Most of us don’t know the types of cannabis available in the market and how they have different effects on our bodies. When you go to a drug store, you will find many cannabis products, but it’s important to know which of the two major categories the product falls in. The type of cannabis can determine a lot about how to use it and what the benefits are.
Whether you are using cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, the two types of cannabis function differently and have their own characteristics. For both purposes, evaluating the side effects and understanding the range of effectiveness is vital. This will be helpful when choosing between the types of cannabis for everyday use and special conditions.
The two types of cannabis are Sativa and Indica. Sativa can be classified as the one for the mind, while Indica is for the body. Here, we will discuss their properties and benefits to help you choose which one is best for you.
Sativa is the type of cannabis that gives you a more energizing experience, while Indica is the one that makes you feel calmer.
The Sativa plant has light green skinny leaves. The plant is taller and the leaves are narrow. The plant can grow up to 20-feet-high. It is said to affect the mind most giving a euphoric feeling and is uplifting and exciting. This type of cannabis is particularly for everyday use as a cure for depression.
On the other hand, the Indica plant has broader, dark green leaves with a structure that is short and dense. Indica affects the body as it relaxes and calms the body. Hence, it is mainly for night-time use.
The origin of Indica is from the Hindu Kush area which is near Afghanistan. It is grown in harsh weather and is really strong. Indica will relax and calm you. It will make you want to just lie on the couch and hang out indoor, maybe while listening to calm music.
On the other hand, Sativa brings out the more creative side in a person as they feel more energized and excited.
Distinctive Qualities and Uses
There are several types of cannabis plants with the two major ones being Sativa and Indica. However, when determining their uses, the type of cannabis plant plays lesser role than their actual properties. The energetic and calming effect of both these types of cannabis come from the amount of chemical present in it. The strongest chemicals are cannabinoids (CBD) and terpenes (THC).
CBD is the compound that lessens pain, anxiety, and other medical issues, while THC can relieve pain and nausea and makes you feel hungry.
Sativa Has Higher THC
Sativa is the type of cannabis that is THC-dominant. The medicines and drugs produced from Sativa are low in CBD. This makes Sativa and its byproducts highly effective anti-depressants and can even help combat anxiety.
The cannabis that is high in THC is usually for those consumers who want a potent euphoric experience. This means that Sativa is recommended for anyone looking to treat some kind of chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, and other medical conditions.
The THC component is for day time use as it increases creativity, focus, and energy. It is good for those who want to learn or try new things by controlling their anxiety and moods.
You may also face many side effects when using THC dominant cannabis strains such as irregular appetite, dry mouth, paranoia, lethargy, or red eyes.
To control the side-effects of the THC component, consume it in a lower quantity at first. Increase the dosage gradually. Take a lot of water with the cannabis and stay hydrated. It is also extremely important to be cautious when you’re using products made of Sativa since THC can be dangerous in high quantity.
Indica Has Higher CBD
Since CBD dominant cannabis has more medical benefits, it is the more commonly used drug. It is used for patients who want to get relief and a clear head.
Cannabis medicines are often produced by the Indica plant because of the higher amount of CBD. The calming experience that comes as part of the package with Indica products includes mental relaxation, muscle relaxation, and controlling pain. The drug is used at night time as it gives pleasure and decreases the feeling of anxiety.
CBD also decreases acute pain and nausea, but it increases the appetite. CBD can prove to be highly functional and leaves users feeling more focused without any energetic or euphoric feelings like THC. It doesn’t have severe side-effects such as the ones THC has. Medical practitioners use CBD on patients to combat serious illnesses such as seizures, PTSD, epilepsy, etc.
Finding a Balance
Hybrid cannabis is the perfect balance between the two major types of cannabis Sativa and Indica. The Hybrid plant has components of both Sativa and Indica plants and has a balanced level of CBD and THC.
The Hybrid cannabis plant can have unique effects depending on its properties. Some hybrid plants have higher CBD while others have higher THC. Since there is no rule of thumb when it comes to the effects and components in a cannabis plant, it is essential that you consult an expert before deciding which one you need.
Your body can respond differently each time to the drug as their components and your body’s needs vary. The best thing to do is to keep an eye on your symptoms and reactions when you’re using cannabis.
It is always better to be aware of the type of cannabis you are utilizing. To avoid side and after-effects, choose the right type of cannabis and ask your dispensary questions about the components present in them. Limitless usage of all three of these types can be hazardous.
Before buying cannabis, remember to ask yourself: What is the right type for you?