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Cannabis Information

In this section of our blog we will post relevant cannabis information including the differences between Indica and Sativa and our highest listed THC seeds and CBD seeds.

In the blog on Indica or Sativa, it details the different structures, effects and medical benefits of each with an explanation of each ones heritage and genetics.

Highest THC Strains

Highest THC

Highest THC

A list of the highest THC strains available at Herbies are listed below. We have separated them into Regs, Fems and Autos and then by Indica or Sativa dominancy. Each one is linked to the strain details on the Herbies site.

Highest THC Regular Seeds

Mostly Indica

TGA Subcool 9 Pound Hammer – 25.45% THC
TGA Subcool Querkle – 26.1% THC
Delicious Sugar Black Rose – 25% THC (Cup Winner)
World Of Seeds Afghan Kush – 21.6% THC
Devils Harvest OG Reek’n – 20-23% THC (Cup Winner)
Seedsman Narkush – 21% THC
World Of Seeds Pakistan Valley – 21.2% THC
Grand Daddy Purp OG Kush – 23% THC
TGA Subcool Marionberry Kush – 23.6% THC
Devils Harvest Rollex OG Kush – 20-23% THC (Cup Winner)
Delicious Marmalate – 21% THC
Delicious Candy – 21% THC
Purple Caper – Chocolate Hashberry – up to 30% THC
Purple Caper – Gelato BX – 25% THC
Dark Horse Genetics Strawberry Glue – 18-28% THC
Mosca Seeds Raspberry Boogie – 25.1% THC
Dankonomics Genetics Triangle Tooth – 20-28% THC

Mostly Sativa

Rare Dankness Ghost Train Haze #1 – 25%+ THC (Cup Winner)
Flying Dutchman Titans Haze – 25% THC
TGA Subcool Glactic Jack – 25.2% THC
Ace Golden Tiger – 20-25% THC
Seedsman Mama Thai – 22% THC
Seedsman Sugar Haze – 23% THC
World of Seeds Wild Thailand – 22.3% THC
TGA Subcool Jillybean – 21.9% THC (Cup Winner)
Mandala Beyond The Brain – 23-25% THC
TGA Subcool Nurse Jackie – 21% THC
Grand Daddy Purps Bay Berry – 24% THC
Dark Horse Genetics Chem Berry D – 25-32% THC

Indica/Sativa

Mandala Satori – 23-28% THC
Mandala 8 Miles High – 23% THC
Dutch Passion Orange Hill Special – 21% THC (Cup Winner)
Grand Daddy Purps Bay Lotus – 21-24% THC
Delicious Desconocida Kush – 21% THC
Dark Horse Genetics Gamma Berry – 20-28% THC
Dark Horse Genetics Hulk Smash – 22-30% THC
Dark Horse Genetics Original Bruce Banner – 25-32% THC
Mosca Seeds Boom Boom – 25.2% THC
Dankonomics Genetics Banana Stardawg – 20-30% THC
Dankonomics Genetics Ultimate Banana Kush – 20-30% THC
Dankonomics Stardawg 3 x Banana Kush – 21-30% THC

Highest THC Autoflowering Seeds

Mostly Indica

Fast Buds Girl Scout Cookies – 22% THC
Fast Buds Blackberry – 20% THC
Fast Buds West Coast OG – 21% THC
World of Seeds Afghan Kush Ryder – 22% THC
Positronics Supercheese Express – 20% THC
Heavyweight Wipeout Express – 20% THC
Cream Of The Crop Narcotic Kush – 20% THC
Cream Of The Crop Narcotherapy – 20% THC
Auto Sucker Punch – 20% THC
Cream Of The Crop Cash Crop – 22% THC
Samsara Thunder Bloody Mary – 21% THC
Samsara Supersonic Crystal Storm – 21% THC
World Of Seeds Pakistan Ryder – 20% THC
Heavyweight 2 Fast 2 Vast – 18-20% THC
Heavyweight High Density – 18-20% THC
Garden Of Green Sweetberry Cough Auto – 20% THC
Garden Of Green Cookie Monster Auto – 22% THC
Devils Harvest Auto Reek’n – 20-23% THC
Auto Seeds Gorilla Glue – 23% THC
Original Sensible Seeds Auto Ghost OG – 20% THC
Victory Seeds Northern Lights – 21% THC
Heavyweight Extreme Impact Auto – 21% THC
Heavyweight Fully Loaded Auto – 20% THC
SeedStockers Blackberry Gum – 22%+ THC
SeedStockers Northern Lights – 22%+ THC
SeedStockers O.G. Kush – 23-24% THC
SeedStockers White Widow – 23%+ THC

