Cannabis Indica, more commonly known as indica, was originally cultivated in desert areas such as Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, and was used for its seeds for hashish production. Over time, indica strains has adapted to other dry places and mountainous areas. These plants are short and bushy with broad leaves and generally have a faster flowering time. It usually has a higher CBD content and normal THC content. It is popular for nighttime use due to its relaxing properties. To understand the strains better, it would be beneficial to also understand the components of cannabis strains.

Components of Cannabis Strains

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

This is the active component that is responsible for the psychological effects of cannabis. Its levels determine how much effect a strain could bring to the user regarding the level of concentration, attention span, body coordination, and alertness. It acts as a stimulant for the brain, which often results in euphoria. It could also help in pain management and alleviate anxiety and is sometimes used to prevent nausea and vomiting.

CBD (Cannabidiol)

This substance is naturally present in cannabis strains and is believed to be more visible in indica strains. It is associated with the relaxation effects of cannabis and is non-addictive. It serves as the neutralizer for THC as it does not contain the same components that affect users on a psychoactive level. It can help lessen inflammations and chronic pains, relieve anxiety and depression, aid in gut disorders and metabolic issues, among many things.

Common Types of Indica Strains and Its Uses 

Granddaddy Purple

Also known as GDP or Grand Daddy Purps, this type of indica strain is popularly used for relaxation. It has a flavourful and sweet scent and has a purple colour which is its name. It is known to have a numbing psychedelic effect which makes it suitable for nighttime before sleeping. It could sometimes lead to hunger, too, for some users.

Northern Lights 

This indica strain is popular in helping people with insomnia get a good night’s sleep. In some cases, it also helps in increasing the appetite of its users. It has a pine-like flavour and is one of the more potent strains on the market.

GMO Cookies

It is more commonly known as Garlic Cookies due to their pungent garlicky smell. It has lasting deep relaxation effects and has a high indica content of 90%. This offers relief for chronic pain or aching muscles.


Zkittles would seem like a playful derivative of the popular candy due to its grape flavour. Its sweet and fruity flavour makes it an instant favorite, and its herbal effects are a big plus. It is known to stimulate drowsiness and has the right mix of euphoria and calmness. It has a lower percentage of THC compared to other indica strains.

If it is your first time trying out cannabis, specifically indica strains, it is best to know the difference between each one. Indica strains, known for their relaxing and more mellow effects, could be a good place to start. The effects may vary from one person to another, so it is still best to start slowly, in small amounts, unless otherwise prescribed by a health professional. Taking things in moderation is still the best practice.

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