The 7 best indica strains
Most people see the word “indica” and think Ambien. For so long we’ve equated the effects of indica cannabis strains to being couch-locked. And while it’s true that some indicas may tuck you in for the night, it’s even truer that you can’t just generalize an entire third of weed plants under one single high.
There are thousands of indica strains; some may feel relaxed and happy, others may feel drowsy and tired, some even make you feel the complete opposite. It all depends on your body, and knowing your body is knowing that finding the right strains is up to you. Here are seven of the best indicas to get you started.
Hindu Kush is a pure indica from the Hindu Kush mountain range between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Its compact buds usually have a vibrant white shine to them due to the stark coat of trichomes on top of light green flowers. An original landrace strain, Hindu Kush is believed to be one of the first plants to be used for hash.
Hindu Kush terpenes usually hit the nose with a sweet and piney aroma, while the smoke can have sweet, floral, and pine flavors. Effects-wise, most people expect to feel a calm and relaxing cerebral high that pairs great with the ending of a long day on your balcony. Hindu Kush is a great suggestion for anyone seeking a long-lasting euphoric experience.
Just as old as Hindu Kush is the famous Northern Lights. Its influence on the world of indicas can’t be stated enough. This Afghani descendant is known for having resinous buds and skunky terpenes that fill the room when the plant is cured. You can expect sweet and herbal flavors when you smoke it.
Equally as potent as it is stinky, most consumers report a hard-hitting body high that’ll leave you on stuck mode for the remainder of the evening. If you’re looking to get stoned and run through a sack of gas station snacks, this — or its popular phenotype Northern Lights #5 — may be the one.
Granddaddy Purple is that classic purple flower that completely changed the game of weed aesthetics. It’s a cross of Purple Urkle and Bid Bud that first came to life in 2003. Though plenty of purple flowers existed before it, GDP was one of the first to become a household name in weed culture. No budtender hears “purp” without immediately thinking of this strain.
Granddaddy Purple is world famous for its deep purple buds that give off sweet, grapey, earthy terpenes. Picture if you were to buy a bag of grapes and roll them in a blunt, that’s smoking Granddaddy Purple.
From legendary breeder DJ Short comes DJ Short’s Blueberry, or simply Blueberry, another indica-leaning strain with Afghani (and Thai) genetics. It has compact green buds stacked with an assortment of purple and red-coloring that make it as pretty as it is flavorful.
As its name suggests, Blueberry smells and tastes like fresh fruit from your neighborhood Farmers Market. Whether consumed as flower or concentrate, those berry terps are shining through. Most consumers feel a relaxed, happy, and slumped-over type of body high after consuming Blueberry. If you’re looking for a night cap that appeals to your taste buds, check out this strain.
9 LB Hammer
9 LB Hammer is a heavy indica that hits your head just like that: a 9 LB hammer. A cross of Gooberry and an OG Kush varietal, 9 LB genetics usually produce dense flowers with dark green colors and a blended coat of white trichomes. On the terpene side of things, you can expect 9 LB hammer to smell earthy and somewhat chemmy, while tasting mostly like the former.
Where this strain lacks in terps, it more than makes up for it in effects. Most people feel a heavy head high that slowly creeps into the body, causing you to starfish in bed for the next couple of hours.
Personally speaking, 9 LB hammer doesn’t make me sleepy, but it does produce a super duper stone that makes me want to never move again.
For the last fruity suggestion, it was a toss up between Grape Ape or Forbidden Fruit. And I had to go with Forbidden Fruit for three reasons:
- It’s one of the most beautiful cannabis flowers on the planet.
- The terpenes are usually pretty consistent no matter who grows it.
- Last week I smoked it with my grandma and she was blown away by how good it tasted.
Forbidden Fruit was born by crossing Cherry Pie with Tangie. The result is a staunchly purple flower, covered in a flurry of orange hairs, that gives off an extremely tropical guava-like aroma. When consumed, it’ll taste like you’re smoking a bowl of fruit cocktail, and the effects are much lighter than people associate with indicas and purple strains. Instead of sleepy and down, you’ll feel a relaxing euphoria that makes everything a little funnier.
You can’t talk about indica cannabis strains and not mention the lochness monster of the weed world: G-13.
Legend has it that G-13, or Government Indica Strain 13, was a U.S. Government experiment where the intelligence agencies (CIA, FBI, etc.) collected all of the “best” and “most potent” indicas from all over the world, then bred them together to create the Megazord of all cannabis strains. The alleged reason we can all go to a dispensary and purchase this super secret government mission of a strain is because some disgruntled government agent stole a cut of the plant and leaked it to the public. Chances are that this story is not true, but it’s okay to believe it anyway.
