Indicas are thought of as having originated from a region of the Middle East (and possibly Central Asia before that), specifically the mountain ranges of Afghanistan appropriately called The Hindu Kush mountains. Growing in such a tough environment, characterized by a harsh and variable climate, has forced the plant to develop a thick and bushy coat of resin as a defense against the elements. Indica tends to be shorter, has wider leaves, and is a more resilient plant compared to its Sativa counterpart. It also has a shorter flowering cycle. Additionally, indicas tend to emit a stronger, more pungent fragrance compared to an indica plant.
Indicas are also differentiated by higher THC content and they produce more relaxing and sedating effects that can be felt throughout the entire body (as opposed to being limited to cerebral effects and experienced mainly in the head). Medicating with indicas is a great option for people who seek pain relief, want to alleviate muscle spasms, treat insomnia, or deal with anxiety issues. A typical yield on an indica plant ranges from 1.5 – 2.5 ounces.
As for naming the various indica strains, it is common to see the word "Kush" included in the title, which happens to be a reliable indicator of indica or indica-dominant genetics. The moniker is used as a token of respect or homage to the original source of the plant.

Some of the most popular indica strains are the following:

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