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Indica Vs Sativa : You're buying the wrong weed

No but seriously it is a lot more involved than you think!

Cannabis enthusiasts have long debated the differences between indica and sativa strains. Indica is often associated with relaxation and sedation, while sativa is thought to provide energy and creativity. 

Recent research suggests that these traditional distinctions may not be as significant as once believed. Instead, the focus is shifting towards the role of terpenes in determining the effects of cannabis. In this blog post, we'll delve into the evolving understanding of cannabis strains and explore why terpenes are becoming increasingly important.

The Indica vs. Sativa Debate:

For decades, cannabis enthusiasts have relied on the indica vs. sativa distinction as a way to gauge the potential effects of a strain. Indica strains were thought to deliver a "body high" characterized by relaxation, pain relief, and help with insomnia. Conversely, sativa strains were believed to provide a "head high," often associated with increased energy, focus, and creativity. 
However, the Dalhousie University study in 2022 has cast doubts on these traditional categorizations. This study revealed that the genetic differences between indica and sativa strains were not as distinct as previously assumed. In fact, the genetic variations were minimal, suggesting that the effects attributed to these categories might be more anecdotal than scientifically grounded. This raises questions about the reliability of using indica and sativa labels to predict a strain's effects.
While the indica vs. sativa debate rages on, terpenes are emerging as the key factors in determining the effects of cannabis. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in cannabis, as well as in many other plants. They are responsible for the distinct smells and flavors of different strains and play a crucial role in influencing the user's experience.
It makes a lot of sense if you think about it though, it’s theorized that original strain names were often named by the scent they produced while not knowing the similar scent was the terpenes profile which in turn caused the similar effects.
In 1999 the strain AK47 won the Cannabis Cup for Indica strain of the year, 4 years later it went on to win the award for Sativa strain of the year so as we learn more about the plant we learn better how to classify each strain.
Terpenes interact with cannabinoids like THC and CBD to produce a wide spectrum of effects. For example:

Myrcene is a terpene commonly found in cannabis strains associated with sedation and relaxation. If a strain has a high myrcene content, it is likely to be ideal for those seeking relief from anxiety, stress, or insomnia.

Limonene, another terpene, is known for its mood-enhancing and uplifting qualities. Cannabis strains rich in limonene are more likely to provide an energetic and creative high, making them a suitable choice for those looking for a daytime boost.

Understanding the terpene profile of a cannabis strain allows consumers to make more informed decisions about the effects they desire. This approach goes beyond the oversimplified indica vs. sativa categorization and offers a more personalized and accurate cannabis experience.


In light of the evolving understanding of cannabis, personalized consumption is becoming increasingly important. Instead of relying solely on indica or sativa labels, consumers can now tailor their cannabis experience by considering the terpene profile of a strain.

This shift toward personalization means that individuals can choose strains that align with their specific needs and preferences. Whether it's relaxation, creativity, pain management, or any other desired effect, terpenes provide a more precise guide for selecting the right strain for the job.

The debate between indica and sativa may persist, but it's apparent that these labels alone are insufficient for predicting the effects of cannabis strains. Terpenes, with their diverse aromatic properties and interactions with cannabinoids, are emerging as the true determinants of a strain's impact on the user.

By paying attention to the terpene profile of cannabis products, consumers can enjoy a more individualized and accurate cannabis experience, ultimately enhancing their overall satisfaction and well-being.

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  1. "Cannabis Labels Study Questions 'Indica' and 'Sativa' Distinctions" - Dalhousie University -
  2. "Indica vs. Sativa: The Importance of Terpenes" - Calyx Containers -
  3. "Terpenes Are the Smart Way to Predict Your High" - A Proper High -

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