9 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN INDICA VS. SATIVA

This is a general overview of indicas vs. sativas. Today’s marijuana plants are products of a long history of plant breeding. Many strains have been breed to be a hybrid – both indica and sativa.

Not all of these methods are sure fire ways to determine indica vs. sativa; however, if you can identify several of these indicators then you’ll have a pretty good indication. I tried to keep these distinctions as simple as possible. I hope I haven’t oversimplified it. If you think I missed anything let me know in the comments.

 

1. Geographic Origin

geographic origin indica vs sativa

Marijuana plants have quickly spread worldwide. The origins have been traced back to general geographic locations. Below are a few examples of countries from each region.

 

Indica – Hindu Kush region of the Middle East –  Turkey, Morocco, Afghanistan

 

Sativa – Grown near the equator – Colombia, Mexico, Thailand, Southeast Asia.

2. Leaf Shape

difference between leaf shape indica and sativa

 

One of the easiest ways to tell if a marijuana plant is indica or sativa is to look at the shape of it’s leaves. As with all the categories, hybrids my exhibit either shape, or a combination.

 

Indica – Broad leaf

 

Sativa – Slender leaf

3. Plant Height

plant height indica vs. sativa

 

If the plant is mature then the size is a pretty good indication. This makes indicas more suitable for small grow spaces, while sativas are often grown outdoors. In order to keep a decent size I didn’t even go with the tallest height for sativa in the graphic. Sativas can get massive.

 

Indica – 3-4 ft.

 

Sativa – Up to 20 ft.

4. Flowering Time

indica sativa flowering time

 

Flowering is the stage of a grow cycle when a plant begins to produce buds. Once flowering is complete it’s time to harvest and cure.

 

Indica –  8 to 12 weeks

 

Sativa –  10 to 16 weeks

5. Yield Size

sativa yield vs indica yield

 

The size of the plant (obviously) plays a big role in accounting for the size of the harvest. I used the higher yield size from each in the graphic.

 

Indica – 1.5 to 2.5 ounces per plant

 

Sativa – 3 ounces to 1 pound per plant

6.Effect

difference betweend indica sativa effects

 

If you know which type of bud you’re smoking you can plan certain activities around your smoke sessions.

 

Indica – sedating and relaxing, full-body high  – get ready to chill out on the couch and listen to music or take a nap

 

Sativa – energized, cerebral high – this is great for getting work done around the house or going on adventures.

7. Symptom Relief

indica sativa symptom relief

 

Both strains have been successful at relieving symptoms such as pain relief, nausea and loss of appetite; however, certain strains may relieve certain symptoms more efficiently.

 

Indica – insomnia and anxiety

 

Sativa – fatigue, depression, and other mood disorders

8. Flavor

sativa flavor vs indica flavor

 

Plant breeding has opened up an array of flavors, but here are the classic flavors produced by many indicas and sativas.

 

Indica – sweet – such as  blueberry and strawberry

 

Sativa – earthy – such as pine

9. Strain Names

indica strain names sativa strain names

 

Names have pretty much gotten out of control; however, there are a few conventions left in tact. Below are examples of names that will let you know if the strain is indica or sativa. Unfortunately, names are often made up so it’s hard to know if you have a legitimate stain.

 

Indica – Kush

 

Sativa – Haze

 

Source: maryjanesdiary.com/indica-vs-sativa/