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How to Choose Between Indica vs Sativa

When you enter a medical marijuana dispensary, you will be met

with a seemingly endless supply of options. With walls lined by jar

after jar of dried flower, patients can be left wondering how to



Every strain of marijuana will have a slightly different effect. This

is thanks to a unique mixture of compounds found within termed

phytonutrients. These include things like THC, CBD, other

cannabinoids, terpenes, and more.


In order to help patients, most dispensaries will group similar strains

into one of three categories: indica, sativa, or hybrid. The idea is that

strains in each group will have effects more similar to one another

than to the strains in the other groups.


What Is The Difference Between Indica and Sativa?


Cannabis can be broken into two species: Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. These two species evolved separately and therefore acquired distinctive traits and effects.


Sativa plants are tall with narrow leaves and indica plants are short with broad leaves. Along with the way in which these plants grow, their distinction is also based on their biological effects.


Indica strains were said to make you relaxed and tired, while sativa strains were said to be more uplifting, boosting your mood and enhancing social interactions. Hybrids would then be a genetic mixture between the two with effects that fall somewhere in between.


When Do I Use an “Indica” vs a “Sativa?"


The choice of selecting an indica vs a sativa will largely depend on what symptoms it is you are looking to treat.

Try a product labeled “indica” when you would prefer a calming, more relaxing effect. Indica's usually have a higher level of CBD and less THC. This can be helpful for insomnia, pain, and anxiety. It is a great option for when you do not need to work or socialize.

Some of the most popular indicia strains include Granddaddy Purple, Bubba Kush, Northern Lights and Blueberry.


Opt for a product labeled “sativa” when you would like to avoid excess fatigue. Due to a higher percentage of THC, sativa creates more uplifting and energetic effects, while helping combat stress, depression, and pain. These strains are useful when you need to work, socialize, or do chores.

Some of the most popular indicia strains include Sour Diesel, Green Crack, Jack Herer and Durban Poison.

If you are having trouble deciding, talk with a dispensary employee as they can walk you through what to expect when using certain strains. This description is often the most indicative of what you can truly expect.


Additionally, CBD and THC ratios are a good way to choose the best marijuana strain for you. Your doctor can help you determine the ratio of CBD to THC that you should look for when making your medical marijuana selection.

How Will I Know Which Specific Marijuana Strain Is The Best For Me?

When visiting a dispensary, it always best to first know which symptoms you are looking to treat. Luckily, dispensaries have educated budtenders who can help you during the process to find the strain that will work best for you.

You can also take a look at which strains are available at a dispensary near you by looking at their menu.

How Can I Get My Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card?

Arkansas Marijuana Card understands that the medical marijuana laws in Arkansas can be confusing, so we take all of the guesswork out of it for our patients. Our friendly support staff will carefully walk you through the entire process, from helping you collect your medical records before your appointment, to ensuring your application has been submitted properly to the State. Also, we have the most affordable pricing options anywhere in the state of Arkansas!


Please give us a call at (844-249-8714) today if you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment.

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