When choosing a cannabis product, it’s always good to have a goal in mind. What sort of experience do you want? Are you looking for some stimulation for a workout or creative project? Perhaps you just want to relax after a stressful day or to ease sore muscles. There’s no wrong answer, but knowing ahead of time will ensure you choose the right product.
Sativa strains are known for their mind-high and stimulating effects. On the opposite end of the spectrum are Indica strains, sometimes referred to as “in-da-couch” due to the relaxing body high it’s known for. But what about when you want a little of both? Well, that’s where the beauty of hybrids comes in.
What Makes a Hybrid Cannabis Strain?
Hybrid cannabis strains are when two cannabis plants are crossbred to create a new strain with unique or desired effects. Sometimes a breeder will combine Sativa and Indica dominate plants. This is the most popular version of hybrid strains as they tend to provide a more balanced mind-body high.
However, some breeders combine two within the same species to strengthen the effects. For instance, breeding two Sativa strains together could create a more energetic and stimulating strain than either parent plant alone.
And of course, hybrids aren’t limited to various combinations of Sativa and Indica plants, but both can also be combined with CBD dominant plants. While CBD has no psychological effects, it’s well known for its medicinal properties.
Why Choose a Hybrid Strain?
The real question is, why wouldn’t you choose a hybrid cannabis strain? There are benefits to choosing pure Sativa, Indica, or CBD cannabis strains. But there are some real perks to picking a hybrid too.
The main reason people love hybrids so much is that they offer a more balanced experience. There are many combinations to choose from. Some strains are close to a 50/50 split between Sativa and Indica effects, but they aren’t all divided so evenly.
Some hybrids are Sativa dominate and often create a euphoric and uplifting experience while allowing you to stay focused and maintain your energy throughout the day. These are ideal when you’re spending time with friends or working on a project and need to focus often without the anxiety-inducing energy spikes some people experience with pure Sativa strains.
On the flip side, choosing an Indica dominate hybrid provides a wonderfully relaxing body high without numbing your mind or making you space out. Indica hybrids are fantastic for delivering pain relief or calming anxiety while allowing you to function during the day without falling asleep or becoming too “spacey.”
Lastly, THC/CBD hybrids are fantastic because you get the psychological effects we love from THC and the medicinal benefits from CBD. While the previous combinations deliver both Sativa and Indica effects within a single strain, THC/CBD are slightly different. This is because, as mentioned before, CBD cannabis doesn’t get you high the way THC is. So if your chosen strain is Sativa/CBD, then you’ll feel the effects of the Sativa but with all the perks of CBD.
Aside from the balanced mixture of Sativa and Indica effects, many people choose hybrid strains to help manage chronic symptoms. Hybrid cannabis strains are especially popular within the medicinal community because hybrids are versatile, making them ideal for treating various conditions.
Our north Portland recreational and medicinal cannabis dispensary has a variety of quality hybrid blends to choose from. When you’re finished reading, head to our online menu and check out our selection!
It’s important to remember that cannabis affects everyone differently, so it’s good to know your tolerance levels. We at Greeley Gallery always recommend starting with small dosages and working your way up.
Your experience is important to us, so you’ll find only the highest quality products at Greeley Gallery. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy to answer any questions you might have or assist you in choosing the best product for your goals.