What are the differences between Indica, Sativa and Hybrid Strains

Indica Sativa Hybrid Strains

Remember your first time going into a dispensary, hearing about the decision between indica vs sativa vs hybrid, and hearing about all of the different strains within each category? Ah! Sativa vs indica? What does Sativa do to you? What does Indica do to you? It can all seem super overwhelming! Or… simply exciting. Depending on who you are. 

For us, it was nothing but excitement. Which is what set us down the path we are on now. Learning everything we can about the world of everything 420. Specifically, so we can share that knowledge with you! Information is power! Knowing how to make the most out of your sessions will help you save money, and get better more long-lasting results. 

That is why in this article we are going to break down everything you need to know about the difference between indica, Sativa, and hybrids! 

What should you look for to understand strain effects?

Sadly, there isn’t a ton of research about the differences between the strain, and as research does continue, it looks like the three have more in common than we would have thought. However, you can’t deny what you feel. After trying many different strains and taking note of how we felt during the experiences, we are here now to tell you that we definitely noticed a difference between the three. 

Again, before we continue we want to clarify that these experiences are different for everyone. Depending on a whole list of factors including, past weed usage, age, weight, height, and another infinite amount of variables. Each one of those factors can play a huge role in how you experience THC. That being said, within the weed lover community there is a general consensus about the different effects of each type of strain. 

Sativa effects

In our experience Sativa tends to be a more head high, and uplifting energetic experience. Typically within the community Sativa is associated with being exactly that. Full of energy, creative, giggly. 

Physically sativas are commonly associated with a bright green flower. Sometimes with orange offshoots. That is not a rule though, sativas can take many different forms. 

The best thing to do when experiencing a sativa is to plan a fun activity beforehand that you can have fun with. This way if the experience for you pans out as it did for us, you can have a happy, fun-filled high! Here at Fat Buddha, we want to personalize your experience as much as possible. We figured a fun way to do this would be to recommend a specific bong for each different type of strain. For sativa, our recommendation is either a bubbler or bong as they'll deliver a quick big hit.

Indica effects

Typically Indica is regarded as more of a body high. The term couch-locked comes from someone who ripped way too hard on an indica and couldn’t move from the couch. The cannabis community regards indica as a night in kind of weed. 

Again it is worth mentioning that the indica experience WILL differ for everyone. You may be someone who smokes a big bowl of indica and then are able to go out and have a night on the town, and hey. If that is you, more power to you! 

Indica strains are typically associated with darker greens. Sometimes you might even see some purple strands come off of the nugs. 

These strains are extremely potent but a lot of fun. Our advice for planning a night around an indica is to pick your favorite movie, pull up the food delivery app, and light away. This is a sure-fire combination for a happy soul! Hopefully, this taught you a little bit more about the differences between indica vs sativa. Now let's dive into hybrids.  Indica's are perfect for chilling so we recommend a nice weed pipe where you can sit back and chill and not have to worry about anything.

Hybrid effects

Hybrids like their name would lead you to believe are a more middle of the road weed. Energetic, yet subdued. Head, yet body. Here, but a little bit of there. They are a great strain for when you just can’t decide what strain to choose from because they are going to provide a little bit of the best of both worlds. 

Our recommendation for planning a fun night with a hybrid would be to plan a night at the movies! It is the perfect middle ground between staying in and going out. Fat Buddha Bong recommendation for Hybrids can be any piece it will just depend on the situation but our personal favorite is a Gandalf pipe.

How to choose the right strain of weed for you 

Hopefully, by now you have figured out that the game of strain designations is a very subjective one. It all is about what works for you! To figure that out you need to listen to your body while you are experimenting with different strains. Split up your strains by hybrid, sativa, and indica. In order to really feel the differences, do not mix the different strains. Split them up by night, and at the end of every night take notes about how you felt throughout the experience. After you have done this for each of the different types of green, you should be able to compare notes and find out what type of experience is perfect for you!

Lastly, we will leave you with a list of possible questions that you may have after reading this article! The weed strain FAQ’S. 

What's the difference between indica and sativa?

They have more in common than they are typically given credit for, however. Simply put indica is more of a body high that will keep you sedated (in a good way) and sativa can tend to be more energetic and creative of a high. However every single person experiences indica vs sativa differently, so the only way to find out definitively is to try for yourself!

What's the difference between indica and hybrid?

The difference between indica and hybrid is the most subtle difference out of all of the different types. Hybrids tend to give your more leeway for having more energy and exploring that side of your brain. Where as indica is almost directly related to keeping you ultra-relaxed and almost sedated. Which doesn't really help in trying to have a night out. 

What’s the difference between hybrid and sativa? 

Hybrid and sativa are further apart than say indica vs hybrids. Sativa is known for getting you up off of the couch and laughing at everything. Some frequent users rely on sativas for their day weed and hybrids/indicas for their nighttime weeds. Just remember that this journey is your own. You won’t be able to find the exact way that you are going to process the experience on the internet. You just have to give it a try yourself. When trying to figure out this process for your first time we recommend using something smaller  like a mini bong, so that you are able to get some diffusion and cooling with your rips. 

Does one type of strain last longer than another?

The short answer to this is no. In fact, that is really the only answer to this question. What makes a flower more potent has nothing to do with whether or not it is an indica, hybrid, or sativa. You need to look at the quality of the flower itself in order to gauge how powerful your experience is going to be.


There are many different effects of each strain so we really recommend understanding exactly what you're looking for in your strain. If you have anymore questions talk to your local Budtender and they'll be able to guide you through the process. Happy Token!


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