Here in the cannabis community, we use a lot of different terminology to help us categorize the different types of herbs, products, and even subcategories that we have pertaining to our cannabis. If you’ve ever taken a trip to the dispensary or delved into the world of cannabis on the web, you’ve probably seen the terms “hybrid“, “sativa“, and “indica” when discussing certain strains. As terms you might not hear daily, we’re here to break them down a bit. Specifically though, today we are going to discuss all about the hybrid herb.
So if you’ve ever wondered what hybrid weed might look like, or even what it looks like, we’ve got you covered. Here, you’ll find just about everything you need to know about hybrid weed, making you as knowledgeable as possible when it comes to this magical type of weed. In addition, we will give you some useful information about marijuana in general for a better understanding.
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WHAT IS WEED?
Before we dive into what this “hybrid” sub-category is, let’s first talk about cannabis in general. You’ve probably heard it as bud, marijuana, and of course weed, but they’re all slang terms for the same thing, which is a psychoactive form of cannabis. The cannabis plant as a whole produces certain offspring that are not intoxicating, like the hemp plant, and others that are, like cannabis indicates.
These plants have been cultivated for centuries for their medicinal and blissful properties, although Cannabis has only recently begun to be accepted for consumption, both medicinal and recreational. The herb contains chemical compounds called cannabinoids that combine with your body’s endocannabinoid system flawlessly, creating the new effects you’ve heard of (or experienced) from cannabis. Research is still somewhat limited here, but every day we see more evidence of the myriad benefits of this plant.
WHAT IS HYBRID CANNABIS
Hybrid herb, therefore, is a subcategory of cannabis that refers to a strain that has a mixture of both indica and sativa properties. Indica weed is best known for its sedative, full-body properties and aids in relaxation and sleep, while sativas are known for their more uplifting and energizing effects. Hybrids therefore contain some properties of both.
Hybrids can be indica-dominant or sativa-dominant, meaning they contain more sub-category properties than another, but it’s still not as clear-cut as a pure sativa or indica. Or, you might be lucky enough to try a 50/50 hybrid strain, which is a direct cross between an indica and a sativa, not leaning in one direction or the other. These types of strains are ideal for those looking for a good balance between the two; if you don’t want to be incredibly sleepy but also don’t want to jump off walls, a hybrid will give you a great balance.
HYBRID VERSUS INDICA
If you find yourself buying a sativa dominant hybrid, you will find that it is much lighter in color and typically fluffier than your typical cannabis indica, which is often dense and dark in deep purple colors. Sativa-dominant hybrids are also known to produce mostly energizing properties with some calming and calming effects mixed in, too.
Indica-dominant hybrids will then look more closely at indica buds, although they are often not as dark as pure strains. With these, you can usually find some shades of lime green and bright orange hairs all over the place, while still seeing hints of purples and pinks. Compared to pure indica strains, these hybrids won’t normally keep you on the couch, but they will still give you unparalleled relief and relaxation.
PHYSICAL TRAITS OF HYBRID CANNABIS
As for the physical characteristics of the hybrid herb, it just depends on the parent strains of the shoot itself. If the mother strains are indica or indica-dominant, as we discussed, the plant will have more indica-like characteristics of the plant. This means the buds will likely be smaller and denser in composition, as well as darker in color with purple/pink undertones. These types of hybrids will normally smell sweeter or even sour, again depending on who their parents are.
Sativa-dominant hybrids will exhibit the classy characteristics of sativas, with their fluffy, light buds and super-earthly scents and flavors. The buds will also likely be lighter in color, showing mixtures of lime and forest greens.
HYBRID CANNABIS EFFECTS
Again, the overall effects of the hybrid herb will completely depend on the parent strains. From hybrids, you can experience from sedative, relaxing properties, to energetic, creative properties that last all day. Or, you can try something completely in-between, if you’ve found a fully balanced hybrid. It’s the best thing about hybrid strains: each one seems to be more unique than the next. If you want to know what effects your hybrid strain will produce, you can take a look at the strain’s genotypes and see what they are. This will give you a good indication of what you can expect from your hybrid bud in terms of smells, potency, effects and benefits.
