Sativa vs. Indica - which is right for you?

Did you know that there are two main cannabis subspecies that are used medically?

Both derive from the Cannabis Sativa L genus but they don’t look alike and they have widely different chemical profiles. They also differ fundamentally in their therapeutic application.

It’s important to understand the key differences between the two strains in order to make an informed choice about which CBD e-liquid is right for you.


Cannabis Sativa

The first subspecies is called Sativa. CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum CBD that is extracted from the Sativa strain produces a more energising experience.

Aesthetically, the Sativa plants grow tall and thin and have narrow leaves. They are a light shade of green and require lots of light to grow.

They originate from countries that are close to the equator within Central/South America and Southeast Asia and their flavour/terpene profile ranges from earthy to sweet and fruity.

The major therapeutic qualities of the Sativa strain include:

  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Increases serotonin
  • Anti-fatigue
  • Increases creativity
  • Improves focus
  • Relief from headaches and migraines
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Reduces nausea

As the Sativa strain is more of a stimulant, it is recommended for daytime use. Our Aztec Full Spectrum CBD range and Vape UK CBD Isolate range is made from the Sativa strain.

Cannabis Indica

The other subspecies is called Indica. CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum CBD that is extracted from the Indica strain produce a more relaxing, sedatory experience. Indica has a far higher CBD content ratio than the Sativa strain.

Aesthetically, the Indica plants are short, sturdy and bushy with wide leaves. They are a far darker shade of forest green and grow far more quickly than Sativa.

They originate from the Hindu Kush mountains in the Middle East and are commonly grown in countries such as Afghanistan, Morocco and the Indian subcontinent. Their flavour/terpene profile ranges from pungent to sweet and fruity.

The major therapeutic qualities of the Indica strain include:

  • Treating insomnia
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Mental relaxation
  • Chronic pain
  • Increases dopamine
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Reduces nausea

As the Indica strain is more of a sedative, it is recommended for nighttime use. Our Harmony CBD Terpenes range is made from the Indica strain.

Should you choose Indica or Sativa?

It really depends on what you are trying to achieve. Hopefully this guide will help you to make an informed decision based on the therapeutic qualities you are looking for when selecting a CBD e-liquid.

If you still have more questions, we are always happy to help. Just get in touch with any queries you have about CBD or vaping in general.