Comprehensive Cannabis Cheat-Sheet: Hybrids

What Is A Hybrid Strain?

Finding the right strain for you can be overwhelming with such a large variety of cannabis strains and different cannabis growers on the market. 

In addition to knowing what you want out of a product, understanding the basics of cannabis is key to finding the best strain for you, whether it’s Sativa, Indica or a hybrid. There is a lot to learn about cannabis, but we’ll start with the basics.

How Many Species of Cannabis Are There?

The scientific genus for the cannabis plant is Cannabaceae. There are two main commercial species within the larger genus of Cannabaceae: Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa.

A third species is Cannabis Ruderalis. This species is not commonly used for recreational or medical purposes due to its extremely low THC content.

Instead, Cannabis Ruderalis is frequently used for hemp product production, such as textiles.

Both Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa are commonly grown for medical and recreational purposes due to the higher THC content.

Choosing the Right Strain

Choosing the right strain for your situation can be a tricky topic. If you are enjoying your cannabis recreationally, it may be more straightforward.

However, if you are using marijuana medically or recreationally alongside ailments and other concerns, choosing your strain is a particular project.

Different strains have different effects and side effects. Some may be great for your physical relief but produce an anxious side effect. Others can be excellent for your mood but lack the pain relief aspect.

In general, Indica is best known for its effect on your physical being. In contrast, Sativa is known for its stimulating effects on your mental wellbeing.

Hybrids: The Best of Both Worlds

If you can’t decide between an Indica strain or a Sativa strain, hybrid strains offer the best of both worlds.

Hybrids often check all boxes rather than settle for an Indica or Sativa that only checks a few boxes. But what exactly is a hybrid strain?

What Are Hybrids?

Hybrids contain genetics from both Indica and Sativa. Combining these two species is to create a balanced experience for the user.

Hybrid strains are also cultivated for ease of growth and production.

Just as with any agricultural product, different varieties have pros and cons. It is common practice to integrate two varieties of any given agricultural product to create a hybrid that is better suited for growing conditions.

Common examples of hybrids outside of marijuana can be found in apples.

Next time you go to the grocery store, check out the apple selection. Often you’ll see variations of a familiar apple variety.

For example, hybrid variants of the common Honeycrisp apple include cosmic crisps. Moreover, Honeycrisp apples are a hybrid of golden delicious and Macoun apples. 

Like apples, marijuana hybrids can be viewed as a family tree. Different strains are combined to create. This allows growers to produce exciting new strains that suit the specific needs of their customers.

Types of Hybrid Strains

There are endless varieties of hybrid strains, but the best way to understand hybrid strain types is by percentage.

Hybrid strains are generally classified as Indica-dominant, Sativa-dominant, THC-dominant, CBD-dominant, or THC-CBD balanced.

It is becoming much more common for hybrid strains to be described by their THC and CBD content and the presence of Indica or Sativa strains.

THC and CBD are two of the main factors contributing to our effects when using certain cannabis strains.

Generally, hybrid strains are identified by one of these descriptions, but your budtender will be happy to fill you in on the details.

Indica-Dominant Strains

These hybrid strains have a dominant presence of Indica genetics. Essentially, the hybrid strain is, genetically, over 50% Indica but still contains Sativa genetics.

Indica-dominant plants grow at a shorter stature and branch much wider than plants with less Indica genetics. This means the plant will yield less flower, but the flower it produces will be rich with THC content.

This rich THC content will contribute to more physically oriented effects, also known as a body high.

Sativa-Dominant Strains

Likewise, Sativa-dominant strains feature over 50% Sativa genetics.

These plants are known to grow taller than Indica-dominant plants and produce more flower with lower THC content.

The lower THC content makes these strains excellent for those looking for mental invigoration without an intense body high.

THC-Dominant Strains

While many THC-dominant strains lean toward Indica-dominant, that is not always the case.

THC-dominant means that this hybrid strain will have a dominant percentage of THC content regardless of genetics. 

THC-dominant strains still feature CBD but are primarily considered body-oriented strains due to the THC content.

These particular strains are often enjoyed recreationally or by those with higher THC tolerance.

CBD-Dominant Strains

In contrast, CBD-dominant strains feature a high percentage of CBD and a lower percentage of THC content.

The higher level of CBD makes these hybrid strains a mellow alternative. Often these strains are used by people looking to enjoy the benefits of marijuana without any side effects of a high THC content.

We recommend CBD-dominant strains for anyone looking to use marijuana for daily pain relief, microdosing, and calming results. These hybrid strains are especially suited for anyone with anxiety.

THC: CBD Balanced Strains

THC: CBD balanced strains are also an excellent option for anyone with anxiety or looking to use marijuana regularly in their daily life.

The balanced approach of these hybrids allows for the best of both worlds. It presents the benefits of a higher THC content and simultaneously calms those effects with an equally dominant CBD content.

When to Choose Hybrid Strains

We often recommend hybrids when looking for a multi-dimensional cannabis experience.

A hybrid strain may be the answer if you often find yourself looking for more from your cannabis experience. There is a variety of hybrid strains for everyone and every need.

If you have particular wants, needs, or restrictions when using marijuana, a hybrid strain is the best way to find a fit for your specific situation.

Stop by Green Kong and chat with a budtender today to find the best hybrid blend to suit you!