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Indica or Sativa: 4 Strains that People Confuse for One Another

When it comes to cannabis, there are a lot of terms, names and terminologies that most people either don’t understand or confuse with something similar. Some of these terms may sound interchangeable, but play a vital role in purchasing your cannabis products. In other words, if you want to buy the right cannabis strains as per your needs and preferences, you must know about certain key cannabis terms. 

The most popular of the terms that even non users may have heard are indica and sativa, which are used to categorize certain strains and their benefits. Today, we are going to examine 4 different strains that often get confused in their categorization (like an indica mistaken for sativa and vice versa), but are easy to tell apart once you understand their distinctions.

Indica vs Sativa

When people talk about indica strains, they’re talking about the ones that produce the most calming effects, such as relaxation, euphoria, and most notably, sleepiness. These strains can be either THC or CBD dominant, but if the effects are very calming, then they both would fall under the Indica umbrella.

Sativa strains are basically the exact opposite of Indicas, meaning that Sativas are known for their uplifting effects and re-energizing users. These strains are often consumed to heighten focus and get a boost before taking on a busy day. 

Due to these differences (relaxing vs energizing), Indica strains are often referred to as nighttime strains while Sativa are the ones commonly used in the daytime to improve performance. There is also a third strain type: Hybrid strains, which, you guessed it, combine the effects of indica and sativa. 

4 Strains that people often confuse

The following four are the strains that most people are unsure about whether they are indica or sativa. Appearance is a small factor but it’s mainly because of certain particular effects in each strain that might throw off which category they would fall under. But luckily, we examine the strains closely and have provided their definitive strain type.

Anslinger Demise

Does Anslinger Demise fall under indica or sativa?

This strain from Kineos Genetics may be potent in its mixture of Bruce Banner, Amnesia Haze and 9lb Hammer but is often confused on whether it is indica or sativa, and there is a reason for that: Anslinger Demise is neither indica nor sativa, it is a hybrid. In being a hybrid, the strain provides a combination of either of the effects based on how it is produced.


Not the delicious Italian dessert, but the strain Gelato is another example of a hybrid strain made by crossing Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbet. Gelato may be a THC-dominant strain but it provide a spectrum of effects such as pain-relief, euphoria, relief against fatigue and insomnia, etc. 

Since it is a hybrid, Gelato combines both calming and energizing effects to offer users a fully-balanced, elevated experience. 

Acapulco Gold

Unlike the strains mentioned above, Acapulco Gold is actually a Sativa, which means it is used as a morning strain known for its truly invigorating effects. It has been confused as an Indica in being a strain that is surprisingly rare despite being around for over 60 years. The moderately-infused 18% THC count adds to the experience with mild psychoactive effects, while the dominating terpene Myrcene allows for a coffee-like aroma for cannaseurs. 

OG Kush

Is OG Kush indica? 

What might be the most popular strain on this list, one whose name alone has been adopted by the masses both ironically (in jokes or memes) and unironically (by actually users) and typically associated with feeling mellow, OG Kush is not an indica. This strain also falls into the hybrid category. OG Kush is produced by combining Lemon Thai and Chemdawg with Hindu Kush, and it was initially cultivated in Florida and then went on to become one of the most preferred strains across the US. 

OG Kush, like Acapulco, contains about 18% THC, making it moderately psychoactive. The effects, as with most hybrids, are a perfect balance between calming and energizing

Where to get these strains?

Are you curious to see how these strains affect you and want to try one for yourself? Come visit Medizin or order online, we are an award-winning cannabis dispensary where you will find a broad range of cannabis strains and products. Delivery and curbside pickup are also available between 9am and 12am.

Medizin Dispensary
4850 W Sunset Rd Ste #130

T: 702-248-0346