Hybrid strains can be sativa or indica dominant. Meaning, they’ll express the traits of the dominant parent strain with fewer traits of the other parent. For instance, an indica-dominant hybrid strain like Cookies will more likely affect your body and provide a more sedating effect. A sativa-dominant hybrid strain like the Super Lemon Haze leans toward the revitalizing effects of sativa.
An indica-dominant cannabis strain is a cross of indica and sativa strains, but it tends to lean more to the indica side. This will be evident in the plant’s growth or effects when smoke. It is different a pure indica strain that is 100% free from any sativa characteristics.
An indica-dominant strain is famous due to its capacity to produce a body high. Therefore, any indica-dominant strain can be a good sample of a medical marijuana strain that can treat anxiety, depression, and physical pain.
Indica-dominant strains are shorter than the sativa strains. Their branches are wider while their leaves are darker in color compared to sativa strains. These characteristics make them perfect for indoor production and growing compared to sativa strains.
THC and CBD Content
Because of their diminutive size, the indica-dominant strains don’t yield much plant materials compared to sativa-dominant strains. They are capable of producing more THC at a higher rate compared to sativa strains. However, they produce lower amounts of CBD. Indica-dominant strains are native to countries in the Middle East.
Medical Uses of Indica Dominant Cannabis
- Decreased nausea
- Improved mental relaxation
- Reduced acute pain
- Muscle relaxation
- Increased appetite
- Increased dopamine production
- Works as an effective sleep aid
Indica-dominant strains are best to use for various health conditions, such as:
- Muscle spasms
- Chronic pain
- Loss of appetite
Patients who deal with serious diseases like fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lupus, insomnia, and sleep apnea may also benefit from the therapeutic capabilities of indica-dominant strains. Those patients who search for a good indica strain that induces sedating effects must consider any strain that has Kush or OG in its name or genetics. Granddaddy Purple, God’s Gift, and Pure Kush are some of the popular nighttime indica strains. All of them provide excellent pain relief combined with strong sedative effects.
Most of the strains with the term “Kush” on their names are indica-dominant strains. Many of them are widely produced and available in both local dispensaries and online seed companies today. Examples are:
- Girl Scout Cookies
- Blackberry Kush
- Kosher Kush
- Northern Lights
- Purple Urkle
- OG Kush
- Tahoe OG
- SFV OG
- White Widow
Best Time for Use
If you are new to cannabis consumption, then you must educate yourself first as you cannot just jump in and use any strain you may want to try. Marijuana experts recommend sativa strains for partygoers while the indica strains for patients.
Indica cannabis strains are more ideal to use late in the afternoon (after work hours) or early at night. These strains are useful especially if you’re facing difficulties in sleeping at night. Indica-dominant strains work just like the pure indica strains. The only difference is that you may experience some sativa effect at first before the indica effects.
Indica-dominant strains will keep you feeling good in the first few hours. During bedtime, their sedating effects will help you fall asleep faster. These strains have a relaxing effect on the human body.
Likewise, the indica-dominant strains can help you soothe work-related muscle soreness and pain at the end of a long and busy day at work.
The effects that pure indica and even the indica-dominant strains are very relaxing. They are quite narcotic-like. These strains are widely known for their “couch-locked” or full-body effect. Indica strains are ideal for times you have nothing important to do at home. Try them on your next rest day to help your body recover from the whole week’s extreme challenges.
Indica-dominant strains are best to use when you just lie down or sit on the couch and watch movies throughout the day. However, many people choose to use these cannabis strains if they are too stressed due to hectic work hours or strict project or report deadlines. These strains help them fight stress, get a full-body relief from pain, and have a more restful sleep at night.
However, there is something weird but interesting about cannabis. That is even if a strain is classified as pure indica or pure sativa, there are clear differences when it comes to their effects. For instance, Durban Poison is a pure sativa strain from Africa that offers a euphoric high.
However, Panama Red, which is also a pure sativa strain, provides a relaxing and mellow head high. They are both from various continents and with different effects, but both categorized as pure sativa strains. It means the classification of marijuana is more intricate.
To gain the best experience in using indica-dominant cannabis, one should stick to the right dose that his or her body can handle. According to the Department of Health of the District of Columbia, the possible side effects of cannabis of any type include anxiety, dry mouth, dry eyes, dizziness, cough, dysphoria, reddened eyes, and visual perception changes.