THC levels have been increasing as growers try to create hybrids with a higher concentration of the compound. However, it can produce many physical benefits, such as reducing pain and nausea, preventing seizures, and relieving migraine headaches. Hybrid strains are a mixture of Indicas and Sativas by selective crossing and hybridization. Some breeders also mix the genetics of the Ruderalis strain to accelerate the growth pattern and increase CBD levels.
Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica are two species of cannabis. This means that they share many similar characteristics, but they have specific and distinct differences. Indica varieties tend to provide a physical effect, which can be felt throughout the body. These strains are commonly used to reduce pain, relieve muscle tension, increase relaxation, and help patients rest.
Indica strains are often recommended for nighttime use, because many patients find them useful for promoting sleep. Indica strains are lower in THC and higher in CBD, making them especially rich in medicinal benefits. They have a calming, relaxing and sleep-inducing effect and are perfect for use at night. Crossing with Cannabis Ruderalis may result in a faster growing hybrid that retains the medicinal and psychoactive properties of the Sativa or Indica strains.
The common terpenes found in hybrid strains depend on which Indica or Sativa parent strains are crossed and hybridized. However, even today, the belief that indicas, sativas and hybrids produce distinct effects remains deeply rooted in mainstream cannabis culture. The most important variable to consider when buying a cannabis strain (regardless of whether it is an Indica, Sativa, Ruderalis or Hybrid) are the most important cannabinoids and terpenes that are the lifeblood of cannabis. An Indica-dominant hybrid generally has a more skunky, woody and spicy flavor, while a Sativa-dominant hybrid has an earthy flavor.
The emergence of a hybrid strain depends on which parent strains Indica, Sativa and Ruderalis have been crossed and hybridized.