellness
When looking at the medical marijuana menus at Solevo, you may notice letters next to the strain names. Believe it or not, the “I”, “S” or “H” that you are seeing means something! If you’ve gotten the whole way through this article you’ve probably figured it out.
I – Indica
Next time you check out your local Solevo menu, pay attention to the letter to the left of the strain name. The menu tells you the type of medical marijuana plant for that particular strain. Once you identify the type of medical marijuana, you’ll have an easier time treating the symptoms that are bothering you.
After learning more about Indica vs. Sativa (and hybrids!), are you still not sure which medical marijuana strains are right for you? Stop in to any of our Solevo Wellness PA medical marijuana dispensaries. Our staff is excited to help patients succeed on their medical marijuana journeys.