Mostly Sativa

Heavyweight Fruit Punch – 21% THC
Fast Buds Tangiematic – 21-22% THC
Samsara Shot Adrenaline – 21% THC
Delicious Critical Nevilla Haze – 21% THC
Cream Of The Crop KO Crop – 20% THC
Samsara Ultraviolet – 21% THC
Expert Seeds Amnesia Haze – 21% THC
Expert Seeds Gorilla Glue #4 Auto – 23% THC
Auto Seeds Girl Scout Cookies – Up to 24% THC
Top Shelf Elite Auto Pineapple Crack – 20% THC
SeedStockers AK420 – 22%+ THC
SeedStockers Amnesia – 23%+ THC
SeedStockers BCN Power Plant – 22-23% THC

Indica/Sativa

Fast Buds Green Crack – 20% THC
Fast Buds Pineapple Express – 20% THC
Pyramid Auto Tutankhamun – 20% THC
Critical Mass Collective Auto Massassin – 20% THC
Fast Buds Crystal Meth – 20% THC
Fast Buds Six Shooter – 21% THC
Fast Buds Rhino Ryder – 20% THC
Short Stuff Tha Shiznit – 20.6% THC
Flash Formula One – 20% THC
Delicious La Bella Afrodita – 20% THC
Dutch Passion Auto Cinderella Jack – 20%+ THC
Expert Seeds Glueberry – 21.6% THC
Victory Seeds Big Angel – 20% THC
Big Head Julie’s Cookies Auto – 22-26% THC
Big Head Trippy Gorilla Auto – 25-28% THC
Short Stuff Auto Gorilla Shizzle – 23% THC
Short Stuff Auto Purple Gorilla – 23% THC
SeedStockers BCN Critical XXL – 22%+ THC
SeedStockers Big Bud – 22% THC
SeedStockers Super Skunk – 22%+ THC

Highest THC Feminised Seeds

Mostly Indica

Dr Krippling Incredible Bulk – 20-24% THC
Barneys Critical Kush – 25% THC (Cup Winner)
Barneys Pineapple Chunk – 25% THC
Heavyweight Strawberry Cake – 22% THC
Barneys Tangerine Dream – 23% THC (Cup Winner)
Delicious Sugar Black Rose – 25% THC (Cup Winner)
Barneys LSD – 25% THC (Cup Winner)
Dinafem OG Kush – 24% THC
Barneys Triple Cheese – 22% THC (Cup Winner)
Barneys Bad Azz Kush – 24% THC (Cup Winner)
00 Seeds 00 Kush – 22% THC
Heavyweight Green Ninja – 22% THC
Original Sensible Pure Kush – 22% THC
Delicious Black Russian – 24% THC (Cup Winner)
Heavyweight Money Bush – 21% THC
Heavyweight Goldmine – 22% THC
Heavyweight Superb OG – 20-24% THC
Delicious Sugar Candy – 25% THC
Delicious Sugar Black Rose F1 Rapid – 25% THC
Pyramid Wembley – 23% THC
Barneys Farm Cookies Kush – 24% THC
Barneys Farm Peppermint Kush – 22% THC
Barneys Farm Vanilla Kush – 22% THC (Cup Winner)
Barneys Farm Violator Kush – 22% THC (Cup Winner)
Kalashnikov Seeds Kabul Express – 22% THC
Garden Of Green Green Crack – 22.8% THC
Expert Seeds Sweet Zombie – 23.1% THC
Expert Seeds Gorilla Cookies – 23.4% THC
Kalashnikov White Critical Express – 21% THC
Expert Seeds Gorilla Glue x Lilly – 25% THC
Expert Seeds Gorilla Glue # 4 x White Widow – 25% THC
Delicious Candy F1 Fast Version – 22.4% THC
Original Sensible Seeds Black Ghost OG – 25% THC
Original Sensible Seeds Girl Scout Cookies – 22% THC
Victory Seeds OG Kush – 24% THC
Victory Seeds Parmesan – 24% THC
Victory Seeds White Widow – 26% THC
Delicious Eleven Roses – 24.8% THC
Top Shelf Elite Black Valium – 22% THC
Dinafem Gorilla – 25% THC
SeedStockers Blackberry Gum – 23%+ THC
SeedStockers Grandaddy Confidential Kush – 22-23%+ THC
SeedStockers Northern Lights – 22%+ THC
SeedStockers O.G. Kush – 22-24%+ THC
SeedStockers O.G. Candy Dawg Kush – 23%+ THC
SeedStockers Sticky Monkey GG#4 – Up to 30% THC
Cream of the Crop Stinky Zkittle – 22% THC
Barneys Farm Gorilla Zkittlez – 24% THC
Critical Mass Collective Purple Dawg Mass – 25% THC
Kalashnikov Boy Scout Cookies – 25% THC
Kalashnikov Katyusha – 23% THC
Ministry Of Cannabis Mamacita’s Cookies – 25% THC
Ministry Of Cannabis God’s Glue – 25-30% THC
Black Skull Girl Scout Cookies – 23-28% THC
Black Skull Gorilla Glue – 23-28% THC
Black Skill Zkittlez – 23% THC
Humboldt Seed Organisation Blue Fire – 24% THC
Humboldt Seed Organisation Gorilla Breath – 27% THC
Humboldt Seed Organisation OGKZ – 24% THC
Humboldt Seed Organisation Sapphire Scout – 27% THC
Humboldt Seed Organisation Sugar Breath – 26% THC
Humboldt Seed Organisation Three Blue Kings – 24% THC
Royal Queen Sherbet Queen – 24% THC
Royal Queen Wedding Gelato – 25% THC

