Indicas, sativas and hybrid strains

The cannabis plant has been grown for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.

There are still questions over the effects and properties of the different strains.

There are those products that provide total body relaxing while others stimulate productivity and elevate mood. Most medicinal cannabis dispensaries categorize the various strains by indica, sativa or hybrid. While these terms refer more to the genetics of the plant than the effects it offers, they make it easier to shop. Each type of product offers unique flavor profiles and chemical make-up. Getting a better understanding of the properties related to sativas, indicas and hybrids can help with choosing the right option for curative benefits. Savitas are native to hot and dry climates and tend to grow upwards of twelve feet. The leaves are long and narrow and the flower takes a long time to mature. Indicas naturally grow in cold, harsh climates and mature more quickly. The plant tends to have a bushy appearance, is short and stocky and the leaves are more broad. Indicas tend to be higher in THC than CBD and are generally known for sedative, relaxing effects. They are chosen for nighttime use. Sativas are typically associated with energizing, uplifting and cerebral effects. Hybrids are a combination of the two and can be indica-dominant, sativa-dominant or an equal ratio. Hybrids are created by drawing the most desirable properties from the parent plant. Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD can work to ease pain, reduce inflammation, fight off cancer cells, help with sleep and more. Along with the various cannabinoids and terpenes, the type of consumption method plays a role in the intensity and duration of effects.


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