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Indica vs Sativa: The Two Types of Medical Marijuana

As most of us know, medical marijuana can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions 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 the two types of medical marijuana 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…

Let’s Talk Indica

Indica strains, commonly known for producing a “couch-lock” effect are great 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 medical marijuana 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

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, and take both 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?

Merriam-Webster defines the word hybrid as “an offspring of two animals or plants of different races, breeds, varieties, species, or genera.” This means that hybrid medical marijuana strains are just  that, a mix of both a Sativa and an Indica parent. While all hybrids tend to favor one parent more than the other, often times 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, while also causing 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

When looking at the Solevo Wellness Menus, you may notice letters next to the strain names. Believe it or not, the “I”, “S” or “H” that you are seeing actually 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, it 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 the most!


Indica vs Sativa

Still not sure which medical marijuana strains are right for you? Come on in to any of our Solevo Wellness locations, our staff is excited to help patients succeed on their medical marijuana journey.

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