There are hundreds of different strains of medical marijuana, so when you’re looking for a specific remedy, how do you even keep them straight? Getting the relief you need is an essential concern, and in order to find the best product, the first thing you need to understand is the difference between Indica and Sativa strains of cannabis.

Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa are actually two different species of plants in the cannabis family, although the level of difference is still a point of debate in the botanical and horticultural communities. Cannabis Indica first arrived in the U.S. in the late 1960s or early 1970s. It was originally cultivated in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the largest crops coming out of the Hindu Kush Mountains. Indica plants are short and bushy with wide leaves. Cannabis Sativa originated from more equatorial climates, grown primarily in southern North America and Central America. The Sativa plant is taller and narrower, with much narrower leaves. This is neat trivia for casual conversation, but what does this information do to treat what ails you?

Here’s the difference that you need to know: In a general sense, Indica has more THC, and Sativa has more CBD. Knowing the difference in effects will help you target your specific symptoms, so the difference between Sativa and Indica strains is an important first step. No two strains are created equal, so be sure to consult your doctor or dispensary for more detailed information on specific strains and their properties.

With Indica’s THC-rich strains you can generally count on the following effects:

  • increased mental  and muscle relaxation
  • decrease of nausea and acute pain
  • increased appetite
  • increases in dopamine, the neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers
  • Encourages sleep, making it ideal for night-time use
  • THC is the element that’s responsible for the feeling of euphoria that marijuana’s known for, but for some users, it can also be the trigger for anxiety.

On the opposite end of the medical marijuana, spectrum are the Sativa-based strains. Sativa is more commonly rich in CBD with lower THC levels. With Sativa-derived strains, you can expect to experience effects such as:

  • Anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects
  • Reduction in chronic pain thanks to CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties
  • Increased focus and creativity
  • Increases in serotonin, the neurotransmitter involved in the regulation of learning, mood, sleep, anxiety, and appetite
  • Unlike THC-heavy strains, Sativa is less likely to make you sleepy, making it suitable for day-time use

If you’ve been into your local dispensary, you’ve already seen dozens on dozens of different strains, each with varying potency and effects. Simply being able to understand the differences between Sativa and Indica will go a long way towards helping you find the product that will best treat your specific symptoms.

Uncertainty is never fun, but when you work with Elevate Holistics, we’ll put you in touch with knowledgeable professionals that can help direct you toward the medical marijuana treatment that can provide the relief that you’re after. Give us a call and let us start you on the path to comfort that you deserve.