Indica & Sativa
While the cannabis experience is much more dynamic than two categories, Indica and Sativa terminology has become an industry standard, with most products at Harborside categorized as Indica, Sativa or hybrid.
Indica tends to describe broad leaf strains with more full-body effects. Heavy Indicas can be effective in treating symptoms like pain and insomnia, or can be a good choice if you’re just looking to relax. For the curious, much of the basis of the best Indica genetics in California comes from Afghanistan and returned with folks who completed the hippie trail through the Middle East.
Examples of Indica Strains
The best Sativas in the world offer an unmatched cerebral experience. Often enjoyed in conjunction with an active lifestyle, Sativas are famous for their pick-me-up properties, making them an excellent option for those dealing with depression or loss of appetite. Landrace Sativas from equatorial regions of Africa, South America and Southeast Asia are a coveted element of many breeders’ genetics stocks.
Examples of Sativa Strains
Ghost Train Haze
Hybrids pair the best aspects of cannabis in more moderate doses in an attempt to blend the defining traits of the parent plants. You’ll get that uplifting Sativa without it being too fast-paced, or get Indica relief for light aches and pains without being stuck to the couch. Most commercial cannabis is closer to being a hybrid than a pure Indica or pure Sativa.
Examples of Hybrid Strains
For a deeper look at the possibilities of how any given cannabis strain may interact with the body, you’re better off looking at the terpene profile than the general standardization of Indica and Sativa.
“Cannabis has evolved differently around the planet, and different strains are classified according to their area of origin. Sativa strains come from closer to the equator, grow narrow leaves, and are believed to have more energetic effects. Indica strains come from more northern latitudes, have wider leaves, and are believed to have more relaxing effects. Hybrid strains are crosses of Indica and Sativa strains, and offer more balanced effects.” — Harborside Founder, Steve DeAngelo.