INDICA STRAINS

INDICA STRAINS

Afghani Kush

Blueberry

Bubba Kush

Critical Kush

G-13

Granddaddy Purple

Hash Plant

Hindu Kush

Kosher Kush

LA Confidential

Maple Leaf

Mazar I Sharif

Northern Lights

Purple Kush

Purple Urkle

Sensi Star

THIS CHAPTER INCLUDES information on indica strains, including cannabinoid content, taste and aroma, potency effects (both medicinal and recreational), common medicinal uses, and potential unwanted effects (such as dizziness, dry eyes, and dry mouth). We include the percentage of THC and CBD content for each strain, and when possible, the percentages of other cannabinoids as well. These are average percentages, subject to change based on environmental variations. Just because the percentage of a certain cannabinoid isn’t listed, that doesn’t mean it’s not present in the strain. Unfortunately, cannabinoids other than THC and CBD are still not as well known or tested and therefore are not as available for reporting.

It is also important to understand not only the differences among various strains, but also the potential differences between one strain from two different plants. Environmental factors such as temperature, sunlight, soil type, and nutrients can affect the final output and effects of a plant. While each strain has pretty defined genetics, don’t be surprised if Bubba Kush from one grower isn’t quite the same as Bubba Kush from another.

As you flip through this chapter, you will notice some pretty strange strain names. Sometimes, strains are named for their appearance, origin, or effects. Other times, they go by more creative names for marketing purposes or were created by recreational users from years ago just for the fun of it.

 

 

AFGHANI KUSH

One of the oldest strains, Afghani Kush’s origins can be traced back to the mountains between the Afghanistan and Pakistan border. This relaxing, euphoric strain has great pain-relieving properties. Its high resin yield produces powerful sedating effects, making it excellent for nighttime use.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 13.19 percent

CBD: 0.15 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Appetite-stimulating, euphoric, relaxing, sleep-inducing

Genetic History

Landrace Afghani Cultivar

Aroma and Taste

Sweet, orange, mango, earthy, woody

Conditions Treated

Arthritis, depression, insomnia, lack of appetite, migraines, nausea, pain relief, stress

Unwanted Effects

Dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth, paranoia

 

 

BLUEBERRY

Blueberry produces euphoria and deep relaxation, making it excellent for nighttime use. This legendary strain won the 2000 High Times Cannabis Cup for Best Indica. It is loved for its pain- and stress-relieving properties, as well as its relaxing euphoria and sweet berry taste.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 21 percent

CBD: 0.15 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Creative, euphoric, social, upbeat

Genetic History

Purple Thai, Highland Thai, Afghan Indica

Aroma and Taste

Blueberry, fruity, sweet

Conditions Treated

Anxiety, arthritis, headaches, migraines, PTSD, pain, sleep disorders, stress

Unwanted Effects

Dry eyes, dry mouth

 

 

BUBBA KUSH

This is a heavy-hitting indica with tranquilizing, muscle-relaxing effects. The original indica from which this strain was developed is commonly referred to as Pre 98 Bubba Kush or Straight Bubba. Many breeders have developed their own renditions of Bubba Kush, each slightly different but all with a powerful, sedating body high.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 19.77 percent

CBD: 0.17 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Appetite-stimulating, contemplative, euphoric, narcotic, relaxing, sedating

Genetic History

Unknown, possibly O.G. Kush, West Coast Dog, Hindu Kush

Aroma and Taste

Coffee, earthy, sweet, spicy, piney, citrusy, bitter

Conditions Treated

Anorexia, migraines, multiple sclerosis, nausea, pain relief, sleep disorders

Unwanted Effects

Dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth

 

 

CRITICAL KUSH

Critical Kush is an indica with a high THC count and a moderate level of CBD. It has a powerful, relaxing high that is perfect for nighttime treatment of pain, muscle spasms, and insomnia.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 25 percent

CBD: 2.1 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Creative, focused, happy, uplifting

Genetic History

Critical Mass and O.G. Kush

Aroma and Taste

Woody, pungent, earthy

Conditions Treated

Muscle spasms, pain relief, sleep disorders, stress

Unwanted Effects

Dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth

 