Mostly Sativa

Heavyweight Fruit Punch – 22% THC
Herbies Bulk Seeds Gorilla Glue – 30% THC
Pyramid Tutankhamon – 23% THC
Ace Golden Tiger – 20-25% THC
Green House Hawaiian Snow – 23% THC (Cup Winner)
World Of Seeds Wild Thailand – 22.3% THC
Blimburn Sour Diesel – 25% THC
Cream Of The Crop Purple Paralysis – 22% THC
Delicious Critical Kali Mist – 22% THC (Cup Winner)
Delicious Critical Super Silver Haze – 21% THC
Positronics Jack Diesel – 22% THC (Cup Winner)
Green House Arjans Haze #1 – 21.44% THC (Cup Winner)
Barneys G13 Haze – 22% (Cup Winner)
Barneys Laughing Buddha – 22% THC (Cup Winner)
Positronics Purple Haze #1 – 22 THC (Cup Winner)
Samsara Spicy White Devil – 21% THC
Dinafem Strawberry Amnesia – 20-22% THC
Dr Kripling Buzz Light Gear – 20-23% THC
Green House Nevilles Haze – 22.6% THC
Delicious Critical Neville Haze – 23.5% THC
Critical Mass Collective Moonshine Mass – 22% THC
Barneys Liberty Haze – 25% THC (Cup Winner)
Barneys Utopia Haze – 22% THC (Cup Winner)
Barneys Dr Grinspoon – 26% THC
Ministry of Cannabis Mandarin Haze – 23% THC
Kalashnikov Seeds Amnesia Molotov – 24% THC
Kalashnikov Seeds Kubanskiy Ubiyza – 22% THC
Kalashnikov Seeds Siberian Haze – 22% THC
Kalashnikov Seeds Baikal Express – 22% THC
Expert Seeds Amnesia Haze – 22% THC
Expert Seeds Lavandula – 21.7% THC
Expert Seeds Expert Haze – 21% THC
BlimBurn America Cafe Racer – 25% THC
Expert Seeds Gorilla Glue #4 – 24% THC
Ace Seeds Malawi x Panama – 21-26% THC
Original Sensible Amnesia Lemon Kush – 21% THC
Vision Brainkiller Haze – 22% THC
Victory Seeds AK-77V – 25% THC
Victory Seeds Amnesia Haze – 25% THC
Victory Seeds Amnesium – 23% THC
Victory Seeds Blow Dream – 24% THC
Heavyweight Monster Profit – 22% THC
Heavyweight Total Paralysis – 21% THC
Top Shelf Elite Pineapple Crack – 20-22% THC
Original Sensible Bruce Banner # 3 – 25% THC
Paradise Chong’s Choice LA Amnesia – 20-24% THC
SeedStockers AK420 – 22%+ THC
SeedStockers Amnesia – 23-24% THC
SeedStockers BCN Power Plant – 23%+ THC
Royal Queen Hulkberry – 27% THC
Kalashnikov Vodka Lemon – 23% THC
BlimBurn Gelato – Up to 27% THC
Black Skull Bruce Banner – 23-29% THC

