The terms Indica and Sativa are commonly used and frequently debated in the cannabis community. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced consumer, you’ve probably come across discussions about the “body high” of Indica, the “cerebral rush” of Sativa, or the diverse effects of Hybrid strains.
These labels are ubiquitous in the cannabis industry. Visit any well-stocked dispensary, and you’ll find a wide array of cultivars categorized as Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid. However, it’s important to question the extent to which these terms are truly helpful and when they can potentially mislead consumers. So the answer to the long-awaited question of which gets you more high Sativa or Indica depends on your own personal experience in deciding which high feels higher to you.
So Why Are Indica and Sativa High Different?
The traditional idea of Indica vs. Sativa as representing relaxation vs. exhilaration in cannabis effects is outdated and possibly inaccurate. So, what does this mean for us? Are the terms Indica and Sativa still relevant, and how do they impact the high we experience?
The answer is not as hopeless or straightforward as it may seem. Each cannabis strain produces a unique effect, just like each individual cannabis user. However, this doesn’t mean that we cannot make informed decisions about the strains we choose to try.
The effects of cannabis strains are primarily determined by cannabinoids and terpenes. THC, the main compound in cannabis, is just one of many cannabinoids present in the plant. Each strain has its own specific combination of cannabinoids, which contributes to its unique effects.
In the recreational market, popular strains often have high levels of THC. Terpenes, on the other hand, are organic compounds responsible for the flavors and aromas of plants. They greatly influence the overall character and effects of a cannabis plant, as well as its potential medicinal benefits. The terms Indica and Sativa were established long before we fully understood the significant role terpenes play in a strain’s effects.
Differentiating between Indica-like and Sativa-like effects can still be a useful starting point. However, when selecting a cannabis product, paying attention to the cannabinoid and terpene content will allow for more informed decisions. Licensed retailers that provide detailed lab results make this process easier.
You can also rely on your senses to some extent. If a particular strain smells appealing to you, it may Indicate that your body could respond positively to its dominant terpenes.
Remember, knowledge comes with experience. Everyone’s body reacts differently to external influences. With experience and the right information, you can determine which cannabis products will deliver the desired effects for you. Ultimately, you are your own best resource when it comes to choosing the cannabis products that suit your needs.