What is the Difference Between Sativa and Indica?

what the difference is between Sativa and Indica

Cannabis has two main strains Sativa and Indica, from these two strains they are blended together into a ‘hybrid’. But many do not know what the difference is between Sativa and Indica. Understanding what the difference is can ultimately help you manage your medical needs better.



This plant has long skinny leaves, it can grow over 20 feet but usually average just over 10 feet.

Cannabis_sativa_plantWhen patients use Sativa they report feelings of having more energy, feeling uplifted and generally in a better mood.

Sativa is considered best for daytime use.

Benefits of Sativa

+ Helps stimulate creativity

+ Uplifts mood

+ Beats depression

+ Gives you energy

+ Clears up brain fog

Some common Sativa strains:

Sour Diesel
You will have a happy, uplifted, energetic feeling

Durban Poison
Stimulates the mind, enhances creativity and helps you focus

Green Crack
Provides an energetic, happy, uplifting feeling. Will definitely make you laugh a lot


This plant has deep dark green leaves and are wider than Sativa’s. It grows just under 10 feet on average.

With Indica people get more of that ‘body high’ feeling. This results in muscles relaxing and a feeling of an overall sense of calmness. Indica is best to use at night as it causes a ‘sleepy sensation’.


What is the Difference Between Sativa and Indica?

+ Sedative

+ Relieves anxiety

+ Relieves pain

+ Enhanced physical sensation

+ Reduces inflammation

+ Stimulates appetite

+ Stops spasms seizures

Common Indica strains:

Northern Lights
Known to relieve pain, stress, and depression. Relaxes the muscles and your mind

Purple Kush
You will feel relaxed, happy and content all rolled into one

Purple Urkle
Great for insomniacs like myself, this will put you to sleep in no time


Then, of course, there are hybrids where they blend the two together, ‘Sativa’ & ‘Indica’. From that, there are a whole bunch of strains out of that, but that can be left for another time. Now you know the difference between the two. I hope this gives you a more informed choice as to how to treat your medical needs.

When it comes down to it, one plant helps the mind and the other the body. The two together help both, balance is the key and knowing what works for you. Everyone consumes cannabis different and it reacts differently in our bodies.

Another factor is the level of THC to Cannabinoids, the lower the percentage of THC the less effect of feeling ‘high’. I will discuss THC and Cannabinoids in more detail in a future post. Stay tuned!

In order for you to purchase cannabis dry, you will need to check with the legislation in your area.

where is cannabis legal in the us


Some areas you need a medical cannabis card to purchase, others you do not and other places it is illegal. So before you attempt to purchase, consider where you live and the legislation for cannabis. See my post about where it is currently legal in the states.




I hope you enjoyed this! What have you’ve experienced, did you try any of these strains? How did it help you? Leave your comments below!

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About Dawna L.

Passionate about holistic living. Cannabis advocate, hippie at heart.

6 thoughts on “What is the Difference Between Sativa and Indica?

  1. Very informative and yet straight to the point coming from a guy who does not know a whole lot about weed and the different strains and all that, it was super helpful to list the benefits of these though i do wonder if these possibly have a negative effect as well.

    1. Hi Marquis, thanks for the comment. It all depends on your body and what you are looking to heal. it is important to balance your THC/CBD percentages otherwise you may over do it. They say a ration of 1 THC to 3 CBD is a good rule of thumb, but again, it is what you are trying to achieve is what will determine what type of strain you should take. 🙂 

  2. Thanks so much for this very informative article. I was recently prescribed medical marijuana and your article helped a lot to clarify the strains. I had no idea that you could get a strain with little to no THC. I don’t like that high feeling. Do you vape or use the oil?

    1. Thanks for the comment! I agree, the high feeling isn’t ideal sometimes. I use prescribed oil but I sometimes smoke some. I plan on getting a better quality vape so I can use for my dry weed or oil. 🙂 

  3. Excellent article! The differences between Indica and Sativa are exactly as you said. It’s amazing how the same species can produce different results. You are also right about all the hybrid strains, there are so many to choose from. It’s almost rare to find pure Indica and Sativa strains anywhere, because of all the hybrids. Anyways, thank you for the great read! Cheers!

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