In terms of particular ailments, Sativa strains tend to be better for psychological disorders such as depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Indicas are usually best for pain and inflammation and are therefore beneficial for patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia and cancer. Indica cannabis plants are short, broad-leaved, bushy plants. They grow quickly and have a higher yield than the Sativa variety.
Drugs that are produced from Indica cannabis plants may have a lower THC and higher CBD content than the Sativa variety. Indica cannabis is much stronger than sativa and has a more shrubby appearance. Cannabis sativa grows on average to 5 feet tall. Indica leaves are wider than sativas and grow in a package.
Sativa leaves are thinner, but seem to be extended like an open hand. It is the leaf of the sativa plant that is most often used as a symbol of marijuana in popular culture. As the use of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes becomes legal in more and more states, there is a growing interest in the different effects that various types, including indicas and sativas, can produce. Pure Sativa cannabis is a rarity in the medical marijuana field; firstly because it is difficult to grow indoors and in the Northern Hemisphere, and secondly because pure sativa highs can often induce paranoia attacks and irregular heartbeats due to the high THC level.
Request a medical marijuana card if you want to explore firsthand the differences between Sativa and Indica strains and enter into the debate about whether there are any differences.