indica vs sativa

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: Let’s Talk Indica

Indica strains, commonly known for producing a “couch-lock” effect are great sedative strains for nighttime medicating, but that’s not the only thing that makes them different from Sativa plants, the other type of medical marijuana. First, Indica plants are typically short, bushy plants with wider leaves, they also grow faster and usually yield more than sativa strains. Another thing that is interesting about the Indica vs Sativa strains is that they typically possess a higher CDB count and are lower in THC.

Medical benefits of Indica strains:

  • Stimulate Appetite
  • Aid in muscle relaxation
  • Decrease nausea and acute pain
  • Increase mental relations

Indica strains are great for treating:

  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spams
  • Stress
  • Acute Pain
  • Inflammation

Indica strains:

  • Northern Lights
  • Salmon River OG
  • Blueberry
  • Pre98 Bubba Kush
  • Blue Cheese

Indica vs Sativa: Getting Serious about Sativa

Sativa strains are great for daytime medicating and, like their “couch-locking” counterpart, have a ton of benefits for medical marijuana patients. However, unlike Indica plants, Sativa strains grow tall and thin with narrow leaves. They also take longer to grow and need more light to flourish. Sativa plants tend to be lighter in color and have a lower CBD and higher THC count than most Indica strains.

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:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic Pain
  • Stress
  • Nausea

Sativa strains:

  • 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:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic Pain
  • Stress
  • Nausea

*Hybrid strains take on healing characteristics of their parent plants. Please consult your Patient Care Consultant for strain specific information.

Hybrid strains:

  • 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

S- Sativa

H- Hybrid

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.


Indica vs Sativa

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.

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