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But why does phenotype matter?

We’ve been talking about Indica Season a lot, so we thought now would be as good a time as any to talk about the difference between sativas and indicas. The word ‘phenotype’ is a little intimidating.

What the f*** is a phenotype anyway?

Basically, phenotype refers to the physical characteristics and traits of each cannabis plant. Think colour, smell, taste, bud density, potency, effects – all that fun stuff. Most cannabis strains can be traced back to one of two phenotype groups: indicas and sativas. You still with us?

While the sativa/indica categories can be broad (like, very broad), thinking about cannabis this way can help you find more strains and products that suit your lifestyle and interests.

So… what’s the difference between a sativa and an indica?

Most often, sativa strains are associated with feelings of creativity, inspiration and energy, while indicas produce a more calming effect with feelings of relaxation and sleepiness. They don’t call it “in-da-couch” for nothing. It’s not all about THC levels when it comes to picking a strain. Knowing which phenotypes work for you can help you narrow down which products you want in your grinder at the end of the day. 

And by the way, it is possible to have the best of both worlds. Growers are experimenting with loads of different cannabis genetics these days and there are plenty of hybrids to choose from that combine elements of both indica and sativa strains.

Need product suggestions? Check the phenotype of a product you love and go from there. Approach it like you would if you were looking for a movie to watch. Remember what you like.

Indica season is all about cozying up, relaxing into fall and appreciating quiet moments to yourself. There are a million and one ways to do this, but here are a couple that might help you get started…

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