October 17, 2018 will be a landmark day for cannabis proponents all over the world as Canada is set to legalize marijuana’s recreational use. Given this historical move, there is no better time to prep the country’s general public – casuals and stoners included – about cannabis use, such as Indica and its distinction as a strain.
Like other countries that have legalized cannabis, whether for medicinal or recreational use, there are several indica strains for sale in Canada. And this can only mean that more and more people are growing aware of the various marijuana strains, especially Indica and its specific effects. Apart from knowing its effects, it is but necessary for cannabis users to understand its origins and the current state of cannabis. After all, there’s more to Indica than just getting you high.
From India to the World
In 1785, French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck found another species under the cannabis genus, Indica (C indica). Upon examining plant specimens collected from India, he observed that Indica is structurally distinct from Sativa. Whereas C sativa grew tall and gangly to conserve water in the warmer climates of Southeast Asia, C indica grew short and firm to deal with the more temperate conditions in the highlands.
The distinction goes further than the plant’s structure. Indica plants are also more pungent, have denser buds, and are likely to be purple. This higher yield, shorter height, and fast flowering makes C indica a favorite among hobby growers who don’t have a lot of space to cultivate their plants.
Effects of Indica
One more reason Indica is different from Sativa is its effects. C indica produces a “body high, with a focused calm feeling.” It’s the strain of choice for marijuana enthusiasts who want to enjoy a relaxing evening, often in their couches or beds while watching movies.
The ratio of CBD (cannabinoids) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the two primary chemical compounds in cannabis, is the secret to this “couch-lock” effect. Indica has higher CBD content, which produces anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects. As such, when used recreationally, people usually feel relaxed when smoking strains like Godfather OG, Gorilla Glue, and MK Ultra, among other popular Indicas in the market.
This sedating effect is also why doctors prescribe Indica for insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety attacks, and muscle spasms.
What Legalization Means
Recreational users will certainly rejoice once October 17, 2018 comes. However, for other marijuana enthusiasts, having the government’s support means just a lot more. This boost towards acceptance can help further the research on the more useful purpose of the plant.
Take, for example, how Indica and its accompanying CBD component have been the subject of research studies a whole lot in the last year. These studies link CBD’s impact on seizure treatment to fear management and irritable bowel movement. And with the stronger interest in researching CBD, context will always matter. Canada’s move to legalize recreational cannabis use is a statement on its normalcy – society’s acceptance of pot as “not a bad thing” will be much more emphasized.
In addition, the use of CBD oil is buzzing, because while it may not even give you the “buzz,” its soothing effects as a pain-reliever is increasing in popularity. Dr. Esther Blessing of New York University, with funding from National Institutes of Health, is about to initiate a clinical trial on CBD’s potential role in addiction treatment. She believes that substances classified as “drugs,” such as weed, don’t have to produce a psychoactive effect to affect the brain.
That being said, legalization is such a huge step forward, and it is WBUD’s promise as your number one source of high-quality bud online, to deliver accordingly. Our Indicas are definitely going to allow you to enjoy this milestone in history. As the provider of BC’s best home-grown buds, whether you’re looking for flowers or concentrates, our wide range of strains enables us to give you anything and everything you may ever need – all at affordable prices.