Different types of cannabis strains explained

There are many different types of cannabis strains available right now. A quick Google search pulls up lists and lists of thousands of different strains, such as an article detailing 100 strains you should try. With so much different strains available it can be hard to find the strain that best fits your situation. Do you need a hybrid strain, or an indica strain? What is THC and CBD content and how do you decide what strain is right for you? We help you answer some of these questions, so you can figure out what strain you should try.

Indica or sativa?

The first property most breeders differentiate their product with is the kind of strain it is. There are two major strains of cannabis: Indica and Sativa. The sativa plant is much taller and comes from warm climates, where it can grow very tall, up to 20 feet. The indica plant is shorter and originally comes from colder climates, which makes it ideal for growing indoors. They both have different effects: an indica strain will give a relaxed feeling, combined with a body buzz that makes you feel very slow. Sativa, on the other hand, makes you feel energetic and stimulates your mind, making you feel slightly spacey or hallucinogen. The two different strains are therefore very different and it is important to take this into account when choosing the right strain.


Luckily there is a solution that combines the properties of both the indica and sativa strain: the so-called Hybrids. These are cross-bred strains, a combination of both indica and sativa. They combine the effects of both, in varying manners. Some hybrids are heavily sativa influenced, but it is also possible to find a hybrid that is right in the middle. The specifics do however vary from strain to strain, but the indica to sativa ratio is a good indication for the effects of the strain.


Another important measure of the effects of a cannabis strain are the CBD and THC content of the strain. This is mainly important for those looking at cannabis to treat medical conditions, but other users can also benefit from knowing the THC and CBD content. CBD has been known to treat many different conditions, such chronic pain, migraines, arthritis, epilepsy and schizophrenia. THC is well known to numb pain and stimulate the release of dopamine, which is a hormone responsible for the feeling of euphoria and happiness. This makes THC very suitable for treatment of mental conditions such as anxiety of depression. THC is also responsible for most of the psychoactive properties of cannabis, so a strain with a high THC content is probably very potent.