What Is Hybrid Weed?

Image of Hybrid Weed surrounded by other Hybrid cannabis plants.

Hybrid Cannabis can be a mystery to many people new to smoking, leaving many to ask what is Hybrid Weed?

Simply put, Hybrid Cannabis is created by crossing different Indica and Sativa strains. The plants are typically grown on large-scale farms or personal greenhouses.

Unlike Sativa’s and Indica’s, there are no truly natural Hybrid Cannabis strains, and therefore no landraces.

The plant itself is also quite hard to distinguish purely based off appearances. This difficulty is primarily due to the strain having a combination of physical traits from both parent strains.

The combination of both Indica and Sativa strains also has a large effect on the high received, with the plant oftentimes offering the best of both worlds.

To classify, Hybrid Weed strains most often fall into three rough categories. Indica dominant strains, Sativa dominant strains, and 50/50 split strains.

As one would expect, the high received from these unique combinations can vary quite widely. This makes the classification of “Hybrid”, less of a solid rule, and more of a Cannabis gray area.

Each Hybrid Cannabis strain truly takes you on a journey, if you dont know the exact genetic makeup it can be up in the air.

In general, however, individuals will find that Hybrid Cannabis strains dont really stray too deep into the effects of either Indica or Sativa strains. Many of the top Hybrid strains aim to offer a “best of both worlds” high.

Hybrid Weed Effects

Woman smoking a Hybrid weed joint, the hybrid cannabis is lit and rolled.

Hybrid Cannabis is great for people looking to get a balanced high, not too cerebral, but not too body heavy as well.

The uplifting and energetic feelings of Sativa come with the sedating feelings of Indica. Although many think they are opposites. Hybrid weed strains get the best of both worlds.

As for THC percentages, Hybrid Cannabis can range greatly, from as low as 15% to as high as 32%.  

It should be said though, many Hybrid strains have been created with the sole purpose of gaining a higher THC percentage.

You will, however, most often find Indica dominant hybrid strains most often contain higher THC percentages. With the vast majority of high THC strains containing a High THC Indica parent strain.

Common Hybrid Weed Uses (Varies from strain to strain):

  • Increased Appetite (Munchies)
  • Pain Relief
  • Nausea Control
  • “Body” High & “Head” High
  • Reduced Anxiety
  • Reduced Stress

As stated prior, due to Hybrid weed being a combination of two parents’ Cannabis strains it’s quite hard to nail down the exact high. That is unless you know the parent Cannabis strains.

Common Hybrid Terpenes

For those looking to get an in-depth look at exactly what each terpene does, we highly recommend you look at our terpenes page

The terpene profiles of Hybrid weed strains can vary greatly, as we explored above, with both Sativa and Indica genes, you will find a bit of everything.

Here are some of the most commonly found terpenes in Hybrid Cannabis:

  • Myrcene (Anti-Inflammatory and Relaxation)
  • Limonene ( Antioxidant and Increased Libido)
  • Pinene (Anti-Inflammatory and  Anti-Bacterial)
  • Linalool (Combats Anxiety and Depression)
  • Humulene (Appetite Suppressant)
  • Caryophyllene ( Anti- Inflammatory)
  • Nerolidol (Sedation and Relaxation)
  • Phytol (Anti-Anxiety and Sedative)
  • Sabinene (Digestive Aid and Antioxidant)
  • Beta-Caryophyllene (Pain Relief)

The terpenes found in Hybrid Cannabis can vary widely, causing the list to be quite long. Additionally, many of the terpenes have several additional effects than those listed here.

Hybrid weed flower being weighed on a scale. Several of the Hybrid Cannabis buds are stuck together.

Every person who has smoked some Cannabis in their life can attest to the fact that they have a favourite strain. From the THC percentage to the terpene profile, there are plenty of variables that go into a strain.

It all becomes even more confusing with Hybrid strains, it can seem like a maze of information to figure out the weed’s lineage.

In this section we will be taking you through some of our favourite Hybrid weed strains:

NameTerpene ProfilePercentage
GG4Caryophyllene, Myrcene, Limonene20%
Wedding CakeCaryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene24%
RuntzCaryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene21%
Blue DreamMyrcene, Pinene, Caryophyllene18%
Mac 1Limonene, Pinene, Caryophyllene22%
Pineapple ExpressMyrcene, Caryophyllene, Pinene20%
OreozCaryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene20%
White WidowMyrcene, Caryophyllene, Pinene15%
Kush MintsLimonene, Caryophyllene, Linalool28%
GMO CookiesCaryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene28%

For those looking to find a more comprehensive list of Hybrid strains, look at our Strain Review category!

Hybrid VS Indica VS Sativa

There are a number of differences between Indica and Sativa Cannabis strains, and Hybrid weed strains cross that difference.

For lack of a better way to put it, Hybrid weed is the jack of all trades, instead of fitting into a specific niche Hybrids are much more the embodiment of variety.

As we looked at in the article above, the effects of Hybrid Cannabis strains can be used for a number of ailments. Some of the most common use cases include helping chronic pain, lessening anxiety, increasing appetite, and lessening insomnia.

Both the “body” high and “cerebral” highs brought by Indica and Sativa strains can be found easily in many plants.

That is to say, Hybrid Cannabis strains are great for people looking to get the best of both worlds. Instead of getting couch-locked, or experiencing overwhelming anxiety, Hybrids allow users to get the best of both, oftentimes diluting many of the negative properties.

All in all, we at BudsCannaCorner firmly recommend smokers of all experience levels to experience as many strains as possible, dont just take our word for it.

We must also mention, we are not doctors – if at any point you feel the onset of an ailment, consult your doctor before using weed.

Cannabis flower in a jar, surrounded by three other jars of Cannabis flower.

FAQ

What Are The Effects Of Hybrid Weed?

As we looked at in the article above, the effects of Hybrid Cannabis vary widely, much more so than straight Indica and Sativa Strains.

That being said, there are still some common effects found through many of the top Hybrid weed strains. Some examples include increased appetite, pain relief, nausea control, reduced anxiety, and reduced stress.

How long do the effects of Hybrid Cannabis last?

The length of the high given by Hybrid Cannabis strains, much like with Indica’s and Sativa’s varies hugely depending on the amount consumed and percentage.

To give a rough estimate, expect 2 hours if you smoke the product, and anywhere 4-6 hours if ingested orally.

What is Hybrid Weed Good For?

After looking through and exploring exactly what Hybrid Cannabis is its effects, and its uses, there are many things Hybrid Cannabis is good for

Here are some examples of what Hybrid weed is good for, anxiety, appetite, chronic pain, insomnia, stress, and a number of other effects.