indica and sativa
(Last Updated On: April 18, 2015)

At, we’ve featured the best vaporizers and even went to specifics by presenting to you the top pen-style, portable or desktop vaporizers. But does that ultimate vaping experience totally depend on the kind of vaporizer we use? Or, in today’s article context, is there a cannabis strain that works best for our individual tastes?

For most connoisseurs, the kind of material you use does affect the level and duration of pleasure you experience, no matter what type of vaporizer you use. And when it comes to using marijuana, it is important to note that there two major strains or varieties of this popular herb: the Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa strains. Many growers and experts even combine both varieties to come up with more potent hybrids to give us the best of both worlds.

Let’s take a look at each strain and see which one would work best according to the purpose for which you intend to use marijuana.

Cannabis Indica

Originally grown in marijuana producing countries such as Tibet, Morocco and Afghanistan, Cannabis Indica varieties are the shorter and denser strains, with broad, dark green leaves. These plants usually mature within six to eight weeks after flowering, and the buds itself begins to produce aromas that are sometimes characterized as fruity, sweet or slightly pungent.

The effects of vaporizing an Indica can usually be described as a more relaxing high. The individual might feel a tad lethargic and laid back. Feeling tired, the Indica user might simply take a deep rest instead of doing his or her own household, office or any other daily routine.

The good thing about the Indica is its medical value when it comes to relieving pain and inducing a relaxing, almost sleep-like state. Thus, this strain has become popular among patients who would rather take cannabis to relieve pain associated with medical conditions like cancer, multiple sclerosis and sensations of pain in specific body parts.

Vaporizing Cannabis Indica varieties would be best when staying indoors or when you’re off from your regular routines as the effects can be too profound especially when taken in larger volumes. So, this strain serves pretty well for individual use, either for relaxation or for specific treatments.

The reason behind the Indica’s lethargic effects is its lower THC yet higher cannabinoid content, hence its therapeutic powers as compared to the Sativa. In other words, Indica’s effects are rather more in the physical receptors than those found in the brain.

In summary, Indica induces the following effects

  • Relaxation and sedation
  • Pain relief 
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Alleviates depression

With such effects come the benefits:

  • Relieves spasms and reduces seizures in patients with epilepsy
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Appetite stimulant
  • Helps aid sleep
  • Relieves headaches
  • Reduces intra-ocular pressure

Cannabis Sativa

Now comes the giant Sativa. These strains are the taller, thin kind and with much narrower, light-green leaves. Some strains even grow taller than 20 feet. Originally bred in the Latin Americas, particularly Mexico and Columbia, Sativa strains can take longer to mature as compared with the Indicas — about 10 to 17 weeks, depending on the season and climate.

Cannabis Sativa varieties often exude an earthy flavor with some tinge of sweetness and fruitiness. The effects, however, are more profound in the brain, giving you a pleasurable high. Many users report enhanced mood, visual sensations and a mood ‘buzz’ after vaporizing Cannabis Sativa strains. For the unknowing neighbor or friend, the Sativa vaper might look like someone experiencing manic episodes, where some even explode in bursts of laughter with vibrant energy.

Thus, this strain is perfect for those who wish to socialize with their desktop vaporizers or pen vapes because of the stronger atmosphere it creates. Thanks to the higher THC content of the Sativa strain.

In summary, Sativa induces the following effects:

  • Stimulates mood
  • Boosts physical energy level
  • Helps attain more focus
  • Helps boost immune system activity

The benefits of Sativas are as follows:

  • Improves depression
  • Stimulates Appetite
  • Reduces nausea
  • Energizes the body and mind
  • Also acts as expectorant for coughs

The Bottom Line

Although the two major Marijuana strains offer quite a contrasting set of effects, one must not underestimate the effects of one variety from the other. Both of them are very potent and can deliver their effects through vaporizing or oral intake.

When considering the kind of herb you buy from your supplier, sometimes it would be quite challenging to trace the strain of cannabis used. So, it would be best to buy only from trusted sources. In addition, in an attempt to offer the best effects of both strains, growers fuse both strains to produce hybrids, promising both therapeutic effects and the pleasurable highs.

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Written by Brian Martin