To have the best possible experience when choosing your preferred marijuana strain, it is crucial that you do your research beforehand. Especially as there are well over 1,000 cannabis strains available on the market. When you decide to purchase marijuana, it’s important to know that you have a choice between an Indica, Sativa or hybrid strain.
In this article, we are going to focus on hybrid marijuana strains and explore the best 5 that are more commonly used worldwide.
What is an Indica Strain?
Indicas are a fan favorite because of their dense growing pattern and smaller size allowing to grow them indoors. Indicas typically grow up to around 6 feet tall and the plant’s shape is very similar to that of a pine tree.
Indica strains are known to provide users with an extremely relaxed feeling. Pure Indicas are your best option if you fancy an evening on the sofa or else you’re in need of a good night’s sleep. While most Indica strains were found in high altitude locations such as Nepal, indoor cultivation has exposed them to the world, and they are now being grown in virtually every corner of the earth.
As well as providing users with a relaxing sensation, Indicas provide you with a nice body high, help increase your appetite, and in medical terms, they are ideal for treating insomnia, muscle spasms, and nausea.
What is a Sativa Strain?
Sativas are giants compared to Indicas. They are best cultivated outdoors but can also be grown indoors. They can reach heights of up to 12 feet! Unlike Indicas, the leaves, buds and colas of a Sativa marijuana plant are far spread apart.
Sativa cannabis strains are best suited to individuals seeking a boost in energy or creativity. Many of the Sativa cannabis strains originate in nations near the equator, for example, Colombia, Thailand, Mexico and several countries in Africa, but as cultivation has become more technological based, you will find Sativa’s grown virtually anywhere
A Sativa strain is the right option if you wish to use marijuana during the day. It provides users with a cerebral high, uplifting sensation and focus. In a medical sense, you can use them for conditions such as ADD, mood disorders and depression.
What is a Hybrid Strain?
As you can probably guess, a hybrid is the ‘best of both worlds’ in the sense that it offers both Sativa and Indica. They are a combination of two or more forms of cannabis, and they are designed to allow you to get the benefits of Indica and sativa in a single strain.
For example, if you have chronic pain from arthritis but have to go to work, you could use a hybrid strain to alleviate the pain while still remaining alert. Hybrids are used to treat the same illnesses as Indica or Sativa strains.
What Medical Conditions Do Hybrid Strains Treat?
For all the furor about marijuana, it is worth remembering that it has been used for medicinal purposes for over 3,000 years. While the number of states where it is possible to buy medical marijuana is growing, the FDA refuses to legalize it across the board due to a supposed lack of evidence supporting its medical benefits.
While there have been studies on marijuana’s medicinal value for decades, it is only in the last few years that relaxed legislation has allowed for a veritable explosion of research. A 2015 study by Ware et al. in Canada analyzed 215 adults from seven different clinics. All of them suffered from non-cancer related chronic pain.
The study lasted one year and during that time, the patients consumed either flowers, edibles or concentrates with a THC level of 12.5%. There was also a control group of 216 adults for comparison purposes; none of them consumed THC. Overall, the cannabis group reported a significant reduction in pain and, perhaps more importantly, an improved quality of life. Interestingly, the cannabis group also reported decreased levels of fatigue, depression, and anxiety.
Hybrid marijuana strains appear to be especially useful when it comes to the treatment of various anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety. These marijuana strains also excel when treating migraines, depression, insomnia, and inflammation. As legalization continues to be brought in, we expect even more research about the medical benefits of marijuana. A lot of this data will probably come from Canada as it is set to legalize recreational use in 2018.
The 5 Best Popular Hybrid Strains on the Market
1 – Cannatonic (The Anti-Anxiety Marijuana Strain)
This is one of the most famous hybrid cannabis strains in the world and is known for having a relatively low level of THC (seldom above 6%) against a high level of CBD (12 %+) along with a 50/50 split between Indica and Sativa. The CBD level ensures that users of Cannatonic benefit from an excellent anti-anxiety medication without dealing with psychoactive effects.
