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All cannabis strains, whether sativa, indica, or hybrid, can be used for a number of medicinal and recreational purposes. Similar in many respects, there’s also a series of notable particularities that differentiate sativas, from indicas, from hybrids, some of which we highlight today.
When attempting to describe the difference between indica, sativa & hybrid strains, the comparison can be broken down into two main areas.
The first relates to visual differences: the shapes of the leaves and the heights at which each plant type tends to grow. The second relates to plant composition, profiles and consumer experience.
How to tell the difference between indica and sativa
One look at any standard sativa vs indica chart will illustrate the immediate visual differences between indica and sativa strains.
Sativa plants, as a general rule, tend to grow taller than indicas, sometimes climbing as high as 12 feet, and their leaves are thin and finger-like. Sativa strains also tend to take longer to mature than indicas.
When grown in the outdoors, they’re primarily found in hot, dry climates – Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, and western portions of Asia – capable of producing the long sunny days that these strains need in order to flourish.
Indica plants, in comparison, are shorter and stockier. Their leaves are bushier and chunkier, growing out into much wider and broader directions than the sativas. Indica strains also tend to grow faster than sativas.
But the cherry on the top of the cake for both grower and consumer alike is that each indica plant tends to produce more buds than the average sativa.
In the world of cannabis, buds are everything. Native to countries including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Turkey, indicas are great at adapting to harsh, dry and turbulent climates.
Indica, sativa, or hybrid: choose your high
The plant composition of an indica cannabis strain is different to that of the sativas and the hybrids.
Their profiles differ in terms of cannabinoids content, terpenes, flavonoids, and other organic plant compounds, so much so that the consumer can detect the difference on an experiential level.
Sativa strains, in general, tend to offer a more cerebral high. They elevate and activate. They have the ability to switch the mind on to full power and to get those creative juices flowing. It’s possible, with a sativa strain, to become incredibly switched on and to notice your senses in a heightened state, or uncommonly alert.
Indica high effects, on the other hand, are more usually associated with a full body relax. Indicas offer a high that brings on the calm, that directly affects the corporal elements of the human body, and that helps to prepare the body for sleep.
Hybrids, as the name suggests, are strains that have been deliberately bred to merge two or more mother strains together. Sometimes, they are sativa-dominant, with elements of indica. At other times, they are indica-dominant, with elements of sativa. On fewer occasions, they are an exact 50-50 blend of both indica and sativa strains.
Even so, it’s important to remember that not all indicas behave in the same way, just as not all sativas offer the exact same kind of cerebral high.
Each individual strain, whether it be sativa or indica-dominant, is also influenced by other plant compounds – including terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids – that affect consumer experience.
Pairing Activities With Cannabis Strains
At GetEvoke, we’re most concerned with how to use cannabis as a way of supporting and enhancing active lifestyles, which is why we make it our business to explore the variety of ways in which sativas, indicas, and hybrids can be used as part of regular fitness and wellness routines.
We’re careful to select the exact strain that best pairs with a particular activity, energy, our fitness routine. We aim to offer sativas that can support high intensity routines and indicas that enhance the effectiveness of post-workout relaxation.
Our hybrids are chosen to support the active lifestyle of those with creative passions or a love for the great outdoors.
In particular, our choice of hybrids work beautifully for dancers, cyclists, surfers and hikers, who need something to enhance their focus and lift their creativity, without inducing too much elation or bringing about a full-on body relax.
If you’d like to know more about our strains, or our selection process, feel free to send us a message via the contact page.