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With the recent boom in cannabis farming, farmers and scientists have started to come up with new cannabis strains to get optimal and varied effects when consumed. These are hybrid strains. Hybrids are a cannabis strain type that is made with both Indica and Sativa genetics. This allows them to produce both types of effects that come from the parent strains. Cannabis hybrid strains are widely regarded by consumers as enjoyable and can be both energizing and relaxing, depending on the specific strain lineage. Pure Indica and Sativa strains are now hard to find on the market and what you now have are either Indica or Sativa dominant hybrid cannabis strains. The hybrid strains are also easier to grow compared to the pure cannabis strains, which do well in indigenous climates. Cannabis hybrid strains, on the other hand, are mainly grown in greenhouses, where the conditions can be controlled for a specific strain, thus increasing the yield per plant.

As mentioned, cannabis hybrid strains can either be Indica or Sativa-dominant. “What does this mean?” you might wonder. Simply put, the hybrid strain will express the effects of the dominant parent strain with fewer effects of the secondary strain. For example, an Indica-dominant hybrid strain will make you feel relaxed, mellowed out, and want to sleep. It will give you more sedating effects. A Sativa-dominant-hybrid strain will give you an energetic Sativa effect. You will be more aware of your surroundings and feel ‘hyper.’ In other instances, the hybrid strain can be a “true” hybrid. This means that it will have an even genetic mix of both parent strains.

Below are some of the best hybrid cannabis strains that have become popular with both farmers and consumers. If you’re new to cannabis smoking, they are worth putting on your ‘hitlist‘ (no pun intended). Give them a try and find the ones that work best for you.

Best Hybrid Cannabis Strains

1. Gorilla Glue

Gorilla Glue

The Gorilla Glue strain is an Indica dominant hybrid (containing approximately 60% India and 40% Sativa) strain that is a cross of the Chocolate Diesel and Sour Diesel strains. It packs quite a punch and contains between 25% – 28% THC. Effects from this hybrid strain are highly sedative and will last for hours. The consumer will often fall into a deep sleep afterward. Because of this, the Gorilla Glue strain is recommended for night consumption and good for anyone who suffers from insomnia or might want to sleep for prolonged periods. The Gorilla Glue hybrid strain has quite a heavy smell which can be putting off, so beginners can use a filter to better enjoy the experience.

Main Strain Features

  • Highly sedative, making it a good treatment for insomnia and anxiety-related disorders.
  • Euphoric after-effects that will make you chill out and feel mellow.
  • Recommended for chronic light pains.

2. OG Kush

OG Kush

OG Kush is undeniably an American cannabis classic, and Its mainstream popularity is unquestionable. Also known as Premium OG Kush, this strain was initially cultivated in the Florida area. Cannabis connoisseurs have often debated the strain’s origins, but one certain fact is that OG Kush is popular and one of the best strains available.

OG Kush is an Indica-dominant strain with close to 75% Indica genetics. Once consumed, you can expect a serious couchlock and lots of laughter. The strain will leave you zoned out and feeling really good. The cerebral shutdown from OG Kush is ideal for conditions such as depression and anxiety. The heavy body high can help alleviate mild pains. For those new to the strain, headaches and paranoia are common after-effects to experience.

Main Strain Features

  • Good for treating mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.
  • Good for nighttime consumption when you want to chill and feel good.
  • Strong pine and wood scents that are pleasant and not too overwhelming.

3. White Widow

White Widow

This is another popular hybrid strain considered among the best. The White Widow strain is a balanced hybrid indigenous to the Netherlands, where it was grown by Dutch veterans Green House Seeds. The strain is revered in the cannabis community and has won several awards. It is a cross of the Brazilian Sativa and South Indian Indica. The strain is a Sativa-dominant hybrid (with about 60% Sativa genetics) with powerful energizing effects. Because of its high energy effects, the White Widow is best consumed at the start of the day or whenever you want a boost to carry out tasks or feel focused. When high, the consumer will still be aware of their surroundings. The White Widow, however, has strong, pungent smoke that can stick on to you after consumption. Consumers should take necessary cleaning steps to be discreet.

