Indica Strains

You might be familiar with the classic debate of indica vs sativa. You may even have a preference for one over the other. But what makes these types of cannabis different? 

If you’re familiar with cannabis, then you’ve probably heard about its three main types—sativa, indica, and hybrid. Today, we’re going to explore the cannabis indica plant. We’re going to answer questions like:

  • What distinguishes indica from other types of cannabis? 
  • How might this strain affect a consumer? 
  • And what are some of the most popular strains?

While cannabis sativa and indica are separate species, they have a lot of similarities. Ready to learn more about the indica strain? Let’s dive in:

Cannabis Indica Bud (for medicinal purposes)
Cannabis Indica Bud

What Is Indica?

How can you tell if you’re looking at a cannabis indica plant? Indica strains feature these unique characteristics: 

  • The plant itself is relatively short; it typically grows no higher than 6 feet (or 1.8 meters)
  • They have a quicker growing cycle than sativa
  • The stems of the plant are thicker
  • Indica plants are highly resilient; they can grow in a range of harsh, cold climates. However, indicas tend to grow worse in humid areas. 
  • Indica plants have broad, bushy leaves
  • The flower is usually a deep green colour. Some unique strains have pops of purple

Indica strains tend to have a more balanced THC:CBD ratio than sativa strains, and generally, sativa plants tend to have less CBD than indicas. Other cannabinoids can also play a role in how indica plants may affect a consumer. 

After years of cross-cultivating indica and sativa strains, most cannabis products are technically hybrid strains. To create hybrids, cultivators cross indica dominant strains with sativa dominant strains. 

Since cannabinoid and terpene content varies between strains, distinguishing between types of cannabis is useful knowledge for the cultivation of marijuana. As a consumer, you may find it more helpful to pay attention to how much THC or CBD is in certain strains; these cannabinoids play a bigger role in your cannabis experience.

The History Of Indica

The first cannabis indica strain was identified back in 1785. The cannabis plant was identified long before this, but it wasn’t until 1785 that indica was recognized as a separate type of cannabis from sativa. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck named the plant after its location, since it was discovered near India. 

The reported effects of indica vary based on many factors. Part of it has to do with the terpene profiles of indica strains. 

What kinds of terpenes will you find in an indica strain? These aromatic compounds give indica or sativa strains their distinctive smell. Indicas tend to have higher concentrations of terpenes like:

  • Myrcene
  • Caryophyllene
  • Pinene

These terpenes are why indica plants tend to smell and taste more earthy than cannabis sativa strains. 

What Are The Potential Effects Of An Indica Strain?

Cannabis products produce very subjective effects. Depending on the strain you choose, how you ingest it, and the dosage, you may have an entirely different experience. 

Be mindful of the THC content of an indica strain. Cannabinoid research has shown that THC produces psychoactive effects. Since many indica strains have a high THC content, this is something to be mindful of while you shop. 

Many cannabis consumers report feeling relaxed after consuming indica strains. This is why many customers use indica plants for medical and recreational purposes.

With any type of cannabis, start with a low dose, and wait at least an hour before consuming more. 

Examples Of Indica Strains

Are you interested in trying indica cannabis plants? Here are a few popular indica strains that you can find at Green Gaia:

D. Bubba (Death Bubba)

If you’re familiar with the cannabis indica plant, then you’ve probably heard of D. Bubba. The dark green buds are packed with sparkling trichomes and terpenes (including caryophyllene, bisabolol, and humulene). 


Looking for an indica strain with an earthy, musky scent? The THC content of Romulan ranges from 20-26%. If you’re looking to try new strains of indica dominant cannabis, don’t skip out on this one!

Cold Creek Kush

This indica flower is rich in terpenes and THC. Cold Creek Kush contains 20-27% THC and 1% CBD. Cultivated from a blend of MK Ultra and Chemdawg, this strain has dark green flowers with pops of orange pistils. The terpene profile of this strain gives it a rich and unique scent; it has a blend of pinene, ocimene, and caryophyllene. 

Dried Cannabis Flower
Indica Strains

We Carry High-Quality Indica Cannabis Strains

If you’re interested in learning more about indica, or trying one of our strains, then you’re in the right place. We carry a wide selection of pure indica, sativa, and hybrid strains. At Green Gaia, we’re always stocking up on new and unique strains. 

Whenever you have a question about different strains, or you’d like to place an order, Green Gaia is here for you. Contact us today to learn more about indica, hybrid and sativa strains.

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