Ever hear of hybrid marijuana? Here are all the things to know about it before you buy it.
Those who have never smoked or used cannabis before can be forgiven for not knowing everything about it. Those who aren’t new to the scene might still not know what a hybrid cannabis strain is. To help everyone get some clarity, we put together this short guide to everything you need to know about hybrid marijuana.
What is Hybrid Marijuana
Starting with the basics, let’s look at what we call hybrid marijuana. The term ‘hybrid’ is used in a very traditional sense here. Over the years of black-market cannabis sales and use, and of the coffeeshops in The Netherlands stocking up, cannabis plants have been divided into strains.
Much like we can have a heritage tomato or a piccolo tomato, we can now have artisan strains of cannabis, each of which is designed to do a specific thing. It may be a medical strain that relieves pain, or it may be a strain bred to taste exactly like strawberries. Different strains are created for all sorts of reasons.
Because of this selective breeding of cannabis plants, we have certain strains that are considered to be well-established in the cannabis world.
Some examples might be the OG Kush strain, which is often used as a basis for hybrid plants. OG Kush was first bred in Florida in 1996, as a result of a challenge between growers Josh Del Rosso and Matt “Bubba” Berger[i]. OG Kush has been used for more than two decades. It is often used nowadays as an ideal foundation for so-called hybrid strains.
So, you might cross an OG Kush with a Lemon Haze to create Lemon Kush, or with a Purple Haze to create a Purple Kush. You could mix it with Critical Haze, with Pineapple, and with many other types and strains.
Why is Hybrid Cannabis Popular?
These hybrids are popular for different reasons. It might be that the mix increases the plant’s average yield, it might be that it improves the taste, or it might be that it mixes the two main types of weed together to give you a unique blend of balance.
The two main types of weeds can be classified into Indica and Sativa type strains.
Indica strains of marijuana are categorized as those most likely to have therapeutic qualities. They often make for a relaxed, sleepy stone, which can be beneficial in pain management, insomnia relief, and as a muscle relaxant.
Some common examples of indica strains include Northern Lights, girl Scout Cookies, and Blueberry.
Sativa strains are defined as those mixes of cannabis genetics which give you a ‘buzz.’ Sativa is less relaxing, more likely to give you the giggles, and still allows users to go out and do things. Typically, sativa has less CBD and more THC content, while indica is the other way around.
Some examples of Sativa strains include Super Silver Haze, Sour Diesel, and Strawberry Cough[ii].
You can learn more about the differences between sativa and indica strains, here. People often mix them
Where to buy Hybrid Marijuana?
Last but by no means least, knowing where to buy good hybrid strains will help you to choose which strain is best for you. Got Weed is Canada’s best marketplace for cannabis with a fantastic reputation in hybrid strains. They can help you find the right type of cannabis strain for you, be it hybrid, indica or sativa. It really does make a difference. Try all three types for yourself and see.