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What Is The Difference Between Sativa And Indica Marijuana?

Which Cannabis Strain Is Right For You, Sativa or Indica?

Posted by Oaktree on Saturday Jan 30, 2016



Effects of Cannabis:

The effects of marijuana can vary greatly depending on sub-species and strain. The plant 

species Cannabis sativa L. has two main sub-species used for medicinal purposes: Cannabis 

indica and Cannabis sativa.




Effects: Indica strains are known as sedatives/relaxants, and are effective for treating the 

symptoms of medical conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, muscle spasms and 

tremors. Indicas generally have higher levels of CBD and other cannabinoids than Sativas, 

which may result in a sedated effect. Because Indica strains may cause feelings of 

sleepiness and heaviness, many patients prefer to medicate with this type of cannabis at 



Potential Benefits: Aids in sleep; Reduces pain; Muscle relaxant; Relieves spasms; 

Stimulates appetite; Reduces nausea; Bronchiole-dilator and expectorant; Reduces intra- 

ocular pressure; Relieves headaches and migraines; Reduces inflammation; Reduces 

anxiety and stress.



Effects: Sativa dominant strains are known to have stimulant qualities, and be effective in 

appetite stimulation, relieving depression, migraines, chronic pain and nausea Sativas 

generally have a higher level of THC than lndicas, which results in a psychoactive and 

energetic effect. Because sativa strains may cause feelings of alertness and optimism, many 

patients prefer to medicate with this type of cannabis during the day.

Potential Benefits: Reduces nausea; Energizes and stimulates; Promotes creativity; 

Stimulates appetite; Relieves headaches and migraines; Fights depression; Relaxes 

muscles; Relieves pain; Acts as an expectorant.



Hybrids and cross-breeds of indica and sativa strains produce varieties that carry some 

characteristics of each parent. For example, adding sativa to indica strains adds mental clarity 

and decreases sedation effects. Adding indica to sativa strains can decrease or even eliminate 

the sativa tendency to stimulate anxiety. Instead of using pure indica or pure sativa, many 

patients can benefit from the use of hybrid strains.





Medical marijuana is a versatile medicine that can help with the side effects and

symptoms of countless medical conditions. Ask your doctor which medical marijuana 

strain is best for your medical condition.


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