By Patte Purcell

What is indica? Indica originates from Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. Effects leave you relaxed and social. This is the most commonly used strain for a good night’s sleep, stress relief and couch lock. If you are looking for the strains that slow you down, these are the ones to look for.

Kush is a particular variety of cannabis that descends from the Hindu Kush mountains. The aroma can vary between earthy, floral, pungent, pine, incense, sweet fruit, hash spice, pepper, citrus, and herbs. Kush effects are typically heavy and sedative. OG Kush crosses are usually coupled with a bright euphoria that puts a smile on your face. This is particularly good for introspection or internal reflection and is a common effect. It has a cerebral effect making it a great strain for mediation.

Medically, patients most commonly cite improvements in migraines and ADD/ADHD, insomnia and stress disorders.

Here are the most popular indica strains according to, however, there are many indica strains available.

Grandaddy Purple weighing in at between 17-23% THC this Purple indica strain is a cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud. The buds tend to be fat and lush given the Big Buds quality, and nugs are sure to be filled with a delicious purple. This bud is super fruity, sweet, and straight dank with a euphoric sleepy time high, and medicinal relief.

Northern Lights is a pure indica bud and is one of the most famous of all time. It weighs in with a THC content averaging around 18%. It is both pungent sweet and earthy with a euphoric dreaminess in the high. Good for muscle relaxation, anxiety, pain, and stress relief.

Aurora bud has a high 15-20% THC content and is a cross between Northern Lights and Afghan. The bud is also good for medicinal treatment for patients who need the CBD content. The bud is flavorful with notes of earthy pungent spice and pine.

Blue Mystic is also known as “Fruity-licious” in some circles this indica has an 18% THC content and is a 20% Sativa 80% indica cross breed of Blueberry and Northern Lights; a stony, sweet, fruity, top choice indica hard to match for its flavor.

Sensi-Star, this 90% indica dominant strain is both earthy and sweet, with woody notes; a major body buzz with this one with a 20% THC content. As a 2x High Times Cannabis Cup winner you just can’t go wrong.

Purple Kush, in top grow situations this amazing Purp has yielded a 27.7% THC content and gives a pure couch-caked indica high. This heavy hitter is no joke and if smoked during the day will make any task seem worth procrastinating. It offers great medicinal relief with sustained head high, and King of Grapes.

Due to the recreational legalization of marijuana it is now legal to grow up to 6 plants per person and up to 2 persons per household. There are many places on line to purchase seeds or clones to grow your own. Clones are already mini plants that you just take home and plant. Many dispensaries carry clones for their patients. Clones and seeds can also be purchased online. It’s an interesting and fun hobby to grow your own. It allows you to work directly with your plants and pick the strains you desire. The payoff is an abundance of your favorites at a price  that is pennies when compared to purchasing it from a dispensary.

For those that prefer to pick it up from your dispensary, ask your bud tender for a recommendation. These folks spend a lot of time to learn their selections in order to help their patients.

Patte Purcell is a 420 Industry party and event planner. She holds upscale jazz events in art galleries for the 45 plus crowd. If you’d like to get an invitation to the next event on Nov. 6, Jazz at the Gallery, a 420 Experience at the Elena Bulatova Art Gallery on El Paseo text your name and email to 1-702-219-6777. You must be on the invitation list to attend.