Nov 18, 2016 12:10 PM

What Should You Choose for Growing: Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid Cannabis?

Growing cannabis is not only rewarding; it can also bring you lots of positive emotions. Watching how a single tiny seed becomes a huge awesome plant with beautiful leaves and flowers is similar to raising a child.

Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid Cannabis

However, just like with any kid, you may face some problems. Some of the issues, like pests, mold, or root rot, can be solved on the way, but others, like choosing the wrong kind of strain, can really spoil the whole time of expectation. Luckily, you can always select which strain suits your conditions and demands best.

Indicas, sativas, and all possible variations in between can surely provide you with a wide selection. That is why it is so important to know the difference between all these kinds of cannabis and to make a choice before you get the seeds or clones.

5 Types of Strains for Different Growing Goals
5 Types of Strains for Different Growing Goals
If you have decided to grow your own cannabis medicine, you first have to know what you need. Are you planning to have great yields or fast-growing plants? Do you need a high-CBD or THC-rich herb? Will you grow cannabis inside or outside? All these factors are important to consider before buying your first cannabis strain.

Growing indica marijuana strains

Plants: short, conical, broad leaflets, bushy type

Flowering time: short (around 50 days)

Yield: medium to high

THC>CBD

Effects: relaxing, sedative, calming

Relieved Symptoms: anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, sleep disorders, chronic pain, muscle spasms, cramps

It is considered that Cannabis indica takes its origin from the mountain areas, where the climate is harsh and the weather tends to change a lot depending on the season. That is why indica cannabis plants have a shorter flowering period and a densely branched structure―this allows the plant to get maximum sunlight in a shorter period and to get ripe before the cold winter time arrives.

That is why growers like to cultivate indica strains: they are a nice fit for outdoor gardens in a temperate climate, and if they are grown indoors, indicas allow to get more cycles per year. The small height allows to fit your garden in pretty much any growing room, as well as in growing boxes.

As for the effects of indica, it is definitely less euphoric than sativa and mostly used for relaxation. It provides that famous “body buzz” that can calm you down after a stressful day and relieve pain, including migraines and muscle pain after a hard workout.

Why Are Autoflowering Cannabis Strains So Popular?
Why Are Autoflowering Cannabis Strains So Popular?
If ten years ago someone said that autoflowering cannabis strains would be as popular as they are now, most of the growers would never believe that. However, this “way to fame” was not easy.

Growing sativa marijuana strains

Plants: tall, poorly branched, long narrow leaves

Flowering time: long (around 70 days)

Yield: low

THC<CBD

Effects: cerebral, uplifting, euphoric, creative

Relieved Symptoms: depression, mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, fatigue

Cannabis sativa takes its origin from the equatorial areas, where the sunlight is abundant and the heat is harsh. That is why the leaves of sativas are thin―this way, the plant can evaporate less of the precious water.

Sativas are generally quite tall—they can sometimes reach 2,5 meters (100 inches), which makes them not suitable for indoor growing. However, this problem can be solved by applying special techniques that correct the height of the plant, such as SCROG or SOG. On the other hand, indicas feel good in growing rooms, where the temperature is constantly high, or in outside gardens if you live in a hot climate.

The yield of sativa is usually lower than that of indicas. However, it is sativa that brings you a guaranteed strong cerebral effect that can make you happy and euphoric. It comes in handy if you need to treat any mood disorders or depression.

Choosing Best Cannabis Strains for Growing: Part 1
Choosing Best Cannabis Strains for Growing: Part 1
Once you decide to grow cannabis yourself, the first thing you need to do is to choose a strain. And here you may face a problem: the choice is so big that at some point it can be almost impossible to go in favor of one kind of the plant and put aside the others.

Growing hybrid marijuana strains

Plants: all kinds of sizes and leaf forms

Flowering time: about 60 days

Yield: medium to high

Effects: depend on the dominant landrace

Relieved Symptoms: depend on the dominant landrace

This is where the magic of the cannabis cultivation takes place: hybrid strains can offer growers an almost endless variety of different combinations of properties. They can have a shorter flowering period but at the same time provide you with a strong cerebral high. They can help you treat chronic pain but have a typical sativa bud appearance.

Nowadays, the biggest part of the cannabis market belongs to hybrids. They usually are more suitable for both indoor and outdoor growing and generally are well-balanced to provide you benefits of both sativa and indica.

Most hybrids lean towards either indica or sativa, and that can help you understand how this strain should be handled and what you can expect from it.

Comments
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Choosing Best Cannabis Strains for Growing: Part 2
Once you have chosen the kind of seeds or clones you need, it is time to move on to other choices. The strain that fits you best should also fit your growing room or the conditions in your plat. Therefore, let us have a look at the properties you should take into account when designing your future cannabis garden.
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Choosing Best Cannabis Strains for Growing: Part 1
Once you decide to grow cannabis yourself, the first thing you need to do is to choose a strain. And here you may face a problem: the choice is so big that at some point it can be almost impossible to go in favor of one kind of the plant and put aside the others.
Jul 11, 2016 9:20 AM