The two major types of cannabis plants are Indica and Sativa. Each strain has it’s own range of effects on the body and mind resulting in a wide range of medicinal benefits. Indica strains generally provide a sense of deep body relaxation whereas Sativa strains tend to provide a more energizing experience.
Medical Benefits of Indica
Those of you that have been smoking for a while probably know that Indicas work wonders during the evening or before bed time. Indica strains are known to be sedatives and effective for treating:
- Muscle spasms
- Chronic pain
It’s the perfect sleeping pill and tends to bring on a sort of heaviness, which is comforting and relaxing at the same time.
The structure of Indica is short, stocky, and an overall bushy plant. It has broad leaf fingers, and the bud in general is dense & tightly packed. It takes approximately 6-10 weeks to flower the the strain and has a strong prudent scent. Believe it or not, Indica is actually originated from Central Asia and Morocco.
The major qualities of Indica medicinal strains include:
- increased mental relaxation
- muscle relaxation
- decreases nausea
- decreases acute pain
- increases appetite
- increases dopamine
- for night time use
Medical Benefits of Sativa
Both Sativa and Indica have medical benefits but both have different effects on its users. Sativa tends to be more stimulant and is known to be more effective in treating:
- Chronic Pain
Sativa cannabis strains tend to have a positive uplifting effect on its patients which often results in a psychoactive high. Most patients prefer to consume Sativa strains throughout the day.
The structure of Sativa is a tall, ‘Christmas tree,’ leggy plant. It has thin leaf fingers, and the bud in general is long & loose flowers. It takes approximately 8-14 weeks to flower the the strain and has more of a sweet scent. Believe it or not, Indica is actually originated from the Tropics, close to the Equator.
The major qualities of Sativa medicinal strains include:
- treats chronic pain
- increases focus and creativity
- increases serotonin
- for day time use