Hybrid strains contain a mix of sativa and indica genetics and, depending on their lineage, can take on characteristics from both strain families There are a wide range of cannabis strains in between Indica and Sativa. These strains are known as “Hybrids” and show traits directly related to the genetics in its lineage. Hybrids can be broken down into three basic categories: Sativa-dominant Hybrids.

When you visit a cannabis dispensary for the first time, you’re going to be overwhelmed by options.  Chief among them, the differences between marijuana flower buds, which are generally divided into three main classes: Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid. Don’t be wigged out.

Different types of cannabis are analogous to different breeds of dogs, or different varietals of wine grapes, or beer hops. They’re all still the same species, but we’ve bred them to become quite distinct.

The thousands of strains we enjoy today are the result of several decades of cross-breeding old and new genetics into “hybrid” strains. But what really are “hybrids”? Here’s what you need to know:

What are hybrid types of cannabis?

“Hybrid” cannabis strains are strains like Blue Dream, Jilly Bean, Dutch Treat, and Banana Kush. They are mix (a hybrid) of the other two main classes of cannabis — “indica” and “sativa”. Hybrids often provide a more balanced combination of indica and sativa’s effects. The names “hybrid”, “indica”, and “sativa” are part of the folk taxonomy of cannabis, and they predate modern chemical quantification of the plant. The terms are often not the whole picture, but continue to be useful both to breeders, growers and consumers of marijuana.

Why should I care about hybrids vs indicas vs sativas?

Unlike drinking alcohol, where there is one psychological endpoint — being drunk — different types of cannabis can result in vastly different effects. Knowing what type of cannabis you are consuming can help you achieve the type of effect you might want to feel.

For example, indicas are generally more sedative, so if you want to shut down stress and pass out on the couch — indicas it is. (One good way to remember the difference is: ‘indicas equal in da couch.’)

By contrast, sativas are categorized as daytime strains, because they are prone to providing an uplifting and energetic head high.

Since hybrids are a mix of sativa and indica, they can provide both mind and body effects. Most strains are hybrids. There are very few pure indicas and sativas due to global breeding programs.