Meaning of indica in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪndɪkə/


mass noun
  • 1A subspecies of the cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa indica, having a short stem and broad leaves and grown mainly for use in drugs.

    ‘we're growing more indica this year than sativa’
    • ‘They differ in appearance—sativa is tall and thin while indica is short and bushy.’
    • ‘Ruderalis is sometimes bred with indica or sativa to increase the speed of growing.’
    • ‘Indica plants are shorter, denser, and have broad leaves.’
    • ‘Indica plants have leaves that are wide, broad, and deep in color.’
    • ‘Originally from high elevations in Central Asia, wide-leaved Cannabis indica prefers cooler weather and stays much shorter, under 5 feet.’
    • ‘The two main types of medical cannabis plants being grown were sativa and indica, with hybrids in between.’
    • ‘Someone who was a good friend made weekly deliveries of a powerful indica he grew in his garage.’
    • ‘They grew loads of Cannabis Indica for fibre and forage, but the pollen was perfect for processing into hash.’
    • ‘Cannabis indica typically grows 2–4 feet tall and is compactly branched.’
    • ‘I want to be able to grow it, and for everyone in our state to be able to grow both indica and sativa species as well as agricultural hemp.’
    1. 1.1Cannabis made from indica plants and used as a psychoactive (mind-altering) drug. It is sometimes characterized as more relaxing in effect than the sativa variety.
      ‘don't expect to be fully productive if you are smoking indica all day long’
      • ‘Indica is known to induce stress relief and wind the mind and body down for relaxation purposes.’
      • ‘Different varieties lean a bit more sativa or indica, so it's important to ask your budtender about that.’
      • ‘It isn't too speedy with the Sativa, causing your mind to run wild, and it isn't too sleepy with the Indica, sucking you into the couch.’
      • ‘Indica, they say, gets you ready for sleep.’
      • ‘I had done enough research that I knew my plan was to use the Indica, which made it easier to eat and to sleep.’
      • ‘The most common strains are sativa—described as providing a more invigorating and uplifting effect; and indica—believed to be physically sedating’
      • ‘I never understood the difference between sativas and indicas.’
      • ‘I smoke some indica and fall asleep, not waking up until my mother calls me to the dinner table hours later.’
      • ‘I try to stick to sativas during the day and indicas at night.’
      • ‘Contrary to popular belief, indica strains don't always give users a relaxed, sedative effect.’


From the scientific name of the subspecies.