When it comes to cannabis consumption, it pays to know your stuff. What kind of experience are you aiming for? What type of high best suits your lifestyle? Are there any specific medical conditions you may want to treat? Asking yourself these types of questions is a great way to map out your weed preferences.

Given the sheer number of marijuana variations — known as strains — finding the right fit can seem overwhelming. That’s why we’re kicking off a new blog series, “Explain the Strain.” Consider this handy guide your crash course on cannabis strains, covering everything you need to know about the most popular varieties. First up, let’s talk about Indica. 

All About Indica

Meet Indica, your friendly neighbourhood cannabis strain. With its high THC level, Indica can make an excellent solution for pain and anxiety. This popular strain may bring relaxation and calmness to the table, with an overall sedating quality making it perfect for nighttime use. Potential sleep aid, anyone?

Originating from Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent (think Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tibet, etc.), Indica is now grown widely across the globe. Why? With a flowering period of about 45-65 days, Indica produces a much heavier yield than most strains. Ideal for indoor growing, Indica plants grow bushy and short with dense buds that tend to be heavy and tightly packed. 

You might recognize Indica by its distinct “skunky” scent, but the sweet and fruity flavour tends to outweigh any odour aversion for most users. Besides, Indica makes a great strain for cooking — so if the smell is a dealbreaker for you, consider trying edibles. Poof, problem solved. 

Popular Indica Strains

Within every cannabis strain, there are also several subcategories to further differentiate products based on flavour, composition, price range, and more. Among the most popular Indica strains, here are a few to experiment with: 

  • G-13
  • Grandaddy Purple (GDP)
  • Master Kush
  • Northern Lights
  • White Rhino

Common Indica Uses

Indica is the most common strain used for medical marijuana. Given its sedating and calming impact, Indica may be significantly useful for pain management. Cannabis Indica can allow for the relief of both acute and chronic pain or discomfort caused by a variety of medical conditions. Additionally, the relaxed state produced by Indica could encourage long-term healing by allowing you to recuperate while resting. From minor ailments like nausea and headaches to major lifelong diseases like Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis — Indica can often be prescribed for treatment. 

Potential Indica Side Effects

Sounds too good to be true, right? Don’t worry; there’s no “catch” associated with enjoying the benefits of Indica. That said, there are some potential side effects you should know about before consuming.

On the flip side of sedation, keep in mind that Indica can be powerful! Depending on the exact strain and amount, the level of drowsiness produced can range in severity. To air on the safe side, avoid indulging in this strain if you know you’ll need to be alert for something — like operating machinery, or basically going anywhere for any reason.

Unfortunately, for some users, the sedating effect of Indica strains can provoke feelings of depression. If you recognize this side effect — whether during the time of use or through continued use — speak with a cannabis professional. They can help minimize the gloomies with a different strain better suited to your needs. 

Despite the potential side effects, Indica is a beloved marijuana strain for its versatile potential ability to relax you and relieve your pain. 


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