indica sativa or hybrid: whats the difference?

Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid: What's the Difference?

October 01, 2020 Written by Carl Rogers

If you're a marijuana smoker, you've more than likely pondered the question, what's the difference between Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid strains?


Both the characteristics of the plant as well as the effects are very distinct in their unique ways.


Ever accidentally decide to smoke some dank Sativa before bed? I'm sure it wasn't long before you ended up cleaning up your whole house instead of getting that good nights rest.


Yes, we've all been there.


And that's the point of this article, is to help make you an expert in determining not just the different types of cannabis strains and their effects, but which weed strains will work best for you.


Keep reading below to have a better understanding of Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid strains.


Understanding Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Cannabis Strains


indica sativa and hybrid weed strains


The fact is, both Indica and Sativa strains are very distinct in their appearances as well as effects. As for hybrid, well, the name is pretty self explanatory; a mixture of both strains combined.


To identify the differences between the two main cannabis strains Indica and Sativa, you first would have to know the difference between the two plants.


Sativa plants are taller, skinnier, and has more fingers and can even have as many as 13.


Indica on the other hand, are known for their short and stout characteristics as well as less fingers, possessing anywhere from seven to nine. Their leaves appear fatter and wider than that of a Sativa plant.


Hybrids are special, in that unlike both Sativa and Indica plants, they are quite difficult to identify. This is because they will generally resemble or favor their parent strains, making it extremely tough to distinguish.


Now that you know the differences between the types of plants, it's time to learn more about the reactions and side effects of an Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid cannabis strain.


the effects of indica sativa and hyrbid cannabis strains



Effects of Sativa


The THC effects of Sativa can be summed up in just two words; energetic and uplifting.


It is distinct with characteristics such as creativity and productivity. Another way to describe a Sativa high would be a boost in serotonin. In other words, an absolute mind high with anti-anxiety effects, making it a wonderful choice for the daytime.


Dry pipes are excellent not just because they are portable, but because it will deliver a clean and satisfying hit, all while not getting you too over the top, with that intense high. With a dry cannabis pipe, you'll be able to get on the right level and still be functional for all your daily activities!


Effects of Indica


Unlike Sativa, the THC effects of Indica are quite on the opposite end of the spectrum. It can best be described in one word; sedative.


Recommended for night time use, Indica strains tend to be the perfect go to, for those looking to unwind and relax.


Indicas do wonders for those with chronic or severe anxiety, nausea, or pain, due to its deep tranquilizing and calming effects.


It's recommended to stick with a premium glass water pipe, for that much needed night time relief. Unlike dry pipes, which are excellent for day time use, bongs will give you that instant potent high, right before bed.


What better way to end your night then with a hit straight to the dome, allowing you to enjoy all the benefits of an exceptional Indica strain?


Hybrid Effects


Now we know what Sativa or Indica strains do, but how do we determine Hybrid effects in the body?


Well that depends, on two factors; type and quality. The real question is, is it an Indica dominant strain, or a Sativa dominant one? Once you've figured that out, the next thing to ask yourself is, what is the quality of these two strains?


Keep in mind the quality of an Indica or Sativa dominant strain, will greatly determine the effects of THC that you feel upon consumption.


If it's an Indica dominant, you can expect to more heavily feel the relaxing effects, but you will also feel the uplifting awakening effects of the Sativa.


If it's a Sativa dominant cannabis strain, then you can expect those effects to be reversed, with heavy sensations of a mind like productive high, while also getting the benefits of the sedative calming effects. Both work interchangeably, going back and forth between the sensations.


Now if it's a 50/50 even distribution of both types of cannabis, you can expect to equally feel the effects from both strains, without one over powering the other.


 A good rule of thumb is, dominant strains will always dominate the high.


They allow smooth refreshing hits, which are suitable for both day time and night. It won't bring you over the top, but if you need it to, it will definitely give you the satisfactory hit you were looking for.


Keep reading below to find out how you can find the best cannabis strains for you!


Find the Right Strain for You


Whew, you made it. You now know not only the different types of marijuana strains, but also the effects. More importantly though, you will soon know how to find the right cannabis strain for you!


Given the effects, it is generally suggested that you stick with Sativa for daytime use and Indica for night time. Since an Indica plant can easily put you down, it is recommended to choose Sativa to get a more productive day in, and then wind down with the other at night. 


Hybrids are wonderful in the sense that, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds and experience both the benefits of a Sativa and Indica plant, making it a truly spectacular type of strain.


It should be easy now to figure out what will work best for you given the particular circumstance. Again, hybrids are unique, in that they offer the sensations of both, therefore making it easier to use for anytime of the day without receiving overwhelming THC effects, from one particular type of plant.




Pure strains are hard to come by and due to their rare nature, it is more than likely you'll find yourself smoking a hybrid cannabis strain. These days, the cannabis you find in your local smoke shop, tend to be a combination of both Sativa and Indica strains.


This is due to the significant amount of cross breeding that has been done since the 90s.


Almost 90% or more of strains today are ALL hybrid. Whether or not it is 99% an Indica cannabis plant and 1% Sativa, it is still considered a hybrid if it is not 100% pure bred.


However, all because an authentic marijuana strain is hard to come by, it doesn't mean it does not exist, therefore, you are NOT out of luck.


What are you waiting for?  Find yourself a bangin glass piece and some dank buds to relieve all your stresses!