What You Didn't Know About Indica and Sativa Strains

As a culture, we have discovered a lot about the cannabis plant. There are two types of strains, or genes, that the cannabis plant can be.  


I like to think of Indica as in-da-couch. That's what it will do, leave you on the couch! The plants are usually shorter with wider leaves. 

  • relaxing and calming 
  • possible couch lock
  • perfect for night use or a lazy movie day


Sativa is believed to make the creative juices flow. The Cannabis Sativa plant grows tall with thin leaves. 

  • energetic and euphoric 
  • cerebral, spacey or hallucinogenic
  • great for use during the day 


Scientists that have studied the differences between indica and sativa have come up with a number of theories based on genetics. One prevailing theory focuses on the genetic production of THC and CBD.

Plants that produce high levels of THC express genes that code for the enzyme THCA synthase. This enzyme converts CBG into THCA, which becomes THC when heated. These plants are typically considered indica.