Indica/Sativa

Feminised Seeds Co Super Iced Grapefruit – 22% THC
Dutch Passion Orange Hill Special – 21% THC (Cup Winner)
Heavyweight Midnight Mass – 21% THC
Critical Mass Collective Purple Skunk Mass – 20-22% THC
Green House K-Train – 22.69% (Cup Winner)
Barneys Red Dragon – 22% THC
VIP Currant Kush – 21-22% THC
Expert Seeds Orange Skunk – 21.7% THC
Dr Krippling Seeds Chemdog Millionaire – 20-22% THC
Big Head Bud N Smiles – 22-26% THC
Big Head Julies Cookies – 22-26% THC
Big Head Trippy Gorilla – 25-28% THC
Royal Queen Seeds Royal Gorilla – 27% THC
BlimBurn America Critical Daddy Purple – 25% THC
Big Head Crystal Gelato – 20-25% THC
SeedStockers BCN Critical XXL – 23%+ THC
SeedStockers Big Bud – 22%+ THC
SeedStockers Golden Lemon Haze – 23%+ THC
SeedStockers Maple Sherbet x Pre 89 Skunk – 23%+ THC
SeedStockers Super Skunk – 22%+ THC
SeedStockers White Widow – 23%+ THC
Royal Queen Green Gelato – 27% THC
Black Skull Gelato – 27% THC

Seeds stated as “High or Very High” THC have not been included in this list. Only those with stated percentages have been included.

(Herbies take the information straight from the seed companies and do not take any responsibility for any inaccuracies with their data)

Highest CBD Strains

Highest CBD

Highest CBD

A list of the highest CBD strains available at Herbies are listed below. We have separated them into Regs, Fems and Autos and then by Indica or Sativa dominancy. Each one is linked to the strain details on the Herbies site.

Highest CBD – Regular Seeds

Mostly Indica

Medicann Blue Blood – 10% CBD
TGA Subcool Pennywise – 12-15% CBD
Medicann Trainwreck – 3% CBD
Seedsman CBD Sweet n Sour Widow – 6-8% CBD
CBD Crew CBD Sweet n Sour Widow – 5-11% CBD
Medicann Bubba Kush – 4% CBD
Medicann Cali Jack – 4% CBD
Medicann Kush Fromage – 3% CBD
Medicann Black Afghani Kush – 4-5% CBD
Medicann Mazari Grape – 3-4% CBD
Loud Ganja Farmer OG – 2.5% CBD
BC Bud Depot CBD God – 4-16%
Medicann Black Blood – 5% CBD
Mosca Seeds Raspberry Boogie – 30.1% CBD

Mostly Sativa

BC Bud Depot Harlequin Bx4 – 7-12% CBD
Medicann OG Kush – 3% CBD
Medicann Blue Mountain Durban – 3-5% CBD
Purple Caper Seeds Chocolate Tonic – Up to 17% CBD
Emerald Triangle Sour Diesel CBD – 10% CBD
Ace Lebanese – 6-16% CBD
Medicann OG Kush CBD – 9% CBD

Indica/Sativa

Cali Connection CBD OG – 10-12% CBD
Sin City Cancers Nightmare – 12-16% CBD
Medicann Scrog – 3% CBD
Medicann Critical Dawg – 2% CBD
Mosca Seeds Boom Boom – 30.3% CBD

 

Highest CBD  – Autoflowering Strains

Mostly Indica

Blimburn Black Mamba CBD (Mamba Negra) – 5% CBD
Ministry of Cannabis Auto CBD Star – 10% CBD
Dutch Passion CBD Auto White Widow – 9-10% CBD
Dinafem White Widow CBD Auto – 10% CBD
Dinafem Critical + CBD Auto – 10% CBD
Philosopher Seeds Auto Stilton CBD – 7% CBD
World of Seeds Tonic Ryder – 10.5% CBD
Barneys CBD Lemon Potion Auto – Up to 15% CBD
Sweet Honey Peach Auto CBD – 7-12% CBD
SeedStockers CBD 1:1 Silver Lime Haze – 9% CBD
Royal Queen Solomatic CBD – 21% CBD

