Indica vs. Sativa


Sativa’s originated in sweltering equatorial zones. They tend to be tall and gangly, with skinnier leaves. Originating in the sunny climates of Southeast Asia, Central America, and Mexico, these plants are sun-worshippers. They regularly grow between eight and 12 feet tall, but in optimal conditions outdoors, 18-foot monsters aren’t unheard of.

Terpene profile for sativa-dominant varieties contain higher relative concentrations of sabinene, carene, α-Phellandrene, cineole, and terpinolene.

Sativa Display - Body and Spirit Cannabis Downtown Toronto
Thin serrated leaves that are lighter green in colour
Tall and lanky in height


Indica strains originated in colder, mountainous climates (Afghanistan and northern India). Indica plants tend to be short, squat, and bushy. These are plants adapted to harsh environments like those found in the Hindu Kush mountain range. Indica plants are also excellent producers of hash, and that’s no accident. They were undoubtedly bred that way, as hashish is the preferred method of cannabis consumption in much of the area from which they sprang.

Terpene profile for indica-dominant varieties have higher relative concentrations of camphene, myrcene, and limonene.

Indica Display
Large leaves which are darker green in colour
Small in height and bushy in width