There are 2 different species of cannabis - the marijuana plant as we know it today: indica and sativa.
Driven by the need to innovate, cultivators have cross-bread indicas and sativas over the past 30 years,
which led to the creation of hybrid strains that carry unique characteristics inherited from both of the
parents. The combinations and variations have resulted in the creation and recent identification of over
40,000 strains worldwide. As for the ancient landrace strains, the pure strains that represent the original,
non-manipulated genetics, they have all but disappeared at this point in time.
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Hybrid strains vary in terms of their composition of indica and sativa. Some are even mixes of both (50/50),
others are sativa-dominant or indica-dominant, each carrying with it the characteristics natural to the
species. For example, a sativa-dominant strain will serve to provide mental stimulation while simultaneously
bring on the sensation of calming the full body. An indica-dominant hybrid on the other hand may bring
relaxation without putting the user to sleep.
Some of the most popular hybrid strains include: