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Indica or Sativa?

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Indica or Sativa? New weed smokers in states where marijuana has become legal and veterans alike can sometimes confuse the two. One strain brings you up and gives you energy. The other one mellows you out, and in some cases puts you to sleep. And then there are hybrids combining elements of the two.

The original classification of Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa was discovered by French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in 1785. He found certain marijuana plants from India were intoxicating and could be made into hashish.

It’s easy to confuse the two, and which one does what. Here’s a few tricks to help remember which is which:

Indica = In-da-couch

The mellow way to fly is to reach for an indica strain, or a hybrid heavy in indica. The main characteristics to look for in Indica strains are relaxation and calming effects, body high sensations that make you feel glued to the couch and sleeping aid which why this is a good strain for night use.

Some true benchmark Indica strains to look for:

  • White Rhino
  • Blackberry Soda
  • Northern Lights
  • Blackberry Kush
  • Death Star
  • Platinum OG
  • Super Skunk

SaTiva = STimulation

The party strains are the ones that allow you to function, hold a conversation, get chores done or anything that requires having energy. Remember the ‘S’ and the ‘T’ in ‘sativa’ are the first two letters in ‘Stimulation’, which is what you’ll feel when you smoke sativa flower.

Some true benchmark Sativa strains to look for:

  • Durban Poison
  • Jack Herer
  • Sour Diesel
  • Lemon Haze
  • Maui Waui
  • Acapulco Gold
  • Strawberry Haze

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