 

G-13

This indica provides a strong body high with an uplifting, joyful state of mind. The urban legend is that this strain was developed by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from the best strains in the world at a secret location in Mississippi in the late 1960s. Regardless of the level of truth in this story, this strain offers a potent body high with negligible fatigue.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 19.45 percent

CBD: 0.17 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Cerebral, creative, euphoric, focusing, relaxing

Genetic History

Unknown, rumored to be bred by the US government

Aroma and Taste

Minty, musky, spicy, sweet

Conditions Treated

Anorexia, anxiety disorder, arthritis, depression, lack of appetite, migraines, nausea, sleep disorders, stress

Unwanted Effects

Dry mouth, dry eyes

 

 

GRANDDADDY PURPLE

With its deep purple flowers and white resinous tips, this strain is quite attractive. It is a great choice for pain relief and is best taken at night. It will help you float away to sleep in a dreamy buzz.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 22.92 percent

CBD: 0.13 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Euphoric, relaxing, sedating

Genetic History

Big Bud, Purple Urkle

Aroma and Taste

Berry, grape, sweet

Conditions Treated

Alzheimer’s disease, headache, lack of appetite, migraines, nausea, pain relief, Parkinson’s disease, sleep disorder

Unwanted Effects

Dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth, paranoia

 

 

HASH PLANT

This resin-drenched strain offers a powerful body high with heavy narcotic effects. It took first place at Cannabis Cultures Toker’s Bowl in 2004 and second place at the Highlife (Cup) Hemp Fair in 2002.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 20.42 percent

CBD: 0.17 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Calming, narcotic, relaxing, sleep-inducing

Genetic History

Afghani Landrace, Northern Lights #1

Aroma and Taste

Earthy, spicy, sweet, woody

Conditions Treated

Appetite stimulant, depression, headache, nausea, pain relief, PMS, sleep disorders, stress

Unwanted Effects

Dry eyes, dry mouth, lethargy

 

 

HINDU KUSH

Also known as Afghanica, this pure indica strain originated in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region. It has a thick coat of trichomes, bringing calm and pain relief with a mid-level potency.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 17.04 percent

CBD: 0.12 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Calming, euphoric, narcotic, sedating, sleep-inducing, relaxing, uplifting

Genetic History

Cultivated Indica Landrace

Aroma and Taste

Earthy, lemony, sweet, woody

Conditions Treated

Anorexia, anxiety, arthritis, depression, headache, nausea, pain relief, PTSD, sleep disorders, stress

Unwanted Effects

Dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth, paranoia

 

 

KOSHER KUSH

This heavy-hitting indica strain is an excellent prescription for a good night’s sleep. Despite its name, this strain is not actually kosher (to be kosher, it must meet certain guidelines and be blessed by a rabbi). It was, however, blessed with the High Times Cannabis Cup in 2015 for Best Indica Flower.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 29.60 percent

CBD: 0.70 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Calming, euphoric, narcotic, relaxing

Genetic History

Unknown

Aroma and Taste

Earthy, piney, woody

Conditions Treated

Anxiety disorder, insomnia, pain relief, sleep apnea

Unwanted Effects

Dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth

 

 

LA CONFIDENTIAL

This attractive strain is light green with frosted resinous tips and small purple leaves. It is a well-rounded strain that calms the body and mind, sending you into a pleasant slumber.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 19 percent

THCV: 0.02 percent

CBD: 0.08 percent

CBG: 0.3 percent

CBL: 0.02 percent

CBN: 0.01 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Euphoric, happy, relaxing, sleep-inducing, uplifting

Genetic History

O.G. LA Affie, Afghani

Aroma and Taste

Earthy, piney, pungent

Conditions Treated

Depression, insomnia, lack of appetite, pain, stress

Unwanted Effects

Dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth

 

 

MAPLE LEAF

This strain enhances creativity and focus, then progresses to sleepiness and fatigue. It’s a great strain for meditation and sleep. This strain hails from Afghanistan, extracted before the Soviet invasion in 1979.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 17.49 percent

