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Making the Most of your Medicine: Indica Edition

Top Ten Movies to Watch if Prescribed an Indica Strain


Indica strains of cannabis are known for their relaxing and sedative effects, making them ideal for a movie night where deep relaxation and contemplation are desired. Here’s a curated list for Indica patients, of the top ten movies to watch while enjoying an Indica strain, chosen for their thematic depth, visual splendor, and ability to engage and soothe the mind.

Top Ten Movies for an Indica Evening

  1. "Inception" (2010, Director: Christopher Nolan)

  2. "Blade Runner 2049" (2017, Director: Denis Villeneuve)

  3. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014, Director: Wes Anderson)

  4. "Interstellar" (2014, Director: Christopher Nolan)

  5. "The Tree of Life" (2011, Director: Terrence Malick)

  6. "Moonlight" (2016, Director: Barry Jenkins)

  7. "Her" (2013, Director: Spike Jonze)

  8. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004, Director: Michel Gondry)

  9. "The Shape of Water" (2017, Director: Guillermo del Toro)

  10. "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006, Director: Guillermo del Toro)

Why These Movies Are Ideal with Indica

  1. "Inception"

  • Why: The complex narrative and dreamlike visuals are perfect for the cerebral relaxation Indica provides, allowing viewers to delve deeply into the film's layers.

  1. "Blade Runner 2049"

  • Why: The movie’s slow pace and stunning visuals combined with Indica's calming effects create an immersive, contemplative experience.

  1. "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

  • Why: With its visually rich and detailed aesthetic, this film pairs well with Indica's ability to heighten sensory perception and appreciation for artistry.

  1. "Interstellar"

  • Why: The themes of love and time transcendence resonate deeply when experienced in a relaxed state, making Indica the perfect companion.

  1. "The Tree of Life"

  • Why: Terrence Malick's meditative style and the film's philosophical themes are complemented by Indica's introspective qualities.

  1. "Moonlight"

  • Why: Indica's calming effects can help viewers connect on an emotional level with the film's powerful narrative of self-discovery and empathy.

  1. "Her"

  • Why: The film's exploration of loneliness and love in a digital age is profoundly impactful when watched in a relaxed, introspective state.

  1. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"

  • Why: This film’s surreal narrative and emotional depth are best appreciated in a calm, introspective state that Indica strains can provide.

  1. "The Shape of Water"

  • Why: The movie's unique blend of fantasy and romance is enhanced by the dream-like relaxation offered by Indica strains.

  1. "Pan's Labyrinth"

  • Why: The dark fantasy elements and rich visual storytelling are deeply immersive when experienced in the relaxed state that Indica induces.

The Role of Indica in Movie Watching

  • Enhanced Sensory Experience: Indica strains can intensify the visual and auditory aspects of a movie, making the experience more immersive (Russo, E. B. 2011, British Journal of Pharmacology).

  • Deepened Emotional Connection: These strains are known to heighten emotional sensitivity, allowing for a more profound connection with the film’s characters and narrative (Zuardi, A. W., et al. 1993, Journal of Psychopharmacology).

  • Cognitive Relaxation: Indica's relaxing effects on the body can also extend to the mind, allowing for a more contemplative and less critical viewing experience (Schubart, C. D., et al. 2011, Psychological Medicine).


The combination of Indica strains and these carefully selected movies can lead to a deeply satisfying and enriched cinematic experience. The relaxing and introspective qualities of Indica harmonize wonderfully with the emotional depth, stunning visuals, and complex narratives of these films, providing an unparalleled movie-watching experience. Always remember to use cannabis responsibly and in accordance with local laws and regulations. Medical cannabis isn't right for everyone, and should be used strictly under the supervision of a GP. Consult the TGA website for more informtion.

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