Sativa plants are known to be extremely pungent smelling, with aromas ranging from sweet and fruity, to earthy with undertones of diesel. Popular strains like Island Sweet Skunk or Sour Joker can be sweet and tropical, whereas strains such as Diesel can be earthy and diesel-y. Although these strains can provide similar effects, the distinction really lies in the smell, formally known as their “terpene profile”.
Sativa strains are known to produce an uplifting and cerebral euphoria that can be energizing and stimulating. These strains can significantly increase creativity, which made it a popular choice amongst many philosophers, artists, and musicians. Sativas are often recommended for patients looking to medicate in the morning or during the day, keeping you energized and and uplifted, ready to take on the day.
Sativa strains tend to produce a more cerebral effect, which impacts mood and emotion. These strains are popular for increasing energy levels, improving focus, and combatting depression. Sativa strains are often recommended for daytime use because many patients find them helpful for providing symptom relief without interfering with daily activities.
Indica strains carry a variety of aroma profiles such as: pine, pungent skunk, earth, hash, sweet, fruity. The effects produced by Indica strains can be very relaxing, typically providing a full-body muscle and tension relief, with lighter cerebral effects in comparison to sativa strains. Indica strains can be ideal for relieving tension and anxiety after work or at the end of the day. Often patients dealing with anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms and tension, chronic pain, and menstrual cramps benefit from indica strains. Individuals who suffer from various diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, sleep apnea, and insomnia may also benefit from the effects of Cannabis Indica.
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.
Hybrids can be broken down into three basic categories:
Sativa-dominant Hybrids: Cerebral high with a relaxing body effect. Can provide both mental and physical relief. Strains include: Glass Slipper, Super Lemon Haze, Lemon Skunk
Even Hybrids (50/50): Ideal strains for people seeking a balanced euphoria of head and body relaxation. Strains include: Pineapple Express, Super Silver Haze, Blueberry Headband
Indica-dominant Hybrids: These strains may provide full-body pain relief and mitigation, with a relaxing head euphoria. Usually used in the afternoon and nighttime, beneficial for sleep. These strains may be ideal for patients who suffer from all types of autoimmune diseases as well as insomnia and depression. Strains include: Kosher Tangie, Dark Blue Dream, Brownie Scout
Hybrid strains are varieties that contain similar levels of indica and sativa. These “best of both worlds” strains offer a balance between the benefits of both types.