As opposed to cannabis sativa, indica plants are normally shorter and stockier, reaching between three and six feet tall. Their leaves are short, broad and deeply serrated and sometimes tinged with a hint of purple and the flowers form in compact, dense clusters. The indica plant has a strong stinky or skunky smell and the smoke in generally heavy and can produce a coughing response.
The medicating effect of indica is predominantly physical, although the relief of certain physical symptoms can have positive emotional results as well. Indicas are characterized as relaxing, sedating, and pain reducing and are excellent at relieving stress. They produce an overall sense of calm and serenity and are very effective for overall body pain relief, allowing a patient to simply sit still. Indicas are generally best for later in the day and before bed.