For years, cannabis consumers have asked the same question: should you choose a sativa or an indica?
What if you didn’t have to choose between sativa strains or indica strains? What if you could have both? With hybrids, you can enjoy the best of what each one offers.
Interested in learning more about hybrid strains? We’re going to cover everything from how they’re produced to the strains we carry. Buckle up, and let’s get started:
The term “hybrid” refers to a crossbreed of two different types of cannabis. A hybrid strain is created when you cross an indica and sativa cannabis plant with each other. You can also create hybrids by pollinating one sativa strain with another sativa (or vice versa). You can even cross a hybrid with another hybrid!
Due to this unique growing process, there are countless varieties of hybrid strains. Some grow tall with thin, long leaves; others are short with broad leaves. Some have a deep evergreen colour, while others are bright green.
It’s difficult to know when the first hybrid strain was created, largely due to prohibition laws. Even though it’s legal to grow cannabis now, it was outlawed for nearly a century.
Marijuana cultivators will crossbreed select plants to create a strain with unique effects, features, and potency. This selective breeding process has ushered in a new era of cannabis, where cultivators can now create highly specific strains.
Did you know that most strains are technically hybrids? After years of crossbreeding indica and sativa, it’s rare to find a pure sativa or indica strain on the market (but not impossible!). Depending on which strains you use, the resulting cannabis will either be sativa dominant or indica dominant. Or, it might fall somewhere in between them.
The effects of cannabis strains can be highly varied. Some strains might make you feel relaxed and sleepy, while others can make you feel energized and creative. Why is that?
For a long time, people chalked up the specific effects of cannabis to the type of plant (a hybrid, indica, or sativa). But as new research emerges, we’re learning that different effects are better explained by the cannabinoid and terpene content of a strain.
THC, which is found in many hybrid cannabis plants, is a psychoactive compound. The higher THC content a strain has, the stronger its effects will be. But THC is just the tip of the iceberg—there are dozens of other cannabinoids in any hybrid strain.
When we describe cannabis strains as hybrids, indicas, or sativas, it refers mainly to the physical characteristics of the plant. We suggest paying more attention to the THC and CBD ratio of strains as you shop.
Aside from terpenes and cannabinoids, your mindset and expectations can also influence your experience. Be sure to practice responsible consumption, be it with a sativa dominant or an indica dominant hybrid.
What sorts of effects do people describe after consuming hybrid strains? Oftentimes, people experience a combination of effects that indica strains and sativa strains are known for. They might report some of the following:
As you can see, cannabis experiences are highly varied; you might not know what to expect from a hybrid strain. Like always, we suggest that when you consume cannabis, start with a low dosage. If you want to increase your dosage, wait at least one hour before consuming more.
Curious about our selection of hybrid strains? When we describe cannabis strains on our website, we often use terms like “indica dominant hybrid” or “sativa dominant hybrid”. This helps our consumers find the hybrid strains that they’re looking for.
Without further ado, we’re going to share a few popular cannabis hybrids on our website:
It’s rare to find a hybrid that’s neither sativa dominant nor indica dominant—but that’s exactly what this strain has to offer. Penelope is a truly balanced strain, with 10-16% THC and 7-13% CBD. The buds are dense and light green, with bright orange pistils. Take a whiff of this flower, and you’ll notice strong notes of pine from its terpene profile.
As the name suggests, this hybrid cannabis strain can produce an introspective experience. It may create a strong head high. Reflect has a unique terpene profile, which features a blend of caryophyllene, pinene, and myrcene.
If you’re seeking an energetic high, then Mimoza might be the strain for you. This strain is known for its beautiful buds, which have hints of purple and orange. It smells like citrus and earth.
At Green Gaia, we offer a wide selection of cannabis products, from dried flower to concentrates. You can sort our cannabis products by type, including sativa, indica, or hybrid. And if you have any questions, we’re here to help!
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