Indicas and sativas are two most important and well known marijuana strains.
These two can be mixed together in different proportions, to create hybrid strains. Hybrids carry the properties of both types, depending upon the mixing proportions, and thus can be cultivated to create strains with desired properties.
Indicas and sativas vary considerably in terms of their appearance, effects and use.
Following are some of the major differences between Indicas and Sativas:
Though, both Indicas and Sativas can be found in any part of the world, as they have quickly spread around the world. Here, we are discussing the geographical locations from where both Indicas and Sativas are known to originate.
Sativas grow in areas near the equator; from 0 degree to 30 degree altitude. Typical locations include Colombia, Mexico and Thailand.
Indicas grow in areas of 30 to 50 degrees altitude that are comparatively distant from the equator. Typical locations include Afghanistan, Turkey and Morroco.
Indicas and Sativas can be distinguished by their leaf shapes.
Indica leaves are broad and open while sativa leaves are slender and thin. Hybrids can either be broad, slender or a mix of two shapes.
Indica plants are generally small in size and therefore, are best suited to be grown indoors. They are typically 2-4 ft long. Sativa plants, on the other hand, can get really tall when they are fully mature.
Typical length of fully mature sativa plants can be 20-25 ft long. Due to their height, they can only be grown outdoors.
There is no fixed growth time for both Sativas and Indicas, and depends on the soil and atmospheric conditions where seeds are sown.
Flowering time for Indicas range from 8 to 12 weeks while for Sativas, the flowering time ranges from 10 to 16 weeks.
Flowering time is time, which a plant takes to grow buds. After the flowering time, plants have to be then harvested and cured.
Sativas generally give better yield, pertaining to their bigger size, as compared to smaller Indicas. Indica plant typically provides a yield of 1.5 to 2.5 ounces while a sativa plant gives a yield of 3 to 16 ounces.
Indicas are relaxing and peaceful. They relax your muscles and render full body effects. They are helpful in getting to sleep. After smoking Indicas, you can’t expect to do much and the best use you can make of it is lying on your warm couch or bed, listening music, savoring some snacks and enjoying great sleep.
Sativas, on the contrary, simulate your creative and energy nerve, and give you a cerebral high. They are ideal for working after smoking (especially doing something creative) or going out for an outdoor activity.
Yes! There are many health benefits of marijuana. Sativas and Indicas both have proved to play a pivotal role in treating various mental and physical disorders. It is hard to draw a line between which strain does what as both of them cast an overall positive impact on body.
Indicas are best suited for treating insomnia and anxiety. They are also helpful in treating headaches and migraines. Moreover, Indicas also relieves spasms and reduces seizures.
Sativas are helpful in treating depression, mood disorders, fatigue and ADD. They are energizing and create positive vibes around the body.
Apart from these bodily benefits, indica and sativa hybrids can be utilized to create strains that can prove particularly beneficial for some mental and physical bodily disorders.