Cannabis plants are mainly divided into three strains, sativa, indica and hybrid. Indicas are short and THC-rich strains originating from India, Pakistan and regions around that area. The buds are usually covered in crystals or trichomes, meaning they produce a lot of resin. Resin contains THC, which is the primary psychoactive compound of cannabis. You can count that indica has a higher percentage of THC when compared to the other strains.
Indica strains are characterized by their heavily calming and full body relaxing effect. Many users explain its effects as dreamy and sedative, and it is mostly appreciated by medical consumers because of the pain and stress-relieving effects it provides.
Looking for the heaviest indica strains can be a bit confusing, especially if you are not an experienced smoker. To help with your search, we’ll provide you with a list of some of the strongest indica strains you can find and discuss the effects of these strains. As you may know, the potency of indica or any other strain is determined by the level of psychoactive compounds (THC and CBD) in the strain. In this category, we have both pure indica and indica-dominant strains, each with high THC content.
Strawberry banana, also called “Strawnana”, is an indica-dominant hybrid strain created by crossing Banana Kush and Bubble Gum (strawberry phenotype). It was developed by DNA Genetics in collaboration with Serious Seeds and earned its name because of the sweet and fruity flavor it produces. It has a high THC concentration of 30% and has become a fan favorite because of its appealing taste and easy-going high.
Strawberry banana produces small to medium-sized flowers, and the leaves are light green with streaks of yellow. The flowers are fully covered with white trichomes, which produces the high THC content. The strain, if cured properly, has a sweet and fruity taste; it tastes more banana-like than strawberry. Like most indica strains, its effects take a while to fully hit; you may feel it building up few minutes after smoking. Its effects are very trippy but not entirely cerebral. You’ll feel your sensory perception heightened and your body fully relaxed. It’s best for taking a walk or enjoying low-key music or movies.
Purple Kush is a pure indica strain with striking colors and an enjoyable taste. Originally created by breeders in Oakland, California, this strain is a cross Hindu Kush and a purple-tinted Afghani variety. With a THC content ranging from 17% to 27%, this pure indica strain produces a slow and full-body high. Its medium-sized flowers are very dense and heavy, with green and purple leaves. Its purple color is mostly gotten from parent strain, Purple Afghani. This color develops when the plant is exposed to cold temperatures, and its anthocyanin (similar to chlorophyll) is activated.
The appeal of this strain is not limited to its appearance; it also produces a pleasant taste that stands out. Initially, it produces an earthy and almost musky odor, similar to Afghani strains. When combusted, the flowers give off a fruity taste and hash-like odor that leads to heavy coughing. Its effect may start off as disorienting but immediately eases into a slow sense of calmness. Its long-lasting blissful euphoria envelopes your mind and keeps your body fully relaxed, and gets rid of body pain and stress.
Skywalker OG is a potent, indica-dominant strain that produces a super relaxing high that leaves you in the clouds for hours. The strain is created by crossing Skywalker and OG Kush strains. It boasts of very high THC content ranging from 20% to 26% and is not for beginners. Its effect is very high, intense and takes effects seconds after a hit or two; its buds are round and has an olive green color, fully coated with dense white trichomes.
Its effects are super heavy and intergalactic, leaving you completely glued to the couch. It produces a happy high coupled with intense munches, so be sure to have snacks next to you before going on this adventure. It is perfect for people suffering from chronic pain, extreme stress and anxiety.
Chocolate OG is a cross between Chocolate Rain and True OG, producing a rich aroma with heavy physical effects. This pure indica strain has a dark appearance and an astonishing THC content ranging between 19% and 29%. It produces medium to large-sized flowers that look a lot like mini pinecones. It is covered with white, resinous trichomes accounting for the strains potency and high psychoactivity. It produces a sweet and coffee-like aroma; it burns smoothly with a sour and somewhat earthy flavor.
Like most heavy indica strains, Chocolate OG takes a while to hit; some take up to 10 to 15 minutes to take effect. Users experience faint pressure around the temples and increased salivation. It may produce trippy effects like visual and auditory distortions. Its effects are subtle at first and then progresses into a stronger overwhelming effect.
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