Indica, Sativa & Hybrid: What are the differences between the cannabis strains?

on September 25, 2020

One of the most common questions we get asked is: “What’s the difference between, indica, sativa, and hybrid strains?”


While symptoms from medical cannabis have much more to do with THC/CBD levels and less with strain (more on that later), we can generally understand how they interact when consumed based on the strain.


Here are the differences between the strains and what you need to know about each.

Sativa strains

Known for the “head high,” most sativa strains are known to give users an energizing, “buzz” feeling. Sativas commonly give cannabis users increased feelings of focus, creativity, and productivity, while decreasing anxiety and stress.


In general, most sativa strains have lower doses of CBD and higher doses of THC. Since the THC levels give sativa that energizing feeling, users typically prefer using it during the day.


The plants themselves are tall (12 feet+) and thin with long, finger-like leaves; and can often take longer to mature than some other types of marijuana. Sativa buds are usually less dense and feathery.


Quick facts

  • Energizing buzz
  • Increase creativity and productivity
  • Decrease anxiety

Indica strains

Conversely, indica strains are known for their deep relaxing and calming feeling for users. Often used to treat insomnia, indicas provide cannabis users with a “body high.” This strain is also used for reducing nausea, pain relief, and as an appetite stimulator.


Indica typically has lower doses of THC and higher doses of CBD. Known for intense relaxation and pain management, indicas are often used at night.


The indica plants are shorter and bushier with wide, broad leaves. These plants mature more quickly and produce more buds than the sativa plant.


Quick facts

  • Deep relaxation
  • Increase appetite
  • Decrease nausea and pain

Hybrid strains

As the name suggests, hybrids are a mix of indica and sativa strains, often derived to create specific effects or treat particular symptoms for users. 


Due to this, it’s incredibly important for cannabis users to be mindful of the THC/CBD ratios or whether it is indica-dominant or sativa-dominant. Depending on your needs, you’ll be able to find a hybrid that fits.


Hybrid plants are dependent on the combination of sativa and indica strains that created them, so they vary drastically in height and appearance. 



Now that you have a better idea of the difference between indica, sativa, and hybrid strains, you’ll be able to more confidently choose your medical cannabis. 


And at Hive Medicinal, we’d love to help with your medical marijuana needs as your local Maine dispensary. Take a look at our current products or, better yet, stop by in person!

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