Cannabis comes in three varieties, or, subspecies: Indica, Sativa and Hybrid. The three varieties are known for their unique characteristics and highs. Each has it’s own unique characteristics of aromas, growth patterns and flavors. Every strain of cannabis is unique, but we can find some general commonalities and expectations for how a certain strain might effect us based on it’s subspecies classification.
Indica is best associated with a deep body high and intense relaxation. It is known to reduce anxiety, help aid with sleep, and lessens pain. They tend to have flavors and aromas in the sweet and fruity realm often accompanied with earthy, wood tones. The plant itself is usually smaller than Sativa strains, having a more shrub-like appearance. It is good candidate for both indoor and outdoor cultivation due to size. A great way to remember the effects of this one is that Indica will leave you “In Da Couch.”
Sativa is the Redbull of cannabis. It’s often accompanied by energizing effects that are better suited for social gatherings or providing a creative boost of energy. The feeling is often described as more of a “head high” than a “body high”. Sativas normally have a THC content much higher than Indicas. The plant is usually much larger than it’s Indica counterpart, often growing to a meter or more. If you plan on growing indoors, make sure you have plenty of space!
Last we have the hybrids. These, as the name implies, are a blend of both Sativa and Indica strains. Breeders will mix varieties from both Sativa strains and Indica strains, attempting to isolate the desired traits of each in order to produce an offspring that has a combination of both parents. They often provide the best of both worlds, making a more well rounded experience. While they aren’t as energetic as a Sativa, they won’t knock you onto the couch like an Indica.
You might see strains labeled as “Sativa-dominant Hybrid” or “Indica-dominant”. This simply means that the strain is a hybrid, but it has more characteristics commonly seen with one subspecies over the other.
Which Subspecies is Best?
Ultimately it comes down to how you want feel. Depending on your mood, you might seeking a totally different experience. One of the best things about cannabis is everyone’s journey is different. We think it’s best to experiment with lots of different subspecies and strains to find out what works best for you.