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EARTHMED BLOG

Which Weed to Choose: In-Da-Couch, Sunny Sativa, or Hybrid?

Posted by Canna Randa on Apr 28, 2021

Walk into any dispensary, like EarthMed, and you will find yourself with cannabis consumption options aplenty. The first thing you need to decide when shopping for products is which type of cannabis is right for you.

If you’re new to the world of weed, you may be wondering what the different classifications mean on the strains you see in the dispensary. Cannabis plants are typically one of three subspecies: Indica, sativa, and ruderalis. Since indica and sativa plants contain more medicinal properties than the lesser-known ruderalis, cultivators and cannabis geneticists tend to focus their efforts on these and create hybrids containing properties of both.

Indica = In-da-couch

Scientifically known as Cannabis sativa indica (confusing, I know), indica strains are great for nighttime usage or relaxing any time. If the product you choose is an indica, you can likely expect to feel more of a body buzz than a head high. Also known as “in-da-kitchen” these weed strains are famous for their appetite-increasing properties -- making them an excellent choice for medical patients who have lost their desire to eat.

This potent plant tends to grow shorter and bushier than its counterpart. The leaves on indica plants are usually wider and broader than those on sativa, and the indica flower provides canna connoisseurs a heavy, mellow, relaxed, euphoric, and sleepy feeling.

Popular indica strains include Hindu Kush, Afghan Kush, Northern Lights, 9lb Hammer, and Granddaddy Purple.

Sativa = Sunny

While the scientific name for sativa (Cannabis sativa) is similar to indica, the effects you can expect from this taller and slimmer plant are entirely different. Think of sativa as stimulating and best used during the daytime (hence, the sunny reference). Using a sativa product, you can expect to experience more of a head high with increased energy. Perfect for getting your creative juices flowing, sativa weed is known to make the consumer feel invigorated, happy, and positive. Using the alliterative mnemonic “sunny sativa stimulates” will help you remember that this plant is for daytime use.

Popular sativa strains include Sour Diesel, Jack Herer, Green Crack, Durban Poison, Tangie, and Strawberry Cough.

Hybrids = Best of Both Worlds

As the name suggests, hybrid cannabis strains are produced using both indica and sativa parent plants. Typically categorized as either indica- or sativa-dominant, these plants contain properties from both plant subspecies.

With the cannabis industry growing exponentially and plant genetics ever-evolving, new hybrid weed strains are being developed constantly. Hybrid products are great for anyone who wants their cannabis to have specific, unique impacts.

Since hybrids are essentially cultivator-created, the effects you can expect to feel are varied. Hybrid strains can reduce anxiety and stress, create feelings of euphoria, help ease the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, and a host of other things. Make sure you take a good look at hybrid reviews on Leafly or Iheartjane to see what sort of effects you can expect from your hybrid cannabis product.

Popular hybrid strains include: Pineapple Express, Blue Dream, Trainwreck, OG Kush, White Widow, and Wedding Cake.

The first step to choosing your cannabis product is deciding what type will suit your needs best. As with everything else in life, results may vary. Part of weed’s allure is trying many different kinds to see what works best for your needs. Only you can decide which is the best choice for your body and mind.

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