Indica strains are very popular for indoor cultivation on account of their smaller, bushier size and greater yield per volume. In addition to growing smaller and fatter, indica strains generally reach maturity and finish flowering much faster than their sativa cousins.
Up first, Yumboldt is a potent indica strain that can sometimes be hard to find, but it’s a great indica strain for pain management, including chronic pain and migraines. Yumboldt has a rich, earthy flavor and pungent scent that will act as a dead giveaway if you don’t take serious precautions to contain it. Suffice to say, you’ll need carbon filters to grow this beastly bud.
Once you do, though, you’ll be rewarded with tight, dense nuggets that are hard-packed with resin and covered in reddish-orange hairs. This is a strong strain, though, so novice smokers should approach with caution and expect to be hit hard and fast when they try this strain. As an exceptional indica, Yumboldt is very popular for use just before bed since it’ll put you to sleep.
Yields from this strain are decent but not super heavy, so you’ll want to take good care of your plants and perhaps consider operating a screen of green to maximize yields. What it lacks in yield, though, your Yumboldt will surely make up for in potency. Combined with its general hardiness and resistance to disease, this strain will flower fully in roughly 8 weeks.
Second on the list of indica strains is G13, a strain with a special history and a host of urban myths to go with it. As far as the myths are concerned, many a cannabis cultivator likes to have a laugh about theories of the FBI and/or CIA gathering together the strongest cannabis strains they could find in order to breed super-hybrids in the 1960s.
In accordance with this fanciful myth, it is said that a clipping of G13 was liberated from their secret facility and introduced to cannabis connoisseurs the world over. In reality, of course, G13 no doubt has much more humble roots, but who doesn’t love a good story? At any rate, this strain will knock your socks off when it comes to pain relief, treating insomnia and depression.
Yields from G13 are generally quite generous, with potential for 2 ounces or more per plant. Flowering completes in a pretty reasonable time-frame of 7 – 9 weeks, so you won’t have to wait 6 months to harvest your delicious bud. You can expect to get tight buds that’re sticky with resin.
Hindu Kush is third on the list of great indica strains to grow. This is a truly, 100% pure indica, hailing directly from the mountain range spanning Pakistan and Afghanistan. With a surprising level of potency for a purely indica strain, Hindu Kush is an effective pain killer and induces a calm, relaxed mental state without as much loss of clarity as with other indica strains.
Some smokers may not care for the flavor of Hindu Kush, as it can be rather unique, especially those who have a clear preference for sativa strains, but it’s well worth trying to find out how much you like it. There is some definite couch lock with this strain if you smoke too much, and it can be quite effective in treating insomnia, but smaller doses won’t knock you out as much.
With a flowering time of roughly 6 – 8 weeks, Hindu Kush offers decent yields and a very compact plant size that won’t outgrow your space. As a rather hardy plant, you can grow this kush outdoors as well, with yields meeting or exceeding what you can achieve indoors.