What Are The Differences Between Indica And Sativa?

Normally when confronted with the choice of what strain to smoke, beyond the fact it's a Gorilla Glue or a Strawberry Sour Diesel or any other outlandish name it's either an Indica, Sativa or Hybrid.

Wondering what are the differences between Indica and Sativa? Look no further

Indica's are known for being heavy smokes on the body, usually providing a "stoned" effect, whereas Sativas have more of an effect on the mind, a "high" effect. This is the question to be asking yourself when choosing a strain... Do I want a weed to relax and unwind to, or do I want one to explore, interact and have my mind race at warp speed? 

Although it may seem fairly simple with pure Indicas and Sativas, it gets much more complicated when you're trying to define these since they may grow like one kind but smoke like the other. Indicas come from warm climates where temperature and altitude are high but the light hours are less which is why they flower much faster and have bigger leaves.

Sativas, on the other hand, come from places with high humidity and longer light hours which would account for the longer flowering time and smaller leaves in proportion to Indicas.

Another subspecies we could also mention is the Ruderalis plants, usually found in the Auto-Flowering strains (which grow and bloom at the same time) and come from places with limited hours of light, thus forcing the plant to undertake the process of growth and flower much faster, but with a limited yield.

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