In this day and age if you are purchasing any type of cannabis whether marijuana or hemp through legal dispensaries or the black market you might not be able to depict what you will be smoking, is it cannabis indica, cannabis sativa, or hybrid?
To be able to fully tell what is in your pipe I will break down the differences between the three types of cannabis, indica, sativa, and hybrid.
As cannabis connoisseurs I’m sure you have heard of the different types of cannabis but in this blog I am going to break them down a little further into detail just so you will be able to know the difference.
Originally there were only two types of cannabis, indica and sativa, but after generations of crossbreeding it is rare to find pure indica or pure sativa strains. With the amount of time that people have been crossing strains the cannabis plant is more predominately a hybrid, whether indica dominant or sativa dominant.
First, cannabis indica, this type of cannabis is typically shorter with wide leaves, and tight dense buds. An indica strain will usually be associated with more body sensations also known as a body high. The indica plant is more of a downer compared to the other two and is recommended for nighttime use. An easy way to recognize cannabis indica is if you get sleepy or tired after consumption, as well as its darker purple and green colors. One way to remember the definition of the plant indica is “in-da-couch”. Some of the most popular indica strains include granddaddy purple, bubba kush, and grape ape.
Next, cannabis sativa, this plant is typically taller with long leaves, with a less dense and somewhat feathery buds. When a sativa strain is smoked it will normally produce a cerebral feeling. Traditionally, sativa strains are more uplifting and euphoric and are recommended for early morning and daytime use. The reason this type of cannabis is recommended to smoke during the day is because it will keep you awake and will not prompt you to be tired. A quick way to recognize cannabis sativa is looking for fluffy, light green and orange buds Some of the most popular sativa strains include sour diesel, pineapple express, and green crack.
Last type of cannabis is a hybrid. The cannabis hybrid plant is a crossbreed between an indica and sativa plant. Again there are very few pure indica or sativa strains now, most of them are a hybrid of them both. Within the hybrid plant there is normally a dominant scale of sativa or indica in the plant overall, for instance 60% indica and 40% sativa. There are also even split hybrids of 50% indica 50% sativa but they are more rare. Some of the most well known hybrid strains are blue dream, gelato, and girl scout cookies. These strains are recommended for afternoon and nighttime use since they will always have a little indica in them that could make you tired and drowsy.
So next time you pack your pipe, look at the plant that you are smoking and try to depict if it is cannabis indica, cannabis sativa, or a hybrid, this can introduce a whole new love for cannabis whether hemp or marijuana.