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Happy Indica Day! ๐ŸŒฟ

โ€œIndica,โ€ a word we hear often in the Cannabis Industry, but what is it? The Cannabis Indica plant is thought to have originated from the Middle East.

To differentiate between the Indica and Sativa plant, botanists often rely on the physical differences. The Cannabis Indica plant is known to be shorter and bushier than the Sativa plant. The leaves are broad and dark green, and the buds are often dense.

There is little evidence to support the effects people claim the Indica plant has versus the Sativa plant. However, we often use the term โ€œIndicaโ€ as slang to represent what effects we are seeking or looking to avoid when choosing cannabis strains. Indica (โ€œin-da-couchโ€) is correlated with being sedative, pain relieving, calming and more of a body experience that can be โ€œheavy.โ€

What we are referring to when using the term โ€œIndicaโ€ as slang are the terpenes and flavonoids found within the cannabis plant. Terpenes and flavonoids are found in the resin glands (the hairs) on the cannabis plant. These resin glands are known as trichomes. Terpenes are a combination of hydrogen and carbon atoms. They are the organic compounds responsible for the fragrances, flavours, and therapeutic properties of plantsโ€”initially produced to protect the plant. Think: essential oils. Flavonoids are thought of to be similar to terpenes in the way they contribute to the fragrances and flavours of the cannabis plant, but they possibly provide their own distinct therapeutic benefits. Flavonoids are also known for contributing to the cannabis plantโ€™s pigmentation.

So, what terpenes are we seeking when asking for โ€œIndicaโ€ strains?

๐Ÿƒ Strains with high levels of Myrcene are known for their โ€œcouch lockโ€ effect. This terpene is fruity and clove like. Itโ€™s also found in hops, cardamom, mangos, etc.

๐Ÿƒ High levels of Beta-Caryophyllene may also indicate an Indica strain. Beta-Caryophyllene is a spicy and peppery terpene found in cloves, black pepper, oregano, etc. This terpene directly interacts with the CB2 receptors within the endocannabinoid system. It is effective in reducing inflammation and pain.

๐Ÿƒ Humulene, also known as alpha-caryophyllene, is hoppy and herbal (also found prominently in the hops plant) and known for decreasing inflammation and pain.

๐Ÿƒ Linalool is a relaxing terpene that is also found in lavender! It has floral, herbal notes and is known for being sedative and stress relieving.

๐ŸŒฟ Popular โ€œIndicaโ€ dominant strains that we carry:

ยท Animal Cookies

ยท Bubba Kush

ยท Gelato

ยท Gorilla Glue

ยท OG Kush

ยท Purple Paradise

ยท Godzilla (delta 8 THC)

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