Most people see the word “indica” and think Ambien. For so long we’ve equated the effects of indica cannabis strains to being couch-locked. And while it’s true that some indicas may tuck you in for the night, it’s even truer that you can’t just generalize an entire third of weed plants under one single high.
There are thousands of indica strains; some may feel relaxed and happy, others may feel drowsy and tired, some even make you feel the complete opposite. It all depends on your body, and knowing your body is knowing that finding the right strains is up to you. Here are seven of the best indicas to get you started.
ndicas are a marijuana strain type known to produce calming effects. Medical marijuana patients choose indicas to aid in sleep and reduce pain. This type of strain is ideal for evening use and for activities that require little to no physical activity. Examples of popular indica strains include Purple Punch, Ice Cream Cake, and Zkittlez. Use this collection to discover more indica marijuana strains and their effects.
Kush fans are in for a real treat with this list. Indica strains are naturally high resin producers, meaning that you can count on plenty of crystal-coated buds from these strains. Sedative, dreamy, and calming, these psychoactive flowers can ease away stress while delivering some seriously euphoric highs. Medical consumers may appreciate the potent and narcotic-like pain relief provided by these intoxicating herbs. These strains are perfect to make weed oils, so don’t lose the opportunity to learn how to make cannabis oil with them. Without further ado, here are the 10 strongest Indica strains on earth right now.
Strawberry Banana is a potent indica-dominant hybrid from DNA Genetics. This drowsy herb produces more of a euphoric feeling than other strains on this list thanks to split indica/sativa lineage. A cross between Banana Kush and Bubble Gum, Strawberry Banana is an award-winning strain loaded with THC.
On average, this fruity bud produces between 22 and 26% of the psychoactive. Unlike other strains on this list, Strawberry Banana is not completely sedative. This powerful bud can encourage a deep relaxation and jolly mental high. Some can get away with consuming Strawberry Banana during the day, however, it is generally considered an evening strain.
Hindu Kush is a pure indica from the Hindu Kush mountain range between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Its compact buds usually have a vibrant white shine to them due to the stark coat of trichomes on top of light green flowers. An original landrace strain, Hindu Kush is believed to be one of the first plants to be used for hash.
Hindu Kush terpenes usually hit the nose with a sweet and piney aroma, while the smoke can have sweet, floral, and pine flavors. Effects-wise, most people expect to feel a calm and relaxing cerebral high that pairs great with the ending of a long day on your balcony. Hindu Kush is a great suggestion for anyone seeking a long-lasting euphoric experience.
Testing with up to 27% THC, Purple Kush is a hard-hitting favorite. Considered one of the most powerful strains in the world, this flower is 100% indica. A mix of Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani, this strain has landrace heritage and delivers a pure indica experience. Many consumers report deep sedation and pain relief from Purple Kush.
Thanks to its potency and unique body-relaxing effects, Purple Kush is perhaps one of the most valuable medical cannabis strains around. However, this numbing herb is best saved for nighttime. A few tastes of Purple Kush can leave you feeling stuck to the couch with drooping eyelids.
From legendary breeder DJ Short comes DJ Short’s Blueberry, or simply Blueberry, another indica-leaning strain with Afghani (and Thai) genetics. It has compact green buds stacked with an assortment of purple and red-coloring that make it as pretty as it is flavorful.
As its name suggests, Blueberry smells and tastes like fresh fruit from your neighborhood Farmers Market. Whether consumed as flower or concentrate, those berry terps are shining through. Most consumers feel a relaxed, happy, and slumped-over type of body high after consuming Blueberry. If you’re looking for a night cap that appeals to your taste buds, check out this strain.
9 LB Hammer
9 LB Hammer is a heavy indica that hits your head just like that: a 9 LB hammer. A cross of Gooberry and an OG Kush varietal, 9 LB genetics usually produce dense flowers with dark green colors and a blended coat of white trichomes. On the terpene side of things, you can expect 9 LB hammer to smell earthy and somewhat chemmy, while tasting mostly like the former.
Where this strain lacks in terps, it more than makes up for it in effects. Most people feel a heavy head high that slowly creeps into the body, causing you to starfish in bed for the next couple of hours.
Personally speaking, 9 LB hammer doesn’t make me sleepy, but it does produce a super duper stone that makes me want to never move again.
An indica-dominant cross between Sensi Star and Sour Diesel, Death Star is one powerfully sedative hybrid. Featuring between 20 and 26% THC, Death Star will blast stress and worries to another galaxy. Highly euphoric, this strain is known to promote some laughter and a positive sense of well-being.
However, this strain is also about 80% indica. That means that most can expect to feel drowsy, relaxed, and maybe even a little unmotivated after several tastes of this psychoactive plant.
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For the last fruity suggestion, it was a toss up between Grape Ape or Forbidden Fruit. And I had to go with Forbidden Fruit for three reasons:
- It’s one of the most beautiful cannabis flowers on the planet.
- The terpenes are usually pretty consistent no matter who grows it.
- Last week I smoked it with my grandma and she was blown away by how good it tasted.
Forbidden Fruit was born by crossing Cherry Pie with Tangie. The result is a staunchly purple flower, covered in a flurry of orange hairs, that gives off an extremely tropical guava-like aroma. When consumed, it’ll taste like you’re smoking a bowl of fruit cocktail, and the effects are much lighter than people associate with indicas and purple strains. Instead of sleepy and down, you’ll feel a relaxing euphoria that makes everything a little funnier.