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The Differences between Indica and Sativa Cannabis plants:
Fat Leaves and Short Bush = INDICA
Thin Leaves and Tall Bush = SATIVA
Indica....higher CBD than THC equals heavier, sleepy type of high. Yield is usually higher than Sativa, and shorter growing season. Better for indoor growing, because they don't get as tall.
Sativa....higher THC than CBD equals cerebral, soaring type of high, more energetic Yield is usually lower than Indica, but is very potent. eg: Thai Sativa grow taller and have a longer flowering period, so they are better suited for outdoors.
Sativa's typically take longer to germinate and flower, and they grow more gangly then indica breeds.
More info on Indica/Sativa identification:
are just about the opposite of Indicas. They are tall, thin plants, with
much narrower leaves and grow a lighter green in color. They grow very
quickly and can reach heights of 20 feet in a single season. They
originally come from Colombia, Mexico, Thailand and Southeast Asia. Once
flowering has begun, they can take anywhere from 10 to 16 weeks to fully
mature. Flavors range from earthy to sweet and fruity. Sativa's higher
THC than CBD equals cerebral, soaring type of high, more energetic which
can stimulate brain activity and may produce hallucinations.
Sativa plants are taller, take longer to mature, have less chlorophyll and more accessory pigments (accessory pigments protect the plant from excessive sunlight). As Sativa strains have less chlorophyll than Indica they take longer to grow, mature, and require more light.
Sativa typically takes longer to germinate and flower also, and grows more gangly then Indica breeds.
Yield is usually lower than Indica, but is very potent. Thai Sativa grows taller and has a longer flowering period, so they are better suited for outdoors.
originally come from the hash producing countries of the world like
Afghanistan, Morocco, and Tibet. They are short dense plants, with broad
leaves and often grow a darker green. After flowering starts they will
be mature in 6 to 8 weeks. The buds will be thick and dense, with
flavors and aromas ranging from pungent skunk to sweet and fruity. The
smoke from an Indica is generally a body type stone, relaxing and laid
back. Indica's higher CBD than THC equals a much heavier, sleepy type of
high. Indica plants have a heavy, stony high that is relaxing and can
help different medical problems.
Indica yield is usually higher than Sativa, and shorter growing season. Better for indoor growing, because they don't get as tall.
Indica plants are short, bushy, mature early, have more chlorophyll and less accessory pigments (accessory pigments protect the plant from excessive sunlight). As Indica strains have more chlorophyll than sativa they grow and mature faster.
Combining different indicas, different sativas or a combination thereof creates hybrids. The resulting hybrid strains will grow, mature and smoke in relationship to the indica/sativa percentages they end up containing.
Here is a quote from Hilary Black of the British Columbia Compassion Society:
"Indica and Sativa are the two main varieties of the cannabis plant used as medicine. There are many strains that are crosses of those two varieties. Within each of those varieties and crosses there are a huge number of individual strains, each with a different cannabinoid profile and effect. According to anecdotal evidence, the Indica strains are a relaxant, effective for anxiety, pain, nausea, appetite stimulation, sleep, muscle spasms and tremors, among other symptoms. The Sativa strains are more of a stimulant, effective in appetite stimulation, relieving depression, migraines, pain and nausea. We are now aware of specific strains that are effective for specific conditions and symptoms."
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