Cannabis, like other plants, either exists as a pure breed, or as a hybrid mix of strains. As the industry has commercialized, both pure strains and existing hybrids are continually mixed and remixed. These new plants are known as hybrids.
Hybrids are a man-made attempt at customizing plants with specific kinds of characteristics usually found in ruderalis, sativa, and Indica strains. Successful hybrids inherit the best qualities from their parents.
This is a beginner’s guide to understanding where hybrids come from.
WHAT KINDS OF HYBRID STRAINS ARE THERE?
Generally, there are four types of strains:
Sativa x Sativa: Two different Sativa varieties are bred together.
Indica x Indica: Two different Indica varieties are bred together.
Sativa x Indica: A strain described this way is a hybrid with sativa-dominant characteristics. However, it has traits of both varieties of cannabis. It could be a tall plant with purple buds, for example.
Indica x Sativa: This variety will have characteristics of both, but is indica-dominant.
In addition, auto-flowering hybrids are cultivars that have been mixed somewhere down the line with ruderalis genetics.