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By Contributing Author Stella Kirobi for Zaftyg Magazine. In this article Stella writes about the difference between Indica, Sativa and Hybrid in celebration of 420 for Zaftyg Magazine!

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What Is The Difference Between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid?

With the legalization of marijuana spreading like wildfire, everyone is talking about the cannabis plant. But what most people do not know is that the cannabis plant exists in three different sub-species, Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid. The difference between these species goes down to their distinctive properties and effects. As such, most buyers often face a common dilemma in deciding which strain will best meet their medicinal, recreational, and skincare needs.  

CBD oil, an extract of the Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa, is a women’s favorite thanks to its natural skincare properties in treating acne, eczema, and psoriasis while intensively nourishing the skin. Zaftyg will have these natural skincare products to keep your skin nourished and regenerate sensitive and tired skin. 

Indica Vs. Sativa Vs. Hybrid

Below we dive into the breakdown of these species and the main differences between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid. But first, here is a general guideline that while the Indica strain provides you a sedative relaxing effect, the Sativa strain gives an uplifting cerebral head high, and Hybrids will give you the best of both worlds. 


Cannabis Sativa

There is no sneaking around with this strain as it grows rather big and can reach up to 20 feet in several instances, making it only ideal for outdoor growing. Its leaves develop into long, slender, narrow fingers and its seeds are tender without any marks or spots while its branches spread out and grow upwards. Do not expect to harvest this plant fast as it takes its time to flower and fully mature, anywhere between 10-16 weeks. With such an extended flowering period, you can expect increased yields come harvest time. 

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Cannabis Sativa is best taken in the morning when you want to stay up and active throughout the day as it enhances your energy, increases your creativity, and opens your mind to fresh and innovative ideas. The high levels of THC and the low CBD levels it contains could explain these effects. Sativa is highly effective in alleviating depression, fatigue, ADD symptoms, and mood swings. Oil extracted from this strain’s seeds and stalks is used in skincare products to intensively moisturize and nourish the skin while diminishing scars, wrinkles, and skin dullness. 

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Cannabis Indica

When you want to grow Cannabis indoors, Indica would be your ideal choice as it generally grows short (3-6 feet), and bushy with rounded, thick and healthy leaves. You will harvest this strain much sooner than Sativa as it has a smaller flowering cycle. Indica is a stoner’s most cherished strain as it sends your whole body into a place of relaxation, and its high CBD levels will definitely take you far beyond the regular high.  

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You will prefer to go for Indica dominant strain after a long day to induce relaxation of muscles, calm anxiety, and better relieve headaches and migraines. Consuming Indica at night just before bed will help you shut down any problems/worries while drawing you into a good night’s sleep. CBD oil derived from Cannabis Indica has incredible prowess when it comes to skincare. It is potentially effective in fighting acne, and its anti-inflammatory properties help with skin swelling and soreness. 

Hybrid Cannabis

Hybrid Cannabis is commonly known as Cannabis Ruderalis. It is a relatively rare species that you will seldom hear anyone mention. Hybrid Cannabis is a result of cross-breeding Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica – hence, it provides you with stabilized effects of both strains. So, if you want both mind and body effects, Hybrid it is. 


Note that while a ‘pure’ Hybrid has balanced mixed effects of both Sativa and Indica, there are some other Hybrids that can be either Indica or Sativa dominant. This means that the strain will express greater effects of the dominant strain with less of the secondary strain. If you are a beginner, Cannabis Hybrid will be your go-to strain to help you discover how cannabis makes you feel and what effects your body can best tolerate. This strain grows short, between 20-25 inches in height, and it has an exceptionally early and speedy flowering cycle. 

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The difference in the effects of Cannabis species is dependent on the strains, cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds. Cannabis is taking up the beauty world, and it’s being used widely in women’s skincare products that are poised to improve your skincare routine to an advanced level. Lucky for you, Zaftyg has many of these products, and you can easily access them through the Zaftyg Magazine. 

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