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What Is a Hybrid Strain?

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Legal cannabis products are becoming more popular. As of 2023, cannabis enthusiasts have spent over $2 billion on delta-8 products over the last two years. And D8 isn’t a user’s only cannabis choice. Cannabis enthusiasts can enjoy delta-9, HHC, and THC-O.

When shopping for any of these cannabis products, you may come across several strain types. Indica and sativa are the most common, but you may see hybrid strains. What are hybrid strains? And should you buy them, or something else?

In this hybrid strain guide, we’ll explain what they are, how they’re different, how you consume them, who should use them, and our favorite hybrid strains.

What Is a Hybrid Strain?

Hybrid cannabis strains combine Indica and Sativa cannabis plants. Indicas and Sativas are two common cannabis strains with different characteristics (we’ll cover them next). When cultivators combine Indica and Sativa strains, the hybrid will take on characteristics of its parent strains. This results in the user experiencing balanced and “best of both worlds” effects.

With the global consumption of cannabis rising, it’s difficult to find original cannabis strains. Lots of cross-breeding occurs, and cannabis cultivators often make their own unique strains. This means users have limitless options when consuming hybrid strains, each offering its own unique characteristics.

Hybrid vs. Indica vs. Sativa

As stated previously, a hybrid cannabis strain is a combination of Indica and Sativa strains. Because of years’ worth of cross-breeding, all hybrid strains are unique and are better suited for different users. Because of this, users must understand the differences between Indica and Sativa strains to select the best strain.

Depending on the parent strains, a hybrid may lean more toward one type. That means the hybrid won’t be perfectly balanced, and may show more characteristics of one type than the other. These characteristics include terpenes, flavonoids, and trichomes, and they may affect the effects that the strain produces.

Here, we will cover the difference between Sativa and Indica strains more in-depth, and what it means when a hybrid shares more characteristics of one type than the other.

Sativa Strains

Sativas consist of a weed strain that produces a cerebral effect. Most users feel positive emotions when using Sativa strains, such as enhanced mood and increased energy. Some people say their focus increases, and they can better concentrate on creative outlets. Because it enhances mood and energy, most users consume Sativa strains during the day. There are some downsides to Sativa strains; for example, some users say these strains increase their heart rate, especially when taking Sativas as an edible.

Indica Strains

Indica strains have physical effects, commonly called “couch-lock.” They’re popular among medical marijuana patients since they reduce muscle tension. Indica strains are also very relaxing; users enjoy taking them when resting at home and before going to bed. Indica strains will make you feel sleepy, and some users prefer a more energizing effect when consuming cannabis.

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Can a Hybrid Lean More Toward One Strain?

Classic hybrid cannabis strains are a 50/50 Indica and Sativa combination. However, most hybrids lean more toward one specific strain type than the other. For example, if you want the uplifting effects of a Sativa strain without the high energy, you can try a Sativa-dominant hybrid made with relaxing Indica varieties. On the contrary, Indica-dominant hybrids offer relaxation without the sedating effects.

Should I Use Hybrid Strains?

There are times when users should use a hybrid strain over a dominant Sativa or Indica strain. Many users prefer hybrids because they get the best of both worlds. They produce more balanced effects, so users don’t have to decide which strain type they want.

Hybrids are also perfect for new users who may not know which strain to select. Since Indica and Sativa strains lean more toward certain effects than others, hybrids produce a more comfortable and enjoyable “high.” Plus, using hybrids is a good way to introduce users to Sativa or Indica-dominant strains, and they may develop a preference for one over the other.

Experienced users who want a powerful strain can definitely find some extremely strong hybrids. Cannabis cultivation is also becoming more advanced, and the pros are combining some of the strongest strains that offer the best features of popular strains/ Some people love experimenting with new strains, and hybrids are a great way to try out different strain variations.

However, some users should prioritize hybrids over others, depending on the effects they want, why they’re using cannabis, and when they plan on consuming it. Understand that all users are different, and this advice may not work for everyone.

Feel Calm Rather Than Sleepy

Some people like to drink a glass of wine with dinner or open a beer after a long day at work. But cannabis users may turn to their favorite hybrid strain after a rough day. If this sounds more like you, you’ll likely want a hybrid strain. These strains will calm you down after a stressful day at work but have enough of an energizing effect that you won’t feel lethargic.

Be More Comfortable in Social Situations

Do you get socially awkward when you’re around people? Or maybe you enjoy using cannabis when with friends, but would rather not fall asleep. If either of these situations sounds like you, a hybrid strain is the perfect middle-ground. Hybrids will decrease the stress you feel when around people without some of the negative side effects, such as a racing heart or exhaustion.

Use All Day

Some people love to wake and bake…and bake more throughout the day. While you may first reach for a Sativa, consider using a hybrid or a Sativa-dominant hybrid. While Sativa strains do give you that energy boost, you may not want to spend your days cleaning the house or exercising for hours. A hybrid will give you enough of a body high to make your day more enjoyable while enhancing your focus to cross out things on your to-do list.

What if you don’t want to smoke cannabis flower? Hybrid strains are available in vape and edible form, as we will discuss next.

