Indica, Sativa, Hybrid - What's The Difference? Which One To Pick?
If you're a newbie to CBD, you might have heard the words Indica or Sativa before. They're the two main hemp flower strains, after all. But you might not be sure what exactly, that means. Indica vs. Sativa - what's the difference? Which one is best for you?
No worries! That's why we're here, to help you sort it out. The short story is:
Indica: This hemp strain tends to stimulate the body. It's great for stimulating your appetite, or helping manage pain. It can ease nausea. Indica is also the best choice for relaxing your body, and helping you get to sleep.
Sativa: While Indica has more effect on the body, Sativa feeds the brain. It relaxes your mind. Many people report that it makes them more creative. It provides energy and alertness. It's the idea choice if you need help to focus. It can also decrease anxiety and depression, while increasing serotonin. Just remember that it's usually not a great choice before bed.
Hybrid: A blend of Indica and Sativa, this one gives you elements of both, while avoiding the strong reactions you might have from a particularly potent strain. If you want a little of Sativa's alertness, but Indica's help with pain, you might need a hybrid.
But we're not done yet! Keep reading to learn more about the differences when it comes to Indica vs. Sativa vs. hybrid. We'll cover the differences, the effects, and more.
Indica Vs. Sativa
Indica and Sativa are both hemp flower strains, but they tend to work in different ways. Indica is often thought of as being relaxing on the body. Meanwhile, Sativa tends to have an energetic effect, and is mentally stimulating.
Indica plants tend to be short, bushy and faster growing. They have wide leaves. Sativa, on the other hand, is tall with long, thin, lighter-green leaves.
With Sativa, the bud structure tends to lean towards airy and fluffy. Sativa CBD strains also tend to have fruity or floral terpene profiles. This is different from Indica, which have more earthy and gassy flavors.
In marijuana plants, Sativa has higher THC than Indica. For this reason, some people don't prefer it - the high levels of THC can cause a psychoactive effect for some users. However, with hemp-derived CBD, that's no longer an issue. All hemp buds, regardless of the strain, have lower levels of THC in order to remain legal. Because of this, you won't get that same "high," even if you're sensitive to Sativa.
Advantages Of Indica
As a general rule, Indica acts like a sedative. It is best for night time use, and not something you'll want to take before a busy day. Many people report that Indica makes them a bit lazy - a common joke is that "Indica puts you in-da-couch."
There are lots of great reasons to use Indica. Consider it for:
- A sleep aid or for relaxing before bed.
- Pain relief, especially acute pain.
- Stimulating appetite.
- Managing stress.
- Dealing with nausea.
- Relaxing muscles.
Our signature hemp strain, "Kimbo Kush," has a classical Indica effect. It offers the typical gassy, skunky Indica flavors.
Advantages Of Sativa
Sativa tends to wind the user up a bit more. It's ideal when you want something that kicks your brain into gear, helps you focus, or gives you a burst of energy. But for this same reason, it's best in the daytime.
Sativa is a good choice for:
- Managing chronic pain (unlike Indica, which deals with acute pain).
- Increasing serotonin, which can improve mood, focus, and sleep.
- Anti-anxiety. It also works as an anti-depressant.
- Stimulating the brain and creativity.
- Increasing alertness.
- Making you feel more upbeat.
"Eden" is one of our favorites, with funky floral aroma. Reminiscent of the cannabis strain, "The Chronic" in phenotype, this Sativa structured CBD Bud is light and fluffy with a strong calming effect.
Great for anxiety or pain relief, Eden will have you in a state of calm, similar to walking through a serene garden.
Is This True? Is There Proof?
It's important to point out that these advantages and disadvantages that we just listed aren't set in stone. Anecdotally, this is what most people report. The common reaction to using Indica or Sativa follows this pattern.
But there's no long term studies actually proving it. Science hasn't been done to back these claims up. Plus, these reactions are based off how your body responds to each strain. "Most" people might find Indica relaxing - but every once in awhile, someone actually finds it to have a stimulating affect. Everyone's different.
You can use these criteria to help you decide, based on your goals. If you want to use CBD for chronic pain relief, for example, you might want to try Sativa first. But many people try a variety so that they can compare and decide which one suits them best. If you're interested in checking out a few different kinds, try our sampler pack.
What About Hybrid Hemp Strains?
There's also a third kind of hemp flower strain. It's called "hybrid" - and as you might guess, it's a cross between Indica and Sativa. They give you a mixture of all the benefits. But by blending the two, it helps avoid the strong reactions that you might get from a pure Indica or Sativa.
Since hemp derived CBD isn't the same as marijuana, it doesn't have the same high levels of THC content. As a result, it also doesn't have the same psychoactive properties. People who find one kind of marijuana makes them anxious shouldn't have this problem with CBD. However, hybrid options can still sometimes be more preferable. Try a few kinds and see what you like!
One of our highest rated and best recommended hybrids is Immortal. The hemp buds are covered in resinous CBD goodness. At 15% CBD, she packs a punch, both in flavor and effect!
Conclusion: Indica vs. Sativa - Who Wins?
Consider what you want from your CBD to make the best choice for you. If you want pain relief, relaxation, or help sleeping, try Indica. If you don't like the sleepy vibes, or want something that gives you energy and focus, check out Sativa. For the best of both, consider a hybrid. Even better, try a few different kinds and pick your favorite for yourself!