Indica, Sativa and Hybrid Cannabis Strains

Cannabis has “grown” to become popular all over the world and its use in Medicinal treatment is being accepted by institutions and governments worldwide. There are different types of cannabis and here we will try to understand their properties.

There are mainly two types of Strains of Cannabis – Indica and Sativa. Each has different effects on the mind and body.

What are Indica strains like?

Indica strains give you a “body high”. Which means – it affects the muscular skeleton of the body. Indica strains originated in central Asia and can withstand a certain degree of harsh environment – which is why, you find a lot of these growing around mountainous regions. Here are some effects an Indica Strain can have on you:

  • Reducing pain
  • Relieving Muscle Tension
  • Relaxation
  • Increase appetite
  • Induces sleep

Here are some more distinctive characteristics of Indica strains –

Appearance – they are typically short and stocky with chunky leaves that grow wide and broad. They grow faster than sativa and each plant produces more buds compared to sativa plants and thus is the choice of many growers.

CBD-THC ratio – Indica strains typically have higher amounts of CBD than THC.

Usage: Due to its relaxing effects and capability to induce sleep, this strain is commonly used at night.

Popular strains – Hindu Kush, Afghan Kush and Granddaddy Purple are some of the most popular strains of this type of cannabis.

Now, what are Sativa Strains about?

Well, Sativa strains directly affect your mind. It gives the user what is popularly known as a “mind high” wherein the user feels refreshed and becomes more creative than usual. It is native to warm places like Africa, Mexico and Colombia. Here are some common effects of the Sativa strain on humans:

  • Energizing
  • Improved mood
  • Improved focus
  • Sparks creativity
  • Keeps you alert

Here are some more distinctive characteristics of this strain –

Appearance – These are tall plants and can go well above 15 feet in height. The leaves are thin like fingers of a hand. This plant grows slower than Indica and also produces less bud.

CBD-THC ratio – Sativa strains typically have higher amounts of THC than CBD.

Usage: Due to its capability to give a “mind high”, it is recommended to smoke this strain during the day.

Popular strains – Acapulco Gold, Panama Red and Durban Poison are some famous strains loved by people all over the world.

Hybrid Strains are versatile –

Well, hybrid strains are exactly what they sound like – a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Each year, breeders create new strains with carefully controlled mix of strains to achieve specific effects when used. As a base, we have established that Sativa has higher THC – CBD content as compared to Indica – which has a lower THC content and also induces sleep.

By mixing different quantities of different Indica and Sativa strains, one can feel different effects after consumption and this is what breeders are trying to control. Hybrid strains also have more potent results as compared to “pure” strains because they have the characteristics of more than one strain.

Some hybrids can be classified indica-dom and others sativa-dom depending on which strain is dominant in the hybrid strain. For example, a hybrid strain “gooseberry” could have 80% indica strain and 20% sativa strain and thus be labelled as an Indica-dom hybrid strain.

Some popular hybrid strains loved by people all over the world are – Pineapple Express, Trainwreck and Blue Dream.

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