How Do You Consume Hybrid Strains?

Hemp-derived cannabis is becoming more popular, and users can consume hybrid strains in different ways. The two most popular methods are vapes and edibles.

Vape

Many users prefer vaping hybrid cannabis products. Vapes are discreet and convenient, fitting perfectly in your pocket or purse. There are disposable and rechargeable vapes, so users can use the product that suits them best.

The effects of vaping are less potent than ingesting cannabis. When you ingest cannabis, your liver converts the THC into a stronger form, making the “high” more intense. Some users prefer micro-dosing, and vaping is better for this. However, other users prefer more potent effects, which leads us to our next point.

Edibles

Cannabis users prefer edibles when they want a more powerful “high” and when they don’t want to inhale any smoke or vapor. Some new users prefer consuming edibles since they’re easy to take. Edibles also offer consistent dosages, which is also a great solution for those who like micro-dosing cannabis.

There are various cannabis edibles, but gummies are the most common. They’re delicious, available in different flavors, and small enough so users can easily dose them. The gummy form also makes them discreet; just pop one in your mouth, and it looks like you’re eating candy.

Even though your liver converts THC into 11-hydroxy-THC, which offers more potent effects, all cannabis edibles have different strengths. Always start with the lowest strength, and only increase your dosage when you’re ready.

How Are Hybrid Strains Made?

The process of growing a hemp strain is called cultivation. To create a hybrid strain, cultivators will breed one male plant with a female one. If a cultivator wants to create a perfect 50/50 hybrid, they will breed a 100% Indica with a 100% Sativa. During the breeding process, the male plant pollinates the female plant, producing seeds. The cultivators then grow these seeds to create the hybrid hemp plant.

If a cultivator wants to breed an Indica or Sativa-dominant plant, they will combine two hybrid strains with more characteristics of the dominant strain you want. For example, if you want to grow an Indica-dominant plant, breed two plants with more Indica characteristics.

Some users may want to grow hybrids that have specific effects and characteristics. Understand that the hybrid will display qualities from both parent strains, and you won’t have much control over which characteristics it develops. If you want specific characteristics, you’ll need to do selective breeding.

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Our Favorite Hybrid Strains

Are you interested in trying hybrid strains? We offer many unique and high-quality hybrids. Here are some of our favorites.

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy is a mix of the Sativa strain Power Plant and Indica strain Lavender. You will experience a euphoric energy boost but will feel calm enough to where you won’t feel stressed or have a rapid heartbeat. This strain has a bold flavor, best described as fruity yet sweet with some floral undertones.

Our Cotton Candy strain is available as a disposable vape in HHC form. HHC (hexahydrocannabinol) is a minor cannabinoid. It offers similar effects to THC. Many describe the sensation as a cross between D8 and D9 since users will feel a subtle “high.”

Lemon Cherry Gelato

Lemon Cherry Gelato is a combination of the Indica-dominant strains Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) and Sunset Sherbet. GSC is a particularly popular strain; it won the Cannabis Cup since it boasts a high THC content. Since GSC and Sunset Sherbert are Indica-dominant strains, users will feel more relaxed and euphoric when using Lemon Cherry Gelato. This is perfect if you want to vape an Indica-dominant hybrid after dinner, but don’t want anything that will have you feeling couch-locked.

Lemon Cherry Gelato has a unique flavor; the terpene profile is a mix of sour, pine, and berries, so it tastes tart, earthy, and sweet at the same time.

This disposable vape is available in HHC form.

Blue Nerdz

Blue Nerdz is a mix of the Indica-dominant Grape Ape with the Sativa-dominant Strawberry Cough. The result is a very balanced hybrid; users will feel more cerebral and euphoric, stimulating the mind while boosting the mood. That’s why this strain is perfect to use when working on a creative project.

Blue Nerdz also takes the edge off its parent strains. For example, one of the unpleasant side effects of Strawberry Cough is how users tend to cough even after smoking a little bit.

Blue Nerdz not only takes away these unpleasant effects but also takes the positive qualities of its parent strains. The parent strains have unique fruity flavors, making Blue Nerdz taste like candy. Users can taste both sweet grapes and strawberries in this strain.

You can use Blue Nerdz as a disposable vape. This vape is available as a THC-O product. THC-O is a synthetic cannabinoid that’s 3x more powerful than natural THC.

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie (often called Cherry Kush) is another potent strain that combines F1 Durb and the Indica-dominant Granddaddy Purple. This also makes Cherry Pie an Indica-dominant hybrid; it’s mentally uplifting and relaxes the body. Even though it’s a powerful strain, it’s extremely popular and offers benefits for all users. Cherry Pie is packed with flavor, having both a fruity and tart taste. This product is available as a disposable vape in THC-O form.

Are You Looking for a New Hybrid Strain?

If you’re looking for a hybrid strain, you came to the right place. In addition to the strains we mentioned previously, our shop has tons of hemp-derived cannabis products to choose from. We offer D8, D9, HHC, and THC-O in vape and edible forms. While we offer plenty of hybrids, we also have Indica and Sativa-dominant strains.

Shop our catalog today!