A geographical split in the cannabis population is the main factor is the taxonomic differences between Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. The difference in these plants is not only their appearance and how they grow but also how they affect the body.
Cannabis Sativa is a tall plant with wiry stocks and thin leaves, reaching over 25 ft. in height. This plant produces a cerebral high while energizing and stimulating the individual. It has been known to have the effects of enhancing lights, sounds, making surroundings appear more vibrant and elicit more creative thinking.
Cannabis Indica is a short plant with broad and full leaves, growing short and wide. This plant produces a full-body high, relieving stress, pain, and aiding with sleep problems. This strain has been used to help with diseases like lupus, fibromyalgia, and insomnia.
While the hybrid strain falls in between these two, the hybrid combines effects of both plants into one. The hybrid can be more Sativa dominant or Indica dominant producing the dominant strains effects more prominently. However, there can be an even hybrid of the two, producing a balance of cerebral and body high.
Knowing the different strains will help both recreational and medical marijuana users be informed how it will affect them and which would be better suited for their needs. The video below provides further information on the cannabis strains.
Sources: Green Doctor Network