While many of you may have thought all cannabis is created equal, that’s actually not the case, as there are two predominant strains with subtle differences between them. A read-through of this list may help you understand why certain batches of weed result in different effects than others.

6 Differences Between Sativa and Indica Strains

Have you ever wondered why some batches of weed are just better than others in both taste and effect? It has a lot to do with the two predominant strains and the varying differences between them.

1. Strain Origins

While Indica strains originated from the likes of Turkey, Morocco, and Afghanistan, Sativa strains can be traced back to areas surrounding the equator (modern day Colombia, African nations, etc.).

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Photo by Chris Ford

2. Crop Flowering Time

Indica strains generally have a shorter flowering period, coming in at around 8-10 weeks, as opposed to Sativa strains which can take up to 20 weeks to flower.

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Photo by Manuel M.V.

3. Crop Yield

Contrary to its flowering time, Indica strains usually return a higher yield than its Sativa brethren. However, don’t be surprised if you get a flipped yield scenario once in a while.

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Photo by Mishimoto

4. Crop Size

While Sativa strains tend to grow taller than Indica strains, Cannabis of the Indica variety will also be much fuller in appearance.

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Photo by Manuel M.V.

5. Strain Effect & Potency

Sativa strains are documented to deliver a bottomless high for its user, while Indicas are known to have the strongest analgesic (pain killer) effect as far as medicinal marijuana goes.

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Photo by kynan tait

6. Strain Flavor

While both strains will likely possess a fruity flavor, sometimes an Indica hybrid or the rare Sativa joint may end up tasting funky rather than pleasant.

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Photo by Niall Kennedy