Hybrid is a special strain of marijuana that’s achieved by cross-breeding related strains. Because of their uniqueness, hybrid strains cannot reproduce themselves.
Over the last few decades or so, hybrid strains have received a lot of media attention making them one of the most popular strains in the marijuana industry right now.
Together with cannabis sativa and indica, hybrids contribute immensely in the diversity of the marijuana industry. Familiarizing yourself with the features and the advantages hybrid strains have over sativa and indica can be very helpful, especially if you want to personalize your recreational experience. With this knowledge, you can also better understand the medicinal benefits of various cannabis hybrid strains.
What Is Hybrid Weed?
Hybrid weed is a mixture of cannabis sativa and indica. Hybrids are the result of crossing sativa and indica strains to create a better-quality offspring.
Hybrids tend to have a superior growth habit than their parent plants. They can also tolerate adverse climatic conditions, and can be modified to produce desirable or more specific effects.
To figure out the type of effects a certain cannabis hybrid is likely to produce, it’s important to understand how sativa and indica differ. The features and effects produced by sativa and indica weed strains play a significant role in the type of high the final product (hybrid) will have.
Indica is the go-to strain when you want to relax. For many years, people have ingested indica for its potent relaxing and sedating effects. Stronger indicas may induce a condition called ‘couch lock’ where the user is unable to move their body because it feels very heavy. When this happens, the person just wants to relax on the couch until the body high wears off. This makes indicas perfect for persons with anxiety issues or those prone to muscle spasms.
Marijuana producers also value indicas for their unique set of features. Indica plants are easy to grow and harvest. They are relatively shorter than sativas making them easy to grow indoors. Indica plants also take shorter time to mature. Because they have closely packed leaves, indica plants tend to be bushier than sativas.
Unlike indicas, sativas are good for stimulating the mind and mood uplifting. As a result, sativas are ideal for boosting focus and increasing productivity. People living with depression and ADHD find sativas very helpful. Both sativas and indicas produce pain relieving effects.
Unlike indica plants, sativas are tall, and this makes them ideal for cultivating outdoors. They are also thinner and the leaves tend to grow far apart.
Hybrid Cannabis Effects
The genetic composition of hybrid marijuana determines the effects it will produce when ingested. If a hybrid produces more uplifting and mind stimulating effects, it means that it is sativa dominant. On the other hand, if a hybrid produces more sedating and relaxing effects, it means that indica is the dominant strain.
The THC-CBD ratio in a hybrid strain plays a crucial role in the strain’s effects. Similarly, little-known cannabis compounds including THCV, CBC, Terpenes, and CBG also contribute to the effects produced by a certain hybrid in one way or another.
Understanding how various cannabis compounds contribute to the final effects of a hybrid can help people choose their ideal strains. All the same, it is not easy to determine the effects of a hybrid without actually consuming it. When trying out a new hybrid, it is advisable to begin small and increase your consumption with time.
Growing Hybrid Marijuana
Hybrids are best known for their ability to create precise effects. People also grow hybrid strains for their attractiveness. Unlike their counterparts, the sativas and indicas, hybrid strains take shorter time to flower. They also give the grower higher yields.
Sativas and indicas, on the other hand, take longer to flower and their yields are much lower. However, sativas and indicas are better equipped to resisting mold and heat than hybrid strains, and this makes them more feasible crops.
New hybrid strains of marijuana are not easy to make. The process requires a lot of effort and patience. Growers breed two different strains continuously until they arrive at a stable strain. This, therefore, means that creating new hybrids of marijuana involves a lot of back-crossing and sometimes inbreeding for a long time until the desired features are consistent.
Why Choose Hybrid Strains?
There are many reasons why hybrid strains are way better than their parent strains. One, hybrids play both sides, thus, they can offer some of the best highs. Also, hybrids allow users to truly personalize their recreational weed experience.
Similarly, hybrids allow people to develop strains that are highly effective at curing specific medical conditions. Hybrids also give growers an opportunity to select crops that are ideal for their available growing space.
Although indica and sativa strains provide a broad range of effects, hybrids allow users to narrow down marijuana effects and choose their most preferred effects, whether calming, sedating, energizing, or mood-altering effects.
Thanks to hybrid marijuana, the industry of cannabis is now diverse and there are a whole range of marijuana strains to choose from.