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Sativa, Indica, Ruderalis, or Hybrid. What's your favorite?

Updated: Jan 12, 2023


You're at a party, dinner, or a CannaMarket with your buddies and everyone's talking about their cannabis and marijuana favorite strains. You've heard terms like Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis thrown around but have no idea what they're talking about. You don't want to look stupid, so you decide not to ask questions. The truth is that there's nothing wrong with not knowing. In fact, I'm proud of it! That's why I'm going to make this as simple as possible for you by describing each strain in detail so that you can finally feel comfortable joining the conversation next time it comes up at your next get-together.

Here's a quick overview of the traditional 2 different types of strains:

Sativa: These strains are typically light and energizing, with effects that can last anywhere between 4-8 hours. They're best used in the daytime and have been shown to help with focus, creativity, and socialization.

Indica: Indicas tend to be more relaxing than sativas and are commonly used for sleep or pain relief after a long day. At night, many people prefer indicas over sativas as they tend to put you into a deeper state of relaxation than their more stimulating counterparts.
Indica varieties are particularly useful for managing pain symptoms where THC may not be enough by itself (e.g., cancer). Additionally, hybrids contain both indica and sativa genetics which means they carry some traits from each strain type! There are many different ratios depending on what kind of experience you would like out of your cannabis (high THC levels vs high CBD levels) but generally speaking, most hybrids fall somewhere between 10% - 20%.

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Sativa plants are tall and thin with long, narrow leaves. They grow best in warm climates, but they can also be found growing naturally in tropical areas of the world such as Jamaica and Mexico. Sativas typically have a higher THC content than indicas or hybrids because of their high leaf-to-flower ratio; however, they don't contain as much CBD (cannabidiol).

Sativa is known for its energizing and uplifting properties—it's commonly used to treat depression and anxiety—but it also has a reputation for being too much for some people to handle. If you're new to cannabis or just feel like trying something different from your usual indica-based strain, sativas might be worth a shot!


Indica plants have a shorter and bushier structure than sativa plants, with more compact leaves. Indicas are better suited for colder climates and tend to be more resistant to disease and pests. They generally have a higher yield per plant than sativas, but they don’t grow as tall or produce as many flowers per plant when compared with the latter species.

Indica-dominant strains tend to produce an overwhelming body high that users often describe as more of a physical buzz than a cerebral one. This type of strain is often used by patients who want relief from pain without experiencing much euphoria or loss of appetite (as is common with some sativa strains).

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Hybrid marijuana is a mix of both sativa and indica. It has been bred to have the best of both worlds: sativa strains provide energy and focus, while indica strains are commonly used for relaxation and pain relief. Because hybrid marijuana is not as potent as purer strains (the THC content in hybrids tends to be between 10-18% vs 20%+ for most purer types), it's often preferred by new users or those who may not want to get too high.

Hybrid marijuana can help you stay focused during the day, allowing you to finish up work or study in a productive manner without being weighed down by your high. This makes them great choices if you need help getting work done without feeling like you've been hit by a truck after taking your next hit!

Ruderalis aka (Reggie Miller)

Ruderalis is a milder, low-THC strain of cannabis that’s grown in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Ruderalis is commonly used by breeders to bring out certain characteristics in other strains of cannabis. It’s not as potent as other types of marijuana and is not used for recreational or medical purposes; it has a lower concentration of cannabinoids than other types of marijuana (cannabinoids are the active compounds found in marijuana).


So, which strain is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. See you at the next CannaMarket where you can pick up your favorite strain.

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