Main Strain Features

  • Highly valued in the production of hash (cannabis concentrate)
  • high THC levels – about 20%.
  • An excellent choice for chatty social use – if you want to loosen up and be confident.

4. Ak-47 Strain

Ak-47 Strain

AK-47 is another hybrid cannabis strain from the Netherlands. The strain was created by the Dutch seed bank Serious Seeds. The hybrid strain was first grown in 1992. Its strain’s exact lineage remains unknown, but it’s a Sativa-dominant hybrid (65:35 Sativa/Indica). The AK-47 is a cross between Colombian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani strains, and the result is a complex combination of flavors and after-effects. It has strong, fruity scents combined with a strong, long-lasting ‘Indica’ high. After consumption, it’s normal for (beginner) users to feel the onset of paranoia and sometimes dizziness. In rare cases, users can also experience minor headaches.

Main Strain Features

  • Keeps you mentally alert and engaged during creative or social activities.
  • It can help to increase appetite.
  • Good balance between feeling alert and being mellow.

5. Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

The Cherry Pie hybrid strain is a cross between the Granddaddy Purple and Durban Poison. The flowering buds are quite dense and full of orange hairs with a touch of purple. The Cherry Pie has a sweet aroma of sweet and sour cherry pie. After consumption, the effects have been known to hit immediately, and they stick around for a few hours. The Cherry Pie is an Indica-dominant strain (80% Indica, 20% Sativa). It is also very popular in medical marijuana research and study. Consumers love the strain for its ability to elevate levels of euphoria, thereby relaxing the body, mind, uplifting your mood, making you focus where needed.

Main Strain Features

  • Used as a medical marijuana prescription to treat conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, and bipolar disorders.
  • The well-balanced hybrid strain is used for medical purposes.
  • Good for beginners since it’s easy to smoke and mellow

6. Chemdawg

Chemdawg

Chemdawg is a well-balanced hybrid cannabis strain that has gained popularity for both its effects and strong smell. It has average THC levels of about 19%. This hybrid cannabis strain is known for a high that relaxes the mind while leaving the body pain-free. The strain’s genetic history is unknown, but it is almost a pure hybrid with equal genetics from the parent Sativa and Indica strains. After consumption, the smoker may experience heightened senses and hyper-awareness of the surrounding environment.

Main Strain Features

  • Great for a creativity boost during the day.
  • High THC levels can lead to paranoia after consumption.

7. L.A. Confidential

LA Confidential

L.A. Confidential is a sticky, almost pure Indica strain that gives its users a sedating and relaxing high. The strain is 90% Indica and is a cross between 2 Indica strains: Afghani Indica and California Indica. It has been made popular in mainstream media by various celebrities such as Snoop Dogg. The strain also has high levels of resin, making it a good source of hash. Because of the high Indica levels, the L.A. Confidential hybrid strain is good for those looking to treat insomnia and acute pain. It can be grown both indoors and outdoors with good yields per plant. It can be harvested in about 6-8 weeks are planting.

Main Strain Features

  • High levels of resin make it ideal for hash.
  • Good for nighttime smoking and treating insomnia.
  • Popular for medical marijuana prescriptions.

8. Gelato

Gelato

The Gelato strain, also known as “Larry Bird,” is another almost pure hybrid strain with 55% Indica and 45% Sativa genetics. It is a cross between the Sunset Sherbet X Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies strains. The result of the cross is a hybrid strain that has some delicious flavors and strong effects that are caused by a THC level that’s at least 20% on average. Despite being a (slightly) Indica-dominant strain, the high from the Gelato strain is quite heavy, but it won’t leave you feeling sedated or couch-locked.

