Sativa vs Indica: An Easy-to-Understand Guide

If you are in a dispensary buying cannabis, you might peep the budtender and ask: Indica or Sativa? What is the difference? Well, to get the best medicine, it is essential to understand the differences. So we will show you the most visible differences in their look, scent, and effects.

The two main varieties of cannabis used for medicinal and recreational purposes are Sativa and Indica.


Many report Sativa’s head-high as an energizing, stimulating effect that can help relieve stress and anxiety and enhance productivity and focus. Indica strains generally give a “body high” effect, such as increasing restful sleep and reducing insomnia.

Numerous effects are generated by individual plants, often from the same species of cannabis. Everything depends on the composition of the plant and the growing process used. Usually, Sativa and Indica are broken-down into particular strains or breeds.


Strains have specific cannabinoids and terpene materials. These substances are what decide the overall effects. Researchers might still not know what the other cannabinoids do. However, two major ones, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are recognized.

Strains to Recognize

Acapulco GoldSativa0.1%15-23%Fatigue, stress, nausea, pain
Purple KushIndica<1%17-22%Chronic pain, muscle spasms, insomnia
Sour DieselSativa<1%20-22%Fatigue, stress, acute pain, mental fog, anxiety, PTSD
Granddaddy PurpleIndica<0.1%17-23%Low appetite, restless leg syndrome, insomnia
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Sour Diesel Vs Granddaddy Purple

In a Hemp Shell

If you’re curious about how cannabis could benefit you, speak with a doctor or other health professional and join a cannabis group or three. They will explore the possible positive and negative effects to help you find a strain that suits your needs and offer support throughout your journey.

Then, you will start exploring your alternatives. It may take time to find the right solution for you. You could also discover that cannabis isn’t your jam.

You may visit a dispensary and speak to a skilled staff member if you live in a legalized state or an online dispensary for more information. To meet your specific needs, they may be able to suggest unique strains or other products that help you. 

Do you prefer Sativa or Indica to treat your conditions? Let us know in the comments below.

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