What Are The Differences Between Indica, Sativa And Hybrid strains?

When I was a teenager, there was just “weed”, good stuff and bad stuff. Very little to no choices over what type of weed you could get, you were just generally happy to get high and watch a Pink Floyd lazer show. Today, with all the advances and the possibility buy marijuana seeds online you can grow your own cannabis at home. When you buy marijuana seeds online you can choose the genetics and strains that interest you and not just whatever your local market can provide. As we know, not all cannabis strains are created equal and depending on the genetics, the plant you want to grow could be a poor choice for your environment and or skill level. Indicas, sativas, and the many hybrid strains in between all grow differently, take varying times to flower, require different environments and produce a different end product that are all unique in their own right. In today’s article, were going to explore some of the differences between growing the 3 different cannabis types so you know what strain to choose when you buy marijuana seeds online for the first time.

Lets talk about indica strains first as it was pretty much all you could grow in North America before sativa and hybrids were introduced. Some of the characteristics of indica plants are that they produce higher yields, have a shorter flowering time than sativas, and they tend to be a shorter bushier plant. The yields and flowering time associated with indica plants are what makes them so popular with growers. This means more bang for your buck if you are growing to make money, you can grow more crops per year and get more out of each crop than with sativas. Because of the shorter flowering times, this allows outdoor growing to exist in climates where fall turns into winter quickly. For indoor growing, it just allows you to turn your crops over faster throughout the year and increase your profit margins. Also, due to the indica plants being shorter and bushier, it makes them more ideal for indoor growing when space can be limited. The effects we know from indica buds are sedating and give us that relaxed feeling that we all love. Indica strains are good for anxiety, pain, muscle spasms and insomnia and if you want to treat that you can easily buy marijuana seeds online. These are our favourite indica strains: Blueberry and Bubba Kush.

Next up we have sativa, which was always originally grown near the equator because of the mild winters and long summers. Some of the characteristics of the sativa plant are lower yields, longer flowering times, and the plants are tall and lanky with thinner leaves than their indica cousins have. The longer grow cycle and smaller yields are generally a downside and with most growers looking at maximizing their profits they preferred indica strains when they buy marijuana seeds online. Also, due to the height of sativa plants, they can be difficult to work with when growing indoors if space and ceiling heights are an issue. But there’s lots of upside to growing sativa plants, so we can see an increase in their popularity over the last decade and more growers will choose sativa strains when they buy marijuana seeds online. I personally prefer sativa strains over indica ones. There have been some advances in the breeding and genetics of sativa strains over the years.  Lately, some have been developed  to have faster flowering times and provide a higher yield, similar to what you’d expect with an indica crop. As mentioned indicas originally grew in areas near the equator. As such sativas are able to handle the heat better than indicas, which is a benefit if your growing indoors or in hotter climates like Arizona. Sativa strains are known for their uplifting effects and helping with creativity. The symptoms   sativas can help to relief are fatigue, mood disorders, depression, ADHD and ADD. So when you want to treat these naturally you can choose sativa strains when you buy marijuana seeds online. Our favourite sativa strains are: Jack Herer and  Sour Diesel .

Finally, we have the hybrid cannabis plant. Hybrids combine the best of both sativas and indicas. Hybrid characteristics can vary based on their breeding and depending on what strain is more dominant in them. Their flowering time varies, they generally produce a high yield which is important, and their shape and size varies depending on their dominant gene. To be honest, most strains on the market today are a hybrid one way or another. Generally they will lean towards one side of their genetic spectrum and take on the dominant traits of either indica or sativa. For example, they can inherit the shorter grow time of an indica strain, while providing the cerebral highs common with a sativa. Again, they usually have the higher yields associated with indicas, and sharing the faster vegetative growth step of sativas. Our favourite hybrid strains are these and just as a hint if you want to buy marijuana seeds online for the first time or try something new: Arjan Haze and Ice Wreck

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