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SATIVA vs. INDICA vs HYBRID: Which Would You Prefer?

SATIVA vs. INDICA vs HYBRID: Which Would You Prefer?

When your budtender asks what kind of high or experience you’re looking for, they’re most likely referring to what category of cannabis you prefer. There are three commonly known categories of cannabis: sativa, indica and a hybridization of the two, or a hybrid.

The easiest way to distinguish between sativa and indica plants is through their appearance, or morphology. Sativa plants are generally tall with long, narrow leaves while indica plants tend to be much shorter with bushy leaves.

Sativa strains are known for producing a stimulating high great for daytime use. Common effects are an energetic buzz that elevates your mood and keeps you social. If you’re looking for a boost in energy post-workout, or want to feel focused and creative as you race to complete a project on deadline, choose a sativa strain.

The easiest way to distinguish between sativa and indica plants is through their appearance, or morphology. Sativa plants are generally tall with long, narrow leaves while indica plants tend to be much shorter with bushy leaves. 

Indica strains are primarily known for their relaxing and calming effects. If you’re seeking a strain to combat pain and insomnia, an indica is your best bet. These strains produce more sedative effects and are recommended for night-time use or for individuals suffering from chronic pain.

Hybrid strains are bred to offer the best of both sativa and indica. The effects and characteristics of a hybrid strain are directly related to the genetics of the parent strains. As a result, hybrid strains tend to fall somewhere in the middle on the “effects spectrum” often leaning more in one direction than another.

While most people commonly refer to their preferred strain as an indica, sativa or a hybrid of the two, recent research out of the Trichome Institute in Colorado suggests that these labels are often erroneous. Another way of thinking about your preferred strain(s) is through effect. In other words, what effect are you seeking from your cannabis? “Indica” strains are often sedating while “sativa” strains are described by users as stimulating. So the next time that you’re at your local cannabis shop try describing the effects that you desire with your budtender. This ensures that you will receive a strain that gives you exactly what you want.  

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