Effects of Indica-Dominant Consumption
Cannabis affects everyone differently. However, there are some commonly reported psychoactive, subjective and physical effects from consuming Indica-dominant cultivars.
The psychoactive effects of the Indica flower vary for each individual user, however, the chemical process is the same in every case. Cannabis affects the levels of several neurotransmitters, including dopamine and norepinephrine. These changes, in turn, can cause changes in conscious perception, euphoria, relaxation, introspection, amplified sensuality, and increased libido. Anxiety and panic attacks can also occur among consumers when dealing with cultivars that contain a high THC content.
In addition to the more universal psychoactive effects of cannabis consumption, there are also a few more subjective effects that are common for many users. These include increased appetite and increased enjoyment of food and drink. Many users also report feeling a distorted sense of time, with time generally slowing down or feeling as though it has stopped. Cannabis can also produce a “rush” of ideas and perceptions. Finally, with higher doses, some users report instances of dissociation and even mild hallucinations.
For most people, the physical effects of cannabis consumption are virtually the same regardless of whether it’s a Sativa or Indica strain. Users will experience dry mouth, an increased heart rate, dry or red eyes, and muscle relaxation.
Some consumers tend to associate Indica-dominant strains with high CBD levels and Sativa-dominant strains with high THC levels, although this classification is largely incorrect.
The real distinction between the effects felt by consuming Indica and Sativa strains are the result of terpenes – the aromatic compounds found in cannabis. The deep and pungent terpenes commonly found in Indica-dominant strains are associated with relaxing, sedative effects. Terpenes associated with Indica-like effects include Myrcene and Beta Caryophyllene.