The once clear differences between indica and sativa cannabis plants seem to be growing more difficult to distinguish with the constant crossbreeding between strains. For the cannabis newcomer, it can be difficult to decide what strain to pick out. After all, if someone is looking to use marijuana to treat insomnia, choosing a sativa would be like using gasoline to put out a fire. The process of breeding landrace sativa's and indica's has accelerated since more and more places legalize cannabis around the world. Most strains on the shelf today are hybrids that will lean to one side of the spectrum or the other. This has birthed many amazing genetics, but has muddied the waters of what constitutes an indica vs sativa. This begs the question, how does one tell the difference between sativa and indica?
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Cannabis strains often come in two different subspecies: indica and sativa. While many understand the more prominent features of the two, the differences between indica and sativa goes beyond their more commonly known consumption-related qualities. In this piece, I will be breaking down the key differentiation between the two as well as some of their lesser known qualities while also going over some of the most common misconceptions related to classifying cannabis strains based on their typing, whether that be indica, sativa, or hybrid.