Indica and Sativa are the two main types of cannabis plants which are then in turn mixed together to produce a multitude of hybrid strains. Each strain effects the body in a variety of differing ways and both have a host of medicinal capabilities attributed to them.
You can tell them apart from just looking at them while they are growing, indica plants tend to grow very short and wide whereas sativas tend to grow very tall and thin. This means the indica is perfect to be grown indoors whereas the sativa strain can benefit from being grown outside as it can reach it full growth potential when there are no restrictions on its height.
Smoking them will also result in differing highs, the indica will give you that stony couch locked feeling which is perfect for relaxing or helping with insomnia. The sativa strain will have a more cerebral effect resulting in an uplifting and energetic high.
Medicinal Benefits Of Indica
Indica strains are known to relax muscles and work as general analgesics, also helping with insomnia be aiding with a patients sleep. For example a cancer patient who was looking to relieve the pain from multiple sessions of chemotherapy would benefit greatly from the effects of an Indica dominant strain.
The active chemicals responsible for the medicinal properties of marijuana are known as cannabinoids. This group includes THC, CBD, and CBN. Indica’s chemical composition indicates that their is a balanced mix, with moderate THC levels and higher levels of CBD being present.
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Medicinal Benefits Of Sativa
Phycological disorders, such as depression, are best treated with a sativa bud. The energy boost can help encourage positive activity, however some people do believe that landrace sativas can induce anxiety within the user. This is not really a problem as there are not many sativa landraces that are publicly available for consumption.
Most sativa strains are hybrids and contain some indica genes, this means very specific strains can be created and tailored to address specific medical problems. The hybrid allows both the medicinal benefits from the sativa plant and the indica plant to work in harmony and the patient will also be aided by the uplifting nature of the sativa.