Indica! originated in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Northern India as well as other mountainous areas of different regions throughout the world. In the mid-’80s when Indica strains started t o get attention, they were known for their high CBD/THC content and relaxing body effects. Related: 4 THC & CBD Myths You’ve Always Believed!
Appearance: Indica plants are taller and bushier than Sativa plants with darker green leaves coated in a thick layer of sticky trichomes (which is where most of its compounds, like THC, originate from). They also typically have orange hairs on the top of their buds as well as a more skunky smell when dried (due to higher THC content).
Effects: When using an Indica strain you might experience feelings of being relaxed, calm, sleepy, or hungry. While some people describe it as an “in-da-couch” type of high… others can experience a body high that gives them the munchies!
- Medical benefits: Indica strains are often used to reduce pain, anxiety, and even insomnia. It’s also worth mentioning that many Indica strains have sedative effects which make them perfect for treating patients suffering from insomnia. Don’t forget about its helpful properties in reducing nausea as well.
- Taste: Earthy/sweet with hints of wood or gasoline (when smoked).
- Side effects: Dry mouth, dizziness, and cottonmouth! Some users might find it difficult to concentrate on certain tasks while under the influence of an Indica strain.
- Popular strains: A few popular indica strains are White Widow, Northern Lights, and Blueberry.
- Grow time: While hybrid plants tend to grow faster than Indica strains it still might take more time for this type of cannabis plant to be fully grown before being ready for harvest. Indica plants are also smaller in size than Sativa plants which makes them easier for growers to hide or disguise from prying eyes.
- Daytime or nighttime use: Since sedative effects can cause some people to feel tired.