Indica Strains

Cannabis Indica Strains

Cannabis Indica Strains showcase the genetic characteristics of cannabis descended from Asian landrace cultivars of the Hindu Kush mountains. These varietals evolved in colder climates, leading them to grow as short, compact bushes with broad leaves, typically known for having relaxing, sedative effects due to their higher concentrations of the terpene myrcene.

Indica-dominant Strains

The name “Indica” evolved from its original name “Indian Hemp” which was the designation for cannabis coming from India, which grows wild in the foothills and valleys of the Hindu-Kush mountains. Indica cannabis strains typically grow bushier and lower to the ground than Sativa strains because of the climate where they evolved.

Some scientists now consider there to be more than the commonly known 3 varietals (Sativa, Indica, and hybrid) and have begun grouping different cultivars into what are now several chemotypes (THC-dominant, CBD-dominant with low THC, CBD dominant with no THC, mixed dominance, myrcene-dominant, limonene and caryophyllene-dominant, terpinolene-dominant, and more).

Experienced cannabis users would likely agree that we need even more nuance than the existing categories and scientific knowledge currently allow.

We recommend making notes of which cultivars or cannabis strains work best for you since everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different and different cultivars will affect each individual uniquely.

Physical Effects of Indica Strains

In recent years, Indica strains have been stereotyped as strains or cultivars that have sedative, relaxing properties, typically used for pain management, insomnia, and inflammation. However, Indicas (and Sativas) are better classified by their physical characteristics and growth patterns than they are for their effects.

  • Relaxing. People say cannabis indica strains help their muscles relax and their brains slow down.
  • Sedating. Many find that indica strains make them sleepy, which may be a good thing for people with insomnia.
  • Pain-relieving. Indica strains are often recommended for people looking to use cannabis for chronic or acute pain.
  • Appetite-inducing. Yep, “the munchies” aren’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if you have a low appetite due to a medical condition or treatment.
  • Nausea-soothing. Many find that indica strains also help with nausea and keeping food down.

A quick note about strains

As you read about strains, keep in mind that their effects aren’t always consistent. A strain from one company might feel very different than another company’s version of that same strain.

If you find a strain that works really well for you, try to research its other properties. What are the main terpenes in it? What’s the THC to CBD ratio? Does the label mention any other cannabinoids, like CBG or CBN?

It’s also worth mentioning that everyone’s experience with cannabis differs. This is based on their physiology and prior experience.

If you frequently consume cannabis, for example, you’ll likely have a higher tolerance for THC. If you’re in a familiar environment with friends, your experience might be different from if you were consuming alone in a new, unfamiliar place.

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