Choosing a cannabis strain can feel like a daunting task, especially when you’re at a dispensary that carries dozens of strains. To help you out, most retailers categorize their products into three main categories:
Indica strains come from the cannabis indica plant, which is generally shorter and bushier than their sativa counterpart.
Traditionally, indica strains are associated with more of a body high that makes you feel relaxed. They’re often recommended for people seeking strains to help with pain, insomnia, nausea, or poor appetite.
While plenty of indica strains might produce these effects, strains aren’t an exact science.
Things like terpenes, different cannabinoids (like THC and CBD), and even your history with cannabis can influence how you experience certain products.
That said, the indica versus sativa distinction can still be a useful tool to guide you toward what you’re looking for in a cannabis product.
Effects associated with indica strains
Cannabis indica strains are often said to have the following effects:
- Relaxing. People say cannabis indica strains help their muscles relax and their brains slow down.
- Sedating. Many find that indica strains make them sleepy, which may be a good thing for people with insomnia.
- Pain-relieving. Indica strains are often recommended for people looking to use cannabis for chronic or acute pain.
- Appetite-inducing. Yep, “the munchies” aren’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if you have a low appetite due to a medical condition or treatment.
- Nausea-soothing. Many find that indica strains also help with nausea and keeping food down.
A quick note about strains
As you read about strains, keep in mind that their effects aren’t always consistent. A strain from one company might feel very different than another company’s version of that same strain.
If you find a strain that works really well for you, try to research its other properties. What are the main terpenes in it? What’s the THC to CBD ratio? Does the label mention any other cannabinoids, like CBG or CBN?
It’s also worth mentioning that everyone’s experience with cannabis differs. This is based on their physiology and prior experience.
If you frequently consume cannabis, for example, you’ll likely have a higher tolerance for THC. If you’re in a familiar environment with friends, your experience might be different from if you were consuming alone in a new, unfamiliar place.
1. Georgia Pie
This strain’s unique aroma, combining OG flavors with a slight mint aftertaste, offers a pungent yet smooth hit. With 27% THC you’re guaranteed a powerful dose, but you won’t wind up stuck to the couch. We promise.
This hybrid will leave you feeling creative, energetic, and clear-headed. It’s ideal for relaxing yet focused time like reading a book, unwinding with a podcast after work, or taking time for your favorite hobbies.
If you’re new to the world of cannabis use, this is a great place to get started!
2. Girl Scout Cookies
Though technically an Indica – Sativa hybrid, this strain packs a relaxing punch.
Commonly referred to as GSC, it’s a California grown flower that offers a sweet aroma, cotton candy-like flavor, and a moderate potency – with 24% THC. So, it’s one of the best options on our list for new marijuana users.
You’ll enjoy the giggly and cerebral mindset this strain offers. But, remember that a little bit goes a long way! Start with a low dose, then kick back and enjoy the day.
3. Private Reserve OG
Also known as OG #18, this deceptively potent strain tops the charts with THC levels around 30%. This makes it ideal for experienced users seeking a sedating, body-comforting, and blissed-out effect.
Though technically a hybrid, this is an Indica heavy and stoney flower. Thanks to its potency, it’s not ideal for use by newer consumers. But, it is prized for its pain-relieving and sleep-inducing effects.
4. Blue Box
Weighing in at a whopping 31% THC, Blue Box is one of the strongest strains on the menu. So, it’s not the best starting point for beginners.
This silky Indica has a nutty flavor and lovely citrus aroma, plus a stoney effect and boxy buzz ideal for deep relaxation. Ideal for nighttime use, this is an excellent strain for binge-watching your favorite show, slipping into a bubble bath, or just catching some shut-eye.
5. Modified Grapes
This strain’s unique flavor blends sweet and fruity grape candy with a skunky or gassy undertone. And, it’s Indica-heavy effects are ideal for experienced users looking for deep relaxation, pain relief, and aid with sleep.
With 30% THC, this is another strain that isn’t best for beginners. But, when used in small doses, it’s one of the best options for medical users on this list! Just remember to start with a small amount and work your way up from there.
6. Whitewalker OG
This Cannabis Cup award-winner has graced the top 10 list of High Times magazine and is quickly becoming a favorite strain among even the most experienced cannabis users. Its moderate potency – around 20% is ideal for both day and nighttime use. And, it offers a sense-heightening, relaxing, and happy effect.
You’ll enjoy this strain’s deep earthy and citrus aromas, and its balanced brain and body buzz that won’t leave you couch-locked.
Are you new to the world of cannabis? This chilled-out Indica makes an excellent first-time purchase!
7. LA Cake
Are you in search of the ideal nighttime toke?
LA Cake makes for a delicious late-night dessert with sweet and savory flavors and a strong Indica-heavy effect. You’ll enjoy a feeling of blissful relaxation, sedation, a calming body buzz.
With 26% THC, this strain offers a moderate effect, ideal for cannabis users of all stripes. And, it’ll even satisfy that late-night sweet tooth!
No matter which strain you settle on, you should always test new products in a calm and private place like your home. And, be sure to follow dosage guides closely, especially if you are a new user.
And, as cannabis use is now more popular than ever, you’ll find a seemingly endless list of options for dispensaries.
Choose a reputable local source for the best products possible, without the risk of online scams, unfair pricing, or subpar products.
Purple Lotus was founded by patients just like you and offers a commitment to outstanding customer service, a comfortable atmosphere, and top quality cannabis for every budget.
The Best Indica Strains Delivered to Your Door
Now that you know a bit about the best Indica strains, you’re probably excited to place an order.
Remember, you should always try your new purchase in a small dose, to begin with, paying close attention to the THC percentage as an indicator of strength. And, especially if you’re new to the world of marijuana, you should use your new purchase at home, or in another safe and relaxing environment.