Marijuana Strains Guide: Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid Cannabis

June 7, 2023

What’s the Difference Between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains?

Cannabis is a versatile plant with a wide range of varieties, each with its unique characteristics and effects. There are three main types of cannabis strains: Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid. In recent years, CBD (Cannabidiol) strains have also gained popularity. Understanding the differences between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains can help you choose the right one for your needs. Some of the most popular marijuana strains are available for purchase at your local Green Earth Co. dispensaries in Granada Hills and Highland Park.

Sativa Strains

Sativa strains are known for their energizing and uplifting effects. They are ideal for daytime use and are often used to enhance creativity and productivity. Sativa strains are typically tall and have narrow leaves. They originate from equatorial regions such as Colombia, Mexico, and Southeast Asia.

Some popular strains include:

Sour Diesel – Sour Diesel is a Sativa strain that originates from California. It has a diesel-like aroma and a cerebral, energizing effect.

sour diesel weed strain sativa
jack herer weed strain sativa

Jack Herer – Jack Herer is a Sativa-dominant strain named after the famous cannabis activist. It has a spicy, piney aroma and provides a clear-headed, energizing high.

Blue Dream – Blue Dream is a Hybrid strain that originated in California. It has a fruity, berry-like aroma and provides a balanced, relaxed high.

blue dream weed strain sativa
green crack weed strain sativa

Green CrackWith a tangy, fruity flavor redolent of mango, few strains compare to Green Crack’s sharp energy and focus as it induces an invigorating mental buzz that keeps you going throughout the day.

Indica Strains

Indica strains are known for their relaxing and sedative effects. They are ideal for evening use and are often used to relieve stress and anxiety. Indica strains are typically shorter and have wider leaves. They originate from regions such as Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan.

Some popular strains include:

Granddaddy Purple – Granddaddy Purple is an Indica strain that originated in California. It has a sweet, fruity aroma and provides a relaxing, full-body high.

granddaddy purple strain indica
northern lights weed strain indica

Northern Lights – Northern Lights is an Indica strain that originated in the Netherlands. It has a spicy, earthy aroma and provides a deep relaxation that can lead to sleepiness.

Skywalker OG – Skywalker OG is an Indica-dominant hybrid known for its relaxing and euphoric effects, making it an excellent choice for stress relief and pain management. This strain is often used to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

skywalker og weed strain indica
gush mints weed strain indica

Gush Mints – Gush Mints is a heavy, indica-dominant hybrid strain cross of Kush Mints and the combination of F1 Durb and Gushers. Gassy, sweet terps with piney notes; dense, dark green and purple nugs coated in trichomes; and a body-zapping high that puts the mind at ease.

Hybrid Strains

Hybrid strains are a combination of Sativa and Indica strains. They are bred to produce a balance of both Sativa and Indica effects. Hybrid strains can be Sativa-dominant, Indica-dominant, or balanced. They are ideal for a wide range of uses, depending on the specific strain’s characteristics.

Some popular strains include:

Girl Scout Cookies – Girl Scout Cookies is a Hybrid strain that originated in California. It has a sweet, earthy aroma and provides a euphoric, uplifting high.

girl scout cookies weed strain hybrid
sundae driver weed strain hybrid

Sundae Driver – Sundae Driver, also known as “Sunday Driver,” is a hybrid marijuana strain made by crossing FPOG with Grape Pie. The effects of this strain will make you feel balanced, calm, and happy with a sweet, mellow and creamy flavor.

Gelato #41 – Gelato 41 is made by crossing Sunset Sherbert and Thin Mint Cookies. Cherished for its versatility Gelato #41 can be enjoyed during the day for a boost of motivation and focus, or in the evening to unwind and relax.

gelato 41 weed strain hybrid

CBD Strains

CBD strains are strains that contain high levels of CBD and low levels of THC. They provide the medicinal benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects. CBD strains are ideal for people who want to experience the therapeutic effects of cannabis without getting high

Some popular strains include:

charlotte's web weed strain cbd

Charlotte’s Web – Charlotte’s Web is a CBD strain that was developed specifically for a young girl named Charlotte Figi, who suffered from severe seizures. It has an earthy, herbal aroma and provides a calming, relaxing effect.

Harlequin – Harlequin is a CBD-dominant Hybrid strain that originated in California. It has a sweet, musky aroma and provides a clear-headed, relaxing high.

harlequin weed strain cbd

The difference between Sativa, Indica, Hybrid, and CBD strains are significant and can affect the overall experience of consuming cannabis. Understanding the characteristics of each strain can help you choose the right one for your needs. Whether you’re looking for a stimulating Sativa, a relaxing Indica, a balanced Hybrid, or a therapeutic CBD strain contact your local Green Earth Co. dispensary for expert advice on the strain that best suits your needs!

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