Marijuana as a medical aid has been hugely popular since the past few years. In fact, the market for medical marijuana on a global level is expected to reach a value of around $55.8 billion by the year 2025.
This means that the use of medical marijuana is growing each year and is inviting new users along.
Now a lot of new users might not be entirely familiar with the whole story of marijuana, including the different types that are available in the market.
So here we’re throwing some insight in to the very basics of medical marijuana.
From a broad perspective, there are 3 main types of marijuana namely Indica, Sativa and Hybrid. As the most commonly used strains are Indica and Sativa, let’s take a detailed look in to the differences between the two of them.
First off, both of these are generally psychoactive in nature and can get you high.
The difference between Indica and Sativa
Indica strains are generally found to provide a more relaxing effect while Sativa strains provide a more energetic experience. For the same reason, Indica is used to treat medical conditions like insomnia, chronic pain and anxiety while Sativa is used to treat depression, lack of focus, fatigue and conditions involving a lack of focus.
Medicine produced using Indica strains are usually high in CBD and low in THC. On the other hand, the ones produced from Sativa are higher on THC and lower on CBD.
Apart from that, Indica strains are cultivated more in the Central Asian region and Sativa strains are cultivated in equatorial regions like southern Africa, Mexico and Thailand. When it comes with the harvest time, Indica strains take about 45 to 60 days to flower and provide more yields than Sativa strains, which take more days; around 60 to 90 days to flower. Considering the climatic conditions, Indica strains can be grown indoors and Sativa strains grow well outdoors in warmer climates.
How can you tell the difference between Indica and Sativa
There are some major visible differences between the Cannabis Indica and Sativa plants.
- Indica strains grow short and bushy in nature and Sativa strains generally grow tall.
- The leaves of Indica are broader and Sativa leaves are narrow and long
- The color of the leaves of Indica strains is comparatively darker than those of Sativa strains.
- Coming to the bud features, Indica buds are mostly dense and purple in color with a pungent aroma while Sativa buds are much more light weight and have a fruity aroma. They have hints of red and orange color as well.
That said, it would be good to have someone who is already used to the Cannabis industry with you while you start out, until you get the hang of it.