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What are Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid strains?

You've probably heard the terms Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid before. But do you know what they mean? Marijuana is divided into two types: Sativa and Indica (... don't worry, this science lesson gets to a point). In addition to these two types of cannabis, you can also have "mixes" and these strains are called hybrids.

Which strain do you prefer... Sativa, Indica or Hybrid?

Differences between Indica and Sativa strains

There are many differences between the anatomy of Indica and Sativa strains: how they grow, how long they flower, and so on. But the biggest difference is the kind of chemicals they produce. And these different chemicals cause other effects on users.

Below you can find a more detailed explanation of Sativa, Indica, and Hybrids, so that should bring it to light. Still confused? Search the Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds blog to find more information about different strains and info on cannabis use.

Keep in mind that the following possible effects do not apply to all cannabis users. How you react depends on your own unique biology, history of cannabis use, expectations, setting, and environment.

About Indica strains

Known for: a calming effect on the body

Ideal for relaxing, as a nightcap before bedtime, to relax with a movie, a book, or music

Looks like: short plants with broad leaves

Origin: India (although recent research suggests that it actually came from Afghanistan)

About Sativa strains

Known for: invigorating and uplifting cerebral effects

Ideal for: physical activity, social gatherings, and creativity

Looks like: tall plants with thin leaves

Origin: Regions near the equator (like Colombia, Mexico, and Thailand)

About Hybrid strains

The best of both worlds inheriting properties from both parents. Hybrids can be either Indica or Sativa dominant in their genetic makeup and effects. As an analogy, we often use a wine that is a mixture of different grapes. Each component contributes something different to the overall experience.

New cannabis strains can be created which feature the different properties of the two-parent strains, to complement each other and produce something better than the two separate strains. So this is a perfect example of 1 + 1 = 3!