Indica or Sativa: Which Are You Looking For?

When you first start consuming cannabis you may not notice the vast difference in effects from one strain to the next – but as time goes on you will learn to recognize the difference between an indica, a sativa, and a well-balanced hybrid strain – even if you don’t know which one is which yet.

However, with legalization growing from state to state both for medicinal and recreational consumers, it will be easier to find something to suit your needs if you know which type of strain you are looking for.

So, to help our those who aren’t quite sure, we’ve put together this mini-guide to help you remember the differences – and figure out which type of strain you’re looking for.

When You’re Looking for a Sativa…

…you are looking for a more upbeat, energizing and productivity boosting strain. Examples of well-known sativa strains include Sour Diesel, Green Crack and Jack Herer. These strains tend to have a higher THC to CBD ratio than indica strains, which causes a more cerebral buzz – and may cause paranoia in some consumers.

When smoking or vaping a sativa one can generally expect the effects to include uplifting, euphoric and energized. It is also likely to leave you talkative and giggly, but ready to take on any task with the upmost focus.

If you’re looking for a daytime toke that will leave you ready to tackle your to-do list, then a sativa is exactly what you’re looking for.

When You’re Looking for an Indica…

…you are looking for a strain that is more likely to be mellow, relaxing and even sedating. Indica strains are the ones that are likely to come with the effect known as “couch lock” and common yet popular indica strains include Granddaddy Purple, Bubba Kush, Northern Lights and Grape Ape.

When consuming an indica strain via smoking or vaping the generally near immediate effects will leave you feeling relaxed, mellow, possibly hungry and a little… stuck? These strains are perfect for those who have trouble winding down at the end of the day, or who have trouble sleeping at night as they can have a highly sedating effect.

If you’re looking for a medication that will help you get to sleep or stay asleep – or that can relieve the aches and pains after a long day – then an indica strain may be the way to go.

Balancing the Best of Both Worlds

For those who are looking for something that is a little more of a balance between the two, you will find your sweet spot with hybrids – which can be indica dominant, sativa dominant, or a near perfect 50-50 split on the genetics. These strains were often crossed between popular strains in hopes of gaining the most desired effects – or appearances – of the parent strains.

Popular hybrid strains include Girl Scout Cookies, Blue Dream, White Widow, and Pineapple Express among others. If you are looking to medicate or keep focus throughout the day with something that will leave you feeling the relaxing calm of an indica, with the creativity and energy boost of a sativa, then a hybrid is probably right up your ally.

Evergreen Organix offers disposable and rechargeable vape pens and cartridges that come with the option for both sativa and indica concentrates, so you can customize your vaping experienced based on your needs throughout the day.