Indica strains tend to provide a physical effect, which can be felt throughout the body. These strains are commonly used for reducing pain, relieving muscle tension, increasing relaxation, and helping patients rest. Indica strains are often recommended for nighttime use, because many patients find them helpful for promoting sleep.
The Cannabis indica plant originated in the Middle East, in places such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tibet.
Indicas are a marijuana strain type known to produce calming effects. Medical marijuana patients choose indicas to aid in sleep and reduce pain. This type of weed strain is ideal for evening use and for activities that require little to no physical activity.
Understanding these categories helps patients to better anticipate how they might respond to one product or another, but these rules aren’t set in stone either. Many patients find success treating common symptoms like pain, nausea and appetite loss with a variety of strains from across the indica/sativa spectrum. We encourage our patients to sample a range of products, and those who do so often discover preferred strains in more than one category.
Due to extensive cross-breeding, it’s rare for a strain to exhibit entirely pure sativa or indica attributes. Patients should view these categories as a spectrum, with each strain falling somewhere on the map in between these competing extremes. For this reason, not every product listed as a “sativa” on the dispensary menu will be equally energizing and alert in it effects, just as not every “indica” will produce a predominantly sedative effect. For example, a patient who finds a particular sativa strain over stimulating may be tempted to avoid this category entirely, when in fact some milder sativas may be able to treat their symptoms successfully.