Sativa vs Indica — Making The Right Choice (CBD Matters!)

Whenever you decide getting closer wether to a Marijuana recreational culture or a Cannabis way of medicine or meditation, this is the next question you ask:

Why is Sativa, and What is Indica for?

Pretty everywhere where marijuana is respected and is allowed by law, in every single seeds’ description, every grow-shop, every dispensary, every coffee-shop (whatever the legal weed delivery is called in your country). Everywhere the weed, except its exact speccy name, is labeled also: “Sativa”, “Indica”, “Skunk”

Sometimes with percentages like this:

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This is one of the most popular specie in the world, and it’s only 75% of indica, and it’s said in the description: Blueberry is a famously enjoyable and classy cannabis that has a tasty flavor and vibrant colours. This indica is known for its colourful fan leaves and purplish bud that produce a fruity flavor and taste. This is an excellent strain for pain relief and relaxation.

How To Distinguish Sativa or Indica, and — Why?

This is the easy question, don’t be afraid of it too much. One my friend once told me a simple formula to catch the basic idea: Sativa is to laugh, and Indica is to sleep. Not only this, but it shows the idea pretty well, and easy to remember. ‘Skunk’ however is the indoor-breeders’ MIX of Indica and Sativa (wiki) taking its name from the animal due to a strong smell which these species provide. Just to note that there are only two main families: Indica and Sativa, and skunk is not a number three, but just used widely in the coffee-shops of Amsterdam.

Sativa gives a taller plant comparing to Indica which is more bushy. That is why breeders often add indica into mixture to get the ‘highness’ of sativa but the size of indica.

Many sources however point to the shape of a plant and teach us how to distinguish between Indica and Sativa when they are in a form of a plant… as if we meet plants daily on the streets or trotting around a jungle, as if there is much difference when a friend offers a puff and you refuse because of a wrong plant-family.

Here we go the cannabis leaves of Sativa (on the left) and Indica (on the right):

Indica vs Sativa - leaf shapes
Sativa leaf (on the left) and Indica leaf (on the right)


The main difference however is that SATIVA contains more of THC, not always but in general. This is why it is “for laughing”. Being the main psychoactive component of marijuana THC affects the brain, therefore you feel “higher” due to more amount of THC consumed. Even a little bit hallucinogenic it may be with strong strains, sources se-so, but to get that high from a regular marijuana is not easy, you’ll need to train yourself to feel your body well-enough and play with your brain and feelings (some people spend years in temples in India smoking religiously all the time… “hallucinogenic” is not that you see monsters all around right after one puff, don’t worry).


As for INDICA… It does not mean at all that you’re not high with Indica, it’s very fine too, but just contains (in general) more of CBD which gives you relaxation and pain relief (if any) and this is the reason why it is referred as “for sleep” and this is the reason why Indica is in fact more close to the definition of MEDICAL marijuana.

Summary – Indica and Sativa

PLANTSSATIVA is more straight and tall cannabis plant, loosely branched with long and narrow leaves, basically much more taller than a Cannabis Indica plant. While INDICA is more like a bush, densely branched and wider leaves (see the image to compare), and significantly lower in height. It’s said that Sativa can reach up to 10-20 feet height in the wild, and this is another reason why breeders mix both Indica and Sativa into the INDOOR strains to inherit the smaller height of Indica to keep the plants still lower than your growing space is.

THC / CBDINDICA contains in general more of CBD and less of THC. Therefore it is considered more for the medical use, relaxing, calm and pain-releasing. While SATIVA is highly energetic, stimulating and adds some extra activity to the brain too, more “trippy” so to say. It’s not that Indica does not provide a trip, yet it contains less of THC. You can read the related article about THC tripping: THC: Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol

Growing INDICA is more often considered as an AMATEUR strain to grow your own Marijuana supply in a household. Don’t worry, you’ll be high enough, and you’ll get all medical effects too, Indica is not ‘bad’, but just EASIER, and it stands better against pests and climate conditions.

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More of History

The terms of “Indica” and “Sativa” were suggested for the first time by French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in 1785. While his comparing the Cannabis plants grown in India which were used to produce highly psychoactive hashish for religious purpose, to those from Europe mainly used for ropes and cloth. Eventually he discovered that the latter was less psychoactive. And this is the very idea to differentiate “herb” and “marijuana” in legal terminology nowadays.

However, the modern breeders are already far from these initial classification. Most of strains are a mixture of two, and Indica may already contain good amount of brain-altering compounds, making scientists to debate to change the terminology. But for the everyday use, for the cannabis marketing and for the home-growing referring to cannabis plants as Indica or Sativa still works good.

2019 Marijuana Market Trends – CBD Everywhere

Due to latest professional opinions the legal marijuana market is reaching $50-75 billion by 2030, all the time increasing for the whole next decade, except maybe one point – that specifically the CBD market can stagnate some day. While the THC products shall certainly keep raising and eventually boost at full-speed as soon as the recreational use will be legalized and regulated nation-wide in USA. Consequently the geographical expansion will start spreading fast and vast over the other potential marijuana markets of the world.

