Even if you don’t know much about marijuana, you’ve probably heard of hybrids.
Generally speaking, cannabis can be divided into 3 groups: Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid. Each one of these provides something exciting for users. Like with any animal or plant species, hybrids are made through selective growing.
The producers would take 2 or 3 strains and mix them into something new. This is a good way of eliminating unwanted traits while focusing on the positive ones.
Creating a hybrid weed strain is not an exact science, although it is based on agricultural knowledge. When we mix two strains for the first time, we don’t know what we’re getting, which is why all of this is so exciting!
If you still don’t understand what a hybrid weed is, and want to learn more about it, continue reading this article.
What are the most common hybrid strains?
As a hybrid strain becomes more popular, there is a good chance it will be sold on the foreign markets.
Nowadays, numerous marijuana dispensaries are shipping their products all over the world. You can basically try various hybrids from all over the world with a click of a mouse. In that sense, they can be very similar to local craft beers.
At first, most craft beers are made locally, on a smaller scale, but as they grow in popularity, the companies will start shipping them abroad.
As previously mentioned, the main reason why you would create hybrids is so you can emphasize certain dominant traits while downplaying negative ones.
Why should I care about all of this?
Unlike alcohol or some other drugs, marijuana can provide different kinds of high. For example, when you drink alcohol, you will always be drunk in the same way.
That doesn’t happen with cannabis. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why growers create hybrids in the first place. By combining plants, they’re able to get the different psychological effect for their consumers.
Indicas have strong sedative properties; Sativas provide a boost of energy. Based on that, Indicas are obviously better if you want to relax and unwind after a hard day at work, while Sativas are much better when you’re in a company, or going outside.
Hybrids are somewhere in between. They can be both relaxing and uplifting, and you can’t be sure what you’re going to get until you start growing it.
So, why is there such volatility? Why is marijuana so different from alcohol?
We get drunk by digesting ethanol, the active ingredient of alcohol.
On the other hand, a marijuana strain has various active molecules which provide different psychological effects. These ingredients are classified as terpenes and cannabinoids. Different types of weed will have a different composition of molecules.
When you smoke marijuana, you might recognize some similarities between strains (in terms of the “high” they provide), but they will never have exactly the same impact.
To make things even more complicated, the growers can change the “high” by utilizing various storing, growing, and harvesting methods. So, two producers can grow the same strain, but their plants might have different psychological effects.
What does it mean when a strain is Sativa-dominant or Indica-dominant?
These two phrases are often used to describe hybrids.
Each hybrid strain will have a set of specific characteristics. Some of them will be inherited from Indica, the others from Sativa. If a strain has more noticeable Indica characteristics, it will be called Indica-dominant and vice versa.
Keep in mind that, over time, some hybrids will become true hybrids. In other words, they will have an equal mixture of characteristics. However, it usually needs time and repetitive growth for a strain to turn into a true hybrid.
Should you try a cannabis hybrid?
It is tough to debate about tastes.
Basically, cannabis hybrids provide something that you can’t find in either Indicas or Sativas. They are a balanced experience combining relaxing and energizing effects.
Whether you’re new to weed, or if you’re a long-time user, we suggest you try some of these strains. They are quite intriguing, and there is a good chance you might become a hybrid-only user.
Another thing about hybrids is that they always have an element of surprise. The options are endless, and it is really hard to tell what you’re going to get if you never tried a particular plant.
Hybrids can also be good for medical marijuana users. It all depends on what kind of effect you’re looking for. If you wish to use a hybrid for your medical therapy, we recommend that you consult not only with your doctor, but also a reputable marijuana grower.
Marijuana hybrids can vary significantly in their traits, so certain strains will not be suitable for particular conditions. For example, if you require a soothing effect, we would suggest using high-energy Sativas.
Furthermore, even if you’re using Indica-dominant hybrids for depression, keep in mind that the different strains may provide significantly different results.
Nowadays, there are lots of different hybrids available on the open marijuana market. You can find numerous strains online, via dispensaries and marijuana companies.
Perhaps the most common strain is OG Kush, initially grown in California during the 1990s. Nowadays, this hybrid strain can be found all over the world.
Other notable hybrids include likes of Skunks and Diesels. They are a great showcase of growers’ agricultural ability. But, nowadays, people prefer newer hybrid strains such as Cookies and Blue Dream.
Who created the first hybrids?
The first cannabis hybrids were made in the US. Most of these strains (like OG Kush) were originally from California and other western parts of the US. Some hybrids were conceived in Canada.
The true hybrid revolution started during the 1960s, while laws were somewhat liberal, and people were freely enjoying cannabis all over the country.
Today, marijuana and marijuana hybrids are experiencing a new renaissance.
Partially or fully accepted by numerous global governments, it is much easier to grow marijuana. In certain countries, you don’t have to be a medical patient to access these products.
Online shopping has also made a significant impact on the industry. Nowadays, you can find everything on the web, from marijuana to equipment, and seeds.
So, if you wish to try the newest hybrid weed strain, you can easily get your hands on it!
If you want to learn more about cannabis hybrids, there are various online articles that you can read. In fact, we have several articles posted on our blog, so make sure to read them as well.
Keep in mind that weed hybrids are a dynamic category; growers are constantly inventing new strains, so it is really hard to keep up. This is really intriguing as it allows you to experiment and try new stuff all the time.
If you need additional tips, or you want to learn more about marijuana, make sure to contact our online team. We are here to help all marijuana enthusiasts no matter what they need!