Mostly Sativa

Green House Super Lemon Haze Auto CBD – 5-8% CBD
Dinafem Haze Auto CBD – 7% CBD
Dutch Passion CBD Auto Compassion Lime – 9-10% CBD
Dinafem Amnesia CBD Auto – 12% CBD
Dinafem OG Kush CBD Auto – 14% CBD
Dutch Passion CBD Charlotte’s Angel Auto – 15% CBD
Ministry Of Cannabis Auto Cannabis Light – 12-15% CBD

Indica/Sativa

Dinafem Industrial Plant Auto CBD – 13% CBD (Cup Winner)
CBD Crew CBD Med GOM Auto 1.0 – 10-15% CBD
Grass-O-Matic Med GOM 1.0 Auto – 15% CBD
Green House Exodus Cheese Auto – 5-8% CBD
Green House White Widow Auto CBD – 5-8% CBD
Kannabia Baby Boom Auto CBD – 9% CBD
Green House King’s Kush Auto CBD – 5-8% CBD
Philosopher Seeds Lemon Auto CBD – 8% CBD
Fast Buds CBD Crack – Up to 7% CBD
Dinafem Dinamed CBD Auto – 14% CBD
Auto Seeds Sweet CBD Auto – 16% CBD

High CBD – Feminised Strains

Mostly Indica

Medicann Blue Blood – 10% CBD
Royal Queen Euphoria – 10% CBD
Philosopher Guayita – 12% CBD
Sin City Incredible Power – 10-15% CBD
Delicious Deep Mandarine – 15% CBD
Cream Of The Crop Crop Doctor – 10.5% CBD
Heavyweight Money Bush – 3% CBD
CBD Crew CBD Outdoor Mix – 5% CBD
CBD Crew CBD Shark Shock – 6-11% CBD
Barneys CBD Critical Cure – 8% CBD
Medicann Trainwreck – 3% CBD
Barneys CBD Blue Shark – 6.5% CBD
CBD Botanic CBD Sensi Star – 8% CBD
Dinafem Critical Mass CBD – 5% CBD
Dinafem Shark Shock CBD – 6% CBD
CBD Crew Critical Mass – 5-10% CBD
CBD Crew CBD Nordle – 5-10% CBD
CBD Crew CBD OG Kush – 8-10% CBD
Medicann Bubba Kush – 4% CBD
Medicann Cali Jack – 4% CBD
Medicann Kush Fromage – 3% CBD
Medicann Black Afghani Kush – 4-5% CBD
Medicann Mazari Grape – 3-4% CBD
Paradise Durga Mata II CBD – 8.5% CBD
Medicann Black Blood – 5% CBD
Seedsman CBD Shark Shock – 6% CBD
Seedsman CBD Critical Mass – 6-8% CBD
Dinafem Bubba Kush CBD – 10% CBD
Green House The Church CBD – 8-11% CBD
Green House King’s Kush CBD – 8-10% CBD
Feminised Seed Co CBD Python – 6% CBD
Serious Seeds CBD Enriched Warlock – 4% CBD – (Cup Winner)
Ministry of Cannabis CBD Star – 12% CBD
Spliff Seeds CBD Medi Kush – 9%+ CBD
Spliff Seeds CBD Spliff Berry – 6.3% CBD
Kannabia Kama Kush CBD – 12% CBD
Sin City Bora Bora – 12-15% CBD
World Of Seeds CBD Tonic – 10.5% CBD
Medical Marijuana Genetics Nightingale (NN-1) – 10.3-20.3% CBD
Pheonix Seeds CBD Critical Mass – 8% CBD
Seedsman CBD Hash Plant – 6% CBD
Positronics CBD Caramelice – 4%+ CBD
Advanced Seeds Shark Widow CBD – 6% CBD
Sweet Green Poison CBD – 5-112% CBD
Kannabia Swiss Dream CBD – 7% CBD
House of the Great Gardener CBD Afghani – 10.93% CBD

