What is Cannabis indica, really? The common misconception is that C. Indica strains produce a “body high” – feelings of relaxation, sedation and couchlock. In reality, the classification of strains is based in botany, not pharmacology. Growth traits, and the resulting chemical profiles, determine the differentiation between strains – not the effects on the human body. C. Indica plants are short and stocky, with broad leaves and short flowering cycles and they grow sufficiently in cold, short-season climates. C. Indica is native to the geographic regions of high-elevation central Asia, as well as mountainous regions of the Middle East, but cultivated worldwide due to increased demand. Regarding their aroma, they tend to emit musty or earthy odours. The effects you experience from a particular cannabis strain is directly tied to a specific set of compounds – cannabinoids and terpenes – and how they affect you as an individual. In terms of cannabinoids, C. Indica strains often have higher levels of CBD and less THC.
The terpenes found in cannabis include myrcene, limonene, caryophyllene, linalool, and pinene. If Myrcene, the most common terpene in cannabis, is present in a specific strain in a volume greater than 0.5% – the strain is considered C. Indica. These strains are often the best for pain and inflammation and are therefore beneficial for patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia and cancer.