The Indica vs Sativa vs Hybrid Myth

The Indica vs Sativa vs Hybrid Myth

All cannabis strains on the market today are categorized using indica, sativa or hybrid to describe their characteristics and effects. However, this methodology can be slightly misleading. Since cannabis has been cultivated for decades and cross pollinated over and over again every strain on the market has essentially been bred into a hybrid. 

Although the terms indica and sativa are real terms, they do not accurately represent the products found on a modern day cannabis menu. 

Landrace Strains

Cannabis strains that grew naturally in the wild in various environments are called landrace strains and they were the true sativas and indicas. Sativas originated in tropical climates found in regions like southeast asia, and indicas were indigenous to colder mountainous climates like the himalayas. Another species of cannabis plant that is far more obscure than its sativa/indica relatives is the cannabis ruderalis known for having higher concentrations of CBD. 

A true landrace strain is exceedingly rare. In the 1960s and 1970s, when cannabis growers embarked upon the endeavor of cultivation, they used the original landrace strains and hybridized them to produce desirable genetic traits. 

Some of the better known landrace strains that have found their way into cannabis genealogy are: Durban Poison, Panama Red, Afgani, & Hindu Kush. 

Hybrids, Hybrids Everywhere 

The accepted industry norm is to use sativa to describe strains that produce more energizing uplifting effects and indica to describe strains that are more sedative and body-high inducing and a hybrid as something somewhere in between. This is the biggest fallacy in weed today, because all of these strains are in fact hybrids. 

A hybrid is not meant to be a cross between an uppity and a downer type high, but rather a way to describe a strain that has resulted from crossing two or more strain varieties. 

Instead of using these dated terms to find your perfect high, we recommend trusting your nose, and finding out which terpenes and cannabinoids appeal most to your palette and your internal endocannabinoid system.

Explore the sativas, indicas and plethora of hybrids on our full menu at CCA2GO.