These plants originated in the Hindu-Kush areas of Central Asia, where the weather is changeable and growing conditions can be harsh. Hardy plants, they mature early and are characterized by broad, short leaves and heavy, tight flowers. Cannabis indica varieties are ideal for both indoor and outdoor cultivation in cooler climates.
These plants are characterized by long thin flowers and spiky leaves. They originate from the equatorial regions where the growing season is hotter. They are not generally used for outdoor cultivation in colder climates, although some hybrids can produce good yields in such conditions. Cannabis sativa produces more of a high than Cannabis indica buds do.