For people who don’t smoke it, weed is just weed. But when you begin to get into the hobby, you learn that different types of cannabis have different properties. And each species is going to serve a different purpose. 

While there are thousands of strains, the two main types (of which all of the others fall under) are Sativa and Indica. 

This article isn’t going to be a “Sativa strains 101” kind of article, because we won’t be critiquing any of the strains within either category. 

But what I do want to do is look at what each of these plants does, and why you might want to smoke them. 

  1. Sativa 

Let’s start off this list by talking about Sativa. This might be the sort of plant that you want to take if you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps and groggy. When you’re in this mood, it can be impossible to stay focused on a task. 

You don’t want to do anything but sit in bed and eat pizza. 

Sativa is ideal if you’re in this situation because it gives you a “head high”. When you’re more awake, you’ll become more creative, and have a lot of energy. 

To make the most out of Sativa, make sure to take it during the day time. 


Indica, on the other hand, is going to be better for giving you a “body high”. This can be perfect for people who might be feeling restless or unable to just chill out. 

When you smoke an Indica plant, your body is going to feel peaceful and relaxed. As a result, you’ll be able to sit still, get to sleep easier, any pain you might have will be eased, and it can even help if you’re struggling to eat. 

For the best usage, take this one before you go to bed. 

Chemical Compounds 

It should be said, however, that everything I have just said is a generalisation, not a complete fact. 

What matters more than the species of plant is the amount of each chemical within it. Sativa plants, generally, have a higher concentration of THC, a compound which gives you “mind high”. 

However, Indica plants are more likely to have more CBD, a chemical which gives you a “body high”. 

This is a good rule of thumb, but it isn’t always the case, you may find some Sativa plants which are high in CBD or Indica plants high in THC. 


As mentioned earlier, both Indica and Sativa have strains that come under their umbrella. Here is a quick snapshot of some of the strains within each. 


  • ICE
  • Northern Light
  • Sweet ZZ
  • Sherbet Queen
  • Bubble Kush


  • Ghost Train Haze
  • Bruce Banner
  • Sour Diesel 
  • Amnesia Haze
  • Trainwreck 

I’m not going to sit here and act like some of those names aren’t utterly stupid, because let’s be honest here, they are. But despite how silly some of them might sound, these strains came about by experts cross-breeding different plants to create something fantastic. 

The importance of getting it right 

When you’re selecting what type of Marijuana you want to smoke, it’s super important that you pick the strain that’s going to suit you best. 

Please do not smoke something just because it’s what all of your friends are smoking. To pick the right strain for you, you need to identify why you wish to smoke it, and what kind of strain is going to give you the best sort of high to overcome the problems you’re facing. 

Finding the best strain may take a bit of research. But it’s better to look into it than to get the wrong one.