What is a Marijuana Strain?

What is a marijuana strain? In simple terms, a strain is a variety of marijuana. The strain can be an Indica strain, a Sativa strain, or a hybrid strain. Strains are for customizing the CBD and THC levels as well as specific terpenes.

This is where Medical Marijuana has most of its edge over street weed. You can often find a strain that works well on your symptoms. You may even find that you favor one strain during the day and another for evening or night.

NOTE: Strains will become more important when we win the full right to the bud, or flower, here in Florida.

Three Types of Marijuana plus Hybrids

There are three types of cannabis species: Indica, Sativa, or Ruderalis. Ruderalis is a wilder, smaller plant. It is sometimes adapted in hybrids (two species bred to have certain characteristics). Since you will mostly hear of Indicas, Sativas, or Hybrids, we will leave Ruderalis for another day.


Cannabis Indica

The Indica type is a shorter plant, with broader leaves and a shorter flowering cycle. They tend to have a higher yield and grow faster. It’s likely to have more CBD and lower THC than Sativas.

Some typical characteristics and expectations of Indicas:Indica Leaf Example

  • relaxation
  • pain relief
  • nausea relief
  • increased appetite
  • increased dopamine levels
  • sleep aid
  • body “high”


Cannabis Sativa

Sativas are taller plants with a smaller yield. The leaves are longer and more fingerlike. They take more light and time to become mature plants. Sativas tend to have higher THC levels and lower CBD levels.

Sativa Leaf ExampleSome typical characteristics and expectations of Sativas:

  • anti-depressant
  • chronic pain relief
  • anxiety relief
  • improved focus
  • creativity elevations
  • increased serotonin levels
  • head “high”



Hybrids are Indica and Sativa plants bred together. As a result, breeding them together allows a desired combination of effects. You may have heard about Cathy’s Strain, created here in Florida for Cathy Jordan by her husband. Cathy has ALS and has used illegal medical marijuana since 1989. She was part of the recent trial for the right to smoke medicinal marijuana.


If you have used MM in other states, do you miss having a specific strain available? We want to hear about it, so drop us a comment.


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