Affiliate Disclosure-Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchase. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. We try our best to keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice for you.

Beginners Guide To Cannabis Strains

What Are Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains?

First of all, strains represent different varieties of cannabis plants that are grown to affect the smoker in different ways. For example, some strains give you a sense of euphoria or enhanced creativity, and some strains are great for curing your insomnia. 

The most common and basic strains are Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid, which will be described below.

Indica, Sativa, And Hybrid 

Learning about Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid is the best place for you to start when you are wanting to learn about cannabis strains. Indica and Sativa are different varieties of marijuana, and each affect the user differently. Hybrid, as the name implies, is a cross between Indica and Sativa plants, and depending on the percentage of either Sativa or Indica,  a Hybrid Strain can affect the user in several different ways.

Indica And Sativa Basics

Indica and Sativa plants different in appearance. Indica plants are short, bushy, and have broad leaves, and Sativa cannabis plants are taller, skinnier, and have thin and pointed leaves. Indica, cannabis, plants grow quicker and also have a better yield than Sativa, which results in Indica historically being more popular with growers.

Indica and Sativa affect the cannabis user differently,  and these differences are summarized below:

Indica Effects

Compared to Sativa, Indica plants generally have lower THC levels and  higher CBD levels CBD is known for providing pain relief and other restorative uses. As a result, Indica plants are highly valued for medical purposes.  The medicinal benefits are summarized below:

  • Acute Pain Relief
  • Muscle and Mental Relaxation
  • Nausea suppressant
  • It helps increase your appetite, which, for example, benefits someone, who because of chemotherapy, has a poor appetite.
  • Insomnia Cure

As far as psychological effects, Indica  will make you sleepy; therefore, it is best used at night. This sleep effect has made some call Indica, “In da Couch.” Indica is said to give the user more of a body high instead of the Sativa head high.

Side Effects Of Sativa

Sativa plants are the preferred choice for recreational, daytime users as Sativa increase the users’ productivity, creativity, and alertness. These above effects are why Sativa is described as giving its users a “Mind High.”  Because of Sativa not putting it’s smokers to sleep,  it is the preferred for recreational, daytime cannabis use.

Sativa isn’t necessarily known for medical purposes, it has been known to help in the following:

  • Reduce Anxiety and Depression
  • Chronic Pain
  • Increases Energy

Cannabis Strains List

Other strains could be labeled as sub-strains or Indica, Sativa, or hybrids. An analogy of this would be Cola having Coca-Cola, Coke-Zero, and Diet Coke. The following is a list of the common Indica, Sativa, and hybrid cannabis strains.

Indica Strains

  • Purple Kush
  • Afghan Kush
  • Granddaddy Purple
  • Northern Lights
  • Do-Si-Dos
  • Zkittlez
  • Strawberry Banana

Sativa Strains

  • Maui Wowie
  • Sour Diesel
  • Jack Herer
  • Durban Poison
  • G13 Haze

Hybrid Strains

  • Acapulco Gold
  • Blue Dream
  • White Widow
  • Gorilla Cake
  • Gorilla Glue 4
  • Bubba Kush

Industry Pioneers

The Weed Nerd-“AKA” Sub Cool