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Difference Between CBD and Indica

CBD (cannabidiol) and Indica are both cannabis related and they possess medicinal benefits to the body. Indica is more of a cannabis plant whereas CBD is more of a compound found in both marijuana and hemp plants including Indica. Typically, Indica contains, among others, CBD and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) compounds that are attributed to its medical benefits. 

This article highlights the difference between CBD and Indica plants. The difference can be overwhelmingly confusing due to CBD being part of Indica composition.


What is Indica?

Together with Sativa, Indica is considered a strain of cannabis. There are mainly two types of cannabis plants known as Indica and Sativa. Now the focus is on Indica with its singled-out deep body relaxation benefits compared to Sativa with its energizing benefits, among others. In general, these cannabis plants are linked to a broad range of medicinal benefits such as increased appetite, insomnia treatment, mental relaxation, pain reduction and physical relaxation. The benefits are, however, attributed to the compounds such as CBD and THC. 

Indica is a cannabis plant that grows shorter with wider leaves. It is best suited for indoors planting due to its stature. Again, it grows for shorter flowering season. For this reason, it remain a popular choice for enthusiasts that want to grow marijuana in less favorable climates. Indica can grow efficiently in hotter or colder climates.

Medical benefits of Indica are plenty. It is credited with sedative effects, mental relaxation, pain relief, and sleep treatment. Dispensaries sell products that contain Indica ingredients to patients suffering from anxiety. 

Indica is said to have originated in countries such as Morocco, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Some parts of Asia are also credited with the origin of this cannabis plant. Reports cite the discovery of Indica in India in 1985 hence the name Indica, where the prefix “Indi” honors India. In description, Indica looked darker green with fatter leaves. Typically, Indica grows 2 to 6 feet tall. Sativa is taller than Indica. Indica contains more THC than Sativa. It will ideally take about 8 to 12 weeks to grow a mature Indica plant.  

Indica comes with a plethora of fragrances and flavors. These include skunk, earth, pine, sugary fruit and hash. The plant contains higher cannabidiol levels than its cousin, Sativa. For this reason, it is attributed to muscle relaxation, pain relief and sedative effects. Because of its highly potent CBD, Indica is often given to patients suffering from a range of ailments such as nausea, fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, chronic pain, sleep deprivation, appetite stimulation and many more. Cancer patients can also benefit from Indica after their chemotherapy treatments. 


What is CBD?

As aforementioned, CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a compound found in many marijuana and hemp plants. Sativa and Indica, as cannabis plants, also contain certain levels of CBD. Oftentimes, CBD and THC are attributed to medicinal benefits on the body and mind. 

However, unlike THC, CBD does not make you high. THC is renowned for its psychoactive effects and it is the compound that makes you high in medical marijuana. But, since the emergence of medicinal benefits in CBD, the compound is increasing popularity than THC does. The rareness of studies behind the medical benefits of CBD, however, categorizes the compound in schedule one drugs although there are no known recreational usage problems of CBD. Nonetheless, many patients have seen the medicinal benefits that CBD has. 

CBD is a versatile compound, known to treat many illnesses. It can treat epilepsy and pain. Also, CBD can counteract the negative psychoactive effects of THC in the body. These could include heightened anxiety and paranoia. Both compounds, however, respond to cannabinoid receptors in the body which is a way through which they deliver their benefits to the body.  


Differences Between CBD vs Indica


Indica is cannabis plant alongside Sativa as the two main categories of cannabis strains. CBD, on the other hand, is one of hundreds of compounds found in marijuana and hemp plants. Indica contains CBD.


Indica has lots of medicinal benefits such as anxiety treatment, pain relief, and insomnia treatment due to its high content of CBD. It also has a certain content of THC which is attributable to psychoactive effects.


Indica is dark greener plant which shorter with wider leaves. It grows in short flowering seasons. CBD is a compound, not a plant. There are many ways through which CBD is consumed and these include CBD oil where users can vape it. 

CBD vs Indica: Comparison Table


Summary of CBD vs Indica

  • CBD is cannabidiol, one of hundreds of compounds in marijuana and hemp plants. It is also found in Indica
  • Indica, together with Sativa, are the two main cannabis plants
  • Indica is a short plant with broader leaves
  • CBD is a compound consumed in different ways such as through skin products, beauty products or oil
  • Both Indica and CBD have medicinal benefits. The medicinal benefits in Indica are attributed to its high level of CBD
  • Indica contains main compounds: CBD and THC
  • Unlike THC, CBD does not make a human being high


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  1. CBD for the win!

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[1]Ethan B Russo (5 Sep 2013). Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potential. Routledge

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