Here are nine points about hybrid cannabis strains we think you should know.

As a dispensary that makes it a point of pride to offer some seriously special strains of cannabis, we get a lot of questions from our customers about differentiating between indicas, sativas, and hybrids.

Most cannabis consumers are aware of the big picture differences between indica and sativa strains. Indica strains typically create a soothing full-body high useful for pain relief and deep relaxation, and sativas are known for creating a more energizing head high.

But expectations are more difficult to pin down when it comes to the wild world of hybrid cannabis strains. Because they don’t fit into the two popular categories, many customers struggle to determine which specific strain we offer will best fit their needs. So we’re here to help with a handy guide to hybrids, covering everything from what they are to how to pick a strain that suits your mood.

What Are Hybrid Strains?

Want to hear a surprising cannabis secret? There’s actually no biological difference between sativa and indica plants. While the effects they create couldn’t be more different, their basic biological compatibility means they can be easily crossbred to create so-called hybrids.

A hybrid strain is any cannabis that combines the genetic lineage characteristics and effects of both indica and sativa, making them something of a best of both worlds answer for indecisive cannabis consumers.

In fact, this blended effect is so popular that hybrids account for most of the recreational and medical marijuana sold on the market today, even those marketed as pure indica or sativa.

Why Choose a Hybrid Strain?

So why opt for a hybrid strain? To put it simply: Variety! Choosing popular hybrid strains is a chance to create a bespoke cannabis experience that suits your mood precisely.

When you experiment with hybrids, you’re able to indulge in a much wider and more complex array of cannabis effects. There are hybrids specifically bred to create almost any effect you can imagine, blending effects, flavors, and aromas from some of the most popular strains of both indica and sativa cannabis to create something totally unique.

Additionally, some consumers value the more complex, modulated experience a hybrid can provide. While sativa strains energize and indicas deliver a soothing body high, a hybrid experience can be as unique as each individual strain.

What Are the Effects of Hybrid Cannabis Strains?

The effects of hybrid cannabis strains are eclectic and diverse. Because there are so many ways to mix and match the characteristics of the cannabis plant, each strain is totally unique. But here’s a simple guide to some overall effects to look for.

Sativa dominant strains like Cherry Fluff tend to promote deep focus and creativity. While a pure sativa might leave you energized and euphoric, you might find it difficult to stay on task. Sativa hybrids allow you to be uplifted and focused on whatever you want to accomplish.

Indica dominant hybrids like Garlic Breath are excellent at helping you relax and unwind, but unlike pure indicas, they don’t tend to be couch lock inducing heavy hitters. Instead, hybrid indicas create a gentle relaxation that pairs well with yoga and restful strolls through the woods.

Terpene Power: The Secret Code for Determining How a Strain Will Hit

When trying to determine the effects a hybrid strain may create, taking a close look at the terpenes can help you crack the code.

The aromatic compounds that cause the scent of all plants, including cannabis, terpenes deliver the flavor and aroma of a cannabis strain. They also can help determine the effect a strain creates. Here are some key terpenes to keep an eye out for:

  • Myrcene: Creating a warm, sedating effect, this terpene indicates your hybrid will have an indica-dominant effect.
  • Beta-Caryophyllene: Boosting your mood and fighting inflammation, this indica terpene will leave you calm and soothed.
  • Linalool: Quiet the mind and fight off anxiety with this terpene that helps induce a deep, creative focus.
  • Limonene: Cheer up and chill out with this appetite-supporting terpene that puts a little pep in your step.
  • Humulene: With powerful inflammation-fighting properties, this terpene is great for washing away minor aches and pains.
  • Pinene: Reach for hybrids with this terpene when you’re seeking a relaxed yet uplifting experience.

How Many Hybrid Strains Are There?

Because more and more come to the market every day, it’s almost impossible to say how many hybrid strains are out there, but it’s fun to guess!

There are about 700-800 unique strains of cannabis on the market, most of which are hybrid. So we can safely say that there are at least 500 unique hybrids waiting to be explored.

What Are Popular Hybrid Strains in Vail?

While our Vail dispensary has a whole shelf full of excellent hybrid strains to explore, there are two categories that remain eternally popular with our customers and budtenders alike.

HCH’s Blue Label Flower creates a mentally uplifting experience perfect for social consumption. Get social, get happy, and get energized with flower that’s perfect for tackling creating projects, problem solving, and gearing up for a great day in the Rocky Mountain high.

Our physically uplifting Yellow Label Flower is a pitch-perfect blend of sativa and indica qualities that offers the best of both worlds. Bringing together an energetic, targeted mental energy with a delightfully mild body high, these strains relax while stimulating for the ultimate balance.

What Are the Best Hybrid Strains?

It’s difficult for our budtenders to tell you what the best hybrid strains are, because at the end of the day, there’s no right answer. It all depends on what kind of cannabis experience you’re looking for.

Strains are like snowflakes. No two are alike. To determine the best strain for you, check out the terpene content, browse our catalog, or, even better, come in for a consultation with one of our knowledgeable budtenders who can match you with your perfect hybrid.

Do Hybrids Give You the Munchies?

It all depends on the hybrid! Conventional wisdom holds that sativa strains are more likely to make users want to get their snack on, so go for a sativa dominant hybrid if you want to chow down.

If you prefer an indica, go for a hybrid with high THC levels. The higher the THC, the more likely a strain is to be munchie-inducing.

Best Time of Day To Smoke Hybrid Cannabis?

The best time of day to indulge in a little hybrid cannabis depends on the variety you prefer.

If you’re enjoying a sativa, we recommend indulging in a little afternoon delight. Sativa hybrids are perfect for daytime activities like exploring nature, getting creative, and unwinding with friends.

If you’re in an indica mood, you might want to wait until you’re ready to get cozy. This relaxing strain pairs best with more low-key activities like watching a movie, lounging with loved ones and pets, or snoozing the night away.

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