Stoner Dictionary | Hybrid

Hybrid: noun 1. a type of marijuana that is a cross between two or more different strains either sativa, indica, or a sativa and an indica

Example: “California Orange is my favorite hybrid strain.”

When it comes to Mary Jane there are two main types found in the world: there is cannabis sativa, which is grown naturally in more tropical regions of the world such as Southeast Asia and Panama, and then there is cannabis indica. Originally found in India, it is also found in the more mountainous regions of the U.S. as well as the Middle East. When these two species are crossed, they produce what is called a hybrid. Hybrids provide the best of both types of weed. The exciting rush and burst of laughter sativa brings to the table and the deep thinking and relaxing effects of indica can both be felt in hybrid cannabis. A hybrid plant is a marijuana cross breed that creates one plant and has both properties. Today hybrids are loved by many smokers and are often preferred to the more pure forms. Depending on the cross, however, there will be indica dominant hybrids and sativa dominant hybrids. Rarely is there a perfect 50/50 hybrid. In some dominant hybrids, either the indica or sativa will have the predominant effect. In some indica dominant hybrids, for example, the sativa will not be felt at all and it is as if one is smoking a pure indica.

This depends from strain to strain, as there are many different and complex hybrid strains out there.

Ideally, one wants to find a hybrid that has the perfect balance of indica and sativa. If you are a marijuana connoisseur and like to know what is in your hybrid and the indica versus sativa percentage, your best bet is going to a medical marijuana dispensary (if your state allows it) and communicate with your budtender. Budtenders are trained to know what the crosses are as well as which one is dominant and the effects it will have on you, whether you smoke recreationally or medicinally. Another, somewhat misconstrued, type of hybrid is the double sativa or double indica hybrid. Blue Haze, for example, is a Blue Dream crossed with a Silver Haze. While both of the strains are sativas making this strain 100% sativa, it is technically a hybrid as it took two different plants to create. Many dispensaries and vendors will classify strains like these as either indica or sativa. They do not do this to confuse or because they do not know that it is a hybrid, but simply for the convenience of their patients. Dispensaries and vendors divide their products into indica, sativa and hybrid. It is natural to think that if the strain is in the hybrid category, that it is a cross between both sativa and indica.

This method of classification is most efficient for the patient as it gives him or her a better idea of the desired effects of the strain.

So even if one is smoking a double indica cross, it may be a hybrid but it will smoke as a pure indica. Something to think about next time you’re at your local dispensary!

Pure VS Hybrid

Pure VS Hybrid; Stoner Guide

More strains of marijuana are introduced to the market every day. Growers are always creating and breeding new strains of cannabis, giving the consumer hundreds of different choices. Cannabis is grouped in to two different catagories; sativa and indica. Mixing these two different types create a hybrid, a plant which contain characteristics from a sativa strain and an indica strain. There are large differences between the pure strains and the hybrid strains. Some stoners will only smoke pure strains rather than hybrids.


The hybrids are definitely more of a common type of cannabis, easier to find in illegal places rather than pure strains. Another argument for the pros of hybrids is that they can be stronger than pure strains, since combining two extremely strong cannabis strains can make an even stronger result. This is a goal that many growers try to achieve, probably why the amount of hybrid weed available is so high. The cons of the mixing of strains is that there are some stoners who believe that mixing the two genes are completely ruining the cannabis gene pool and that strains should never be combined.


Pure strains are sought after because they are incredibly rare. A pure strain of sativa will allow users to get an active high, wanting to get things done as opposed to the indica strains, the kind of cannabis that locks you to the couch for hours. By not mixing the two, one can receive the full effects of that specific type of cannabis. There are some people who believe that the strains should always remain pure and that’s how they are suppose to be enjoyed. The pure indicia and sativa strains are especially loved because they are so rare. Having a hard to find strain can give you some status in the cannabis world, especially when you meet up with your buddies to smoke and you have the best weed out of the group!


Even though some stoners don’t think that the strains should be mixed, it’s good that growers and breeders are experiencing with new ideas. With more blends will come more strains that can help patients that need both sativa and indica qualities in their medicine. While sativa strains allow the user to go about their day without the tiring effects of indica, the latter prevents and stops pain. Combining the two strains can only benefit those patients that need cannabis to function during their daily activities.

Pure VS Hybrid; Stoner Guide