Cannabis is considered one of the oldest plants on Earth, and it has two main types—indica and sativa. Most experienced smokers of marijuana not only understand the differences between these two kinds of weed but can also distinguish the plants.
The main difference between sativas and indicas is their influence. Sativa affects the mind, creates the sense of euphoria and elevates the mood. Indica affects the body, calms and soothes it. Plants have differences in the appearance as well: sativa is a tall plant with long, thin leaves, and indica is a small bush with little leaves.
Cannabis indica has a calming effect that slows down your body and brain, which is why it is conducive to good sleep. The use of indica contributes to relaxation and rest. Sativa has the opposite effect; it makes you unusually cheerful, active, and focused throughout the day. It is impossible to say which is better, sativa or indica, it all depends on the effect you want to receive.
Marijuana in Medicine
As indica has a relaxing effect, it is prescribed to relax muscles, relieve fatigue and nervous tension. Indica treats insomnia, migraine, nervousness, muscle pain. Sativa produces an activity effect and instantly relieves fatigue throughout the body. This kind of pot allows to activate the cells of the body. With its help, depression and sad mood can be treated.
Sativa and Indica: Legal Aspect
The current situation with marijuana is quite ambiguous. As a medicine, it can be used in 25 states of America and the District of Columbia. However, there are still a lot of requirements to the patients that want to participate in medical marijuana programs in these states. At the same time, four states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. This kind of use also has its limitations as, for example, you cannot consume marijuana in public places or trade it openly. Other states are still in the process of legalizing marijuana.
But despite all prohibitions, both sativa and indica are sold on the streets and in online stores, and as long as there is a demand, there will be a supply.