By LeeWEpstein

August 30, 2019


For anyone new to the world of medical cannabis, understanding the plant and its effects on the body can be destabilizing. Not only does cannabis contain more than 400 molecules including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, but there are also countless varieties with exotic names such as Sour Diesel, Amnesia, and Afghan Kush. Add to these two subspecies called Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica, and it is not surprising that patients often find themselves in a state of confusion before they even begin.

Sativa and Indica: What is the difference?  

Indica or Sativa: What should I choose?

While many medical cannabis extracts do not distinguish between Indica and Sativa by favoring THC/CBD ratios, patients find themselves in stores facing a wide range of varieties and continue to ask themselves the same question: Do you prefer Sativa or Indica?

Here are some important things to consider before making a decision:

  • Do I need to feel alert after using cannabis for medical purposes? In this case, it is preferable to choose a Sativa variety.
  • Will I take medical cannabis before going to bed? Indica is recommended.
  • Do I tend to have anxiety problems? Sativa varieties rich in THC can cause feelings of paranoia and anxiety, so a more relaxing Indica may be a good idea.
  • Do I want to relax my muscles or my body in general? Then the “couch-lock” effect caused by myrcene in Indica strains could meet your needs.

Ultimately, if you are wondering whether to try Sativa or Indica cannabis varieties for your health, it may be more appropriate to find out about the terpenes’ profile. Unfortunately, unless you buy a product that comes with laboratory tests, it’s almost impossible to do. But it is always worth asking your prescribing doctor or clinic for advice.

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