Most cannabis consumers relate the terms “indica”, “sativa” and “hybrid” with the plant’s effect.
Typically, Indica strains are considered to be sedating and good for relaxation. Think netflix, sinking into the couch, or getting some deep zzz’s. Some people prefer Indicas at the end of the day to help them mellow out. Sativas are believed to have more energetic and uplifting effects good for social settings, creativity and physical activities. They say Sativa’s are more of a cerebral high, whereas Indicas are more of a body high. And, as you may have guessed, Hybrids are considered to fall in the middle and offer a good balance between the effects of Indicas and Sativas.
Now, here’s where it gets a little tricky. While most consumers tend to shop and differentiate effects based on Indica, Sativa or Hybrid, these classifications don’t truly indicate the flower’s potential effects. These terms actually give us a glimpse into the physical characteristics of the individual plant. As an example, strains classified as Indica don’t inherently mean that they will be sedative as everybody experiences cannabis differently. But it does mean that the plant was short and stout during cultivation. Sativas are tall and skinny plants, and hybrids fall somewhere in between.
Instead, terpenes (which we cover below) are a better way to gauge the plant’s effects. It’s important to remember that cannabis strains and their effects are unique to each person. What works for your friend may not work for you, so take time to learn what works best for your body.