Mostly Sativa

Dinafem Dinamed CBD Plus – 15-20% CBD
Royal Queen Painkiller XL – 9% CBD
Green House NL5 Haze Mist – 12.2% CBD (Cup Winner)
Nirvana Supreme CBD Kush – 9.5% CBD
Sin City HarleSin – 10-15% CBD
Philosopher Sweet Love – 11% CBD
Tropical Heavens Gate CBD – 10% CBD
Nirvana Supreme CBD Durban – 8% CBD
CBD Crew CBD Yummy – 5% CBD
Medicann OG Kush – 3% CBD
Medicann Blue Mountain Durban – 3-5% CBD
CBD Crew CBD Mango Haze – 8-10% CBD
CBD Crew CBD Medi Haze – 6-15% CBD
Paradise Nebula II CBD – 7% CBD
Sin City Treasure Island – 8-16% CBD
Philosopher Jack El Frutero – 11% CBD
Philosopher SuperJuani – 8% CBD
Dinafem Amnesia CBD – 10% CBD
Dinafem OG Kush CBD – 10% CBD
Dinafem Purple Orange CBD – 10% CBD
Kannabia BCN Diesel CBD – 7% CBD
Green House Super Lemon Haze CBD – 9-10% CBD
Dinafem Early Amnesia CBD Fems – 11% CBD
Dinafem Dinamed CBD Fems – 10-14% CBD
Humboldt Seed Organisation Blue Dream CBD – 10% CBD
Humboldt Seed Organisation Green Crack CBD – 12% CBD
Emerald Triangle Critical Diesel CBD – 10% CBD
G13 Labs Peach Puree CBD – 10% CBD
Medical Marijuana Genetics Candida (CD-1) – 10.6-20.6% CBD
Medical Marijuana Genetics Green Doctor (GD-1)  – 8.4-16.9% CBD
Medical Marijuana Genetics Hiydrow (HY-1) – 11.1-16.5% CBD
Medical Marijuana Genetics Txaki (TX-1) – 8.9-17.5% CBD
Dutch Passion CBD Charlotte’s Angel – 10-16% CBD
Expert Clinical White CBD – 8-17% CBD
Expert Nurse Lilly CBD – 15% CBD
Sweet Ice Cool CBD – 9-13% CBD
Sweet Pure CBD – 8-15% CBD
SeedStockers CBD 1:1 Silver Lime Haze – 10-11% CBD
Medicann PG Kush CBD – 9% CBD
Medical Seeds OG Kush CBD – 12% CBD
Ministry Of Cannabis Cannabis Light – 14% CBD

Indica/Sativa

Sin City Cancers Nightmare – 12-16% CBD
Cali Connection Pre 98 Bubba BX2 – 12.7% CBD (Cup Winner)
Cali Connection CBD OG – 10-12% CBD
Delicious CBD Jam – 13% CBD
TH LA SAGE CBD – 10.9% CBD
TH SAGE CBD – 9.4% CBD
CBD Crew CBD Skunk Haze – 5-12% CBD (Cup Winner)
CBD Crew CBD Therapy – 8-10% CBD
Sin City Thunderstruck – 5%+ CBD
Dutch Passion CBD Skunk Haze – 7.5% CBD
Medicann Scrog – 3% CBD
Dutch Passion CBD Kush – 8% CBD
Medicann Critical Dawg – 2% CBD
Kalashnikov Moscow Blueberry – 5% CBD
Original Sensible CB Lemon AID – 8% CBD
Sin City Medicinal Glue – 10-20% CBD
Sweet Chem Beyond Diesel CBD – 8-15%CBD
Sweet Black Jack CBD – 9-17% CBD
Buddha Seeds Medikit CBD – 20% CBD

 

Seeds stated as “High or Very High” CBD have not been included in this list. Only those with stated percentages have been included.

(Herbies take the information straight from the seed companies and do not take any responsibility for any inaccuracies with their data)

Indica or Sativa – What’s the difference?

Indica or Sativa – What’s the difference?

The distinction between Indica and Sativa started back in the 18th century when differences in structure and growing pattern were first recorded. There are many strains on the market today, Pure Indica, Indica Dominant,  Pure Sativa, Sativa dominant and Hybrids – a mix of the two. The hybrid category was added at a later stage as growers began mixing the Sativa and Indica together. So which should you choose, Indica or Sativa?

Cannabis has potential medical benefits, certain combinations of Indica and Sativa can provide different benefits and can be targeted for specific ailments.

