Different Types of Cannabis Strains You Never Knew Existed

While it’s been legal in some states for years now, cannabis strains have only popped up more recently, and more unique strains continue to appear, including some that sprout bizarre and unique variations. We’d wager that there’s a strain out there for everyone.

What makes each kind of weed strain special? Well, imagine you’re standing in front of a dispensary trying to decide which one to buy- wouldn’t it be nice if you knew what was available?

Keep reading for a list of various cannabis species and their most prominent characteristics


Indica is one such strain and is known for its strong physical benefits. It is known for being calming, pain relieving, and sedative. Indica is known to produce a deep bodily effect, providing a feeling of deep relaxation.

This strain is ideal for those looking for relief from stress, pain, and insomnia. Some of the most popular Indica strains include:

  • Afghan Kush
  • Northern Lights
  • Kush
  • Granddaddy Purple

These strains are great for relaxation and pain relief. However, there are many more unique and lesser-known Indica strains. For example, Kosher Kush, also known as the “Jew Gold,” is a unique and potent Indica strain that originated from the land of Israel.

Another is Banana Kush, known for its sweet banana aroma and strong euphoria. Plus, there is the wildly popular G-13, a powerful indicator that is known to be one of the strongest in the world.


Sativa cannabis strain is known for its energizing effects. It is commonly used to help wakefulness, fight depression, create euphoria, and increase focus. It is also popular for its uplifting and optimistic effects.

Sativa plants tend to grow taller than their indica counterparts, with wide, long serrated leaves. Plants can range from light to dark green and are loaded with sticky trichomes. Sativa strains range from tropical and fruity to earthy and sweet and some even have a spicy aroma and flavor.

Sativa strains include:

  • Banana Kush
  • Blue Dream
  • Durban Poison

These strains give effects that are more cerebral and energizing, perfect for daytime activities. Sativa strains can provide relief from stress and depression and may have modest potential for relief from headaches and migraines.


Hybrids are the combination of two or more parent strains and are typically employed to help create a unique flavor and effect perfect for a particular occasion. Examples of such hybrids include OG Kush, a strong and popular hybrid with a distinct flavor dubbed “Kush”.

White Widow, a Sativa-dominant hybrid with invigorating, productive effects; and Durban Poison, a Sativa-dominant hybrid with clean and energetic effects.

Other notable hybrids include Blue Dream, a fruity hybrid ideal for daytime use; Pineapple Express, a hybrid of Hawaiian Sativa and Trainwreck indicia; and Grape Ape, a highly potent hybrid with flavors of grape and skunk. 

One such strain that you might not be aware of is CloudCover. Developed by the breeding team at Crockett Family Farms, CloudCover is a 50/50 hybrid strain that blends Afghani genetics with Black Domina.

Types of Cannabis Strains

From tropical to spicy and fruity, there are an array of cannabis strains that cater to a variety of tastes and needs. Learning more about them can help you to find the best fit for you, so why not do some research today and find a strain perfectly suited to you?

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