Indica strains are known for being resilient plants that are compact in size. Due to their genetic history as plants that grow in cold high-altitude environments, they are also capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions. These strains are favorites among breeders and users precisely because of their hardy nature and smaller sizes.
However, what kind of high does is Indica? That is a question that often pops out especially for those who are uninitiated in the world of cannabis. After all, knowing the effects is totally different from simply growing or cultivating the plants because you actually have to consume an Indica to know what kind of high it has.
To know the type of high that Indica strains induce, it is better to know what its effects are.
WHERE DOES INDICA AFFECT YOU?
To know what kind of high is indica, we should first know where the effects hit the user. Like any regulated medicine or drug, different strains of cannabis are known to affect certain areas more than the rest of the body. In this sense, Indicas and Sativas specialize in hitting their own specified target areas.
While Sativas are known to affect the mind, Indicas are the ones that hit the physical body more. These strains specialize at affecting the user’s entire body. In short, Sativa is the cerebral strain and Indica is the physical type of bud.
However, this does not mean that Indica does not have cerebral effects. These strains are still known to hit the mind but usually in mellow and subtle ways. It’s just that their physical effects really stand out more than their mental types of high.
In fact, there are actually Indica strains that have cerebral effects that are almost just as pronounced as their physical high. One example is the famous Northern Lights strain, which stands as one of the greatest of all time in the cannabis community. This strain delightfully hits the mind with a psychoactive buzz that does not tend to overpower the physical effects. Enthusiast Kathryn, aka The Stoner Mom, says that Northern Lights hits the body first as a relaxing mental kind of euphoria slowly takes effect.
That said, Indicas are known to hit the body more than the mind but it still does not mean that they do not have cerebral effects. Even some pure Indicas (like Northern Lights) have more mental effects than Indica-dominant hybrid strains. It just depends on the chemical composition and the genetics of the strain.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF INDICA?
Since the cat is already out of the bag and we already know that Indica strains have a more pronounced physical than mental high, it is safe to say that users can really feel the effects on the body more than on the mind.
Indicas are known to be relaxing strains. They calm the body to help induce a more relaxed state. In this state, users tend to feel the tingling and the body-heavy effect that hits them from head to toe while making the limbs feel like butter melting under the hot sun. This kind of an effect tends to take all the muscle tension away as the user can feel like he/she is a numbing state of peace.
Because of their relaxing effects, Indicas tend to promote “couch lock” or a state where the user seemingly stays sedated on his/her couch, chair, or bed while enjoying the relaxing properties of the strain. This tends to make him/her lazy and lethargic in such a way that there probably won’t be anything productive done during the duration of the strain’s effects. This is why Indicas are best for use during the evening or on a lazy day.
Indica strains also tend to make users feel hungry. These strains induce a person’s appetite to give him/her the “munchies” or an insatiable urge to eat or snack a lot. It is almost expected that the user will want to get up to grab a bite. In fact, this massive appetite may be the only way for the user to escape the couch-locked state.
As Indica effects start to wear on, a drowsy and sleepy kind of state eventually takes over the user. In fact, some Indicas are genetically bred to promote a sleepy state though it is almost a general fact that these strains usually promote drowsiness. It can be quite difficult to fight this urge as the user will more likely succumb to sleep.
However, this does not mean that Indicas don’t have cerebral effects. As mentioned, there are Indica strains that have noticeable mental effects. One example is Northern Lights, which has psychoactive properties that go well with the body-heavy relaxing effects it offers.
Another is Granddaddy Purple (GPD), which delivers a good balance of euphoric and relaxing effects. GDP is representative of the Indica population that has noticeable mental properties. Most Indicas that affect the mind actually deliver a similar euphoric kind of effect that GDP has. This puts the user in a state of euphoria that instantly uplifts the mood to make him/her happy. This is why the stereotypical look of a “stoner” is that of a person with sleepy eyes and a face grinning with positivity.
Because of these effects, Indica has a lot of benefits in the medical field. They can be used to treat any physical pain because of their relaxing properties. These same relaxing properties also help treat stress. Meanwhile, the appetite-inducing effects tend to help patients with eating disorders. And, due to how they eventually lull users to sleep, they are effective against almost any kind of sleeping disorder such as insomnia.
With those said, it may be safe to already conclude what kind of high is Indica. In a sense, Indica is the type of high that hits the user physically with relaxing effects that may also tend to make him/her hungry and sleepy. This makes the strain a great option for those looking to de-stress and relax. This high also makes Indica a viable treatment for medical conditions such as pain and restlessness.