Effects of Indica Strains

So, you’ve chosen to stick to one particular species of cannabis and are wondering what the effects of Indica strains are.  It’s not uncommon to be curious as to what one might experience after a smoke!  Both science and personal testimony lend a helping hand to bringing light to these wonderful experiences.

Uses of Indica

The good news is that for those of you suffering from pain, Indica is right up your alley.  It is frequently used to treat medium to chronic pain and has very high analgesic (or pain relieving) ratings.  When asked how a user felt when smoking a pure Indica strain, her response was:

                “I can feel the pain leaving my body.  The nuances of discomfort simply dissolve away as every muscle relaxes and allows me to feel like me again.  Who wouldn’t like that?  I’ve been suffering from cancer for too long, now I’m battling it.”

That’s a very strong statement to make when it comes to advocacy for medical marijuana use, but more importantly, it clearly defines the impact of an Indica strain.  As you can see, it’s highly effective for treating the pain caused by cancer, glaucoma, and other physical aches.  Many athletes, instrumentalists, and older patients with rheumatoid arthritis are also in luck.

The High

Due to the presence of high canabidiol (“CBD”) levels, the high achieved when smoking this particular species of cannabis is felt in the body.  Unlike Sativa strains which may cause paranoia and anxiety, the high CBD levels also help keep that under control.

After smoking a sufficient amount, you may find yourself sitting still on a couch or chair, completely relaxed.  The TV is on and broadcasting your favorite show.  While it’s particularly amusing, the unexpected body high is catching up and causing a little bit of drowsiness.  While it may not be unpleasant to stand up and do physically demanding stuff, it certainly is more comfortable just enjoying the show.  For this reason, it has been suspected that Indica strains in particular may be the root of some erectile dysfunction in males.

Benefits of Indica

Although this has been mentioned lightly previously, we’ll also talk about the benefits of Indica.  The range of uses span multiple categories, but we’ll try to consolidate them as best as possible.  Keeping in mind that it is a bit higher in CBD than a Sativa plant, and a slightly lower Tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) level, the effects will be noticeably different.  The list below is for some of the most frequently treated symptoms:

  • Anxiety and stress relief
  • Pain relief
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Difficulty sleeping and insomnia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Appetite stimulant
  • Nausea

Please keep in mind that this list is not all inclusive, and individual users may have great results taming other ailments.


If you’ve been suffering from tremors, chronic aches or pains, insomnia, or anxiety, then this is probably the right choice for you.  For some the effects are too strong, so switching over to a hybrid strain is always a viable option.  If the desired effects are on the opposite end of the spectrum, try taking a look at the effects of Sativa, flip through the pages of our comprehensive strain guide, and decide if that’s the right choice for you!