Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid Explained

By trovecannabis | | Education, Products, Tips

We could start by taking you back in time and discussing the origin of these species in depth or we could sum it fairly quickly. The terms Sativa and Indica were used to differentiate between the plants that were found in Europe and Western Eurasia (Sativa) and India (Indica.) Hybrid, are obviously strains bred from both Sativa and Indica plants. Spoiler alert: most strains are some form of a Hybrid, as 100% pure Sativa or Indica strains are very rare.

In other industries like coffee, wine, and beer, the way we enjoy and talk about these products has evolved. Today, we drink microlot/farm direct coffee, orange natural wines, and hazy IPAs. The cannabis industry is evolving alongside these industries but at a much slower pace due to heavy restrictions. Nonetheless, it is very important to us that we do all we can to continue in educating our community and learning ourselves.

More than understanding where these species came from or how they are grown, we want you to feel empowered when you buy weed: Knowing what to look for and how to ask for what you want!

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These strains tend to provide an uplifting, energetic or creative effect that offers a more cerebral high. Think gardening, artistic pursuits, and cleaning your house. A common misconception is that all Sativa strains are uplifting or energy inducing. While that may be the case for most strains and most people, there are still varied effects that are experienced.

A few popular Sativa strains at Trove include:

Phat Panda – Bong Buddies, Jack Herer: This strong sativa has earthy aroma and promotes a happy and euphoric high.

Raven – Dutch Haze: A spacey sativa-hybrid cross of Dutch Treat and Super Silver Haze with an intensely sweet tropical candy nose.

Eagle Trees – Pink Burmese: A combination of Pinkleberry and Burmese, this colorful variety has notes of ripe fruit under a floral umbrella. The high makes me feel awake on another level but not racey.

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Indica Bud

Known for their relaxing body high and occasional couch lock effect, Indica strains tend to be sedating and are often used in the evening or for deep relaxation. Think movie nights, meditation, and getting ready for bed.

A few popular Indica strains at Trove include:

Treehawk Farms – Killer Bread: Enjoy this Indica hybrid strain that is both creative and relaxing.

Khush Kush – Mendo Breath: This thumper can pivot your entire day’s plans with its powerful body high. Prepare to be locked in the couch.

Eagle Trees – Royal Kush 7: Delicious dark, earthy flavor and surprising yet subtle overtones of minerals and grapes. Perfect for a hike in the trees or an after work hang by the bonfire with friends.

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Hybrid Buds

These strains can fall anywhere into the spectrum from sativa to indica effects and in general provide a more balanced high. Ask your budtender for help finding a hybrid that suits your mood or activity.

A few popular Hybrid strains at Trove include:

Fainting Goat – Blue Cinex: Blue Cinex is the stimulating lovechild of Blue Dream and Cinex. This creeper lays into the mind from the first puff with a sweet citrus, and earthy smell.

Treehawk Farms – Candy Apple: A cross of Blue Dream x Pineapple Express. Offers an uplifting cerebral high, inspires creativity, stimulates productivity and motivation.

Khush Kush – Gelato Larry: An indica dominant cross of Gelato x Larry Og. Subtly sweet and creamy notes with body heavy effects.

Phat Panda – Bong Buddies, Orange Zkittlez: Surprisingly uplifting for a hybrid, leaving consumers focused, alert, and happy whilst relaxing the body.

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If you take anything away from this little weed chat, let it be this:

  1. Have an idea of the feeling you want or activity in mind when you are buying weed: going on a hike, having a relaxing night in, wanting a better nights sleep etc. This will help the budtender in finding you exactly what you’re looking for.
  2. Terpenes, terpenes, terpenes.

This week’s Back to the Basics challenge: Try exploring a different strain than you normally do. Look past the Indica, Sativa, Hybrid label, and focus more on the terpenes, THC/CBD ratio, and your desired effect!


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