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What’s the Difference Between Indica and Sativa Marijuana?

So, you’re thinking about trying weed, but you want to make sure you know what you’re getting into first—right? Well, Greeley Gallery applauds your proactive approach to educating yourself first. Otherwise, you may assume every experience will be the same as the first time you try it—which isn’t the case. The truth is, there’s a few things that can indicate the type of high you have; for example, the difference between Sativa and Indica based cannabis.

Both have their own unique benefits (medicinally and recreationally) but tend to present in different ways. To put simply, Indica tends to present physically in the body – like deep relaxation while you sink into your couch. You’ll probably sleep better than you ever have before. Whereas Sativa presents more in a mental capacity boosting your creativity, focus, and energy. Knowing which is which can help you choose the type of experience you have.

If you still can’t decide, then how about choosing a hybrid? Yup, that’s an option too. Keep reading for a more in-depth explanation of all three types of cannabis. Don’t forget, the staff here at Greeley Gallery dispensary in Arbor Lodge are happy to answer any lingering questions you might have.

Cannabis Sativa

As mentioned above, Sativa is known to give what’s become known as a “mind high”. The affects are energizing and it has been known to reduce feelings of anxiety, inducing the opposite actually  – you might feel creative and productive. Which also means you probably want to avoid using it at night, since its effects are more stimulating than relaxing.

The sativa cannabis plant somewhat matches its effects. It can grow more then twelve feet tall and its leaves are thin and narrow. It tends to produce higher levels of the psychoactive compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and lower levels of the non-psychoactive, cannabidiol (CBD).

Cannabis Indica

On the other hand, Indica is essentially the opposite of Sativa. Not only does Indica tend to produce higher levels of CBD and less THC, but the plant itself is usually stocky and short with chunky broad leaves.

The differences continue in that Indica is hugely popular for its relaxing benefits. Because of it, Indica is recommended to be used at night to aid in sleep. Additionally, its known to help ease pain and feelings of nausea, but also increases your appetite – you’ve probably heard of “the munchies” right?


When you want a little of both, Hybrids are your best bet. Hybrids are specifically grown to target particular effects from both Indica and Sativa strains. The high caused by Hybrid plants aren’t as easy to categorize since both the appearance and the cannabinoids are dependent on the combination of the parent plants.

Because these plants are chosen for their specific effects, the amount of THC or CBD varies. Some Hybrids may have higher levels of either Indica or Sativa, while others may be equal. If you’re not sure which Hybrids are indica-dominant or sativa-dominant, our staff at our North Portland dispensary is happy to help.

Final Thoughts

Our dispensary near Overlook in North Portland offers a variety of all three types of cannabis, along with plenty of pipes, glass wear, and yummy edible options. Chat with our staff to decide which is the best option for you.

To help make it even easier, each cannabis flower display includes helpful descriptions of the type of experience you can expect. It’s always useful to know what your goal is before you get high. We want your experience to be a good as possible and the best way we know how to make that happen is by ensuring you have all the information you need to make your decision…and by providing the best quality marijuana possible, of course.

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