Many people who are new to the cannabis world are curious about the difference between indica, sativa, and hybrid strains. Here at Infinite Wellness, we’ve put together this guide to help you learn all about the different cannabis flower options available in the marketplace and what each one can do for you.
Popular Indica, Sativa & Hybrid Strains
Marijuana flower products are the most common form of cannabis in use today. You may know it traditionally as “bud”, “nugs” or “sensimilla”, but this refers to the unpollinated female flower of the cannabis plant. The current popular culture categorizes each strain of flower as sativa, indica or hybrid, which denotes the lineage and characteristics of that particular plant’s heredity.
The current cannabis industry is moving towards terpene testing to differentiate between the effects of varying strains, but this is a very recent change and there is still much to be studied. Until terpenes are fully understood, learning about the three common strain types will continue to be the best way to understand your marijuana flower options.
Infinite Wellness carries a large selection of house-grown flower that is priced based on availability and not final product quality. Managing our own cultivation process allows us to produce the highest caliber of cannabis, minimize handling and provide the best marijuana prices in Fort Collins.
The large majority of strains today fall in to the classification of hybrid as the industry selectively breeds strains to produce more potent, and higher yielding, drug strains.
Hybrid strains have been bred out of a cross between any two strains, typically of varying sativa and indica dominance. Many of these crosses will produce sativa or indica dominant effects, while few provide a truly balanced mind and body feel. This is usually denoted by saying that a particular strain is either indica-heavy or sativa-heavy so you can get a feel for its characteristics.
Hybrid terpene profiles prove highly unique, most often combining indica and sativa effects through a mix of opposing terpenes. For example,
mamasan provides a high myrcene content for rapid pain relief with a heavy dose of alpha-pinene for a clear headed alertness.
Growth patterns of hybrid plants can vary widely, but they are typically more vital than their pure sativa or indica relatives. The combination of varying genetics allows for more genetic material to be pulled from in comparison to isolated land race strains.
One of our most popular hybrid strains is Snoop OG, a hybrid of Lemon OG and Sour Diesel. It’s bursting with terpenes at 1.72% by weight and provides a calmly focused and relaxed euphoria.
Sativa strains are popular for their uplifting and energizing effects. Most users feel that sativa strains give them energy, boost their mood and inspire their creativity. These strains tend to have more of a cerebral effect than anything else and are considered high-functioning strains that won’t leave you feeling tired or lethargic.
Typically, sativa strains are dominated by terpenes such as limonene, alpha-pinene and beta-pinene, which have been shown to be stimulants in controlled, isolated laboratory tests.
Sativas are classified physically by their long and thin leaves and a taller, skinnier growth pattern. They are better suited for more tropical growth environments, with land race sativa strains such as Durban Poison and Lamb’s Bread hailing from South Africa and Jamaica respectively.
One of the most popular sativa strains is Sour Diesel, which is often used by people who want to fend off stress and depression or increase appetite and creativity.
On the other hand, indica strains tend to be more focused on the body. They are most often used for pain relief, insomnia and anxiety. They put the body at rest and can help you relax into a nice, comfortable state of mind.
Common indica terpenes include myrcene, which can lower the inhibition of the blood-brain barrier, and beta-caryophyllene, which has a clove-like aroma.
Growth patterns for indica are dominated by short, wide leaf patterns and bush like growth, typically remaining shorter than their indica relations. These genetics are better suited for harsher conditions with land race indicas such as Afghani or Himalayan Kush originating in the Middle East.
OG Kush has remained one of the top-selling indica strains ever produced thanks to its relaxing body effects and unique citrus rind flavor. G13 and Hash Plant are also great options to avoid “strain lock” when seeking the right effects.
Best CBD Strains
The majority of cannabis strains found at dispensaries are bred for THC –the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces intoxication. There are over 113 known cannabinoids currently, but the second most studied is CBD or Cannabidiol.
CBD is non-psychoactive and works primarily on CB2 receptors in the human endocannabinoid system. This tends to focus primarily on the nervous, reproductive and digestive systems and has been found to be an effective anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety treatment.
Commonly derived from hemp, CBD can be found to be more effective in treatments that include THC, as the two cannabinoids can work together to further amplify the effects of the other. Science is still emerging in this department.
CBD’s viscosity and stickiness typically makes high CBD marijuana strains difficult to process and handle, and these rare genetics can be fickle to grow. Look for pronounced calyxes and elongated bud structures in many of these strains.
Our Pre 98 Bubba Kush is a high CBD cannabis strain that typically produces a 2:1 CBD to THC ratio naturally. With an aroma of deep oak and black cherry, this strain is dominated by limonene, beta-caryophyllene and myrcene. Customers and patients alike have had great success in treating pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, PTSD, spasms and some cancers with high CBD cannabis strains.
Learn More About Our Flower
If you’re ready to journey into the world of marijuana flower products for yourself, we invite you to stop by either of our Infinite Wellness locations. You can check out our full menu online and read about the different sativa, indica and hybrid strains we have available. Our team can also suggest strains based on your symptoms and needs. Don’t forget to check out our blog for other helpful tips and advice!