September 18, 2019

What are the differences between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Cannabis?

Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid…oh my! If you aren’t familiar with the different medical cannabis strains, take a moment to get better acquainted with each.


Best known for an ability to be deeply relaxing and calming, Indica strains are preferred for those who seek help with sleep. Typically, patients who suffer from pain, insomnia, glaucoma, seizures, and headaches select this strain. Indica is known more for a full “body buzz” and is best used before bed.

The Indica plant has broad leaves and is shorter in height than its Sativa counterpart. With short flowering seasons, it can grow well in colder climates that have short seasons.

Indica varieties offered by Hive:

  • GMO
  • The Mountain


Best known for an ability to increase energy and decrease stress and anxiety, Sativa is preferred for recreational use. Typically, patients who suffer from weight loss or anxiety select this strain. Sativa is known more for a “head buzz” and is best used to increase creativity and focus.

The Sativa plan has narrow leaves and is taller in height than its Indica counterpart. With longer flowering seasons, it grows best in warmer climates with long seasons.

Sativa varieties offered by Hive:

  • OG Jack
  • Sophies Breath


As you can imagine, hybrid plants are combinations of the two variations, chosen for specific benefits from each strain. Since each hybrid cannabis is unique, its effects, appearance, CBD/THC percentages, and other qualities vary from plant to plant. However, growers will often note whether Sativa or Indica is the dominant strain used in a hybrid variety.

Hybrid varieties offered by Hive:

  • Cookie Head #1 
  • FloRuit
  • GG#4
  • OG Kush
  • Tropical Sorbet
  • Unbroken Chain

Ready to learn more? Visit our shop to view the varieties you can purchase in-store.

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