Sativa, Indica and Hybrid Strains: Learning the Basics

Sativa, Indica and Hybrid Strains: Learning the Basics

There are three main types of cannabis strains: Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid. Each type has characteristics that make it unique. Understanding these types’ differences is the first step in choosing the right strain for you.

The process of classifying cannabis strains began in the 18th century. At that time, there were only two strains: Sativa and Indica. However, the need for more classification arose as more strains were created. This is how hybrids came to be.

Nowadays, there are hundreds of different cannabis strains available. And, with new strains being created, the number will only continue to grow. So, what are the differences between these three cannabis strains? Let’s take a look.

 

Sativa Strains

In case you ever find yourself stuck and are unsure of what type of cannabis strain to look for in your cannabis essentials, refer to the below for more clarification on what strain suits you best!

Physical Characteristics of Sativa Strains

Height is the first thing you’ll notice about a Sativa plant. Typically, they are tall with thin, long leaves. The buds are also airy and light. From a distance, they almost look like they’re twinkling.

Sativa Strain Colours

The colours of Sativa strains range from light green to bright yellow. Some have hues of orange or even pink.

Sativa Strain Smell and Taste

Sativas usually have a sweet, fruity, or earthy smell. The taste is often described as sweet, sour, or spicy.

Sativa Cultivation

Sativa strains are difficult to grow indoors because of their tall, thin stature. They also have a long flowering time (around 10-12 weeks). However, they are very resilient and can withstand harsh weather conditions. If you are unsure where to start, we’ve put together this article on our cannabis essentials for Summer 2022.

 

Indica Strains

Indica strains are known for their relaxing and soothing effects. They tend to be high in CBD and low in THC. In addition, Indicas often treat pain, anxiety, and insomnia.

Physical Characteristics of Indica Strains

Indica plants are short and stout with broad, dark leaves. The buds are dense and heavy.

Indica Strain Colours

The colours of Indica strains range from deep green to purple. Some have hues of blue or even red.

Indica Strain Smells and Tastes

Indicas usually have a sweet, earthy, or skunky smell. The taste is often described as sweet, sour, or spicy.

Indica Cultivation

Indica strains are easier to grow indoors because of their short stature. They also have a shorter flowering time (around 8-10 weeks). However, they are less resilient than Sativas and can be more susceptible to mould and pests.

 

Hybrid Strains

Hybrid strains are a mix of Sativa and Indica strains; they have characteristics of both types. Hybrids often treat anxiety, pain, and fatigue.

Physical Characteristics of Hybrid Strains

Hybrid plants have a varied appearance. Some look more like Sativas, while others resemble Indicas.

Hybrid Strain Colours

The colours of Hybrid strains can be any combination of Sativa and Indica colours. So what matters is the percentage of each type in the strain.

Hybrid Strain Smells and Tastes

Hybrids usually have a sweet, earthy, or skunky smell. The taste is often described as sweet, sour, or spicy.

Hybrid Cultivation

Hybrid strains are relatively easy to grow. They have a medium height and usually flower in 8-10 weeks. However, they can be more susceptible to mould and pests than Sativas.

 

Time to Choose Your Cannabis Strain

Now that you know the basics of Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid strains, you can start to narrow down your options. Consider what type of effects you’re looking for and choose a strain accordingly. At Holi Concentrates, we provide an extensive cannabis catalogue you can select from. From flowers to weed edibles, we got you covered. Reach out to us; our team will be happy to assist you!

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