Indica vs Sativa

Okay so indica vs sativa, what’s the difference?

Well actually there are 3 different strains, indica, sativa, and ruderalis. Each strain has it’s own inherent traits that differ from the others. These traits are just characteristics that are are known to each type, and when two different strains get mixed, you end up with a hybrid. So what are these characteristics and what do they mean to me?


The Sativa has been grown all throughout history for many different purposes such as hemp seed oil (used for cooking, heating and lamps), food, fiber (such as clothes and rope), religious purposes, and of course recreation. The high tends to be more heady, which is uplifting, social, and energetic. It can boost creativity, fight depression, and drive focus, all without feeling tired. It’s definitely a good daytime smoke (although any weed is a good daytime smoke, this one is just better suited). Pure Sativa strains include, the infamous Hazes, Green Crack, Blue Dream, Sour Diesel, Jack Herer, Lamb’s Bread, Kali Mist, and Train Wreck. The plant tends to grow tall and lanky, sometimes up to and over 6 foot tall with long slender leaves.


If Sativa is go to weed for daytime use, then pure indica’s are smoked when you just want to relax and chill out. It is less of a “high” and more of a deep relaxing body buzz (stoned). It’s excellent for stress relief, and as a natural sleep aid. While the sativa’s were already being used around the world, indica’s were being grown around the Hindu Mountains around India and Pakistan. They were ‘discovered’ by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in 1785. These plants tend to be shorter in height and very bushy. The leaves are smaller with fat ‘fingers’ which tend to be the classic marijuana leaf logo. Indica dominate strains are the Kush’s, Skunks, Cheese, Critical Mass, Northern Lights, and Hash Plant.

What happens when you mix the two?

Well when you mix’em you end up with a hybrid. Hybrids are crosses that contains characteristics of both strains. These hybrids can vary wildly from one to another but each one has it’s own touch, so to speak. Ak47/48, White Widow, Strawberry Cough, Pineapple Express, OG Kush, are just a very few. The high’s from hybrids very as well, and so do the plant characteristic themselves. Some will be taller and bushy, some short and skinny. The best thing to keep trying (like I have to twist your arm) different strains until you find a few that you really like, then just keep a mother around and she will produce as many cuttings (clones) as you want.

The Ruderalis

These are plants that come from the mountains in China and found their way to the the harsh environment of Russia. These plants are usually very short, very hardy and are autoflowering. Autoflowering means that these plants don’t depend on the changes of the season and the sun’s lighting to go into the flowering cycle from the vegging. Ruderalis automatic start to flower after so many days regardless how much light it is getting. These plants tend to only be used to strengthen the genes of the 2 other strains by making them more hardy, or by introducing the autoflower gene into a certain variety. Typically autoflowers really aren’t worth it. They are usually used for either micro grows were height is an issue or for a multi outdoor harvest since the position of the sun and the length of the day doesn’t determine the flowering of these plants.

Which to Pick

If you aren’t able to control the plant with a method such as LST, SoG, or SCoG then a hybrid or indica is a better choice for indoor grows. There are plenty of hybrids that still produce the awesome Sativa effect but in a shorter package. But don’t be fooled, even the heady high of a sativa can still turn into a couchlock type of buzz of the indica if the plant is left to age a bit longer. In fact blind research now is saying there isn’t much of a difference, and it’s all a placebo effect. You will have to decide for yourself. I suggest to pick a couple of different strains for your first grow, variety is the spice of life.