Cannabis strains are categorized into two: Sativa and Indica. Aside from distinguishing morphological differences in the plant, these types are often used as a touchstone for predicting the strain’s effects. Indicas, for instance, are believed to exert sedating effects. Hence, making it the perfect choice for winding down and easing into a relaxed state after a tiring day.
Cannabis indica is a putative species of the genus Cannabis in the family Cannabaceae. French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck first classified it in 1785 upon receiving samples from India. It was then dubbed “indica” in honor of its origin.
Indica plants can be characterized in terms of morphology, horticultural traits, psychoactive effects, and medicinal use.
Typically, Indica plants feature a squat and compact stature with plenty of lateral branching. It rarely exceeds a height of 6ft, which makes it convenient for indoor cultivation. Moreover, pruning is an essential skill when handling Indicas as these bushy plants have thick, sturdy branches with sparse internodal spacing. When left to its own devices, the crevices of its lush foliage could harbor molds due to moisture build-up.
Its leaves are short and broad - usually with 7 to 9 fingers sporting a dark, deep shade of green. This equates to a higher chlorophyll content, which is believed to accelerate its bloom cycle. Meanwhile, the buds tend to be broad, dense and bulky with generous coatings of trichomes.
Compared to Sativas, Indica plants have a faster flowering rate. On average, it only takes around 7 to 9 weeks of blooming for Indicas to produce the coveted buds as opposed to its counterpart, which takes as long as 10 to 20 weeks. In addition, given its buds’ denseness, Indica varieties tend to have higher yields and resin production than Sativas. Lastly, this plant is suitable for colder climates with long seasons. Outdoors, harvest time usually falls around October.
Indica strains tend to produce body-centered effects that soothe stressed-out minds and relax weary bodies. Depending on its cannabinoid and terpene concentration, this body buzz could be pleasantly calming, downright sedating, or somewhere in between.
In general, Indica strains have higher CBD content compared to Sativa varieties. This, along with the abundance of inherently relaxing terpenes, may be the reason for its relaxing physical effects.
Among the most soothing terpenes commonly found in Indica varieties are:
Indica strains are known for exerting powerful physical and mental relaxation, which inevitably soothes stress, fatigue, and all sorts of discomforts. Aside from that, though, the synergistic effects of its cannabinoids and terpenes bring forth therapeutic benefits that are useful in remedying various health concerns. Some of which are:
- Analgesic effects for relieving chronic and debilitating pain
- Increased appetite for chemotherapy patients or those with eating disorders
- Anti-insomniac effects for promoting better and uninterrupted sleep
- Mental relaxation for combatting stress and anxiety
- Muscle relaxation for soothing muscle cramps and spasms
- Antiemetic effects for chemotherapy patients or those suffering from hyperemesis and bulimia nervosa
The Best Pure Indica Strains
During the last few decades, hybridization has taken the cannabis community by storm. Hence, the majority of the strains available in the market are actually either Sativa- or Indica-dominant hybrids. While creating new and enhanced varieties are essential for the diversification of the cannabis gene pool, ensuring the perpetuation of the “pure” landrace strains is just as important. After all, these originals are the cornerstone of present and future strains.
In the quest of preserving the genes of the remaining pure Indica strains, Homegrown Cannabis Co. continues to produce seeds of these premium pure breeds. Among the best ones in Homegrown’s meticulously curated seed catalog are the following:
The harsh, windswept mountainsides of Hindu Kush has long been recognized as the cradle of true Indicas. In fact, it is home to the most renowned pure landrace indica that became the cornerstone of most hybrid strains today - Hindu Kush. This strain was selectively bred for its outstanding horticultural traits and exemplary physically relaxing high, which - up to this day - remains to be the standard by which others are measured. No wonder the term “kush” became synonymous with “high-grade cannabis buds.”
