Category: Cannabis Basics

Indica or Sativa? That is the Question!

Indica or Sativa? This is often the first questions that budtenders ask customers. Most experienced consumers know exactly what they want but not always. What are the differences between the two predominant cannabis strains? Why do people tend to prefer one over the other? And let’s not forget about Hybrids!



A common expression used to explain the effects of Indica is “in da’ couch”.  This is because Indica’s effects are associated as calming and can create a “couch-lock” feeling of not wanting to move. The full-bodied effect of Indica can be great for deep relaxation and meditation. Many Indica strains also increase appetite and can help promote sleep. Although, these effects may not always be desired for someone who is trying to lose weight or sleeps too much already.


Contrary to Indica’s calming properties, Sativa is often classified as the “day-time” strain because of it’s energizing effects. Sativa is often more associated to a “head-high” rather than a “body buzz”. As a result, it may promote creativity or open the mind to new ideas. However, some people may find that Sativa leads to increased anxiety and mind racing thoughts.



The truth is that all cannabis strains are hybrids of some kind, just that some lean heavily towards Indica or Sativa. True hybrid strains are most often a cross between an Indica and Sativa dominant phenotype. In a perfect cross, you’d get the best benefits from both; though, many hybrids tend to lean slightly one way or the other. Finding the right combination for each your individual taste and preference is the key.


Does strain really matter when it comes to consuming edibles and beverages? The short answer is probably not, and here’s why. When THC is extracted from the cannabis plant to be used for edibles, the terpenes are lost. Terpenes are often the driving force of the cannabis effects while the cannabinoids themselves are just hanging out in the background. As a result, it’s likely that most people will not be able to tell the difference between a Sativa edible and an Indica edible. However, more research is needed to determine conclusively if strain matters when consuming edibles.


The Roach

Personally, I prefer Indica strains because I use cannabis to relax after a long day and don’t typically consume until the evening. For me, Indica helps the stress melt away and set my mind at ease. But don’t get me wrong, I consume Sativa strains when going out with friends or doing something fun in the evening with my partner. There are definitely times and places for both strains and hybrids, it’s really all about finding what suits you best in any given situation. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re wrong and just listen to your body. Eventually, you’ll find what suits you best!

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The Roll

F yeah, it’s another blog about cannabis! Though I’m hoping to give you some information that you might not have known about; such as, terpenes, and how CBD becomes more effective with THC because of the entourage effect. I will also touch the surface of the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids in general. With that, let’s roll right into it!

Endocannabinoid System

Did you know that our bodies have an endocannabinoid system with cannabinoid receptors that are specifically in place to receive cannabinoids? This intrigues me because the human body does not have such a specific system for receiving alcohol or many other pharmaceutical drugs. Usually, our livers filter what they can, and our body gets what is left over. However, the endocannabinoid system receives and delivers the effects of various cannabinoids to our bodies exactly as they were meant to be consumed.


Cannabinoids are the psychoactive ingredients that many of us know, such as THC and CBD. These cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system to make us feel the effects of cannabis.


Let’s start with the obvious, Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. This cannabinoid is the most popular and arguably the most psychoactive ingredient in cannabis because it is what makes you feel high. However, it is not the only factor in how you feel when you consume cannabis.


If we compare cannabis to music, THC would be the volume; terpenes are the genre. Finding the right terpene profile for yourself is likely more important than shopping for a percentage of THC. Terpenes or Terps are also what give each cannabis strain its own unique smell and flavour profile. Terpenes are found in all types of plants and are especially high in fruit, which combines with natural sugars to give them their delicious taste and scent. And just like fruit, every person individually likes and dislikes to their preference. So how do you know which Terpene profile is best for you? Truthfully, doing some research into various terpenes can help you decide, but it often comes down to the old method of trial and error.


Personally, my favourite cannabinoid is CBD (Cannabidiol). Commonly and mistakenly referred to as the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. However, that is false because CBD has a calming effect, telling our brains to chill, and therefore is psychoactive. Several studies and I agree from my own personal experiences, show that CBD becomes more effective when it contains at least some THC. This is due to the phenomenon referred to as the entourage effect. Therefore, if you want to get the most out of your CBD and you are comfortable consuming THC, I highly recommend it.

The Roach

To summarize, more than 60 cannabinoid compounds are found in cannabis, and they each have a unique psychoactive effect on the human body. Each cannabis strain has its own distinctive profile of flavours, smells and ways of making us feel. So, next time you want to consume some cannabis flower, think about what you are looking for and try to find a strain that matches that. Or don’t, and just get high and enjoy. No judgement here!

  • Mike Catalfamo (The Cann Man)

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