What is true is that G-13 will absolutely knock your socks off. Regardless of how you consume it, both G-13 flower and oil usually makes people feel hungry, relaxed, and sleepy, i.e. stoned out of their minds. Its intense high might not put you to bed, but it will make you stare off into space for the next few hours as you wonder why some people don’t have middle names.
Featured image by Dre Hudson/WeedmapsSome may feel relaxed and happy, others may feel drowsy and tired, some even make you feel the complete opposite.
Top 10 Best Indica-dominant Cannabis Seeds
Indica cannabis plants have wider leaves and grow shorter and bushier than sativas, which means that indicas are normally better suited for indoor growing. The effect from indica strains is a physical body high that is relaxing and sedating. This makes indicas ideal for smoking at night-time if you want to wind-down and relax. Due to their calming and sedating effect, indicas can be a good choice to help treat sleeping problems, chronic pain, stress and anxiety. Most indica-dominant strains have a strong, sweet or pungent aroma although they can come in many different flavour variations. If you’re looking for the perfect indica-dominant strain, our list of the top 10 indica-dominant cannabis strains can help you!
1. Super Critical (Greenhouse Seeds)
- Big Bud x Skunk x White Widow
- 8 weeks
When a breeder mixes first-class strains such as White Widow, Skunk and Big Bud for a new creation, expectations are naturally high. Greenhouse Seeds far exceeds those expectations with their spectacular Super Critical. Thanks to her potent ancestors, she delivers a very fast-hitting and strong physical high that relaxes and calms the entire body. With her sheer power to relax, Super Critical makes also a great medicinal strain that is ideal for the relief of chronic pains. She is in particular well-suited if you want to grow her SoG and ScrOG style. In ideal conditions, growers can expect fantastic yields of up-to roughly 800g/m² indoors and an incredible 1.2kgs outdoors. With her powerful effect and spectacular yields, Super Critical is a true powerhouse of a plant!
2. Money Maker (Strain Hunters)
- 70% indica – 30% sativa
- Master Kush x Hindu Kush x Skunk
- 8-9 weeks
Strain Hunters’ Money Maker, a cross between Master Kush, Hindu Kush and Skunk is as old-school as it can get. This award-winning strain doesn’t hide her indica side with her short and bushy growth and small internodes. Although she may require somewhat more nutrients as compared to some other strains, she will reward with very fast growth and will thrive in any type of medium such as soil, coco, grown hydroponically or in aeroponic systems. Even beginners can see amazing results in no time. She will grow very compact buds that have the typical kushy and earthy aroma for an intensive, deep and earthy smoke that is complemented with fruity notes. Money Maker will give a super-potent body high that will show you bottomless depths of relaxation. With her narcotic effect, she’s ideal for treating pains and insomnia.
3. Super Skunk (Sensi Seeds)
- 80% indica – 20% sativa
- Skunk x Afghani Hash Plant
- 45-50 days
Skunk #1 is one of Sensi Seeds’ groundbreaking strains. With their Super Skunk, Sensi’s goal was to take their famed family of Skunk strains back to their original Afghani roots. As you can expect from Sensi Seeds, the result is another stellar strain. Sensi managed to improve on Skunk #1 and created a modern strain where they added flavour and potency and gave the strain a boost in growing performance and yield. Super Skunk grows massive, crystal-coated colas that will ensure an abundant harvest of tasty and resinous bud. She is easy to grow and not very demanding, so that even new growers can look forward to a smoke with an extraordinary powerful effect. Get ready for a full-body experience and have her show you the deepest levels of relaxation!
4. Big Buddha Cheese (Big Buddha Seeds)
- Skunk No. 1 (Cheese) x Afghani
- 7-9 weeks
Cheese is among the most popular cannabis strains in the UK. Lore has it that the strain originated from a bag of Skunk seeds back in the late 1980s. What makes Cheese so unique is her intense cheese-like smell, a trait that made her immediately popular in the cannabis scene and among many growers and breeders. Breeder Big Buddha Seeds took the strain in the early 2000s where he wanted to create a seed version of the famous strain with the help of a top Afghani. The rest is history. Big Buddha Cheese went on to immediately win the 2006 Cannabis Cup and from there on the popularity of the new hybrid soared. Today it is the most popular Cheese hybrid in seed form. Big Buddha Cheese combines her trademark cheese aroma with some sweet and tropical notes. Cultivars and connoisseurs love Big Buddha Cheese for her enormous yields and super-potent bud. Her high is energetic and uplifting, very clear and long-lasting.
5. Blueberry (Dutch Passion)
- 80% indica – 20% sativa
- 9 weeks
The original Blueberry is the most popular of the Blue Family of cannabis strains that consists of her and her sisters Blue Velvet, Blue Moonshine, Blue Heaven and Flo. She got her name because of her delightful and authentic blueberry flavour and aroma and her beautiful flowers that ripe from red to purple to a nice blueberry blue. With genetics from some of the best Afghani indicas and Thai sativas as well as with minor Mexican influences, she produces very resinous buds that will delight every grower. As you would expect from a first-class strain such as Dutch Passion’s Blueberry, she already took home several awards like the 2000 Cannabis Cup where she dominated the competition. Smoking her is an experience, not only for her fresh and fruity blueberry aroma but also for her pleasant high that is euphoric and can last for several hours.