Even though there are notable differences between the two, sometimes they are over generalized and so it is also relevant to look at the cannaboids and terpenes contained. Cannaboids such as THC or CBD are molecular structures with their own properties and medical benefits. Terpenes are the oils secreted in cannabis resin that modulate the effects of cannaboids and again they have their own set of effects. In summary, strains are the sum of all of these smaller parts that may be passed on genetically, explaining the consistency in strain types, however, there is still room for variation. Other things that may affect effects are the way in which the plant is grown.

Indica or sativa

Indica or sativa

Indica

Indica Structure

Indica plants are usually short in stature compared to the Sativa plant. Best suited for indoors, the Indica can be a manageable height.

The leaves on an Indica plant are short and wide. The overall structure is fuller than the Sativa.

Indica’s originated from higher altitudes and are found predominantly in Morocco, Nepal, Afghanistan and Turkey – where they are known for their Hash culture. They developed thick coats of resin to protect against harsh climates.

The flowering time with an Indica plant is considerably shorter than the Sativa. Sometimes they can have as little as 45 days. The average time however, is around 8 to 10 weeks.

Indica’s in the main, have higher yields than the Sativa (there are some exceptions)

The most popular Indica strains include Northern Lights, Kush, White Widow

Indica Effects

The usual effects from an Indica plant are physically strong, sometimes referred to as “couch-lock”. It may make you sleepy and relaxed, content to sit back and watch the world go by! Typically it is used at night time.

Indica Smells and Flavours

Indica dominant strains usually have a strong, sweet or sour smell. You will get more fruity flavours in most of the Kush varieties and Skunk flavours found in Indica hybrids.

Indica Medical Properties

Some of the medical properties associated with an Indica strain are:

Pain
Sleeping disorders
General anxiety
Muscle relaxant
Relieves spasms
Reduces seizures
Relieves headaches or migraines
Relieves stress
Analgesic

In general, Indicas are very effective in relieving pain and insomnia. Medical patients usually use Indica before bed as it can aid sleep due to its relaxing effects.

Sativa

Sativa Structure

Sativa plants have a tall, lanky structure and in some cases can grow to over 7 metres!

The Sativa leaves are long and thin.

Sativas originated from an area around the equator and can usually be found in countries such as Columbia, Thailand, Mexico and in African Nations. Coping and thriving in variable weather conditions and in temperate areas closer to the equator.

The Sativa plant takes time to grow to maturity, sometimes up to 20 weeks. It has smaller yields than the Indica plant.

The most popular strains of Sativa include Purple Haze, Sour Diesel and Jack Herer

Sativa Effects

Sativa plants have an uplifting effect, euphoric, active and creative and stimulating. Useful in the daytime when you have you day to day activities to carry out.
Many artistic people will take advantage of the Sativa high as it stimulates creativity.

Typically it is used during the day, from morning to afternoon.

Sativa Smells and Flavours

You will usually find a more grassy odour to Sativa plants. You can have some fruity varieties such as Fruity Thai or Amnesia, on the other hand you can have cat-piss flavour (nice!!) which is more of an ammonia fragrance.

Sativa Medical Properties

Some of the medical effects associated with Sativa plants are:

Feeling uplifted and positive
Feeling at ease with a sense of well being
Full of energy
More focused
Feeling more creative, stimulated

As the feelings from the Sativa are all positive, it can be used as a great fighter against depression or fatigue.

Hybrids

Hybrids are a mix of Sativa and Indica plants, each mix will have a different percentage of each parent giving different effects and having different flavours and aromas.

Ruderalis

Originating from Russia, cannabis ruderalis is a wild variety which is incredibly short, produces little THC and have been found to possess a chemical profile similar to hemp. It is thought it is more likely to be a hybrid than a species of its own. Many believe it to be a descendant of Indica genetics. In recent years it has been brought indoors and influences new hybrid varieties.

Usually, the ruderalis grows between one and two and half feet tall with thick and sturdy stems. The buds are small but chunky.

The feature that sets the ruderalis apart is its flowering cycle, which is usually 21-30 days after vegetation. Its whole cycle from seed to harvest is around 70-110 days. Instead of being activated by the photoperiod, ruderalis is induced according to its maturity. This is why most are seen as “autoflowering” strains.

The effects of the ruderalis alone are minimised due to its low THC levels, however, its short stature and quick lifecycle make it versatile and offers breeders to create an autoflowering hybrid with the potency and flavour from its genetic counterpart.