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Just like how there are different forms of CBD, there are different types of cannabis. Cannabis strains are broken up into three distinct types: indica, sativa, and hybrid. All three strains have the usual medical benefits associated with cannabis, but produce different reactions. Many states have legalized medical marijuana, but not all. Be sure to follow your states guidelines and only purchase strains and distillates from a licensed and reputable dispensary. 

Here is a quick overview of their differences: 

  • Indica strains are believed to be physically sedating
    • They are believed to be perfect for relaxing, helping you sleep, calming nerves, anxiety, and stress. 
  • Sativas are said to provide invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects 
    • This strain is perfect to get you in the right mindset for exercise, a concert or party, festival, creative projects, or a fun night out
  • Hybrids fall somewhere in between the two

While the above is the general rule, it’s not always true. The type of cannabis is not predictive of how it will affect you overall. When you get asked which of these you prefer, indicate your preference, but also ask if these strands will produce any other effects. 

All of the strains can be made into distillates as well, which are then vaped instead of smoked. The process may slightly alter the effects based on the additives and THC content, so be sure to check the label and do your research. 

If you want to know what distillate is right for your vape, contact us at DC Alchemy. We’ll point you in the right direction and provide you with premium next-generation vaping technology if your current cart doesn’t cut it. 

The effects of any given cannabis strain depend on a number of different factors, including how many terpenes and cannabinoids are in it, as well as your tolerance level, dose you take, and how you choose to take it. 


Cannabinoids are a naturally occurring chemical compound in the cannabis plant that are said to have healing benefits. They work by binding to your body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates your body’s central and peripheral nervous systems, and the immune system. 

Cannabinoids bind to your body’s cannabinoid receptors and are believed to naturally optimize the system. 

The cannabis plant has over 100 of these chemicals. The most popular are THC and CBD


Terpenes are the atomic compounds in cannabis. They’re not exclusive to the cannabis plant either — lavender, oranges, hops, and peppers have them too! They are, essentially, used as an aroma that relaxes or invigorates your mind and body. 

There are many terpenes in cannabis are myrcene, caryophyllene, limonene, and terpinolene. They are not terpenoids, which is commonly used interchangeably. A terpenoid is derived from terpenes. 

If you’re familiar with aromatherapy, the benefits of that are produced by terpenes too!

Indica Cannabis

Indica cannabis strains are believed to help someone relax. They usually produce full-body effects, meaning you will feel it all over. This is desirable for those who are looking to calm their anxiety, fight insomnia, or just relax. 

Traditionally, indica strains have higher levels of CBD and less THC to promote its calming effects. The higher doses of CBD can help reduce nausea, lessen pain, and help your appetite. 

Because of it’s relaxing properties, it’s best taken at night or when you need to chill out for long periods of time. 

Three popular indica strains are Hindu Kush, Afghan Kush, and Granddaddy Purple.

Sativa Cannabis

Unlike Indica, Sativa does not produce a full-body feeling. Instead, it usually stays in the users head to create an invigorating joly of energy that increases focus and creativity, while decreasing anxiety (in some users) and stress. It’s best used when you need to hype yourself up for a festival, or boost your creativity. 

Because of this, Sativa strains usually have less CBD and more THC. Users can expect to feel more THC side effects, including paranoia, anxiety, and dry mouth. 

Sativa is usually taken during the day or if you’re in for a long night. 

Three popular sativa strains are Acapulco Gold, Panama Red, and Durban Poison.

Hybrid Cannabis

As mentioned above, hybrid strains are a combination of each. While it doesn’t make sense to combine something that integrates you with something that’s meant to help you relax, it works in practice. Hybrid strains are made from crossing breeding indica and sativa strains and share properties of both. 

Because of the shared genetics, there is no one way to describe hybrid strains. If you’re in the market for them, check the label for their effects and health benefits and ask the licensed seller. 

Some popular hybrid strains are Blue Dream, Wedding Cake, and Gelato.