Indica cannabis is a subspecies that is known for its short stature and fast flowering times. However, indica is probably better known for the “stoned” effect it induces. Indica plants naturally developed in subtropical climates and mountainous regions like the Hindu Kush, where temperatures are moderate and weather can be harsh.
The resilience of indicas makes them suitable for indoor and outdoor cultivation, and plants are usually very easy to grow. Also, most indica plants will produce a significant amount of resin, which makes them perfect for creating hashish. Many indica varieties will provide a sweet, pungent aroma and dense buds. So if you are looking for the top 10 indica-dominant strains, we have just the list for you.
Girl Scout Cookies is hands-down one of the most potent indica-dominant hybrids available. The strain was created by crossing two legendary cultivars—OG Kush from America’s West Coast, and Durban Poison from South Africa. This California-born concoction is still one of the most popular strains in the US and Canada, and has now taken Europe by storm.
Given this strain’s slight indica dominance (60% indica, 40% sativa), the effects are well-balanced, defined by uplifting and euphoric effects that gradually melt into a soothing couchlock. The unique aromas of Durban and OGK combine to create a flavor that is almost indescribable, but certainly enjoyable.
Gorilla Glue is a multi-award-winning strain, and one of the luckiest accidents in cannabis history. Resulting from the accidental pollination of Sour Dubb by an intersex Chem Sis, Gorilla Glue has been called one of the most potent strains in recorded history. The strain produces lovely, pungent flowers that are hard to miss.
By the end of flowering (as its name suggests), buds will be covered in a thick, sticky, glue-like coat of resin that will make your mouth water. Gorilla Glue delivers a powerful body high that stimulates the mind as much as it relaxes the body. There's no doubt Gorilla Glue is one of the most desirable and marketable indica-dominant strains on the planet.
White Diesel is a indica-dominant strain with some of the very best flavors and aromas you can find. White Diesel is a powerhouse that has been selectively bred to be the bomb. The incredible high is nicely balanced, leaning more in the direction of a head-high, with just enough of a body stone to slow you down and possibly soothe any aches and pains. This is of course augmented by levels of THC between 20–22%.
The wintery white sea of trichomes encapsulating the buds will reveal big, fruity flavors and a satisfyingly dank skunk aroma. White Diesel has a short flowering time of 8–9 weeks, and is suitable for indoor and outdoor growing.
Big Buddha Cheese is 2006’s High Times Cannabis Cup winner for Best Indica. The strain was created by Big Buddha Seeds as a cross between the original Skunk #1-derived Exodus Cheese and a well-known Afghan cultivar. The result is a fast-flowering plant that provides more significant buds than its predecessors.
The strain produces a unique aroma when smoked, and a cheerful, upbeat, long-lasting high. Due to its indica dominance and hardy nature, Big Buddha Cheese is suitable for indoor and outdoor cultivation. Cheese-lovers will not be disappointed with this dank representation of the original icon.
The strain formerly known as Soma #5 is a hybrid created by blending Big Skunk Korean, Super Skunk, and the uber-famous Jack Herer. The result is a strain bursting with fruity aromas reminiscent of tropical mango. Somango is best suited for indoor cultivation. For ideal results, planting the seedlings in organic, nutrient-rich soil is recommended.
The robust Somango smoke offers a beautiful, uplifting high that is very motivating and euphoric. With around 20% THC, this cultivar is potent, without unraveling users completely. Despite its 75% indica dominance, Somango provides a positive uplift that won’t turn you into a couch potato.
Blueberry is a legendary strain that has been around since the late-1970s, and has since reached rock star status. The strain began its walk of fame after taking the High Times Cannabis Cup for Best Indica back in 2000. Blueberry is the descendant of previous cultivars blended by American Breeder DJ Short, who worked with several different breeders to give us the strain we all know and love today.
Blueberry provides bold, sweet flavors of, you guessed it, wild blueberries. The high it induces is euphoric and long-lasting, eventually delivering narcotic sensations that makes it a good evening/nighttime strain. Blueberry is frequently invoked as a strain with therapeutic potential, offering properties that may be effective for relieving pain, strain, insomnia, and lack of appetite.
Cookies Kush is a hybrid of Rolex Kush and the tasty Girls Scout Cookies. The indica-dominant strain was created to satisfy the patrons of the Amsterdam coffeeshop scene. But don’t take our word for it; Cookies Kush received validation as Best Coffeeshop Strain in the 2014 High Times Amsterdam Cannabis Cup.
THC levels are moderate, hitting around 15–18%, while CBD levels are respectable at around 1–3%. The high is very relaxing, but still mentally stimulating. Some users, however, are quickly left feeling lethargic when toking a bit too much of this delicious specimen. Cookies Kush is recommended for soothing chronic pain, muscle spasms, stomach cramps, and even depression.
Sour Kush, originally known as Headband, is a fast-growing strain deriving from Sour Diesel and OG Kush. This strain is reported to be one of the top strains for pain-relief, given its potent THC content. Although exact THC levels are hard to come by, most sources credit the strain for having at least 18% to 20%, and as high as 25%.
Despite the presence of some significant sativa genetics, Sour Kush is easy to grow and will produce highly resinous buds by the end of bloom. Furthermore, aromas of citrus and spice will invigorate the senses and have you eager to sample these highly coveted buds. Unlike many other indica-dominant strains, Sour Kush won't leave you feeling drained and tired.
Critical Hog is an excellent strain for novice growers looking to crop a quick harvest. The strain only needs 55 days of bloom to produce big, resin-rich buds that are wonderful for making hash and cannabutter for your favorite edibles. The plant is a tasty blend of the award-winning Tennessee Hog and Critical Mass.
Critical Hog releases citrus and floral aromas of lavender during flowering. Once dried and cured, buds will release a more woody flavor that still holds on to some of those citrus notes. This indica-dominant strain induces a typical indica body high, with relaxing effects that are great for relieving pain. Plants will reach heights of 120–160cm, producing yields of around 350–550g/m² indoors.
Strawberry Glue harnesses the world-class characteristics of Strawbanana Cream and ups the ante with the addition of the flavorful Goji Glue. Originally a West Coast sensation, this strain is known to produce THC levels up to 28%, maybe even 30% in some phenos.
Obviously, this potency comes with a range of applications for patients who medicate with high-THC strains. Pain and anxiety will be instantly banished, while you enjoy a fast-acting head-buzz that shifts into a settled narcosis upon repeated tokes. Novice users beware, just a few puffs from a Strawberry Glue joint will taste incredible, but may render you couchlocked. Enjoy the fruity essence of this top-quality indica hybrid.