While exploring cannabis options online or in a dispensary, you may come across terms like “Sativa,” “Indica,” and “Hybrid,” which represent common strain types. Understanding these classifications is necessary, especially for newcomers to cannabis. Occasionally, these terms can be confused within the cannabis community.

Edmonton Weed Delivery allows you to filter products by these categories. We aim to help you understand them, making choosing products at your local dispensary easier. 

What Are Indica, Sativa, And Hybrid Strains?

Let’s start with the basics: what do “sativa,” “indica,” and “hybrid” mean?

Botanists use these terms to describe different plants from the cannabis family. Since the 18th century, science has distinguished two marijuana species: Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa.

Due to widespread crossbreeding over the past 40 years, there are no longer any genetically pure sativa or indica strains. Most of the strains on the market are hybrid.

Today, by “sativa,” people mean sativa-dominant hybrid strains, “indica” mostly refers to Indica-dominant strains, and “Hybrids” are strains that have relatively balanced mixtures of both.

  1. Indica Strains


Cannabis indica originates from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and Turkey. These plants have evolved to thrive in the challenging conditions of the Hindu Kush mountains, known for their harsh, dry, and turbulent climate.

Plant Description

Indica plants are characterized by their short and sturdy stature, featuring bushy greenery and broad, chunky leaves. They grow at a faster rate compared to sativa, producing more buds per plant.

Typical CBD-to-THC Ratio

Indica strains consist of higher levels of CBD, although the THC content may not necessarily be lower.

Commonly Associated Effects of Use

Indica’s effects are usually associated with relaxation and a ‘body high.’ However, this general stereotype does not necessarily apply to all Indica strains.

People who use indica often say the most common effects include:

  • Relaxation
  • Reduced sensation of pain
  • Sleep aid
  • Body high

Many people feel that Indica-dominant strains have very relaxing and soothing effects. These effects can differ from strain to strain and from person to person. 

Due to its deep relaxation effects, indica is typically consumed in the evening or at night.

Popular Indica Strains

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StrainZushi WeedPink KushWhite TruffleLemon OG
THC LevelsNot Specified (Potent)24-26%31-33%23-25%
Aroma/FlavourSweet, fruity, earthy, spicyEarthy pine, wood, subtle floralSavoury, earthy, subtle skunky scentLemon
EffectsUplifting, euphoric, relaxingCalming, euphoric, therapeuticClear-headed elevation, calmnessSleepiness, relaxation, mood upliftment
Medical UsesStress, pain, appetiteAnxiety, depression, chronic painStress, anxiety, painInsomnia, stress relief, appetite
  1. Sativa Strains


Cannabis sativa is primarily found in hot, dry climates with long sunny days, including regions in Central America, Southeast Asia, Africa and parts of Western Asia.

Plant Description

Sativa plants are distinguished by their tall and slender structure, featuring finger-like leaves. They can reach heights of about 6 feet (ft) or 2 meters (m) and take longer to mature compared to some other cannabis varieties.

Typical CBD-to-THC Ratio

Sativa contains lower levels of CBD and higher levels of THC, distinguishing it from Indica, which tends to have less THC than CBD.

Commonly Associated Effects of Use

Sativa strains are implicated with stimulating and mood-improving effects. These cannabis strains boost focus and concentration. People who use sativa say the most common effects include:

  • Energizing
  • Boosting creativity
  • Euphoria
  • Boosting productivity
  • Cerebral high

Due to its stimulating effects, sativa is typically consumed during the daytime.

Popular Sativa Strains

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StrainGrape SorbetMimosa
Aroma/FlavourSweet, fruity berry, grape, vanillaMimosa cocktail-inspired scent
EffectsEuphoria, burst of energy, creativityHappiness, clear-headed, calming, sleepy
Medical UsesAnxiety, stress, chronic pain, muscle cramps, glaucoma-related eye pressure, fatigue, appetite lossDepression
  1. Hybrid Strains

Hybrid cannabis strains are created by breeding different strains to achieve specific effects and flavours. These hybrids are continuously bred to meet various consumer needs, whether recreational or medicinal. 

Differences in Hybrid Cannabis Strains

  • Clone-only Hybrid Strains: Grown with specific characteristics in mind, creating genetically identical clones with the outcome influenced by growing conditions.
  • Stable Seed Strain: The breeder selects male and female plants, breeding them multiple times to stabilize specific traits in the offspring.
  • Unstable Seed Hybrid Strain: Produced quickly compared to stable seed hybrids.

Effects of Hybrid Cannabis Strains

Effects depend on the dominant strain, with sativa known for uplifting and energizing effects and indica for sedating effects. Farmers and producers select hybrids for their specific effects. This can be for anxiety and stress reduction to ease symptoms of chemotherapy or radiation.

Popular Hybrid Strains

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StrainFarm FuelLucky Charms
THC Levels29%24-26%
CBD Content1%0-1%
Aroma/FlavourStrong diesel, chemical undertones, sweetness from GMO lineageBold fruity flavours, energizing kick
EffectsCreativity, energy, euphoria, happiness, relaxation, upliftmentSlow, relaxing high, focus enhancement, mild sedation
Medical UsesAnxiety, appetite loss, bipolar disorder, chronic pain, depression, fatigue, headaches, migraines, nausea, PTSD, stressAttention deficit disorder, stress, depression, physical discomforts

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there differences in the terpene profiles of Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid strains?

The terpene profiles can vary among strains, contributing to their distinct aromas and potential effects. Terpenes like myrcene are often associated with sedative effects, while limonene may contribute to uplifting effects.

How do you choose the right strain for your needs?

Consider the desired effects, cannabinoid profile, and terpene content. Personal preferences, tolerance levels, and medical conditions should also be considered.

Can strains labelled as Sativa or Indica always be relied upon for their expected effects?

Not necessarily. Due to crossbreeding and hybridization, the effects of strains labelled as Sativa or Indica may not always align with traditional expectations. Lab testing and understanding the specific cannabinoid and terpene profiles can provide more accurate information.

How do Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid strains affect medical conditions?

Sativa strains are sometimes used for conditions like depression and ADHD. Indica strains may assist with pain management and insomnia, while Hybrid strains can be tailored to address specific medical needs by adjusting the Sativa-to-Indica ratio.

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