The Three Types of Cannabis Strains: Indica, Sativa & Hybrid

The Three Types of Cannabis Strains: Indica, Sativa & Hybrid

There’s so much to know about modern medical cannabis treatment. Let’s explore what these different types of cannabis can do for you!

Different combinations of cannabinoid compounds yields different cannabis strains. Each of the strains provides different experiences. There are two main types of traditional cannabis strains- Indica and Sativa. Hybrid strains are also commonly found these days, too. Let’s talk about the different properties and attributes of each…


Okay, ready? Here’s your first tip… In-da-couch! Indica yields a heavy, full-body high that creates a relaxing effect. Many users find this strain has them “couch-locked.” Nighttime use is preferred with these strains as they aid pain reduction and sleep. There is also some evidence these strains are effective in fighting nausea, depression, and migraines/headaches. Mostly they provide a Netflix and chill kinda vibe.

Cannabis Indica plants are typically short, bushy plants with wide leaves. Indica plants typically grow faster and have a higher yield than the sativa variety. Medicine produced from cannabis Indica plants has higher CBD Oil and lower THC counts.

The Three Types of Cannabis Strains: Indica, Sativa & Hybrid


If you are looking for cannabis to help you create some energy, the use of Sativa strains should be your choice. Sativa provides a “head high” or “cerebral high.” 

Sativa is known as a daytime strain creating enhanced focus and stimulates feelings of well-being and ease. 

These strains tend to have a higher THC than CDB content. Users of Sativa find their high promotes with creativity and imagination. However, strong sativas may sometimes cause anxiety or paranoia. Those with high anxiety should be mindful of this. (High-CBD strains help reduce anxiety.) Sativas mix well with socializing, physical activity, and creative projects.

Cannabis Sativa plants grow tall and thin with narrow leaves. Sativa plants are also generally a lighter shade of green than other strains. Sativa strains take longer to grow, mature and require more light.


These strains aren’t like a hybrid car but have kinda the same idea. They are actually more like a crossover. Hybrid strains mix the properties of both Indica and Sativa plants to create a new experience altogether. They are thought to give you an experience somewhere between what’s typical of Indicas and Sativas. Ideally, hybrids aim to give you the best of both worlds.

Hybrids are known to have varied flowering times but are high-yield like indicas while retaining cerebral highs like sativas. This blended strain provides various symptom reliefs and makes up the largest majority of the cannabis market.


Each strain has unique genetics resulting in different levels of THC and CBD. Cannabis indica, sativa and hybrids can benefit each individual in various ways. Examining cannabinoid levels is advised in choosing the best strain for you!

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