Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid at BC Cannabis Stores

What’s the difference between indica, sativa, and hybrid cannabis?

Generally known by its Latin name, Cannabis sativa, cannabis has historically been thought of as consisting of at least two types, indica and sativa, which are believed to differ in terms of places of origin, height, and leaf shape. Hybridization and other selective breeding has made it more difficult to generalize about these groups in terms of effects, however there are recognized differences between the two types.


  • Generally higher in THC, also contains CBD
  • Often contains high concentrations of terpenes like myrcene
  • Originated in present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan, particularly in the Hindu Kush mountain region



  • Generally lower in THC, sativa strains are bred for industrial hemp products such as paper or textiles
  • Often high in terpenes like limonene
  • Originated in present-day Southeast Asia, and equatorial regions in South and Central America



Most strains available today are hybrids, a genetic cross between indica and sativa plants. They are purpose-bred to yield specific characteristics from their parents.


Know the facts:

In Canada, it is illegal to produce or distribute products that contain synthetic cannabis. Cannabis products sold in BC Cannabis Stores are derived from cannabis plants. Health Canada warns that using any synthetic preparations of cannabis can put you at risk for severe health effects.

Remember, what works for others may not work for you. Educating yourself and cautious experimentation will help you find your way.

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