Strain Overview – Indica and Sativa strains both have medical utility, but because of their perceived differences, they are often selected for different symptom management; for example, Indica’s are generally looked to for insomnia and pain, whereas Sativa’s might be chosen for depression and fatigue. As varying combinations of the two, Hybrids are often thought of as a “balance” of effects, offering what both have to offer in the way of effect.
Sativa – Sativa strains originally evolved in the equatorial region of the planet and developed to be taller (12 to 20 feet in height) and thinner with long leaves competing for sunlight with other natural vegetation in the region. The experience derived from such strains tend to produce an uplifting, spiritual, invigorating, creativity-inspiring sensation. A feeling of well-being and ease is often associated with Sativa’s, making them ideal for social situations.
The most popular use for Sativa strains today is extending the hours to enjoy the day with a boost of energy as Sativa combats fatigue, depression and mood disorders. Sativa results in an energetic, uplifting and cerebral high.
Indica – Indica strains evolved in the Hindu Kush region near Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. These strains evolved in colder climates where the plants developed thick coats of resin as protection against the harsh climate and winter conditions. This produced the stickier gummy surface coatings to protect the buds from freezing. The experience derived from these strains are a mellow, soothing, even sedative effect.
Indica helps treat symptoms associated with insomnia and anxiety and the most popular use is stress relief and assist with rest, relaxation and sleep.
Hybrid – Hybrid strains provide the best of both the Sativa and Indica effects. Over the last 200 years, expert breeders have selected the top Sativa and Indica strains to combine them into super strains that maintain the best aspects from both parents. Hybrids can be Sativa or Indica dominant. They are used to balance the desired effects. These hybrids are specifically bred with each other to produce boutique strains with favorable qualities and used primarily for unique flavors and high potency.
The most popular use for Hybrid strains are daytime use and depending on which strain is dominate, provide either relaxation or enhance work or casual activities.