Sativa vs Indica: What’s the Difference?

In this blog post, we’re going to explore the differences between sativa, indica, and hybrid strains so you know how to maximize the benefits of cannabis you’re looking for.

Some cannabis consumers have experienced uncomfortable feelings like paranoia that occasionally come with some highs. But when you’re using cannabis to help aid sleep or relieve pain we believe it’s important to determine which strain best suits your needs to avoid any unwanted side effects. Two words often pop up when browsing strains: sativa and indica. These terms refer to the two major species of the cannabis plant, which produce noticeably different effects. Today we’re going to explore the differences between sativa, indica, and hybrid strains so you know how to maximize the benefits of cannabis you’re looking for.


Typically a light shade of green, cannabis sativa plants can be identified by their thin, narrow leaves, and they grow much taller than their indica counterpart. With fine-toothed serrated edges, sativa plants typically take about 10-16 weeks to fully mature, almost a month longer than indica plants.

Sativa strains can be easily identified by their “head high” effect. Bringing about increased focus, energy, and productivity, sativa is known as a great daytime choice due to its ability to make the consumer feel more productive, motivated, and creative. However, these great qualities may also create feelings of paranoia or anxiety in certain consumers. So if you’re one of those who love a slower pace of life, indica strains may be your best bet. 


Indica is known to be a great nighttime cannabis as it produces what is known as a body high. This group of strains helps with physical relaxation and feelings of bliss, and helps to ease pain, nausea, and insomnia largely due to the higher concentration of CBD, CBN, and other soothing cannabinoids. These strains come from short and bushy plants, with darker green leaves and deeper serration on the edges.


The vast majority of cannabis available these days comes from hybrid strains, which growers began to produce in order to influence potency. Generally speaking, hybrid strains will be dominant in either sativa or indica, with the secondary dominance found in smaller proportion.  The boutique cannabis you find at In The Flow has a wide variety of hybrids, categorized as either sativa-dominant or indica-dominant. We test each of our strains for terpene content, which helps determine its sativa/indica dominance and its common effects.   Because we believe that education empowers our community to make the best decisions about their cannabis experience, you can find details about each of our hybrid strains here, including their potency and terpene profile. 

Where to Start?

You know yourself best, so when trying different strains we recommend you keep a record of what you like and dislike to guide future purchasing decisions. Be observant of how you feel when consuming a particular strain, and this will guide you in the right direction. Indica, sativa, and hybrid strains can all help shape your selection process, but we also recommend looking into how terpenes are key to customizing your cannabis experience. In The Flow tests all of our strains for terpene content so that you have as much information as possible in your decision making process. Read our blog outlining the basics of terpenes here, and scroll through our site here to learn more. 

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