The history of Cannabis Indica is a true marvel. It is the most popular of the plant’s subspecies’. This classification has helped users achieve couch potato status for centuries. Still, its properties, emergence, and more interesting factoids may surprise you. Let’s take a look at its origins, growth cycle, and effects, as well as some unknown facts!


The first Indica was first identified in the late 1700’s. Though its exact origin is unknown, researchers suspect that it is native to Eurasia. Renowned botanist Jean Baptiste-Lamark named the subspecies after locating variations in India. By the 80’s, Indicas made their way to Western Europe. These strains are considered the progenitors to the popular Indicas we know today. Physical characteristics, such as shorter, dense nugs, and dank odors are typical identifiers. Its trademark hue is generally a darker shade of green. It produces less volume than Sativas, but is still fortified with cannabinoids. 

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Indica Growth Cycle

Indica plants often fare better in colder climates. Due to their stubby build, it’s typical for growers to keep the plant indoors. They are a favorite of most agriculturalists due to their shorter farming periods. After planting, growers await vegetation, when the plant begins marginally lengthening and expanding. This is generally characterized by per iods of prolonged daylight and abbreviated nights. Transition into the fall season triggers the next phase: flowering.

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During its 2-2.5 month cultivation period, the plant’s external growth grinds almost to a halt. The flower begins to bloom, shifting its focus to developing reproductive organs. Males produce pollen, while female plants generate cannabinoids and pollen receptors. The trick here is timing: removing male plants early enough in the cycle is paramount to success. Buds begin to develop into thick, sticky clumps dense in cannabis properties. Floral, musky notes distinguish its aroma and taste. The original Indica scent and tastes were much harsher and less appealing. Yet, cross-breeding over time has helped to correct this. Once cultivated, the plants are ready to go to market!


The effects of cannabis indica are, in a word, heavy. Contrary to its energy-inducing counterpart, Indicas often leave users sunken in place. This is due to their strong assortment of cannabinoids (i.e., THC, CBD, etc.). High levels of THC pair with potentially higher levels of CBD (for reference: CBD impacts the body, while THC is psychoactive). The resulting effect is by and large physical, making it a favorite of many body high enthusiasts. In short, Indicas get you STONED.

The benefits do not stop at ultra-relaxation, either. Because Indicas have such a powerful impact on the body, they make for great painkillers. In fact, those suffering from chronic and debilitating illness often champion Indica strains.

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As this article demonstrates, the benefits of Indica are plenty. Still, it is always important to exercise caution when tangling with these vines. The dream-like body high can turn into a hazy nightmare in seconds. Over-indulgence, especially for the inexperienced smoker, can intensify symptoms of nausea and anxiety. 

Also, Indica can be a productivity-killer for most. It’s best consumed after hours, following the completion of all pressing obligations.

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