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What is Indica Cannabis Flower?

Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis are the three main subspecies of marijuana. Ruderalis strains are rarely seen because of their low THC content. Indica and Sativa are the strains that are the most familiar to cannabis users. In this post, we’ll provide an overview of the Indica strain.

What is Indica?

Indica strains of cannabis originated in the mountainous regions of Central Asia. They are hardy plants with a short, stocky structure and broad leaves. Compared to Sativa, Indicas have a relatively short flowering time and buds that are chunkier that produce large amounts of sticky resin that’s laden with cannabinoids, including THC and CBD. Popular strains of Indica include:

  • Afghani 
  • Northern Lights
  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • Granddaddy Purple

Effects of Indica

Indica strains generally produce a heavily sedating, full-body high. This strain is most commonly used to relieve pain and stress as well as other medical conditions, including:

  • Reducing inflammation and pain
  • Promoting restful sleep
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Relaxing the muscles in order to relieve stiffness and spasms
  • Anxiety relief
  • Seizure management

The strain is also used by people looking to relax.

However, you can have too much of a good thing, especially cannabis. Below are some of the negative side effects that too much Indica can produce:

  • “Couch-lock” — To avoid “couch-lock” during the day and missing important appointments, work, and other daily tasks, stick to Indica consumption at night, on the weekends, and other times you can afford to veg out. If you’re seeking relief from medical conditions during the day, opt for energizing Sativa strains or CBD oil.
  • Lack of coordination — You should never drive or operate machinery after consuming cannabis. These activities may become even more dangerous after ingesting Indica.
  • “The Munchies” — Combat excessive weight gain from cannabis (unless you are trying to gain weight) with healthy snacks and activities to distract yourself.
  • Anxiety — Combat anxiety by only consuming weed around people you’re comfortable within familiar settings.
  • “Cottonmouth” — Combat this by having plenty of water and drinks on hand and sucking on lemon hard candy.

Indica strains are best known for their relaxing and sedating effects. This is why medicinal patients use Indica to help them with insomnia and chronic pain. Indica is also helpful for people trying to increase their appetite and put on weight — particularly due to eating disorders or chemotherapy’s side effects.

But, these benefits can also become problematic in certain situations. If you have things to accomplish or somewhere to be, the last thing you want is to be stuck on your couch, paranoid, and licking your lips every minute from dry mouth. For this reason, we recommend only using Sativa when you know you can relax.

We hope this post has been helpful in understanding some of the common side effects and uses of Indica. For any other questions, feel free to reach out to us here.