Cannabis Indica hails from the hostile rocky, environments of the Hindu Kush Mountains in the Middle East.
Visually, they are short (roughly 3-4 feet high) and densely branched with broad leaves. These leaves are a dark, forest green colour, due to a higher concentration of chlorophyll. To protect itself from the harsh, conditions, Indica plants evolved to develop the ability to produce resin; a sticky, organic substance produced by plants. This resin is very dense which generally makes Indica strains very potent.
The buds are compact and extremely dense because their blossoms tend to stick closer to nodes along the stem when they flower. As a result, Indica buds look full and feel firm when touched. Another aesthetic quality of Indica is the purple colouring in the plant. Since Indica plants are native to colder climates, they are more likely to express purple colouration.
Indica tends to have a shorter flowering period, making Indica cannabis seeds a popular choice for many growers. The flowering period for Indica strains is typically around eight weeks. Their cultivation conditions are easy to manage both indoor and outdoor.
Indica strains are associated with very relaxing and sedating effects. Anecdotally, Indica strains have been known to help with numerous medical conditions such as body pain , insomnia, migraines, headaches, anxiety or stress, reducing intraocular (eye) pain and inflammation, and relaxing sore muscles. Indica strains are often recommended for night time use because many patients find them helpful for promoting sleep.
Indica often creates a “high” heightening physical senses while listening to music, eating food or touching different textures etc. Research tells us the main reason most Indica strains are attributed to these feelings has more to do with the concentration of the terpene myrcene than it does the cannabinoid content.