A hybrid strain combines the effects of a Sativa and Indica.
Hybrid strains offer a bit of both worlds – the effects of Sativa and Indica. Hybrids are sometimes described as “daytime indicas” or “nighttime sativas.” Hybrids can be sativa-dominant, indica-dominant, or balanced in their ratios. Popular hybrid strains include:
- Island Sweet Skunk (50% indica, 50% sativa)
- Purple Kush (80% indica, 20% sativa)
- Harlequin (75% sativa, 25% indica)
Many people like to smoke hybrids for the combined effects – some sense of elation or euphoria from a buzz plus relaxation and relief from pain or anxiety.
Hybrids can be indica-dominant or sativa-dominant.
Hybrids are a combination of two or more cannabis strains and can be indica-dominant or sativa-dominant. The majority of hybrids are indica-dominant, meaning that they provide both mental and physical effects but with a heavier focus on the latter. Indica-dominant hybrids tend to be around 60-80% indica. Sativa-dominant hybrids are much less common, and tend to be about 60%-80% sativa.
Hybrids are more popular than pure sativas or indicas.
If you’re a first-time user, hybrid strains are the best option for you.
Hybrids have gotten a bad rap over the years because of their association with low-quality bud. But that’s all changed in recent years! Hybrid strains are now some of the highest quality on the market. They’re also some of the most popular, thanks to their versatility and ability to treat multiple symptoms at once.
Sativas, indicas and hybrids each have their own effects on the mind and body.
To better understand and navigate the various strains of cannabis, it’s best to start with a basic knowledge of their three types: sativa, indica, and hybrid.
- Sativas have a more uplifting and energizing effect than indicas. They’re great for those who want to stay active and alert throughout the day.
- Indicas tend to have a more sedating effect than sativas. They’re ideal for those who are looking to relax at the end of a long day or wind down before bedtime.
- Hybrids are a blend between sativa and indica strains, so they can be uplifting, yet also relaxing. They offer all-around benefits that suit users in multiple situations throughout their day.
With this information in mind, you should ask yourself: what do you want out of your cannabis experiences? What is important to you? Do you prefer staying active during the day so that you can experience creative bursts of energy? Or do you prefer winding down after work so that your mind has time to process everything from your busy days? If your answer is both, consider trying hybrids—which may even open up options for microdosing!
In general, Sativas have an invigorating effect on mind and body.
In general, Sativas have an invigorating effect on mind and body. They increase the user’s energy, promote creativity and conversation, and are often described as “uplifting.” This makes them good for daytime use. Depending on dose and tolerance, Sativas can heighten focus or create a more dream-like state for the user. They are also known for their ability to treat depression.
In general, Indicas have a relaxing effect on the body and mind.
Indicas in general have a relaxing effect on the body and mind. They are most commonly used at night or evening to help with sleep, pain relief, anxiety, and stress. They are not usually used during daytime activity.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. Even though CBD is not the same as THC, the compound that gives marijuana users a high, it can still be used to treat health conditions such as anxiety and chronic pain. Many people prefer CBD because it does not make them feel “stoned” or drowsy. Other medical uses for CBD are being studied, such as its use for seizures, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and diabetes.
CBD can be extracted from either hemp or marijuana plants and then processed into many forms including oil drops, vaporizer cartridges or topicals like balms and salves. CBD derived from hemp plants tends to be more abundant than that extracted from marijuana plants. In fact, industrial hemp grown throughout North America often contains more than 0.3 percent THC (the legal limit), while the THC content of most marijuana crops range between 3 and 15 percent.
THC is the psychoactive compound that gets users high from consuming cannabis.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive compound that gets you high from consuming cannabis. It’s a cannabinoid, a chemical compound found in cannabis plants.
All strains of marijuana contain varying amounts of THC, but Indica-dominant strains are known to have higher levels of THC compared to their Sativa-dominant counterparts. Hybrids can vary greatly depending on how dominant each parent strain is and what breeder produced them.
Hybrid strains offer a variety of benefits for medical users.
Medical users who need help relieving stress, anxiety or depression may prefer hybrid strains, which are less likely to cause anxiety or paranoia than pure sativas. Hybrids can also help with pain, insomnia, depression and anxiety. Pure sativas tend to be more energizing and uplifting while indicas are more relaxing and calming. The most popular cannabis strains on the market today are hybrids because they provide a variety of benefits for medical users.