MEDICAL BENEFITS OF HYBRID CANNABIS
If you want a good mix of both the sativa effects and the indica medical benefits of your marijuana, always turn to hybrids. These strains are able to produce a perfect mix of both, depending on their parent strains. Hybrids have the potential to bring full-bodied pain relief, reduced anxiety, increased mood, and much more.
In case you want specific medical benefits from your offspring, you can do some research on which strains produce what you are looking for, and if they have hybrid offspring. When you do, you’re fully prepared for your cannabis experience, and you’ll be able to better choose which strains give you what you want.
SIDE EFFECTS OF HYBRID CANNABIS
Like any other type of cannabis, if you consume too much, there is a chance you will experience some unpleasant side effects. With hybrids, you can experience anything from nausea, dizziness, anxiety, or drowsiness; however, these effects are easily countered. With weed, side effects are few and far between, and can be tackled through daily activities like drinking water, eating a meal, or even taking a shower. These side effects don’t last long, and you’ll soon be back to your normal self. Just start by taking a deep breath and remember that these feelings are not permanent.
MOST POPULAR HYBRID STRAINS
There are so many popular hybrid strains out there, boasting a perfect balance between some of the best indicas and sativas on the market. However, we managed to narrow down our favorites to just three.
AK-47 is one of the most popular Canadian strains available. As a sativa-dominant hybrid, you will experience serious cerebral effects and creative effects, all while enjoying its unique notes of both peppery and earthy aromas.
GELATO is a somewhat new strain on the cannabis market, but it is quickly gaining popularity. Rated one of the most popular strains of 2020 so far, this euphoric hybrid is a blend of delicious Sunset Sherbert and classic Thin Mint GSC. We promise you won’t find a tastier hybrid out there. But keep in mind the high potency of this strain if you are new to the weed world.
BLUE DREAM is yet another classic hybrid strain, this one boasting powerful full-bodied effects mixed with a cerebral buzz. Truly the best of both worlds, the sweet aroma of this strain will seduce you during the day or even before bed.
HOW TO TAKE CANNABIS
Cannabis can be enjoyed in different ways, depending on what you like best.
That’s one of the factors that makes marijuana so amazing: its versatility.
Easily the most popular way to enjoy cannabis is by smoking it. To smoke cannabis, you need to get your hands on a flower, which can be purchased at online dispensaries like Kubo. From there, you can decide how you want to smoke it, whether it’s a pipe, a pipe, a joint or a joint – it’s totally up to you. This method will give you all the flavors, all the aromas and all the effects of cannabis almost instantly.
If you don’t want to smoke your cannabis, you definitely don’t have to. Options like cannabis oils are perfect for those who are more concerned about their lung health or who don’t like the tastes or feelings of smoking. Marijuana oils are designed to be taken sublingually, or under the tongue, for best results. With this, it is necessary to wait about an hour for results, but they are often softer and fuller than those of the marijuana flower. These oils come in a variety of different strengths depending on the type of potency you are looking for.
Weed edibles are another classic method of consumption, especially for those who don’t like the taste of cannabis. With edibles, the flavors are completely hidden in your favorite sweet or savory snack. You can find just about any treat that wants to be infused with cannabis, just be prepared to be patient while you wait for the effects to take effect. Cannabinoids need to be broken down within the liver first, and then you can let the properties wash over you.
For the more seasoned weed connoisseurs, cannabis concentrates are the way to go. They are extremely potent and super high in THC concentration, resulting in a significantly more powerful high than through traditional flower. Concentrates, however, require a slightly more complicated process to smoke properly; you will need a special smoking device, smoking tools, and a lighter to do the job properly.
HOW TO GROW CANNABIS
Growing your own marijuana requires a lot of time, dedication and respect for the cannabis plant, but it can be done easily. If you want to grow some of your own plants at home, here is a short tutorial on how to do it.
