WHAT IS HYBRID CANNABIS WEED?
You’ve heard of indica and sativa strains, but what happens when you combine the two? When strains are mixed to create blended crossbreeds, hybrid strains are born. Hybrid cannabis makes up a large portion of the flower and flower-derivatives on the market today, and understanding more about them can help you tailor your smoking experience for ultimate effects.
Generally speaking, most existing strains are no longer pure sativas or indicas, instead being sativa-dominant or indica-dominant hybrids. Sometimes, there will be 50/50 mixes with both strain types of cannabis. These hybrids are the result of the inherent inquisitive nature of the cannabis community, which has experimented for years to create strains with unique combinations of desirable psychoactive effects.
HOW ARE HYBRID WEED STRAINS CREATED?
Hybrid weed strains are created when budtenders or growers decide certain characteristic effects from different strains would work well together. Hybrids have begun to rule the market, as crossbreeding of popular strains has resulted in more unique and strong strains. Hybrids involve assessing both the indica:sativa ratio as well as THC:CBD ratio. For some hybrids, the goal is to enhance a smoker’s experience by actually combining things other than THC and CBD, and many contain lesser-known cannabinoids like CBG, CBC, and THCV as well as various terpenes. Ideally, the offspring of two strains is a hybrid that inherits all of the best qualities from its parents. This process can take quite a few tries, much breeding, and a lot of time.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HYBRID STRAINS
Hybrids can be created using any combination of sativas and indicas. SxS indicates two sativa varieties have been bred together, while IxI means it’s a hybrid with two indica varieties together. SxI mixes are sativa-dominant with traits of both. Conversely, IxS hybrids are indica-dominant with traits of both. Combining two strains from the same family, like two different sativas, is done to combine effects not found in both despite both being sativas. For instance, some sativa strains will make you happy and giggly, while others may make you hyper-focused. Combining the two could give you all three effects in one single strain!
WHAT DOES HYBRID WEED FEEL LIKE?
Indicas are known for sedative, relaxing effects. They tend to be seen as good strains for unwinding in the evening. Sativas are known for being stimulating and uplifting, and are usually used for daytime smoking. Hybrid marijuana is generally regarded as having more balanced highs, taking the best of both sativas and indicas. Of course, it totally depends on the individual strain itself as well as the person smoking it. We all react differently!
POPULAR HYBRID WEED STRAINS
Of course, which hybrid you go for depends on what your goal for smoking is. Just like choosing between indicas and sativas, choosing a hybrid is a matter of deciding how you want to feel and then choosing a strain that can get you there. You can sometimes tell if certain hybrids are indica- or sativa-dominant based on their characteristics, but many provide entirely unique character profiles! For instance, some are relaxing, some are energizing, and some hybrid strains are both.
There are plenty of popular hybrid strains known for the distinct feelings they provide. If you’re looking to relax, try GG4, Wedding Cake, Sherbert, Tahoe OG, or Platinum Cookies. Creatives should pick up Blue Dream or Bruce Banner. For euphoria, choose Gelato, Chemdawg, Trainwreck, or Alien OG. Runtz, White Widow, Cherry Pie, and AK-47 are great for going out because they boost your sociability. GSG, OG Kush, Stardawg, and Bubble Gum are known for giving you a serious case of the munchies (and, likely, couch lock). Mimosa, SFV OG, and Wedding Crasher will help you focus, and Pineapple Express and White Fire OG can give you an energized buzz. And if you’re simply looking to feel a little happier, reach for MAC or strawberry banana.
FIREHAUS’ HYBRID FLOWER AND MORE
FireHaus carries a wide variety of flower types, and we’re certain we’ll have one that suits your needs. Our budtenders are extra friendly and super experienced with every type of bud, ready to give you their recommendations and guide you towards the ideal product for you. Shop online or in-store today to find the hybrid flower for you!