Most Popular Indica Marijuana Strains So Far in 2017

Here’s a look at the 10 most popular indica-dominant marijuana strains so far in 2017.

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Purple Kush. (Photo: StrainSpot.com)

Although sativa strains have been all the rage in recent years, indica strains still (and will always) have their place in the cannabis world. Known for their intense pain relieving effects, indica strains are excellent for those wanting to relax and relieve some stress (or depression or anxiety); they’re also great for those wanting to get some sleep, or those who simply like a powerful high.

That said, below are the top 10 most popular indica marijuana strains so far this year, using data compiled by Leafly:

A genius mix of Big Bud and Purple Urkle, Granddaddy Purple is easily one of the best indicas on the market. The strain has a sweet, berry-like flavor, and dense, kiefy nuggets. The high is incredibly potent and relaxing.

Bubba Kush is known for its enjoyably strong and subduing effects, that result in almost instant relaxation. The strain has a pine-like flavor with tasty notes of chocolate and coffee. Bubba Kush owes much of its lineage to OG Kush, which itself is one of the most legendary marijuana strains around.

According to Leafly: Northern Lights stands among the most famous strains of all time, a pure indica cherished for its resinous buds, fast flowering, and resilience during growth. Itself a descendant of indigenous Afghani and Thai landrace strains, Northern Lights has given rise to famous hybrids like Shiva Skunk and Super Silver Haze.”

Although it’s been around for a while now, Blue Cheese is easily the newcomer on this list of legendary strains. Blue Cheese is a mix of Blueberry with U.K. Cheese. It has a sweet and savory taste and smell of berry and blue cheese, giving it one of the most unique flavors of any marijuana strain available.

Fans of Purple Kush will be less-than-surprised to see it on this list. The years-long mainstay is a cross between Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani ; the results are a powerful, long-lasting high that rushes throughout the head and body. Unless you don’t like indicas (or cannabis in general), it’s almost impossible to not fall in love with Purple Kush.

 

Indica or Sativa: What’s the Difference?

What are the differences between indica and sativa marijuana strains?

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When purchasing marijuana, you might notice that strains are separated into three types; sativa, indica and hybrid, which is a mix of the two. These different species have varying effects when consumed; they also grow slightly differently.

Indica Marijuana Strains

Indica strains tend to have a much stronger “head high” than sativas; this results in a relaxed experience that’s excellent for insomnia and pain relief. Most people find indicas a little too heavy to take during the day; at least if you plan to do much more than hang out at home and play video games (not necessarily a bad thing).

As a plant, indica marijuana strains tend to be shorter and wider than sativa plants, growing between 3.2 to 9.8 feet tall. Indica marijuana plants flower considerably faster than sativas, and are more easily influenced by an alternation of light cycles.

Below is a list of some of the most popular indica marijuana strains on the market:

  • Northern Lights

    Pineapple kush.
  • Pineapple Kush
  • ICE
  • OG Kush
  • Blue Mystic

 

Sativa Marijuana Strains

Sativa strains tend to be more popular than indica strains, especially among new consumers. They tend to have a much more energizer and uplifiting high; this makes it suitable for daytime use.

Although sativa strains aren’t as strong or “heavy” as indica strains, they still have vast medical value; they are particularly useful for anxiety, increasing appetite, reducing nausea and a large number of other things.

As a plant, sativa marijuana strains are taller and thinner than indica strains; in some cases they can reach up to 20 feet in length, though are more often somewhere between 8 and 12 feet.

Below is a list of some of the most popular sativa marijuana strains on the market:

  • Maui Waui

    Chocolope. (Photo: AllBud.com)
  • Chocolope
  • Laughing Buddha
  • Strawberry Cough
  • Amnesia Haze

 

Hybrid Marijuana Strains

Hybrid marijuana strains are a combination of sativa and indica. This may be a 50/50 split, or it may be more of an 80/20 split.

Below is a list of some of the most popular hybrid marijuana strains on the market:

  • Tahoe OG Kush

    Girl Scout Cookies.
  • Death Star
  • Mango Kush
  • Girl Scouts Cookies
  • Bruce Banner