Understanding The Differences Between Cannabis Sativa, Indica, & Hybrids.

Today, it is widely accepted that marijuana has two different species: Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa. Cross-breeding of the two types has led to a wide variety of hybrid strains with unique characteristics.


The differences between indica and sativa remain a subject of much debate, especially among scientists who study the plant. However, most agree that indica and sativa plants are distinct in a number of ways.



The most accepted way of distinguishing indica versus sativa is by appearance, or what scientists refer to as morphology.



Sativa plants are tall, loosely branched and have long, narrow leaves. They are usually grown outdoors and can reach heights of up to 20 feet.

Indica plants are short, densely branched and have wider leaves. They are better suited for growing indoors.





Besides appearance, indica and sativa plants are commonly believed to have different effects on their user. These effects include:

Effects after  smoking

uplifting and energetic

cerebral, spacey or hallucinogenic

best suited for day use


relaxing and calming

body buzz or ‘couch lock’

best suited for night use



Scientists that have studied the differences between indica and sativa have come up with a number of theories based on genetics. One prevailing theory focuses on the genetic production of THC and CBD.

Plants that produce high levels of THC express genes that code for the enzyme THCA synthase. This enzyme converts CBG into THCA, which becomes THC when heated. These plants are typically considered indica.

On the other hand, some plants express genes that code for the enzyme CBDA synthase. This enzyme converts CBG into CBDA, the precursor of CBD, instead. These plants are typically considered sativa.

Based on this explanation, indica plants have high THC:CBD ratios and sativa plants have high CBD:THC ratios.

The problem is that, today, many strains produce varying amounts of both enzymes. Some researchers believe this is due to hybridization of the gene pools, which explains why some sativas are rich in THC and some indicas are not.


An alternate theory based on geographic origin has also been proposed. A common Cannabis species is thought to have originated from central Asia before separating into distinct sativa and indica gene pools.

Recent attempts to distinguish sativa verses indica have relied on a combination of geographical and genetic theories. The existence of a few rare species, such as Cannabis ruderalis, has been suggested but much about them remains unknown

Hybrid strains

Hybrid marijuana strains are much more common these days than pure indicas or sativas. As more cannabis breeders cross different strains in an effort to combine and better favorable genetics, many wonderful hybrids have been introduced to the world. These strains combine their parents’ genetics and often have a wonderful  balance of both indica and sativa characteristics.

Here's a brief list of strains to helps with certain ailments. we have compiled this list from various medical marijuana dispensary sources and from private Sources. All of the lists you will  see below have a bunch of dialog to go along with them and we spent a lot of time searching before we  found what  we were  looking for.


*Afghan Kush Grade:::::::A+

*Green Crack Grade::::::::AA

Skywalker OG Kush Grade::::::::A+

*sour Diesel Grade::::::::A+

*Grand Daddy Purple Grade:::::::: A

*Sensi Star x ak47 Grade:::::::: AA

*Northern Lights #5 ::::::::Grade: A+

*Lemon drop:Grade:::::::: A+

*Purple Kush:::::::::Grade:A+

*OG Kush :::::::Grade:A++


*Girl Scout Cookies::::::::Grade: A+


*Blue Dream:Grade:::::::: A+

*Bubba Kush Grade:::::::: A

*Kandy Kush Grade::::::::A

*Mango Kush Grade:::::::: A

*Blueberry Yum Yum Grade:: A+++

*Death Star:Grade:::::::: A+

*Sour OG Kush Grade:::::::: A++

*Bluecheese Grade::::::::A

*Cali Orange Bud (C.O.B.):Grade::::::A++

*Super Silver Haze:Grade::::::::A+

*White Rhino:Grade:::::::: A+

*White Widow:Grade::::::: A+

*Pineapple Express Grade::::::: A++

*Blueberry Grade:::::::A+