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Sativa, Indica, and Hybrids-Understanding Marijuana Strains

There is often a lot of focus on strain variety when purchasing and choosing a cannabis product. Many are familiar with the terms Sativa and Indica, but many are less familiar with the differences between these strains, and with what hybrid strains are. Knowing what the different effects and benefits of the plant varieties are can be beneficial in knowing which strain and product might be best for your individual needs. 

Sativa vs Indica

Sativa strains are routinely consumed in the daytime and are more known for a “head high” as opposed to body effects. This mind-based “high” is why Sativa’s are often utilized for increased focus and energy. Sativa strains can be useful for pain that gets in the way of a productive day, along with encouraging energy and an elevated mood. Sativa strains can assist in clearing mental fatigue for a more focused and creative mental space. Sativa strains are often consumed socially for the pleasant mood they can bring.

Indica strains are routinely consumed in the evenings and often associated with psychoactive body effects, or a “full-body high.” Indica’s are often utilized for relaxation of both body and mind. Indica strains can assist in lowering anxiety or tension leftover at the end of the day. Indicia strains can bring some pain relief and calm to your body and assist in clearing and calming your mind. Indica strains are incredibly useful to support a restful and restorative night’s sleep, both for common sleep troubles and insomnia. 

Pure Sativa and pure Indica strains are not common from years of crossbreeding, so strains tend to actually be Sativa-dominant, Indica-dominant, or hybrids. Hybrids are a cross-bred variety that has a mixture of Sativa and Indica molecules along with a mix of the different benefits these strains can provide. Hybrids allow the grower to create strain-specific varieties designed to truly support the patient’s unique needs and conditions.

Utilizing a knowledgeable caregiver and cultivator will be incredibly useful to match your needs to strain-specific cannabis products that will best target your needs. An experienced caregiver and grower will be familiar with their strains and the strain’s benefits. With such a variety of benefits, there truly is a marijuana product out there for every need.