What is the difference between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains?

We've all wondered what the difference between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains are. Here's a quick guide to help you find your next favorite strain! 

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INDICA 


ORIGIN

The term “Indica” came about because these strains originated from northern India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal and many other places in this region.  

KNOWN FOR

- Indoor growing - the plants usually grow under 5 feet

- Fatter leaves

- Nighttime consumption

- Higher CBD content

- More centered on a body high

TRAITS

- Heavy-bodied highs

- Extreme relaxation

- Great pain reliever

- Couchlock

HEALING PROPERTIES FOR

- Insomnia

- Chronic pain

- Stress relief

- Muscle spasms

- Relaxation of muscles

- Anxiety

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SATIVA  


ORIGIN

Sativa strains originated in countries closely located to the equator – such as: Columbia, Mexico, Thailand, and South East Asia because they tend to thrive in warmer weather.

KNOWN FOR

- Outdoor growing - the plants can grow up to 25 feet tall

- Leaves are long, dainty, and narrow, like the famous marijuana symbol

- Day Time consumption

- Higher THC-Cannabinoid content

- More centered on a head high

TRAITS

- Pick-Me-Up strains

- Energizing

- Elation

- Increases focus and creativity 

HEALING PROPERTIES FOR

- Depression

- ADHD

- Mood Disorders 

- Fatigue

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HYBRID  


ORIGIN

Hybrid strains have become a saving grace for many patients, because they are a combination of Indica and Sativa strains. Thus giving the patient desired effects from both Indica and Sativa strains, all in one strain. 

KNOWN FOR

1. Sativa-Dominant Hybrid 

    - Cerebral high with a relaxing body effect. 

    - Provides physical and mental relief.

2. Indica-Domninant Hybrid

    - Full body pain relief with a relaxing head high.

    - Good for patients stuggling with insomnia or autoimmune diseases.

3. 50/50 Hybrid

    - Best for patients seeking both a head and body high. 

TRAITS

- Head and Body High

- Relaxing

- Energizing

 

HEALING PROPERTIES FOR

- Insomnia

- Arthritis

- Auto Immune Disease

- Depression

Now that you know the difference between these three, you can go out and find your favorite strain! If you need a little help, here are a few top 10 guides to narrow down the selection.

Top 10 Indica Strains

Top 10 Sativa Strains

Top 10 Hybrid Strains