6. LSD (Barney’s Farm)
- 70% indica – 30% sativa
- Skunk #1 x Mazar
- 60-65 days
Barney’s Farm bred their LSD cannabis strain with the help of top genetics from Skunk #1 and Mazar-I-Sharif. The result is a spectacular plant that grows with a big punch of vigour and robustness. Growers love that she is resistant to many diseases and that they can grow her almost anywhere without a fuzz. Barney’s Farm’s LSD will reward will respectable yields of about 600g/m² while she requires a rather short flowering time of only 8-9 weeks. As some can possibly guess from the strain’s name alone, Barney’s Farm’s LSD is famous for her powerful high that can give a very trippy and psychedelic experience together with a no-less powerful relaxing body stone. Some of her phenotypes have been measured to contain a staggering 24% of THC. Her smoke has an intensive, earthy and musky chestnut aroma.
7. Critical Mango (Zativo Seeds)
- 75% indica – 25% sativa
- Critical 47 x Somango
- 8-9 weeks
Two of the most robust and fertile strains, Critical 47 and Somango, helped in the creation of Zativo’s Critical Mango. This 75% indica doesn’t grow very tall indoors but this can be an advantage for all those who want to keep it stealthy or where growing space is limited. Outdoors however, some plants can easily reach a height of 2m or more in optimal conditions. Don’t let her unassuming size fool you, Critical Mango’s yields make more than up for it! In a typical indoor grow room she can yield up to 525-575g/m² and may well pull 600g/plant in the outdoors, thanks to her fertile Critical 47 genetics. From her Somango parent she got a very fruity scent and pleasant sweet taste that makes connoisseurs fall in love with her right away. Critical Mango delivers an equally pleasant high that boosts creativity and inspiration for the perfect day-time smoke.
8. Critical (Royal Queen Seeds)
- 60% indica – 40% sativa
- Afghani x Skunk
- 7-8 weeks
Critical by Royal Queen Seeds is one of those strains where everything is in perfect balance. With her robustness and vigour, her enormous yields, great taste and amazing flavour and last but not least the easiness if you want to grow her, Critical is an all-time favorite in the cannabis scene. For cultivars, Critical by Royal Queen Seeds is the cash crop plant of choice since she will reward, over-and over again, with great yields in an amazingly short 7 weeks. Her manageable short stature of below 1m indoors makes her perfect for all types of growing spaces, yet she is all about yield with her short internode spacing and fat buds. This makes Critical the perfect plant for discreet growers who don’t want to sacrifice anything. Quantity sure is not everything when it comes to cannabis, and this is where Critical shows why she is so popular. She offers a true quality smoke that gives a nice body stone which will mellow into a deep and blissful relaxation.
9. OG Kush (Dinafem)
- 75% indica – 25% sativa
- Lemon Thai/Pakistani x Chemdawg
- 55 days
OG Kush, Dinafem’s cross between a Lemon Thai/Pakistani and a Chemdawg enjoys big popularity all across the world. The exotic hybrid is especially popular in California where the strain is a favorite among celebs and cannabis connoisseurs. OG Kush is a fast-flowering strain that will pack a punch and will grow with stunning results with only some basic care. This makes her a great plant also for less experienced growers. She will grow very dense, super-resinous buds that have a very intensive smell and aroma, a trademark of OG Kush that is also a hint at the amazing quality of her smoke. Her flavour is very fruity, a mix of berries and citrus with some clearly present Diesel notes. Dinafem’s OG Kush delivers a very potent effect that starts out as a cerebral high at first and then evolves into a deeply relaxing body high.
10. Lemon OG Kush (DNA Genetics)
- 60% indica – 40% sativa
- Lemon Skunk x The OG #18
- 8-9 weeks
DNA Genetics wanted to bring their lemony genetics to the next level and this is exactly what they managed to do when they created their Lemon OG Kush. Their cross between a Lemon Skunk and an OG #18 makes for a fantastic smoke experience that blends deep and fuel-like flavour tones with beautifully contrasting refreshing lemon notes. Growers will like that Lemon OG Kush flowers in a reasonable 8-9 weeks where she will reward with a respectable harvest of up to 550g/m² of some first grade dank but very lemony bud. Her effect is incredibly cerebral and can be just the right thing if you want a good strain for pain relief or to help treat depression and anxiety.We compiled a Top 10 list of most popular indica-dominant cannabis seeds at Zativo. Check 'em out! Quick and discreet shipping! ]]>