First, you need to decide where you are going to grow. This needs to be a space that is often undisturbed by an easily controlled environment: closets or back rooms will do. Then you will have to decide on the type of grow lights you want to use. There are several options, but the most popular are LED and HID. Each has its pros and cons; it simply depends on you.
Install your lights in your new grow room and also install a quality fan that can be left on for practically 24 hours a day. Your plants need constant airflow, so this is crucial. Along with airflow, you’ll need to determine your plant’s dark/light cycle, as well as temperature and humidity levels. If you’re just growing a few plants, a timed light, fan, and thermostat should do the trick just fine.
Finally, you will have to decide if you want to grow your seeds in soil or hydroponically. Again, both have their pros and cons and the choice is entirely up to you. Choose the container where you want to grow it, add its seeds and all its necessary nutrients, and give it some water. Then you can let your babies grow. Just don’t forget to feed them often!
HOW TO DRY AND CURE CANNABIS
After picking and trimming your buds when they have matured, you must then dry and cure them. To dry them, we suggest tying them gently and hanging them upside down in the grow room for a few days. Often five seems like the perfect amount of time. This will ensure that all excess moisture is removed.
Once these five days have elapsed, you can take your sprout and place it directly in an airtight container. Mason jars tend to work best as they don’t let in too much air and still give the cannabis room to breathe. You’ll want to keep your buds here for 4-8 weeks to cure, opening the bottle once a day for the first week for about 30-45 minutes. After the first week, you can slow down to letting them “burp” just a few times a week, just make sure you’re gently shaking your cannabis in the bottle as you do. Once this time has passed, your cannabis is ready to smoke.
HOW TO STORE CANNABIS
Cannabis storage is easy. All it requires is a cool, dark place that won’t disturb you.
MARIJUANA FLOWERS VERSUS OTHER CANNABIS PRODUCTS
The marijuana flower is extremely unique in itself. When compared to other cannabis products, though, this becomes even more apparent.
Let’s start with the concentrates. Cannabis flower could not be further from concentrates in terms of physical characteristics. Concentrates, for example, are waxy and viscous in texture, and come in various shades of yellow, brown and gold. Cannabis concentrates are not recommended to be smoked with flower, as they require much higher temperatures than a lighter can provide to be enjoyed properly. Concentrates have an extremely high concentration of THC, making them much more potent than your average flower. However, this also means that they are not for your everyday smoker or first-time smoker.
Cannabis oils are also quite different from the traditional flower. As we mentioned earlier, these oils are meant to be consumed sublingually and cannot be smoked. They take about an hour to take effect and are available in a variety of different strengths as well as flavors. When comparing physical appearance, these oils are typically yellow or brown in color, creating a sharp juxtaposition between the vibrant greens of the flowers.
Edibles, while often made from cannabis flower, also act quite differently. As we touched on earlier, these forms of cannabis take a long time to take effect due to the method of consumption. They also produce much longer lasting than flowers, but their potency can sometimes be overwhelming to newer smokers. With edibles, dosing can be more complicated than with flower, so always start with as low a dose as possible and work your way up, depending on how you feel. But always wait at least two hours before consuming more, in case the onset is longer than you are expecting.
THE ABSOLUTE BEST PLACE TO BUY WEED ONLINE IN CANADA
For some of the best hybrid weeds available, along with other hybrid products, you should always turn to Kubo Cannabis. Kubo Cannabis carries some of the best weed online in Canada, along with a helpful service and an easy-to-use website. You no longer need to leave the comfort of your home to experience the goodness of cannabis. Instead, you can choose all the products that most pique your interest and have them shipped straight to your door. Our delivery will be efficient and discreet, making the process much more comfortable for all our customers.
Whether you’re looking for a top shelf hybrid flower or a potent gram of hybrid wax, Kubo Cannabis online inventory has just what you need. Purchase herb online through our user-friendly website and experience first-hand quality at its best. We promise you’ll never want to buy your weed anywhere else again.