This article will help you better understand the effects and characteristics of the sativa, indica and hybrid cannabis strains.  We will be referencing strains from our cannabis menu throughout the post. 

The wonderful world of cannabis can seem a bit daunting to new users.  With all of the strains and names picking the proper variety can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Never mind, the many methods of how to consume cannabis safely. While each specific strain may have it’s own unique characteristics, there are two main cannabis classifications that can be a nice starting point.

Helpful Tip:

Each person reacts differently to strains and you will develop tolerances. Your best method is to try many different types of cannabis and methods of consumption to find which you like best.

Cannabis, Sativas, and Indicas: What’s the Difference?

It is worthwhile to mention that Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indicas are sisters so the type of high you get from each plant can overlap in effect. Most strains these days are of some hybrid form and can be classified based on the dominant strain. Contact our Crested Butte recreational dispensary for more information.

Cannabis Sativa

sativa-leaf-categoryAre you looking for an uplifting and mental high?  

Sativa strains may be the right choice for you!

This classification, native to Mexico, Thailand, Columbia and Southeast Asia, is known to provide the user with a more stimulating experience. The physical plants are known for their tall stocks and thin, fanned leaves, and can grow to a massive 20 ft outdoors.

The sweet and pungent aromas from sativa strains are wide-ranging.  Depending on the specific bud, the scent can range anywhere from fruity to peppery.  Because most of the sativa strains will offer a similar high, the user is given more freedom to select a proper bud based on taste and smell.

Symptom relief can range from ADD, depression, fatigue, and mood disorders.

ex: Sour Diesel, Jack Herer, Lemon Haze

Cannabis Indica

indica-leaf-categoryLooking for some stress relief and a body high?

Indica strains may be your best bet!

Like it’s sister, Cannabis Indica can produce a nice mental high. However, the Indica strain is more of a couch binding, ‘Let’s start a Netflix marathon’ type of high. The indica strain is used more than sativas for medical purposes.

Also unlike sativas, indica strains have a higher yield and are believed to originate from Hindu Kush, near Afghanistan. Indicas are grown shorter and bushier, 3 feet in doors. The indica strains have pretty much a universal taste throughout but flavors can range from fruity (kush) to skunky flavors (indica hybrids).

Symptom relief can range from anxiety, pain, muscle spasms, and insomnia.

ex: Grape Ape, Grand Daddy Purple, Northern Lights

Hybrid – Cannabis Sativa & Indica

Not sure which to choose? 

Hybrid cannabis strains provide the best of both worlds!

hybrid-category-templateExpert breeders select the top sativa and indica strains and combine them into super strains that maintain the best aspects from both parents.

Hybrids can be sativa or indica dominant and have the effects to match. This trend continues to create new strains like Above Blue Dream which is a combination of the common Blue Dream and Super Silver Haze to create a wonderful new Sativa dominant strain.

Hybrid Strains Fall into Three Categories:

  • Sativa Dominant Strains: A cerebral high that also provides relaxing body effects.  Body and mind relief.
    • ex: Mars OG, Neptune OG, Headband, Juicy Fruit, J1, Sour Diesel, Purple Trainwreck
  • 50/50 Strains: Strains that have equal amounts of sativa and indica. A perfect balance between body & mind high.
    • ex: Cheese, White Widow, Blue Dream, Blue Widow, XJ-13, Purple Diesel, Super Silver Haze
  • Indica dominant strains: These strains provide a full body high (full body pain relief), with a smidge of a head-high.
    • ex: Tahoe OG, SFV OG, Kosher Kush, Skywalker OG, Purple Urkle, Girl Scout Cookies, Blackberry Kush

Main Effect Differences Between Sativa and Indica Strains of Cannabis



Head HighAppetite
CerebralBody High
UpliftingDeep Relaxation
CreativitySleep Aid
FocusPain + Nausea Relief
Fights DepressionStress + Anxiety Relief

Still Can’t Decide Which Strain is Right for You?

Try this handy tool to learn which of our strains will give you the desired effect. Click the image, scroll down to see the description, and then read about our recommended strain for you.


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Producing the best cannabis in Colorado is our mission and to do that we focus on 15 of the best strains in the world. Hand selected by our staff we consistently grow these strains so that our customers will always have an easy choice with a variety to sample.

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