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Is a hybrid bud right for you?

Having trouble deciding whether indica or sativa is the right choice for you? You may have heard that cannabis indica plants have higher CBD and lower THC, while the reverse is true for cannabis sativa.

While there is no hard, fast rule, in general, indicas are thought to be relaxing and calming, suitable for quiet times and low-impact activities, making them the ideal choice for pre-sleep consumption and pain management.

Sativas, on the other hand, can be considered energizing and mentally stimulating, good for active occasions, social gatherings, and physical activities. This is a rule of thumb, but in truth, individual plants produce varying effects.

If you are not sure which type is best for you, then you may want to consider a hybrid bud.

As you can probably guess from the name, hybrids are a mix of indica and sativa and are usually considered to offer the best of both worlds—or at least an interesting mix. A hybrid is created by cross-breeding a male plant from one strain with a female plant from another. Once the female plant is pollinated, it produces seeds for a new strain. The hybrid produced creates something different from either parent, with a mix of inherited traits.

The result of this diversity is that there is no one specific appearance to the hybrids, and there exists a wide range of possible effects.

Growers consider several factors before creating a new hybrid, and they are typically grown to produce specific effects. But while the medicinal effects are clearly a significant concern, they are not the only one. Growers also make their selections based on creating the desired taste, smell, and terpenes for their new strain.

Most cannabis strains currently available are likely to be hybrids, as cross breeding occurs ever more frequently. The variety of pure indica or sativa strains available is comparatively limited.

Each hybrid will develop according to the parent plants, which means that they offer a wide range of effects. They are typically classified as indica-dominant (indica-dom), sativa-dominant (sativa-dom), or balanced. Some of the more popular hybrids include Pineapple Express and Blue Dream, but there are a variety of others suitable for virtually every taste.

Because of the wide variety of hybrid strains available and the many possible effects that they can produce, you may need help picking the right strain for you, based on the THC/CBD percentages and the benefits provided. For example, if you are seeking pain relief but will be engaging in physical activity, the right hybrid will allow you enjoy relief without becoming too drowsy.