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What is Indica? What is Sativa? I bet you don't know

Discussion in 'Newbie Central' started by needhelp, Jan 1, 2009.


    needhelp Well-Known Member

    what is the difference between the two? how can you tell? does one grow taller than the other or is that depending on your grow strategy?

    Reeny Well-Known Member

    Shamelessly taken from Amsterdammarijuniaseedbanks.com Ofcourse your type of grow ie: How long in Veg what lights ect will effect the size of the plants.

    Indica is a short plant, usually under 6ft tall, rarely over 8ft tall. Its marijuana leaves have short, wide fingers and are deep green, often tinged with purple.At maturity, the marijuana leaves start to turn even darker purple. It has short branches laden with thick, dense marijuana buds, which mature early, usually about the beginning of September.

    The marijuana buds vary in colour from dark green to purple, just like their marijuana leaves. Under cooler conditions, the coloration becomesmore intense. The marijuana buds have little trouble maturing under the cool conditions of our northern climate. Indica marijuana buds smell stinky, you know the type that smell like bad B.O often pungent and their smoke is thick even a small toke will often induce fits of coughing. The best Indicas have a relaxing social high, which allows the person to sense and feel the environment, but does not lead to thinking or analysing the experience.

    Sativa marijuana plants vary from about 6ft to over 25ft in height.Most varieties grow in the 8ft to I2ft range. The marijuana leaves are long and thin fingered and are light green , especially equatorial varieties, which have less chlorophyll and more yellow pigments in order to protect the plant from intense light. Temperate varieties are darker green.The marijuana leaves of some varieties yellow and fall off during maturity. The marijuana plants have long branches. The bottom ones may spread 4ft or more from the central stalk, rather like a conical Xmas tree shape.

    The marijuana buds are long and thin, far less densely populated than the Indica, although longer in length, sometimes stretching 3ft in or more along the branch. The stomas of the flowering bud may be tinged slightly purple in a cool climate but in a warmer environment will turn dark orange or even red. Maturation time varies considerably.

    The Sativa High :
    The sativa high is often characterized as uplifting and energetic . The effects of a sativa marijuana are mostly cerebral. They give a feeling of optimism and well - being, as well as providing a good measure of pain relief for certain symptoms. A few pure sativas are also very high in THC content. They are known to have a quite spacey, or hallucinogenic, effect. Sativas are a good choice for daytime smoking.

    The Indica High :
    The indica highs are most often described as a pleasant body buzz. Indicas are great for relaxation, stress relief, and for an overall sense of calm and serenity. Marijuana indicas are also very effective for overall body pain relief, and often used in the treatment of insomnia. They are the late - evening choice of many smokers as an all - night sleep aid. A few pure indica strains are very potent in THC, and will cause the "couchlock" effect, enabling the smoker to simply sit still and enjoy the experience of the smoke.

    GlassFreak Well-Known Member

    indica grows shorter and bushier with larger broader leaves.

    the biggest most distinct thing about the quality of the highs between the two is to remember that sativas are more of a body high, it makes you feel light and kinda energized at times.
    indica (my personal fav) is more of the phychadelic aspects of marijuana, the head high or "couch lock" high is the kind of high this gives you. i have actually had times were i just took too big of a bong hit and really halucinated for a bit. not like the peak of an acid trip but more like the lingering effects after a mushroom binge... minus the sick part...

    blzbob Well-Known Member

    Excellent post Reeny!
    I Don't think anyone could have described it any clearer.

    ontariogrower Well-Known Member

    i'd like to get my hands on some of those 25ft and cross with a good indica ohhhhhhhh yaaaa drullllllle

    needhelp Well-Known Member

    thanx for the response.....i wanted to know how to figure out what i had..... but also....i forgot to ask....how long to veg indica or sativa....and how long to flower
    captain canabiss

    captain canabiss Active Member

    Back in 1977 a frinds mom had a bunch of 4 and 5 foot long oaxacan buds straight across the border.They were covered and I mean thick with dark black seeds. At the time we were lucky enough some nepalese hash weed seeds from a friend that had been in humboldt area for a couple years. Point being the following year we planted lots of both and nothing else so we could be sure we crossed the oaxacan (sativa ) strain with the nepalese hash weed (indica ) strain with no other genetics involved. The cross produced a very lagre plant with the oaxacan bud length characteristic (sativa type), but the buds were totally nepalese hash weed in density and had a very strong hash taste and dark in color(indica). We called the strain River Indies and it treated us well for a long time in its own and as a great strain to cross with others. I crossed it with Canadian Poly Ploids a few years back and are very happy with the results to say the least

    dont seperate pollinate indica and sativa

    needhelp Well-Known Member

    you're still using a strain you got from '77? ha....thats crazy

    Quickset Well-Known Member

    Come on now. You know we know that you know that we know that you know that we know......... :bigjoint: So you asked !!! :lol:

    needhelp Well-Known Member

    but i didn't know if you really knew, but i know now that you knew and you knew that i know that you know, so i'm new to knowing that you knew.. ha

    haha...you're the only one i think who noticed that....and i love that avatar...it makes me happy...ha

    Reeny Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the kind words but it was a copy and paste job as I stated.

    I found that description when I was first starting my grow and found it very clear and informative. Want to give credit where its deserved. Amsterdammarijuniaseedbanks.com was the place I discovered it.

    Glad you also found it informative.

    smppro Well-Known Member


    needhelp Well-Known Member

    thank you very much... helpful

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