While sativas tend to be energizing and uplifting, the indica effect is “body-based,” sedative and relaxing. These strains are commonly recommended for nighttime use.
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What are the best indica strains?
How do you define the best indica strain? According to Leafly reviewers, it boils down to ten indica strains, old and new, that Leafly reviewers love for how sleepy it makes them feel. You’ll note “kush” and “purple” in many indica strain names, which refer to their lineages like Humboldt Purple or Kushes from the Hindu Kush region of Asia.
- Alien Bubba: Alien Bubba fans swear by this cross of Alien Kush and Bubba Kush, which can abduct you just as hard as the parents. Its tea, earthy and nutty taste is vintage, too.
- Blackberry Cream: Exotic Genetix’s Blackberry Cream has been putting fans in a dessert coma since at least 2016. They rave for this cross of Blackberry Kush and Cookies and Cream.
- Blue Knight: Shocker, the strain with Blueberry and Kryptonite makes reviewers go lights-out, nighty-night. It’s an older genetic, but it checks out.
- Blue Zkittlez: Zkittlez on its own gets tagged an indica strain, but Blue Zkittlez pushes the sleepy effect even harder. Thanks to the candy aisle terpenes from the Z, BZ might be the tastiest of the bunch.
- Cement Shoes: Cement Shoes encase your feet in rock and toss you into the ocean to sleep with the fishes. Animal Cookies, OGKB, and Wet Dream all lend genes for THC to this crusher.
- Death Bubba: Fluff your pillow whenever you see “Bubba” in the name. Fill out your will when they add “Death” to the title. Death Star x Bubba Kush have been smashing insomnia for the better part of a decade now.
- El Chapo OG: Lots of OG Kush crosses hit like a truck and sit you down. Chapo OG backs up its intimidating name with effects that insist you take a nap.
- Face-Off OG: Usually, Face-Off OG pops up in crosses, but if you can get at this original type of OG Kush, it should live up to its face-ripping reputation. Archive Seed Bank breeder “Fletch” popularized this strain via Dosidos.
- Forbidden Fruit: Weirdly, this Bay Area cross of GDP x Tangie gets listed as an indica strain. Tangie is more of a sativa-dominant hybrid strain, but together they lean toward the GDP effect with gobs of THC and the terpene myrcene driving the relaxing effects. Forbidden Fruit is the friendliest indica strain of the bunch.
- Purple Hindu Kush: Take the famous Hindu Kush and throw some more purple at it and boom—a forever strain. PHK has some of the oldest reviews in Leafly, and some of the newest. Get all prepped for a weed nap and explore the Kush.