Until such happened – this year 2019 is the age of technology for hemp products, so we suggest the compilation about what to expect and where to apply the efforts to stay afloat for everybody playing this game.

Traditional industries are expanding into marijuana market

It’s traditional farmers in USA at the first place. Practically begging for decades to regulate the hemp-production (It’s A Rope Not A Dope – remember?) and now they’ve got their hands untied thanks to the Farm Bill of 2018 passed in Senate late last year, classifying hemp as a commodity crop if the amount of THC <0.3%.

Due to National Hemp Association — the hemp production shall count 1 million acres of hemp crops in 2019, and it is a great increase comparing to “virtual zero” in 2013 and only 75,000 acres of hemp crops in 2018. The Bill also suggests, that hemp producers will not be guilty in committing a drug crime if the 0.3% limitation exceeds, but must submit a plan to correct the number instead. Therefore – anything related to genetics, education and infrastructure shall grow up along with the hemp/CBD farming itself.

CBD Everywhere

“This may not be the best possible Bill. But it is the best Bill possible,” said Senator Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican. And indeed the CBD is now pretty everywhere, in the offline retail and flourishing in internet either. While the so-called “traditional sin industries”, alcohol and tobacco, experience the significant decrease:

Marijuana Market Trends 2019 - alcohol vs marijuana
Young adults shifting from Alcohol to Cannabis.
Source: CNBC

The pharmacy, the alcohol tycoons and the beer makers, they all start emerging to this brand-new marijuana market – with CBD pills, CDB oils, or weed-infused beer. Not only because of opportunities but trying to turn the strong and obvious rival into an ally. Somewhat reasonable, obvious & predictable too.

Durban Poison - cannabis infused beer
Durban Poison Beer – source: The Southafrican

A long story short – focusing on CBD is the key in 2019. Just the Durban Poison is not the best example to demonstrate this idea, being absolutely not a CBD-oriented stuff, when for growing (>20% of THC ft. 60% of Sativa) but it pretty much demonstrates the willingness of beer companies to win a certain piece of the pie.

Microdosing weed shall gain its niche in a life-style

I’ve been to Amsterdam for the first time in my life in 2008, while working for a company those days. And I puffed a good big joint minutes before my next business meeting. Oh Dios! That meeting was practically ruined due to my fatal underestimation of the Amsterdam’s dope, and that joint was not even close to those in my usual place… not at all… not at all.

The number of marijuana products grow fast like a weed, and so does the social recognition of the drug. We are not a bunch of hippies any more, we are businessmen, scientists, fathers and mothers, respectful retirees… There is a high demand in microdosing in the current state of the marijuana market in USA and Canada for to stay relatively high yet operational for whatever a person is going to be busy with.

Those products may be: low THC strains in pre-rolled joints, for example, or low THC strains for weed growing at home, along with dabs for vaping (on the picture below), drops, oils, rosin, cannabis infused buns and brownies or even a THC infused beer.

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Colorado reported there was a 83% increase for the microdose dedicated products

Hope, they are not going with “defused” joints as far as the alcohol-free beer!

Cannabis Tourism – Marijuana Travel Trends

Little bit early to call the weed tourism a growing trend, but there are few remarkable facts and numbers which deserved an attention. First of all, it’s the recreational marijuana market revenues in Colorado, USA, the weed pioneering state:

Marijuana market retail sales report in Colorado 2019 USA
Marijuana Market – Colorado, USA. Source:
  • Recreational Marijuana Revenues increase, but slowing down a little due to the liberation of the dank in other states;
  • While the Medical Marijuana Market chart stagnates.

However, the natural decrease of “medical marijuana demand” may happen even sharper as soon as recreational weed becomes well-regulated & totally de-scheduled from the Controlled Substances Act, and that shall mean the complete legalization of marijuana in USA on federal level. And I think till that happy day (hopefully in 2019) the CBD market and the full CBD industry is challenging to shape and stabilize itself to survive such a stress – and this is quite a reason of the delay. So we shall wait.

Marijuana market - Medicinal Fried Chicken, South Park, Colorado
“Medicinal Fried Chicken” Episode of South Park series – demonstrates well the nature of the medical marijuana market demand, which can go down sharply as soon as recreational weed becomes well-regulated and de-scheduled from Controlled Substances Act in USA. 

Marijuana Tourism in Asia

Secondly, the latest update about weed in Asia has arrived earlier this year, and many were shockingly excited that South Korea and Thailand are the first countries in the region entering the Medical Marijuana Market officially. Except Cambodia where the use of weed for tourists is the ongoing thing, yet more likely ‘not enforced’ rather than ‘completely legalized’.

Thailand, however, being already famous for its wellness tourism and spa of outstanding quality, will most probably (or willing to) offer the medical marijuana treatment for the tourist the soonest possible. Think, that there can be no other reason why such a tourism-oriented country like Thai suddenly looses its strictest cannabis laws – and the weed tourism may certainly serve as an answer.

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Related – Marijuana in Asia 2019 update – Thailand and South Korea