Indica vs. Sativa

From the SDOWA’s website…

Here at SDOWA, our beloved patients ask us questions about medical marijuana very frequently. Thanks to these curious patients, we have decided to start giving educational value back to this wonderful life-changing industry we all are a part of. To start, we are speaking for all San Diego dispensaries when we say that one of the most frequently asked questions by patients is “Can you explain the difference between Indica vs. Sativa?


Let’s start from the ground up. The Sativa plant takes longer to grow, mature, and requires more light than an Indica. The sativa dominant plant is tall, generally between eight to twelve feet. Sativas have narrower leaves, are usually lighter in pigment, and have a taste ranging from earthy to sweet and fruity. Sativa strains are also higher in THC content than Indicas and generally produce a more mild smoke. The sativa high is often characterized as uplifting and energetic. The effects of a sativa cannabis are mostly cerebral and less sedating, a good choice for medicating throughout the day. They give a feeling of optimism and well – being, as well as providing a good measure of pain relief for certain symptoms. “Sativas are more of a stimulant, effective in appetite stimulation, relieving depression, migraines, pain and nausea.” – The British Columbia Compassion Society

Some Popular Sativa Strains :

  • Green Crack
  • Jack Herer
  • Skunk
  • Super Silver Haze
  • Train Wreck
  • Sour Diesel


The Indica plant is normally short and bushy with dense flowers and often grow a darker green, sometimes purple. The aroma and flavors of an Indica range from sweet and fruity to a pungent skunk. Medicating with Indicas have primarily physical(rather than cerebral) effects on the body. Indicas are great for relaxation, stress relief, and for an overall sense of calm and serenity. This aids with anxiety pain, tremors and more conditions. Indica strains are also very effective for overall body pain relief, and often used in the treatment of insomnia. They are the late – evening choice of many patients as a sleep aid “According to anecdotal evidence, the Indica strains are a relaxant, effective for anxiety, pain, nausea, appetite stimulation, sleep, muscle spasms and tremors, among other symptoms.” – The British Columbia Compassion Society

Some Popular Indica Strains:

  • Venom OG Kush
  • Skywalker OG Kush
  • OG Kush
  • Purple Erkle
  • Afghani
  • Romulan


Hybrids are created by cross-breeding two or more different strains to create a new hybrid strain. Hybrids are created to retain certain desired characteristics from Indica and Sativa plants, a best of both worlds. A grower accomplishes this by altering the ratio of sativa and indica influences, growers can breed hybrids for a certain high, flavor, and aroma. Most marijuana varieties available today are hybrids as they bring together the best of both Indica and Sativa marijuana characteristics.

Some Popular Hybrid Strains:

  • Blue Dream
  • White Widow
  • Northern Lights (Thai x Afghani)
  • Flo (Purps x Afghani)
  • Green Dream (Green Crack x Blue Dream)
  • Big Bud (Skunk#1 x Afghani)

Indica vs. Sativa: Which is right for you?

San Diego dispensaries throughout the county will all have a broad selection between indicas, sativas, and yes, even hybrids. Marijuana strains are available in the entire spectrum from pure sativas to pure indicas, and in every combination in-between.

Our advice is to sample the buffet. It takes some time and a lot of experimentation to find the most effective balance for each person. The only real way to find out the true victor in the “battle” of Indica vs. Sativa is to pit them against each other and see which one emerges as your favorite. We are more than happy to assist you, and invite you to come do so!

See you soon,

The SDOWA Staff

SDOWA, your favorite San Diego Dispensary

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