Sativa vs. Indica vs. Hybrid Which Strain Is For You?
Medical marijuana patients and recreational cannabis users are often in the dark about pot strains and their effects on the human body. If you think all flower is the same, here are a few highlights that should help anyone navigate the growing variety of weed available for purchase and use.
The cannabis plant has a family of produce that have various properties which result in various effects in the brain and body. Sleepy, drowsy and couch parked are typically the results of Indica dominant cannabis while energy, upliftment and focus are typical of Sativa dominant cannabis strains. Indica heavy strains are felt more within the body while Sativa dominant strains are felt more in the head.
There is another class of cannabis known as Hybrid. Actually, all cannabis strains are a type of hybrid. Hybrid of course meaning "it goes both ways" or "middle," to make it easier. Hybrid strains can be 50/50 or 60/40 or any variation of percentages thereof. A 50/50 Hybrid means that the flower is 50 percent Indica and 50 percent Sativa so you can expect to have a head and body high simultaneously.
There are literally thousands of different types of cannabis plants being bred and tested. Many strains are cross-bred to certain specifics to create private label ganja. No doubt you've heard of the many celebrities that are getting into legal cannabis either by investment or self-branded product lines. These savvy entrepreneurs have a strong base of technology at their fingertips to truly create naturally growing custom cannabis.
Cannabis Sativa plants grow much taller, and thinner with a smaller span. Sativa buds are thin and much longer in length than that of the indica. They are much less densely populated than the indica plant. Sativas have a very high level of THC and best for daytime use because if you're like most, you will feel a rush of energy after having a taste of sativa bud.
Cannabis Indica plants on the alternative are short, densely branched and have wider leaves. Indica strains are known for giving off a very strong odor and produce a very strong body high. The Cannabis Indica high is often referred to as a "body buzz" and has beneficial properties such as pain relief, assisting with insomnia, and many others.
The key differentiators between Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa include the height and stature, internodal length, leaf size and structure, bud size and density, flowering time, odor, smoke and effects.
Here's a little quip from wiki: "During the 1970s, Cannabis indica strains from Afghanistan and Hindu Kush were brought to the United States, where the first hybrids with Cannabis sativa plants from equatorial areas were developed, widely spreading marijuana cultivation throughout the States."
Learning a little something new everyday! Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Hybrid. Sounds like it's time for a little exploration. Consume responsibly.
Enjoy the Now!