Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid.
You’ve most likely heard these terms before – but do you know what they mean? Cannabis is classified into two species: Indica and Sativa (don’t worry, this science lesson has a point). In addition to those two, you can also have “blends” of the two in various proportions which are called Hybrids.
There are many differences between the anatomy of the two species: the way they are grown, how long they take to flower and more – but one of the most important differences are the chemicals they produce, and what that means for consumers of those products. Below is a more detailed explanation of the 3 which should bring it to light.
Keep in mind that the possible effects below do not necessarily apply to all people. Your own unique biology, expectations, and history with cannabis will dictate how you react, in addition to your surroundings and settings.
Most Known for: having a physically sedating effect on the body
Often chosen for: quiet occasions, pre-sleep consumption, low impact activities at home
Looks like: short, stocky plants with broad leaves
Origin: India (although emerging research has suggested it may have actually originated in Afghanistan)
Most Known for: cerebral effects
Often chosen for: physical activity, social gatherings and more active occasions
Looks like: tall, lanky plants with skinny leaves
Origin: regions close to the equator (Colombia, Mexico, Thailand)
Hybrids can inherit traits from both parent strains. Hybrids can be either Indica or Sativa dominant in their genetic makeup and effects. Each component can add something different to the overall experience. Strains can be created that allow the various properties of the two parents to combine with each other and create something different from either of the two strains on their own.