What’s The Difference Between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid?

It seems like there are thousands of different cannabis strains (and products) in existence today. If you’re new to the wild world of weed, you may ask yourself, “What’s the difference between indica, sativa, and hybrid products—and why are these terms listed everywhere you look?” Melee Dose has all the answers you’ve been searching for to answer this simple yet complex question.

The answer is each version (or strain) of a cannabis/hemp plant shows specific characteristics as it’s grown, including look, taste, and potential effects. These unique qualities help to determine which category the strain will fall under sativa, indica, or hybrid. Technically there are 5 categories if you include sativa-leaning hybrids and indica-leaning hybrids. But for the purpose of this article, we are going to focus on the main three.

What’s the Difference Between an Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strain?

Today, many canna-curious people will tell you that the main difference between indica, sativa, and hybrid products is their effects. While this is the most common distinction in the current cannabis space, it’s not completely accurate. In reality, the difference between indica, sativa, and hybrid strains has more to do with their growth patterns and genetic linkage than the effects alone. Over time, categorized strains such as Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid allowed people to identify their favorite strains and predict the potential effects in a quick and easy fashion.

But the truth is, the more we research cannabis, the more we uncover that a strain’s cannabinoid and terpene profiles have more to do with its potential effects than the plant’s growth structure alone. While this may be true, we don’t foresee the cannabis industry revamping its naming conventions any time soon. So, to make sure you’re prepared to pick the perfect products to meet your needs, let’s dive in a little deeper about the differences between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains.

What is a Sativa?

Physically speaking, Sativa plants tend to be long/tall and have thinner leaves. Strains that fall under this category come from Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. Buds from Sativa plants are often thinner and less dense than their counterparts.

Sativa strains often produce effects that might make you feel floaty, happy, and ready to tackle any challenge life throws your way. These strains are usually preferred for a wake-and-bake sesh or middle-of-the-day pick-me-up. Sativas might be especially effective for people who are planning on being active, social, or creative.

If you’re looking for a Sativa to get your gears going, we recommend trying the Melee Dose Watermelon Mimosa Disposable Vape. This Sativa-dominant cannabinoid blend combines the light notes of your favorite brunch cocktail with the fruitiness of watermelon for an aroma and taste as invigorating as the potential stress-relieving and energizing effects.

What is an Indica?

When they are compared to Sativas, Indica strains have wider leaves and shorter stalks overall. Indica strains originated in harsher climates, like India and Afghanistan, and produce denser nugs than their counterparts.

Indica strains are often sought after for their potentially intense body-focused effects that might leave you melting into the couch. If you’re looking for the perfect nightcap, products made from potentially sedative Indica strains might be just what you need. Melee Dose uses a unique and proprietary cannabinoid blend in our Indica products. This allows us to harness the power of hemp-based THC and strain-specific terpenes for potentially better relaxation and sleep. These potent products may leave you toasted and posted a few galaxies away. So take it slow— a little goes a long way.

What is a Hybrid?

Most of the strains you come into contact with today fall under the “Hybrid” category.  Hybrids are created when growers cross an Indica strain and a Sativa strain together. These balanced cultivars might offer the best of both worlds when it comes to their potential effects. However, the term “Hybrid” also covers the widest spectrum of strains and includes everything ranging from indica-dominant, to sativa-dominant hybrids, and everything in between.

If you want to potentially experience a wave of joy and euphoria, Melee Dose offers an extensive line of Hybrid products for you to try. Our unique hybrid cannabinoid blends might offer consumers calming and euphoric effects to help you unlock creative blocks, block out anxieties, and unwind with intoxicating bliss. Products sold under this category might offer a mild/moderate head high, slight body heaviness and relaxation, and tantalizing terp profiles that will make your mouth water.

Fine-Tune Your Experience

Everyone is looking for something specific out of their cannabis journey. In order to set yourself up for the best possible experience with THC products, it’s vital to be aware of how you are trying to feel. Since different strains might offer different effects, it can be hard to find the right one every time. To make things easier on yourself, our experts recommend that you start to make note of the distinctive cannabinoid and terpene profiles of your favorite strains. You can use these to narrow down alternative options that fit your specific needs. 

If you still have questions about the differences between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains, our experienced team is here to help. You can visit our FAQs to see some popular questions from our customers, or can contact our team for personalized support.


With so many strains to choose from, consumers rely on terms like Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid to help make the shopping process easier. But if you’re looking to fine-tune your experience as much as possible, you might want to start shopping based on your preferred terpene and cannabinoid profiles instead.

At Melee Dose, we are constantly impressed with the magic harnessed in hemp-derived cannabinoids and pride ourselves on providing premium products to our customers, at affordable prices. Not to mention the art of perfectly capturing the strain-specific flavor of a famous weed strain to put into our premium disposables. Check out our customer reviews to see other people’s experiences with our products, or visit our online store to start shopping today.

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