Cannabis Strains: Sativa vs. Indica

The cannabis industry is ever-changing, and popular cannabis strains are one of the biggest things that change from year to year. The strains we see on the shelves today were not around 5 years ago and have come a long way from the cannabis grown in the 1960s and ’70s. Today’s cannabis strains are usually a cross of several strains that long-time consumers are more familiar with.

Landrace Strains

Where is the best place to start when talking about cannabis strains? Let’s start with landrace strains, the only strains that are not hybrids. Landraces are the original strains and are normally named based on the geographical area where they were developed. We still see landrace strains today, like Durban Poison, Lamb’s Bread, and Acapulco Gold. There are two other popular landrace strains, but it is unlikely to see them on their own, but you can find lots of strains crossed with Afghani and Thai.

Learn more about landrace strains in the following Leafly article.

Cannabis Strains Today

Using the terms sativa (cerebral/energizing effects) and indica (body/sedative effects) to describe today’s strains is not the most accurate way. Cannabis strains on the market are hybrids, a mixture of cerebral and body effects. For most consumers, hybrid effects tend to be a better fit for what they are looking for in a strain. You can still find landrace strains on the shelves if you are looking for a strain with strong cerebral or body effects.

Check out a list of popular strains from Leafly.

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