Indica strains are most well-known for their body high, relaxing effects as well as pain and stress relief. Indica strains are typically enjoyed during the evening and nighttime hours when users are looking to kick back and relax. Their sedating nature may also help many users drift off into a restful sleep with great ease. Indica plants are typically smaller and more compact than their sativa counterparts. Also the flowering time of indica is much shorter than sativa.
Below are 10 indica strains that we believe to be the top 10 indica varieties available on the current market.
Critical Kush is comprised of between 90–100% indica genetics, making it almost as pure as it could possibly be. It stems from parent strains OG Kush and Critical Mass. This strain is a hard-hitter, backed by an immense THC content of between 20–25%. Such levels ensure long-lasting and potent effects, characterized by feelings of relaxation and sleepiness. This cannabinoid content is complemented by CBD levels of between 1–2%, adding more therapeutic value to an already medicinal strain.
The advantages of Critical Kush do not stop there, however. The strain is known to be a delight to the senses, offering stunning flavor and aroma profiles defined by hints of citrus, earthiness, spice, and wood. The sheer stoning power of this strain makes it an optimal choice for the nighttime. Critical Kush is an ideal strain for those experiencing insomnia or restlessness, and it will certainly help to wind one all the way down after busy and stressful days.
The hardy nature of Critical Kush makes it a good strain for novice growers. It can be grown both indoors and outdoors, and is known to hold up well against hot and fierce climates. Indoor plants can reach heights of 1m and offer yields of up to 600g/m². Outdoor plants remain at short heights and will be ready to harvest around early-September.
LA Confidential is a pure indica that has left a deep mark on the worldwide cannabis scene. The strain has dominated the competition circuit, having secured 1st placed at many events including Battle of the Bridge 2009, Indica HT Cannabis Cup 2008, Kush Cup Las Vegas 2007, and Strain of the Year High Times 2006. LA Confidential is well-deserving of such status and awards, offering many smokers great highs defined by energetic yet relaxing sensations. The crossbreeding of parents strains Afghani and OG LA Affie resulted in this high-THC strain.
Each hard-hitting toke of LA Confidential is accompanied by incredible tastes and smells of sweetness, earthiness, and spice. The strain can be grown well both indoors and outdoors. Plants cultivated indoors within grow rooms and tents peak at short heights and put out yields of up to 450g/m². On the other hand, outdoor plants grown within pots and garden beds put out medium yields and maintain medium heights throughout the entirety of the grow cycle. Harvest time for outdoor plants occurs around the end of September and early-October. LA Confidential features a flowering time of 7–8 weeks.
Black Domina is heavily indica-dominant, displaying a genetic profile of 95% indica genetics and only 5% sativa. The strain is the offspring of parent strains Afghani, Ortega, Hash Plant, and Northern Lights. This combination has resulted in a strain that offers medium quantities of THC, making it a great smoke when looking to keep things mellow and relaxed without becoming potentially overwhelmed and too stoned. The high generated from smoking Black Domina is very pleasant and positive, lending to happy, relaxed, and giggly sensations. This trait allowed Black Domina to with a 1st place award at the THC Cup in Valencia in 2011.
Black Domina is also known for its complex flavor and aroma, which contains hints of pine, earth, spice, and pepper. When it comes to growing the strain, plants are usually compact, stocky, and short. This means they are largely easy to manage and serve as a good choice when looking to keep your operations somewhat discreet. Yields are often large, and harvest time for outdoor plants occurs during the tail-end of September.
Cream Caramel is a strain that stems from Spain, where it spread throughout Europe to makes its name known in glorious fashion across the competition scene. The powerhouse scored first place in many competitions.
Cream Caramel boasts THC levels of between 15–20%, alongside CBD levels of between 1–1.5%. This cannabinoid profile results in a strong high defined by feelings of euphoria and deep relaxation—a great nighttime smoke. The strain was birthed from the crossbreeding of legendary parent strains Blue Black, Maple Leaf Indica, and White Rhino.
Cream Caramel is a stocky and large plant that prefers indoor growth, where it reaches medium heights and pumps out yields of up to 550g/m². Outdoor plants will also grow to medium heights and will finish flowering around early-October.
Enemy Of The State is a strain with some important history to it. The variety has its roots in Afghanistan, and it eventually went on to play a part in the creation of the legendary strain Amnesia, making it appealing to many breeders out there. The strain is a pure indica that leads to feelings of deep and soothing relaxation, giving it therapeutic value as well as great recreational appeal. The strain may have potential when it comes to easing headaches, pain, stress, and cramps. Its deeply relaxing nature might also assist with sleeping issues such as insomnia.
The happy and relaxing high generated by Enemy Of The State is heavily augmented by satisfying tastes and scents of sweetness, flowers, and spice. The strain grows to medium heights when grown both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor yields are of medium quantity, with indoor yields hitting around 500g/m². Enemy Of The State features a flowering time of 7–8 weeks, with outdoor plants ready to harvest during late-September.
Northern Lights is a name familiar to almost every cannabis smoker; the pure indica strain has a massive reputation within the weed world. The true origins of this strain are shrouded in mystery, but it came to be known that it originated out of Seattle around 1985, making its way to Amsterdam where it was archived into famous seedsbanks and developed further.
Northern Lights contains a THC content of around 18%, enough to elicit a powerful and intense high. The smells and flavors of the strain are incredibly refreshing and enriching, defined by hints of earth and pine. The high is deeply stoning and relaxing, with a slight energetic edge that makes it quite a sociable smoke for an indica.
Northern Lights will only grow to small heights in both indoor and outdoor settings, but its yields in both environments are known to be large and impressive. It’s an easy variety to grow, and therefore, might appeal to novice growers looking for an easy entry strain.
LA Cheese is somewhat of an elite indica strain, having won third place for best overall strain at the High Times Cannabis Cup of 2010, an impressive feat to say the least. The strain owes its incredible genetics and attractive traits to parent strains Big Buddha Cheese and LA Confidential. The strain is both an enjoyable recreational smoke and a medicinal option, containing medium quantities of both THC and CBD. This makes LA Cheese a relaxing and mellow high that induces feelings of happiness. This chill vibe is enhanced by stunning tastes and scents of sweetness, cheese, and potent skunk.
LA Cheese plants are short, stocky, and bushy, and provide growers with medium yields both indoors and outdoors. The strain features a flowering period of up to 10 weeks, and will be ready to harvest during October when grown outdoors within pots or garden beds.
This pure indica variety bears medium levels of THC, making it a fine choice for smokers looking to relax without becoming completely overwhelmed and locked to the couch for long periods of time. Regardless, the effects are still quite sedating, relaxing, and border on the psychedelic, according to some reports.
The relaxing nature of this strain makes it a great smoke for when it's time to kick back and relax, such as when walking out in nature, chilling on the beach, or watching a film at home. The sleepy and happy high is accompanied by sweet and pungent tastes. In true indica fashion, this strain is quite short, yet churns out yields of up to 450g/m² when grown indoors in grow rooms or tents.
California Hash Plant is a pure indica beauty that puts out dense and tall colas. The strain is extremely hardy and can thrive outdoors in environments that range from cold, all the way to humid. This strain really reaches its potential when grown outdoors, and can erupt up to impressive heights of around 2.5m.
The flowers contain a modest THC content of between 8–12%, making for a mellow smoke that could even be utilized in the daytime. The high is relaxing and calming, and each joint offers tastes of sweetness, sourness, citrus, and spice. As the name suggests this strain is indeed perfectly suited to make fabulous hash from.