Primer on Sativa, Indica & Hybrid Strains

You might have noticed dispensaries divide their marijuana strains into sativa, indica, and hybrid categories. Although recent studies on plant taxonomy have shown indica and sativa are not two distinct cannabis species, there are notable differences between the two.

Both types may have low to high levels of THC, but that THC (and other active plant compounds) might engage different receptors in our bodies. Generally, indica strains tend to produce a sedating, relaxing body-high effect, while sativa strains tend to offer a cerebral uplifting and mentally stimulating effect. Hybrid strains are a genetic cross of sativa and sativa plants, which can provide a combination of their effects.

Choose Sativa Strains to Enhance Mod

Sativa varieties are typically chosen by those looking to mitigate fatigue, depression, and ADD as well as enhance mood, creativity, and social interaction. Sativa can be a nice pick-me-up for social activities, a run, or creative projects. Popular sativa strains to try are: Sour Diesel, Durban Poison, Lemon Haze, Maui Wowie, Jack Herer, and Purple Haze.

Choose Indica Strains for Relief

Due to the relaxing, stress-reducing, and sometimes sleepy effects of indica flowers, they can help those looking to alleviate pain, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, muscle tension, joint pain, appetite loss, and seizures. Take a dose of an indica strain as a nightcap before bed or to provide a calming headspace for relaxing at home. Popular indica strains to try are: Granddaddy Purple, Purple Kush, Northern Lights, Bubba Kush, Blueberry, and Blue Cheese.

What About Hybrid Strains?

The effects of hybrid strains depend on what traits they have inherited from their parents. Many tend to be sativa- or indica-dominant, while some provide both physical relaxation and mental stimulation. Great for when you want to dull your back pain but still pony up to the bar at happy hour with friends. Dispensaries will usually state if hybrids lean towards sativa or indica. Popular hybrid strains to try are: Girl Scout Cookies, Blue Dream, Pineapple Express, Chemdawg, and OG Kush.