Each seed gives birth to a plant, but there are countless varieties with their own distinct differences. There are hundreds, if not thousands of different marijuana strains today with more popping up on a constant basis. But all varieties can be grouped into these three main categories:
Sativa is a subspecies or variety of a certain plant. Sativa plants are characterized as having thin wispy leaves, tall stature, and a long flowering period. They are also known to grow better in warmer climates and have an energetic buzzy effect when consumed. The color red is often used to symbolize Sativa varieties.
Indica is a subspecies or variety of a certain plant. Indica plants are characterized as having wide fan-like leaves, short stature, and a shorter flowering period. They are also known to grow better in cooler climates and have a calming depressant effect when consumed. The color blue is often used to symbolize Indica varieties.
Hybrid is a term that is used when Sativa and Indica plants are bred together. This creates a plant that takes properties from Sativa and Indica. In other words, the final product could have the long leaves of a Sativa and the short flowering period of an Indica. Effects when consumed vary as well from one Hybrid to the next depending on genetic expression. The color green is often used to symbolize Hybrid varieties.
High-CBD strains tend to deliver very clear-headed, functional effects without the euphoric high associated with high-THC strains. They’re typically preferred by consumers who are extremely sensitive to the side effects of THC (e.g., anxiety, paranoia, dizziness).