CBD: 0.14 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Calming, creative, narcotic, relaxing, sedating

Genetic History

Afghani Landrace Strain

Aroma and Taste

Peppery, spicy, sweet

Conditions Treated

Anorexia, anxiety disorder, arthritis, depression, lack of appetite, migraines, nausea, sleep disorders, stress

Unwanted Effects

Dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth, headache, lethargy, paranoia

 

 

MAZAR I SHARIF

This strain has a hard and fast body high; it’s great for relieving chronic pain and getting a good night’s sleep. This indica comes from the desert in northern Afghanistan, close to the border of Turkmenistan.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 15.96 percent

CBD: 0.16 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Euphoric, relaxing, sedating, sleep-inducing

Genetic History

Landrace Indica Cultivar from northern Afghanistan

Aroma and Taste

Spicy, sweet, earthy, woody

Conditions Treated

Anxiety disorder, depression, pain relief, PMS, PTSD, sleep disorders, stress

Unwanted Effects

Dry eyes, dry mouth, paranoia

 

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS

This well-known indica strain is the parent of many award-winning strains, and a popular, beloved indica in its own right. It originated in Seattle in the late 1970s. It produces a powerful body high and a relaxing sense of euphoria.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 16.53 percent

CBD: 0.15 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Calming, sleep-inducing, uplifting

Genetic History

Afghani Indica Cultivar

Aroma and Taste

Earthy, lemony, piney, spicy, sweet

Conditions Treated

Anxiety disorder, arthritis, cachexia, depression, migraines, nausea, pain relief, stress

Unwanted Effects

Anxiety, dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth, paranoia

 

 

PURPLE KUSH

Sometimes called Oaksterdam based on its origins in Oakland, California, Purple Kush offers soothing pain relief and an easygoing high without being overly sedating. This indica is effective for treating pain, depression, and muscle spasms.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 19.97 percent

CBD: 0.14 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Calming, blissful, relaxing, sedating

Genetic History

Hindu Kush, Purple Afghani

Aroma and Taste

Earthy, grape, piney, sweet

Conditions Treated

Anxiety disorder, depression, inflammation, muscle tension, pain relief, stress

Unwanted Effects

Dry mouth, lethargy

 

 

PURPLE URKLE

Also known as Purple Urple or The Urkle, this heavy-hitting indica hails from Northern California and offers full-body pain relief. It is ideal for nighttime use.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 15.87 percent

CBD: 0.36 percent

CBN: 0.10 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Appetite-stimulating, euphoric, happy, sleep-inducing, relaxing

Genetic History

Mendocino Purps

Aroma and Taste

Sweet, berry, grape

Conditions Treated

Depression, insomnia, pain, stress

Unwanted Effects

Dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth

 

 

SENSI STAR

Winner of 14 awards between 1999 and 2010, Sensi Star is among the most award-winning strains currently available. This indica packs a punch and is often recommended for patients with a high tolerance.

CANNABINOIDS

THC: 16.46 percent

CBD: 0.07 percent

POTENCY EFFECTS

Cerebral, contemplative, euphoric, uplifting

Genetic History

Afghani Indica, unknown

Aroma and Taste

Earthy, lemony, minty, piney, spicy

Conditions Treated

Anorexia, anxiety disorder, depression, glaucoma, headache, migraines, pain relief, PTSD, stress

Unwanted Effects

Dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth, headache, lethargy

 

 

Sativas are preferred by those who believe they offer an uplifting, energetic experience without the sedating nature of indicas. But, as we reminded you in chapter 4, researchers continue to find little difference in the observable effects of indicas and sativas, so it is best to pay more attention to the available cannabinoid and terpene content when selecting a strain that best fits your needs.

 

Originally posted 2021-08-03 22:12:08.

Author: Ronald Rogers
Sunny Dupree is a seasoned journalist, keynote speaker and founder of Weed America: A Journalism-Minded Agency, which handles public relations, content marketing, social media, events and thought leadership for brands and executives in legal cannabis, hemp technology, alternative healthcare, and other new industries.