As one of the best marijuana dispensaries in Denver, at Lightshade, we pride ourselves on educating our customers and helping them find the exact products to suit their needs. Whether a medical patient or recreational customer is struggling with insomnia, stress, pain, muscle spasms or more, Lightshade has a large selection of marijuana strains, edibles, concentrates and other products to help with a variety of ailments and conditions. Lightshade’s 6th Ave store manager, Chris, helps break down the education behind our strain classification system.

There are two main varieties of cannabis plants: Indica and Sativa. For customers who are just breaking into cannabis use, or even for those more experienced marijuana users, inquiring about the differences between Indica and Sativa marijuana strains is a question that we get asked hundreds of times a day in our multiple marijuana dispensaries in Denver and Aurora.

As a general rule of thumb, Indica strains are (for the most part) associated with a more relaxing high, whereas Sativa strains tend to impart a more energetic and focused high. Although these two main cannabis categories are good to be aware of, nowadays there are hundreds of strains that are bred with other strains to isolate desirable traits. Often times this cross-hybridization yields strains that cause both Indica and Sativa effects, blurring the line a bit.

With so many varieties and options of marijuana strains to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right product that meets your needs. To help with this, Lightshade has categorized and assigned 11 different color-coded traits that break down the effects of each strain in a visual and consistent way to help you find the strain that is right for you.

Typically Indica-Dominant Effects:

  • Anxiety/Stress Relief
  • Migraine Relief
  • Muscle Spasm Relief
  • Pain Relief
  • Appetite Stimulation
  • Sleep Aid

Typically Sativa-Dominant Effects:

  • Depression Relief
  • Energy Stimulation
  • Focus
  • Euphoria
  • Creativity

Check out our Find the Bud For You page for an interactive feature that helps you explore all of our active strains, filtered by the effects you’re looking for. Beyond just Indica, Sativa or hybrid, our marijuana strain pages include average THC percentages, strain genetics and origin information, primary, secondary and tertiary effects, photos and more.

Or, if you’re looking for the best selection of weed in Denver, visit one of our marijuana dispensary locations in Denver and Aurora to see our color-coded strain effects and other strain information on each of our strain jar lids on display in our store product cases. Our knowledgeable staff would be delighted to show you why the difference is night and day.