OK, now what?
Now that you know many of the most common differences between indica and sativa, what good does this actually do you? Truthfully, not a whole lot, because most modern cannabis is actually a hybridized mish-mash of the two.
Part of the fun of cannabis is learning what you like personally, so don’t be afraid to experiment and ask questions when encountering new varieties. Though it may be hard to know exactly what you’re getting in a dispensary at any given time, the beauty of modern hybrids is that you can truly get the best of both worlds: want a strain that’s mentally clear, yet deeply relaxes the body and tastes like orange candy? It’s out there, and it’s probably an indica-sativa hybrid.
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Ry Prichard is a Denver-based cannabis photographer and researcher who has said the words "indica" and "sativa" more than any human should in a lifetime. Follow him deep into the weed jungles of Colorado: @cannabisencyclo.