Marijuana Sativa and Indica - How to Tell the Difference

Let’s talk about marijuana Sativa and Indica - how to tell the difference.

Do you know that cannabis is either Sativa, Indica, or a hybrid? Are you clear that the different marijuana strains fall into one of these groups?

When looking for cannabis strains or purchasing cannabis products, you’ll want to pay attention to the type of weed it comes from. This gives a good indicator of the effects cannabis may have on you.

Here are the basics.

Sativa vs. Indica

Generally, Sativa is energizing. It uplifts and stimulates cerebral function, perfect for those looking for a boost in social settings or physical activity.

Indica marijuana strains are known for being physically sedating. They’re what you want to turn to if you need to relax. Or if you can’t fall asleep.

Of course, Indica doesn’t always put you on the couch for the night. And, Sativa won’t pump you up every time.

But, we know enough about cannabis and its chemical compounds to determine that you’ll usually feel one way or the other with a particular strain from these groups.

What Gives Marijuana Strains Their Effects?

Knowing that a marijuana strain is Sativa or Indica doesn’t always let you predict how it will behave or how you’ll feel after consuming it.

So, what’s the best way to distinguish between Sativa and Indica, and then, how do you choose the best strain from these two marijuana types? We recommend experimenting with different strains, trying a little dose of each to find the perfect fit. Start slow and pay attention to how you feel.

Weed properties and effects depend on many factors, but you can look to the cannabinoids and terpenes in a strain to get a better understanding of what you want.


Cannabis is comprised of more than 100 chemical compounds that work in harmony to produce varied effects. THC and CBD are two of the most important compounds to consider.

THC is what gives you that ‘high’ feeling. It also makes you hungry, and it can relieve pain and nausea.

CBD is non-intoxicating and it helps to reduce anxiety. You might also get some relief from pain and inflammation.


Terpenes are compounds that produce that tell-tale cannabis aroma. Cannabis contains many types of terpenes, and they’re present in different levels depending on the type of marijuana.


When considering the difference between Sativa and Indica, and how one might benefit you over another, you can look to the strain.

Favorite Sativa strains include:

  • Sour Diesel

  • Green Crack

  • Jack Herer

  • Amnesia Haze

  • Super Silver Haze

Some of the most popular Indica strains are:

  • Purple Punch

  • Bubba Kush

  • White Rhino

  • Grape Ape

  • Northern Lights

Talk to us to learn more about the difference between Sativa and Indica marijuana, and which might be best for your unique situation.

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