Indica Side Effects: What You Need To Know

Indica Side Effects

Sativas and indicas each have their own effects, properties, and benefits. The sativa marijuana strains are basically stimulators that uplift you mentally while also providing a cerebral high that can be translated into physical energy and motivation. However, for the purposes of discussing our main point in this article, we will be zeroing in and focusing on indicas and how they affect your body in both good and bad ways, such as the indica side effects. 

What is an indica?

Indica cannabis is one of the main strains of marijuana plants. These are the plants that are normally found in northern and colder regions. That is why they were first observed and discovered back in the northern parts of India near the Hindu Kush mountain range. These plants are now typically grown in colder and harsher climates due to how they were historically observed in higher altitudes and cold regions.

Indica marijuana strains are a lot different from sativas in terms of physical appearance. Instead of being tall and slender plants, they are short, stocky, and stout. They have bushier leaves and buds that are dense and chunky. Their leaves are also darker in terms of color compared to the lighter sativa leaves and are grouped or packed close to one another. The overall appearance of the indica marijuana plant can be attributed to the lack of available sunlight in the regions where they are historically found. That is also the very same reason why indica plants are generally quicker to grow compared to sativa plants as they try to flower before the climate gets too cold during the winter season.

Because the first indica marijuana plants were found near the Hindu Kush mountain range, most of the first indica strains were named after the regions found in that area, such as the Hindu Kush and Afghani.

How do indicas affect you?

In terms of effects, indica strains (especially the pure ones) are generally body-heavy as compared to how sativas affect the mind more. These effects are commonly known to deliver a sedating high that keeps your entire body relaxed to the point that you will probably be robbed of your will to move around or do anything physically. As such, a lot of different users love indica strains because of how they keep them relaxed at the end of the day. Indicas are also more mellow compared to sativas because of how they do not have heavy mental effects and how they usually have lower THC levels.

While indica cannabis strains have lower THC levels compared to sativas, they are generally higher in terms of THC to CBD ratio. The high CBD count allows them to have different medicinal qualities that make indicas ideal for self-medicating. That is why plenty of users use indica plants for pain-relief as they are ideal for reducing inflammation by relaxing the muscles. The same properties also allow them to be effective against muscle spasms. In some cases, users use indicas to help them sleep since these strains promote drowsiness.

As plenty as the benefits and medicinal qualities that indicas have, they also come with side effects just as how any other medicines do.

What are the indica side effects?

Couch lock

Couch lock is probably the most prominent side effect that comes with indica marijuana plants. In simple terms, a couch lock is a term used to describe the feeling that a user gets when he seems like he is glued to his couch, bed or any other surface, he is sitting or lying on after using an indica strain. This can be too overwhelming to the point that the user is robbed of all of his will to move from his couch. Hence, he is essentially couch-locked.

The couch-lock phenomena can be explained by how the indica relaxes the entire body to the point that it feels too heavy for anyone to overcome. An indicas relaxing effects can actually keep you so relaxed that all you can do is to sit back and try to enjoy the sensation. That is why it is often recommended that you only use indica marijuana strains at the end of the day or during the weekends when you no longer need to do anything productive or important.

On the bright side, the couch-lock you get from an indica can lead to good sleep.

Poor coordination

As mentioned, indica marijuana strains affect the body to the point that it relaxes the muscles while also making you feel sleepier. That means that you will feel your body getting heavier to the point that you might find it difficult to move around. Expect yourself to have poor coordination and for you to have a difficult time doing tasks that require you to have good coordination.

Extreme appetite

Known simply as the munchies, extreme appetite can somewhat be a side effect that comes with indicas because of how it induces an insatiable kind of hunger that will force you to empty your refrigerator in an instant. The reason for this is that the THC found in the indica strain affects the part of the brain that controls hunger and satiety. As such, you are tricked into thinking that you are hungry even though your body is not actually hungry. This is why indica strains are often used medicinally to treat eating disorders. In some cases, this side effect is actually a good thing for recreational users who do not mind binging during a weekend.


It is scientifically proven that THC in high doses can actually trigger anxiety and other similar types of effects due to how this chemical compound can affect the receptors in the brain that are responsible for anxious thoughts. However, this usually occurs only when marijuana is consumed at very high doses. In moderate doses, the THC in indicas are actually known to calm you down. But because indicas have higher CBD levels, they are less likely to cause anxiety as CBD is known to combat and neutralize the anxiety-inducing effects of THC.

Dry mouth and eyes

One of the more common side effects associates with marijuana in its entirety is dryness in both the mouth and the eyes. This is because the THC interacts with the cannabinoid receptors that are responsible for producing saliva as well as the watery substance in your eyes. As such, it is important that you keep yourself hydrated when using cannabis if you want to avoid dehydrating yourself. This side effect is also the reason why people who are under the effects of marijuana have eyes that have turned red due to dehydration or lack of moisture.


Everything in the world can have side effects when not consumed properly. As good as marijuana plants are to your body, indica side effects can have their downsides if you are not using this weed strain well enough to allow the benefits to outweigh the consequences. As such, it is important that you educate yourself well in the strain that you are using regardless of whether it is an indica or a sativa so that any side effects can be minimized and the good experiences are maximized.

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