Sativa vs. Indica

There are several key differences between cannabis Sativa and cannabis Indica. These include height and stature, internodal length, leaf size and structure, buds size and density, flowering time, odour, smoke, and effects. Indica plants tend to grow shorter and bushier than the Sativa plants. Indica strains tend to have wide, short leaves with short wide blades, whereas Sativa strains have long leaves with thin long blades. The buds of Indica strains tend to be wide, dense, and bulky, while Sativa strains are likely to be long, sausage-shaped flowers.

Indica strains can contain CBD. Strain varieties can be CBD only, THC only, or a combination of both THC and CBD.

Sativa strains are almost exclusively THC dominant and do not contain CBD.

Hybrids – Additionally, there are also Hybrid strains. Hybrids are created by breeding two strains of cannabis where one or the other is either a Sativa or Indica. These strains are either equally balanced between an Indica or Sativa or are Indica or Sativa dominant.


“Indica vs Sativa – Differences”Freedom Seeds.

Ed, Rosenthal (2010). Marijuana Grower’s Handbook (Ask ed.). Oakland, California: Quick American Publishing. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-932551-46-7.