Indeed, it is not the best strain for getting ‘high’, so its name is something of a misnomer. When you consume Cannatonic, you should experience uplifting cerebral effects along with a welcome sense of relaxation.
It is a blend of G-13 Haze and MK Ultra and is used to treat conditions such as chronic pain, hyperactivity, depression, inflammation, and arthritis. We recommend that you use Cannatonic early in the day before your daily activities although it is also useful for unwinding at night.
2 – Remedy (The Multi-Purpose Marijuana Strain)
This is an Indica dominant (75%) hybrid strain which is a cross between Afghani Skunk and Cannatonic. It is known for its high CBD level of 18% against just 1% THC. It is ideal for anxiety because the lower the THC content, the mellower your experience will be.
This hybrid was specifically bred to result in a high CBD percentage, so it is a relatively mild experience with no psychoactive or sedative effects. It is a slow-burning high which leaves you feeling relaxed but not couch locked. Users report a feeling of serenity without feeling the need to sleep.
Remedy is used to treat seizures, tinnitus, anxiety, chronic pain, muscle spasms, and ADHD. According to users, this strain deserves its name because it takes the edge off pain without taking your energy and it doesn’t have the same side effects as painkillers.
3 – Purple Arrow (The Marijuana Strain That Mellows You Out)
This is very much an Indica dominant (85%) strain known for its extremely high level of CBD which ranges from 13-20%. Despite being Indica dominant, Purple Arrow still provides you with Sativa effects such as a sense of euphoria that eases pain while ensuring you remain functional.
When you consume Purple Arrow, be prepared for rapid pain relief as you feel uplifted and happy. Eventually, the strain provides you with a mellow and chilled-out sensation as you feel like lying down and not getting up.
Purple Arrow is a potent strain which is why it is a preferred option for people with chronic pain, headaches, fatigue, inflammation, and depression. It is also useful if you are suffering from nausea or stomach pain and is a good choice if you need to eat but don’t feel like doing so.
4 – Strawberry Banana (The Sensational Tasting Marijuana Strain)
This Indica dominant (70%) strain is one of the most potent hybrids available in 2017. As well as rewarding you with a sweet and fruity aroma, Strawberry Banana is absolutely laden with THC; it goes as high as 28%!
After the delicious smell comes a gorgeous taste and Strawberry Banana hits you with a head buzz which is relatively mild but builds up into an intense sensation that keeps you feeling euphoric and energized. It eventually provides you with a body buzz that ensures you remain couch-locked until the high is finished.
Given its admirable potency, Strawberry Banana is ideal for severe medical issues such as chronic debilitating pain, loss of appetite, PTSD, Crohn’s Disease and arthritis. If that isn’t enough, this hybrid strain is also reported to be perfect if you’re in need of creative inspiration!
5 – Chiquita Banana (The Ultra Potent Marijuana Strain)
Simply put, this 50/50 hybrid is one of the strongest strains on the planet. Its THC level clocks in at an incredible 33% and it is a cross between Banana and OG Kush. If you don’t believe us when we say how strong it is, perhaps you’ll believe High Times as the publication named Chiquita Banana as one of the world’s strongest strains in 2015 and 2016.
It is a ‘tricky’ strain because while it is incredibly strong, it doesn’t feel like it when using. It is a few minutes before the high takes hold but when it does, it grips you in a state of euphoria, and you’ll probably end up in fits of giggles.
Chiquita Banana is best for experienced users in need of relief from conditions such as cramps, chronic pain, and depression. What’s amazing about this strain is that it gives off a banana taste although it has a citrus aroma.
Final Thoughts on the Best Most Popular Hybrid Strains
As cannabis growers become more creative, we are witnessing the creation of some weird, wonderful and seriously strong hybrid cannabis strains. You enjoy the best of Indica and Sativa blends which means you can relax without being sleepy and benefit from pain relief without side effects.