Indica strains of cannabis are known for their stony, relaxing, sleep-inducing, pain-relieving, and nausea-reducing effects. These strains are what commonly leave your body rooted on the couch and your mind wandering.

Here are the top 5 best cannabis indica strains.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights stands out among famous strains as it is a pure indica strain. This particular strain is cherished for its resinous buds, resilience during growth, and fast flowering. It is a descendant of indigenous Afghani and Thai landrace strains and has parented hybrids such as Super Silver Haze, and Shiva Skunk. This strain is rumored to have come from somewhere near Seattle, Washington.

Characterized by its crystal-coated buds, which sometimes take on a purple hue, and its pungently sweet and spicy aroma, this strain relaxes the muscles and pacifies the mind into a dreamy euphoria. It’s known for causing comfortable laziness and is usually used to relieve pain, insomnia, depression and stress.


Afghani is potent indica strain that comes from the Middle East, where the earliest varieties of cannabis are believed to have been grown. Named after its geographic origin, this strain has a strong earthy, yet sweet aroma and flavor. Afghani delivers a deep and sedating euphoria and relaxation, and is mostly used for insomnia, pain, and stress. Afghani is perhaps most well-known for its incredible resin production, making it one of the most popular strains for marijuana breeders

OG Kush

OG Kush is probably the most well-known indica strain in the world. This strain has such favorable characteristics that it is commonly used as a parent strain by cannabis breeders when they create new strains. OG Kush was first cultivated in the early ‘90s in Florida when a Hindu Kush plant from Amsterdam was crossed with a strain from Northern California. The result was a hybrid that boasted a complex aroma with hints of skunk, spice, and fuel. This strain has become a worldwide staple in creating new strains, however, nothing quite beats the OG.

Master Kush

Master Kush is yet another indica strain that makes everyone’s top list. It shares some similarity with the sour citrus flavor that OG Kush is known for, however, the strain is unique in its own way as it is also reminiscent of the famous hard-rubbed charas hash. Master Kush is known for causing the stoned, pain-relieving effects that indica strains are known for, without the mental cloudiness. It is derived from landrace strains from different parts of the Hindu Kush region in India and users report feelings of relaxation, happiness, and sleepiness with this strain.

Granddaddy Purple

Granddaddy Purple
Granddaddy Purple is one of the best indica strains out there. This strain is known for its grape and berry flavored smoke and its purple and lavender-hued buds. Matthew Lawrence / Flickr

Granddaddy Purple, also known as GDP, is one of the most popular indica strains available on the market. This strain, which is characterized by its purple and lavender-hued buds, has a wonderful berry and grape flavored smoke. Granddaddy Purple’s genetics are derived from Big Bud and Purple Urkel, its parent strains.

This strain was introduced by Ken Estes in 2003 and is known for its potent effects in both mind and body. It fuses physical relaxation with cerebral euphoria. While your brain may be in a dreamy buzz, you will be more likely to find yourself fixed in one spot for the duration of Granddaddy Purple’s high. This strain is typically used to combat pain, stress, insomnia, muscle spasms, and appetite loss.