by Kelly Rasmussens
When browsing cannabis strains or purchasing cannabis at a store, you may notice strains are commonly broken up into three distinct groups: indica, sativa, and hybrid. Being new or experienced with cannabis, it can be difficult to figure out the differences or what effect you are looking for.
- Indica strains are perfect for relaxing with a movie
- Sativa strains are energizing.
- Hybrid strains are a balance of indica and sativa effects.
Indica plants are typically characterized by their thick leaves and shorter height. They grow faster and have a higher yield than sativa plants. Indica strains often have higher levels of CBD and less THC.
Sativa plants are typically characterized by their thin leaves and taller height. The colour of sativa plants are usually lighter than indicas, and they grow at a slower rate. Sativa often has lower doses of CBD and higher doses of THC.
Hybrid cannabis plants are bred using a combination of sativa and indica, with the ratio of each varying between strains. Hybrids share characteristics of both indicas and sativas, though one is usually more pronounced. Many hybrid cannabis plants are grown in order to increase the THC percentage, but each type has a unique ratio of the two cannabinoids. This can often be a great place to start if you’re new to cannabis, but keep in mind that all bodies are different and will react differently to various strains.