Main Strain Features

  • Good choice for those suffering from muscle spasms, chronic pains, headaches, etc.
  • A balanced feeling of relaxation and awareness.
  • Strong fruity scent

9. Kush Mints

Kush Mints

This is an evenly-balanced strain with an equal split between the Indica and Sativa levels. Its THC level is on the higher side, with at least 22% to 25% on average. This makes the Kush Mints strain very potent. It is a cross between the Bubba Kush X Animal Mints strains. As the name suggests, the strain has a minty flavor which makes it quite refreshing to smoke. Due to the cerebral high and strong effects, the strain is considered good for daytime smoking, helping you focus and alleviating acute pains. However, the string effects can make it a bit overwhelming for first-time users.

Main Strain Features

  • Good for mild pain relief and easing of inflammation.
  • Potent mood booster.
  • Effective in helping increase your appetite.

10. Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Cake

This hybrid strain is hard to come by. It was created by Seed Junky Genetics, and it is a cross between Gelato 33 and Wedding Cake strains. Despite being an Indica-dominant hybrid (75% Indica and 25% Sativa), the Ice Cream Cake hybrid strain also utilizes features from its Sativa genetics to give a cannabis high that users often describe as being unique. The strain also has high THC levels, and beginners should consume it in moderation.

Main Strain Features

  • Sweet and unique flavors that make it enjoyable.
  • Good for body relaxation.
  • It can be used to treat insomnia and increase appetite.

11. Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies

Also known as GSC, this is another Indica-dominant hybrid cannabis strain (Indica 60%, Sativa 40%) that is a cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison. The resulting strain is popular for having euphoric effects, accompanied by waves of full-body relaxation. It’s a very potent hybrid strain with THC levels of up to 28%, and it is very popular among medical marijuana users. First-time users should consume this strain sparingly.

Main strain features

  • Good for nighttime smoking.
  • Grows best in high-temperature climates.
  • Highly recommended for treating insomnia, mild pain, inflammation, and boost appetite levels.

12. Gushers

Gushers

Gushers are another Indica-dominant hybrid cannabis strain (60% Indica/40% Sativa) which was created by crossing the classic Gelato #41 and Triangle Kush strains. The resulting strain is a blend of flavors, combining sour tropical fruits and rich, creamy cookies. It’s very good at helping those suffering from pain or looking for a way to relax at the end of the day. It also is used to maintain focus during tasks.

Main Strain Features

  • Can grow in all conditions.
  • Good for both daytime and nighttime smoking.
  • Light and easy hybrid strain which is not overwhelming

13. Sheraton

Sherblato Strain

Sheraton is a rare Sativa dominant hybrid cannabis strain (70% Sativa, 30% Indica) that was made by crossing the Sherbet and Gelato strains. This strain is known for its fruity taste with a hint of sour tropical citrus. It is highly recommended for first-time users because of its taste. With an average THC level of 22%, Sherblato is an easy-going hybrid strain that will have you feeling good.

Main Strain Features

  • Instant body and mind buzz.
  • Mild ‘high’ that will keep you in the middle of relaxation and focused.
  • Easy to grow.

Conclusion

Knowing the type of cannabis you are consuming will immensely help you to achieve the desired results. Indica-dominant hybrid strains are generally more relaxing with sedative properties; by contrast, Sativa-dominant hybrid strains are usually recommended for consumption during the day since they are likely to keep consumers uplifted, focused, and energetic. Everyone has a different tolerance level so if you’re a first-time consumer, always smoke sparingly. Start small and increase dosage as you become tolerant. This will greatly reduce your chances of experiencing any paranoia. Discovering the cannabis after-effects you can handle, and even tastes you enjoy will often be a matter of trial and error. Most hybrid strains are usually good for beginners since they offer a balanced smoking experience. They are highly recommended in medical marijuana prescriptions, and this makes them ideal for all smoking occasions. So, go ahead, light it up, get high and start your journey of discovery.

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