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The Difference Between Indica vs Sativa

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SativaUnderstanding the difference between Indica vs Sativa strains of cannabis can make all the difference. Not only will it make your smoking experience different, but it will help you figure out what strains you like, which offers the best functional highs, and which you want to stay away from. We’re here to help you understand the difference between Indica vs Sativa strains.

What’s the difference between Indica vs Sativa?

Cannabis “strains” are often divided mainly into two botanical distinctions — Sativa and Indica (or “hybrids”, which are a mix of the two).

The main difference between Indica and Sativa is that Indica strains offer more of a body high, while Sativa offers more of a head high. Aside from physical differences, each strain has different levels of CBD & THC that create different effects. In short, here are a few differences between the two:

Physical Differences

  • Indica plants are short and bushy
  • Sativa plants are tall with narrow leaves

Effects Differences

  • Indica’s effects bring on a body high and encourage relaxation
  • Sativa’s effects encourage more creativity and offer a head high


  • Indicas typically have lower levels of THC
  • Sativas typically have higher levels of THC

What is Cannabis Indica?

Indica strains are said to be more relaxing and are known for their comforting, hypnotic effects. As far as appearance, Indica is shorter and fuller than Sativa. Indica mellows the mind and body and can be enjoyed for pain relief. Most people report having a case of the munchies after, so make sure you have a snack or two nearby. Indica offers more of a body high as opposed to a head high.

Indic has a higher amount of CBD which is especially helpful for reducing inflammation, relieving pain, and relaxing the mind. For Indica, think “in the couch” because that’s how most likely you’ll be. 

Some popular Indica strains include:

  • Northern Lights 
  • Granddaddy Purple 
  • Afghan Kush
  • Bubba Kush 
  • Purple Punch
  • Hindu Kush
  • GMO Cookies 
  • Blueberry (DJ Short Blueberry) 
  • Blue Cheese 
  • Forbidden Fruit

What is Cannabis Sativa?

Sativa strains take longer to grow, but the effects are known for offering the most functional highs. These strains are known to be more energizing and best for when you need to get those creative juices flowing. This strain is best consumed during the daytime and has known to be effective in treating anxiety and depression.

Many consumers enjoy the taste and appearance of Indica strains. They offer users more focus as opposed to Indica strains which make them feel relaxed. They give consumers a head high and don’t leave them feeling sleepy and sluggish.

Some popular Sativa strains include:

  • Sour Diesel
  • Green Crack 
  • Durban Poison
  • Acapulco Gold  
  • Lemon Haze 
  • Panama Red
  • Candyland 
  • Jack Herer 
  • Ghost Train Haze 
  • Maui Wowie

Whether you like Indica or Sativa, understanding the difference between Indica vs Sativa will help you make a better decision when it comes to buying cannabis. Whichever you prefer, Doobie has you covered with having happiness delivered.

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