What Is an Indica Strain? A Basic Introduction

Indica Strain

How does the cannabis Indica strain differ from Sativa?

Indica strains are a sub-category of cannabis that deliver a “body high.” Users experience sedative, relaxing and physical effects. Indica is particularly good for stress relief, pain relief, relaxation, and sleep.

The Indica strain is thought to have originated in northern India and is known as one of the oldest cannabis strains. While both Sativa and Indica strains have THC, Indica has a higher concentration of CBD (cannabidiol). THC is responsible for the psychoactive or “high” feeling, while CBD is non-psychoactive, known to relieve pain, anxiety, and inflammation.

If this topic interests you, keep reading to learn all you need to know about the best Indica strains.

What is an Indica Strain?

There are three main strains of cannabis that are typically sold through dispensaries:

  • indica
  • sativa
  • hybrid

The main difference between Indica vs Sativa is that the Indica strain comes from the Indica cannabis plant. This plant is typically shorter and bushier than the Sativa plant.

This guide will help you understand the difference; however, it’s important to note that strains aren’t yet an exact science. So you’ll have to do a fair amount of trial and error to find a strain that works best for you.

Things like different cannabinoids (CBD and THC) and your metabolism can affect how your body responds to each strain.

Effects From Indica Strains

Pure Indica strains should typically give the following effects:

  • Sedation: Indica strain might give you a sleepy effect which is excellent for insomnia
  • Pain Relief: Indica strain is generally recommended for those suffering from acute or chronic pain
  • Increased Appetite: some medical advisors will prescribe Indica strain to help improve your appetite if medically required
  • Relaxation: Indica soothes the muscles and relaxes your brain
  • Nausea-soothing: If you’re feeling a bit ill in the stomach, Indica strain can help you quell that feeling
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Indica Strain Names

While these aren’t the only Indica strains you can find, this is a good place to start if you don’t know what to ask your local dispensary for – you don’t want to end up with the strongest Indica strain when you’re just starting out.

Best Indica Strain for Relaxation

Ice-Cream Cake

This is reportedly a very relaxing strain; however, you might catch a case of the giggles in the early onset (from the CBD), but that will ease off into a nice relaxed state.

THC and CBD Levels:

  • THC: 20-25%
  • CBD: <1%

Other relaxation strains: Purple Punch, and Granddaddy Purple.

Best Indica Strain for Sleep

Northern Lights

This strain comes from breeding the Thai and Afghani plants and is reportedly excellent for sleep effects.

THC and CBD Levels:

  • THC: 16-22%
  • CBD: <1%

Other sleep strains: Bubba Kush, and Mendo Breath.

Best Indica Strain for Pain Relief

GMO Cookies

This strain comes from breeding the Chemdawg and GSC plants. The GMO stands for garlic, mushrooms, and onions.

THC and CBD Levels:

  • THC: 20-30%
  • CBD: <1%

Other pain relief strains: L.A Confidential, and Do-Si-Dos.

A Regular Sleep Aid

There is a lot still to know about the different Sativa and Indica strains of cannabis, but thankfully more information is coming out as more funds go towards research.

You also will have to do your own research, and it’s recommended to make notes as you progress through the strains, so you know which is best for you.

If you’ve enjoyed this article, have a look through our Cannabis category for all things THC and CBD.

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