Hindu Kush is a perennial favorite among growers who are craving for euphoria and unparalleled tranquility. With 20% THC, it delivers a crippling head-to-toe relaxation that inspires a state of nirvana. It also provides solace from the daily torture of various ailments and discomforts. On top of that, its unmistakable dank indica flavors - best described as hashy and bold - further augment the cannabis experience by delighting the palate.
Feminized Hindu Kush seeds from Homegrown Cannabis Co. are highly coveted among breeders, bud growers, and hashish producers due to its prolific resin production and highly stable genetics. An excellent choice for budding growers, its incredibly robust build makes it impervious to the dangers of molds, diseases, pest infestations, and inclement weather. To top it all off, it blooms at a breakneck rate of 6 to 8 weeks then yields 350 to 400 grams per square meter or 400 to 550 grams of resinous buds per plant.
Regular Hindu Kush seeds are also available at Homegrown Cannabis Co. Just keep in mind that regular seeds have a 50% chance of becoming either male or female. Hence, gender segregation is vital unless the aim is to breed or produce seeds.
Perfected by nature itself, the world-class Afghan landrace strain hailing all they way from Afghanistan remains unrivaled to this day. It is revered for sporting a resilient nature and incredible potency. Such outstanding traits were then passed on to its offspring as its legendary genetics became one of the backbones of the cannabis industry.
Indica lovers laud Afghan’s mighty sedative punch. Given its 20% THC concentration, just a few hits of its earthy, woody, and somewhat spicy vapors are more than enough to induce a 3-hour-long couch-lock. With nothing to do but lay down and bask in giggling fits and tranquil euphoria, expect sleep to come sweeping in after a few moments.
Cultivation-wise, Homegrown Cannabis Co.’s feminized Afghan seeds are prized by seasoned and less-experienced growers because of its sturdy build and highly stable genetics. Moreover, despite being a low-maintenance grow, it produces satisfying yields of trichome-laden buds in as fast as 8 to 9 weeks. When cultivated indoors, it is best to use the Sea of Green technique to maximize the yields. When showered with sustenance, expect to reap 450 grams per square meter (indoors) or at least 600 grams per plant of fresh buds come harvest time.
This strain’s lineage may be unknown, but its moniker sure is straightforward. As the name so proudly declares, the strain is 100% Indica and, thus, most suitable for nighttime use. Loaded with up to 23% THC and 1% CBD content, Pure Indica offers a profoundly sedative effect complemented by a surge of invigorating elation. Such combination - along with its musky mixed-fruit fragrance - makes it a favorite among recreational and medicinal users alike.
Particularly spawned for growers who do not intend to breed, Pure Indica seeds are available at Homegrown Cannabis Co as feminized varieties. These premium seeds have a reputation for having high germination rates and incredibly stable genetics. And while it may not be the most prolific yielder in the bunch, its ease of cultivation, resinous buds, mold-resistant nature, and fast-flowering rate more than compensates for it. This compact plant thrives best in a Sea of Green setup where it produces at least 200 grams of dense nugs per square meter. For a more substantial harvest, cultivate in a patch of land showered with plenty of sunlight. By October, a single Pure Indica can produce 200 to 300 grams of fragrant buds.
Masterpiece - that is the most apt description if one were to characterize Purple Kush. Aside from its aesthetically pleasing appearance, its purple-tinged buds pack a powerful punch of euphoric buzz and body-melting sedation - thanks to its 22% THC potency. That said, those who want to be productive should avoid this strain at all cost.
Cultivation-wise, feminized Purple Kush seeds from Homegrown Cannabis Co. are guaranteed to be an easy grow even at the hands of amateurs. After all, it is inherently robust, fast flowering, and low maintenance. More importantly, it yields a prolific harvest of beautiful, crystal-speckled buds. When cultivated indoors on hydroponics with SOG setup, it can produce 400 to 500 grams of dense nuggets per square meter. For more substantial yields, consider growing it outdoors. When bathed in plenty of sunlight, expect each plant to produce as much as 600 grams of dense buds.