Cannabis Indica vs Sativa, what is the difference?

Cannabis Indica vs Sativa, what is the difference?


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In the CBD and cannabis world, the term cannabis indica vs sativa is thrown around a lot, and anyone beginning their cannabis and CBD journey will surely encounter these terms. Although people may be aware that there are different types of cannabis plants, it can get confusing at times hearing this jargon which can result in misunderstanding of what they actually mean. Cannabis Indica vs Sativa, what is the difference?

In previous years, there were two simple commercial definitions that divided the drug cannabis species: 'Indica' and 'Sativa', however the introduction of cannabis hybrids have now shifted the meaning of these definitions.

Before reading any further, you need to be aware that this article discusses the drug type of cannabis.

There are two types of cannabis: The hemp type and the drug type.

Hemp cannabis is grown for it's seed and fibre production.

In the image below you can see the seed pods forming and starting to show. 

Drug cannabis is grown for it's flower production.

In the image below you can see there are no seed pods forming, this plant is being grown for it's flower production. 

Cannabis flower outdoors

The funny thing is that all cannabis is actually called Cannabis Sativa L, the terms indica and sativa essentially come after this to be defined as:

Cannabis Sativa L Sativa

Cannabis Sativa L Indica

So where did the terms indica and sativa come from?

Traditionally, sativa was used to refer to plants that originated in India, Southeast Asia, south and east Africa and even parts of America.

Sativa in India