In Australia, small amounts of cannabis are now legal for recreational use. But where should you start?
Cannabis can help treat a wide range of common conditions. Typically, good indica cannabis strains will give you a sense of mental and physical relaxation, increased appetite, reduced pain, and help you fall asleep more easily. This is especially useful for deep body relaxation, not an energizing experience.
Here’s our list of the best Indica Strains out on the Australian market!
1. OG Kush
OG Kush, a relaxing flower that’s hard to compare to others, is one of the most well-known cannabis strains.
Its ancestry isn’t really known. Some believe OG Kush descends from a unique blend of Pakistani Kush with ChemDawg. In contrast, others think it’s just an alternate preparation of ChemDawg from 30 years ago. No one’s even sure exactly where the “OG” name comes from. Nowadays, however, people think of the Northern Californian strain as Ocean Grown.
If there is one thing we do know about OG Kush, it’s that it’s undoubtedly a popular feminized strain. It has a pungent aroma reminiscent of citrus-scented fuel. Similarly, the flavour is robust, with an aftertaste that lasts for several minutes.
The effects are equally strong, making OG Kush a favourite even amongst experienced smokers. It’s a sophisticated strain that takes about eight weeks to flower, yielding approximately 500 grams per plant. After reaching a height between 90 and 150 cm, OG Kush ultimately produces large, dense buds with a significant resin coating.
2. Sweet ZZ
Growers with an affinity for all things sweet will love the delicious flavour that the Zkittez strain produces. Growing a batch of your own results in buds glistening with sugar-like resin that you could imagine standing around in a candy shop. Overall, she’s a hybrid that gives your mind a little refreshing kick while leaving your body alone.
Bred from Grapefruit and Grape Ape, Zkittlez contains a masterful combination of genetics that shows just how far the cultivation science has gone. Despite a dominant relaxing trait, Zkittlez keeps its effects in the mind. In most cases, these types of cannabis seek to relieve the muscles and keep the brain in a euphoric state. However, this strain aims to relax the user by hitting the mind with feel-good vibes and positive thoughts.
We could easily describe Zkittlez as the physical embodiment of happiness. When consumed, she exudes a sweet taste with a robust flavour profile; frankly, it’s a must to savour every second of the hit. This aroma builds early on in the vegetative stage, filling the air with scents of grape and berries. The buds themselves turn multiple shades of green with flecks of purple. You’re also sure to get a good yield even when growing indoors.
We’ve already talked about the “original ganja,” OG Kush. However, when you breed it with Bubble Gum cannabis, you get another favorite on the list: Bubble Kush.
Bubble Kush is a hybrid blend with 20% sativa genetics, making it the right mix for those seeking a relaxing evening with a natural high. One toke of this strain rewards you with an immediate gum flavor, and you’ll be on your way to daydreaming in calm thoughts.
Don’t expect to go anywhere once you’ve smoked this strain, though; with such little sativa in its genetics, Bubble Kush is easily a “couch-lock” strain. Fortunately, that makes it an excellent choice for consuming before watching television with friends. Or you can have it alone before turning in for the night, especially for those who suffer from insomnia. Thanks to its feel-good properties, Bubble Kush also helps alleviate symptoms of depression.
In terms of physical appearance, this cannabis strain is another that makes large, dark green nuggets with flecks of red hairs. Fresher samples of Bubble will also come with large, sugar-like crystals coating it. Not only will properly stored seeds yield a high amount of nuggets, but the finished product simply looks fantastic.
4. Blue Cheese
Blue Cheese is a delicate strain filled to the brim with both effects and flavour. It was created by breeding the famous Blueberry strain with the UK-born Cheese. Together, these strains produce a stable blend that has quickly gained as much traction as its parents have.
The intense Blue Cheese blend takes about 60 days to complete flowering. At this point, it will have already developed its fruity, sweet aroma. As the plant matures, so too will the pungency of the scent. By the time it finishes growing, Blue Cheese will reach up to 140 cm in height — sometimes taller when grown outdoors.
A good grower can expect to get significant yields from Blue Cheese; it’s not difficult to obtain 500 to 600 grams from the plant per square metre. It does contain a slightly high leaf-to-flower ratio compared to others on the list, which means you’ll have to take a little more time trimming it. Still, it’s so jam-packed with flavour and intensity that the effort invested becomes time well spent.
5. Fat Banana
Fat Banana is a particular strain that was developed carefully to produce the fattest nuggets with every growth. It contains a high THC concentration and comes with enough flavour to keep you wanting more. It’s another child of OG Kush’s, too; this time, the Kush was mixed with Chiquita Banana.
The Fat Banana name is more than just cosmetic flair, capable of growing into a monster bush when grown outdoors. If you treat the strain well, that bush will be nothing but chunky banana nuggets at 25% THC concentration or higher. It’s a powerful blend that leaves its smoker with a creeping sensation that suddenly takes hold, leaving behind an unbelievably calming experience. Of course, the munchies show up in no time at all…
Fat Banana comes with a sweet taste that also has a slight citrus aftertaste to it.
6. Northern Lights
Another strain famous around the world, Northern Lights is a pure indica strain known for its fast flowering, resin buds, and ease of growth even for less experienced growers.
Born from Thai and Afghani landrace cannabis strains, Northern Lights has helped create other famous favorites, such as Super Silver Haze and Shiva Skunk. Rumors say the strain first showed up in Seattle but was cultivated in Holland.
Regardless of its origin, Northern Lights produces beautiful crystal-coated buds that sometimes come in purple. The effects are mostly in the body, keeping the muscles relaxed and allowing the mind to remain pacified in dreamy happiness. It facilitates comfortable laziness that lets smokers relieve muscle pains and depression alike.
To recap, the major qualities of these strains:
- muscle relaxation
- decreases nausea
- increases appetite
- increases dopamine
- improves mood
- decreases acute pain
- relieves headaches
- increased mental relaxation
- good for nighttime use
As the soothing cannabis, they are an ideal choice for both mental and muscle relaxation. Whether you’re sore, need to decompress after work, feel sick, or can’t sleep, a good blend can help. It creates a body high that makes it difficult to stand up from the couch while improving dopamine levels.