“Hybrid” cannabis includes sativa and indica strains, as well as THC and CBD. Some well-known examples are Blue Dream, Jilly Bean, Dutch Treat, AK-47, Gorilla Glue, White Widow, and OG Kush. Kush strains are perhaps the most common hybrid variety available. Hybrids often provide a balanced combination of indica and Sativa effects.
Since hybrids are a mix of the main classes of marijuana, they can provide a balance of both mind and body effects. Most weed strains are hybrids, in fact, from many years of growers crossing genes. There are very few pure indicas and sativas. Each hybrid varies in terms of the high, flavors, aromas, etc.
Legalization has created an opportunity for customers to make more conscious decisions about the strain they consume. It has also given growers the ability to experiment. Hybrids originated when farmers mixed mold-resistant sativas with fast-flowering indicas for a more viable crop. Choosing the right strain for you and your body can make all the difference when trying to calm down, increase your appetite, fall asleep, or find creative inspiration.
Since each strain of marijuana is so different, it may make more sense to tell your budtender a little about the feeling you’re trying to achieve, rather than simply asking for a sativa or an indica. For example, if you’re prone to anxiety and looking to avoid an uncomfortable high, look for a strain with more CBD and less THC. If you tell a budtender you hate sativas because they make your thoughts race, they may still hand you a high THC strain simply because it’s not a sativa.