Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid.
You've most likely heard these terms before – but do you know what they mean? Cannabis is classified into two species: Indica and Sativa (don't worry, this science lesson has a point). In addition to those two, you can also have "blends" of the two in various proportions which are called Hybrids.
There are many differences between the anatomy of the two species: the way they are grown, how long they take to flower and more – but one of the most important differences are the chemicals they produce, and what that means for consumers of those products. Below is a more detailed explanation of the 3 which should bring it to light. Still confused? You can find more info here when we get into more details around the different occasions for cannabis use.
Keep in mind that the possible effects below do not necessarily apply to all people. Your own unique biology, expectations, and history with cannabis will dictate how you react, in addition to your surroundings and settings.
Known for: having a physically sedating effect on the body
Best for: relaxing, as a nightcap before bed, unwinding with a movie, book or music
Looks like: short, stocky plants with broad leaves
Origin: India (although emerging research has suggested it may have actually originated in Afghanistan)
Known for: cerebral effects that are invigorating and uplifting
Best for: physical activity, social gatherings and creativity
Looks like: tall, lanky plants with skinny leaves
Origin: regions close to the equator (Colombia, Mexico, Thailand)
The best of both worlds, inheriting traits from both parent strains. Hybrids can be either Indica or Sativa dominant in their genetic makeup and effects. An analogy we often use is a wine that is a blend of multiple grapes. Each component adds something different to the overall experience. Strains can be created that allow the various properties of the two parents to complement each other and create something better than the two strains on their own. Think of it as 1 + 1 = 3!