With more than 1,000 strains of cannabis it’s very important that customers are aware of the different types of cannabis available to them. Knowing the difference between sativa, indica and hybrid can help you choose the correct strain for your desired effects…

The rule of thumb we use at BREEZE is; “Sativa: Sunshine, Indica: In-Da-Couch.”

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Sativas are known for their “head high,” an invigorating, energizing effect that can help reduce anxiety or stress and increase creativity and focus. If you’re looking for a fun smoke for some giggles or looking to get into your zone to get some work done, sativas are a great choice. Because of their stimulating effect, sativas are best for day-time use and often have lower doses of CBD and higher doses of THC. However, a lot of times sativa strains can increase anxious feelings in some users and can also cause paranoia. 

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Hybrids are simply new and unique strains that are bred from parents of different types (i.e. one indica parent & one sativa parent). A hybrid theoretically possesses most of the properties of both its parents. Breeders can “cross” any two strains they desire in an effort to create a new strain. Hybrid strains that display more indica than sativa traits are labeled “indica-dominant,” while those that lean toward sativa are similarly called “sativa-dominant.” 

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Indicas are typically associated with full-body effects, such as increasing deep relaxation and reducing insomnia and nausea. Indica cannabis plants can stimulate the appetite and reduce body pain & soreness. If you’re looking for something to consume before bed or for pain management, choose an indica. Because of their relaxing effects, indicas are best for night-time use and often have higher levels of CBD and less THC. However, indica strains can lead to feelings of “couch lock” and can also cause “the munchies.”

Although research examining these effects is limited due to the legal status of cannabis, it appears these three varieties have more in common than previously thought. In other words, the category, or type, of cannabis may not be the best indicator of the effects you’ll experience. For a more accurate idea of what you’re getting when trying a new strain, instead of just looking at the type — sativa or indica — look at the description on the menu listing for each specific product.

The more research that’s done, the more we learn that individual plants produce varying effects, even among the same type of cannabis, it all depends on the plant’s chemical composition and the growing technique used. Strains are distinguished by their individual cannabinoid and terpene content, the compounds which determine the strain’s overall effects.