We are in the middle of what is looking like a revolution in the cannabis industry. The marijuana market is fast-becoming one of the largest industries in the world today and is only poised for rapid growth because of the legalization of weed use and cultivation for recreational and medical purposes in a few major states in America and in Canada. And the surprising part is that the growth we are talking about here only concerns the legal marijuana market. The black market side of cannabis is estimated to be much larger.
In that sense, one of the ways you can take advantage of the rise of the cannabis market is to cultivate your own marijuana strains in the comforts of your own property. But since the number of marijuana plants you are legally allowed to grow tends to be limited, you might want to make the most out of your cannabis garden by using a good sativa-indica combo. What that means is that you might want to grow the best sativas and the best indicas together at the same time instead of having to choose only one species of marijuana so that you can take better advantage of the rising demand in the market today.
But the one thing you have to consider now is which sativa and which indicas are the best to grow and why growing one such sativa strain together with a certain indica is the best combination for you. To that end, it is essential for us to learn more about the top sativas and the top indicas to grow in the market today.
- Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel is a cult classic in the cannabis community because of its great combination of attributes. It is a positive and energizing strain that has unknown origins. Nevertheless, its genetics have led to the rise of offsprings that have great attributes. That said, Sour Diesel has become one of the most legendary strains in today’s cannabis market.
When it comes to taste, there is nothing that is really surprising about Sour Diesel. It really lives up to its name as a sour strain that has a chemical-like scent that is undeniably skunky and musky and with a bit of orange-like zest. The taste is also unmistakably sour and harsh on your throat. As unappealing as its scent and flavor profile sounds like, Sour Diesel is a terrific strain to use because of how great it is at uplifting your mood and providing you with a good amount of energy.
Sour Diesel grows well when cultivated in a climate that is quite warm and humid. As such, you may want to grow indoors to control the conditions that are best for it to thrive in. This strain takes an average of 10 weeks to grow and is a moderately rewarding plant.
- Jack Herer
Jack Herer is a strain that was named after one of the most prominent figures in the cannabis community.
In terms of its taste and aroma, Jack Herer has a profile that is pretty zesty and citrusy in nature. The taste will remind of orange or lemons a bit but also has an unmistakable dankness underneath its nature as a citrusy strain. Meanwhile, its effects are more energetic than relaxing as it boosts your mental focus to provide an uplifted and inspired mood that is perfect for those who want to get something done in an efficient and quick way. Sometimes, you will be able to feel a relaxing tingle all over your body but not to the point of making you feel lazy.
Jack Hererthrives well in warm and humid climates that are close to being tropical. In such a case, make sure to control the conditions well when you are growing indoors to make sure that it grows really well. Jack Herer can be a pretty tall plant that needs about 10 weeks to be ready for harvesting.
- Durban Poison
Durban Poison is a pure sativa strain that is native to the city of Durban, which is found in Africa. It isn’t a landrace strain but it has qualities that are similar to landraces in the sense that it is commonly found in the wild. And, despite having the word “poison” in its name, it is anything but poisonous to you.
In terms of its taste, Durban Poison is pretty close to how classic cannabis strains taste like. It is dank and pretty skunky but it does have a bit of sweetness underneath its dominant skunky flavors. Meanwhile, it has a pretty clean energizing effect that will not make your mind race. Instead, it comes with a manageable high that is entirely cerebral but not too strong to the point of making you feel a bit crazy.
Durban Poison is a time-tested strain that is easy to cultivate because of its stable genetics. This plant can grow too tall heights of over 12 feet and is best cultivated out in the open especially when the climate is warm and sunny. Expect Durban Poison to be ready for harvest in about 8 to 9 weeks making it a pretty quick-growing sativa.
- Pineapple Express
If you happen to know a bit about marijuana, you would know that Pineapple Express is a pretty popular strain in the west mainly because of the Hollywood film (starring Seth Rogen and James Franco) named after it. As the film depicts, Pineapple Express is a pretty potent strain that no one should ever take lightly. However, unlike what the film shows, it is not as difficult to manage.
True to its name, Pineapple Express comes with a tropical theme in its flavor. It smells and tastes like fresh-cut and ripe pineapples that are really appealing. Its effects are just as appealing as well because of how this powerful strain makes you feel creative and talkative at the same time while also providing you with a good buzz of energy you could use to do things productively.
Growing Pineapple Express is not the most difficult task to do so long as you are cultivating it indoors, where you could make sure that it gets the best conditions needed for it to thrive well. It is a quick-growing plant that will take only about 8 weeks to fully be ready for harvest.
- Amnesia Haze
Amnesia Haze is a world-class sativa that is popular all over the Netherlands because of how it has already become a fixture in the Dutch coffee shop scene. While the name might scare you a bit, this strain will not make you forget about your memories. Instead, it is great at making you forget any of your worries and problems.
There are not a lot of things special about Amnesia Haze’s flavor except that it is very earthy in nature. Nevertheless, what is really unforgettable about this strain are its effects. It instantly puts a smile on your face especially because of how potent it is of a sativa. Moreover, it comes with an energizing and uplifting buzz that will keep you smiling for hours because of its long-lasting effects.
Amnesia Haze isn’t a very tall sativa and also is not a very difficult plant to grow. As a sativa, it needs to be in climates that are quite warm so that it can thrive well. Amnesia Haze has a long flowering time of about 10 to 11 weeks and has a moderate yield.
- Hindu Kush
One of the most respected indicas on the planet is the Hindu Kush, which is a landrace strain that obviously comes from the Hindu Kush mountain range. What makes it a really great indica in its genetics, which became the genetic backbone of many of the indica marijuana and hybrid strains we see today. It led to the birth of OG Kush and Master Kush, which are both considered great indicas in their own right.
Hindu Kush has a sweet yet traditional kind of marijuana taste in the sense that it tends to be dank and hashy at times. Nevertheless, there are hints of spices underneath its initial flavor. And when it comes to its effects, this classic landrace delivers a slow yet steady kind of high that courses its way through your body to deliver a relaxing high. At this point, you will feel your mind spacing out as your body gives up to the great sedating high it delivers.
Growing Hindu Kush is not a difficult task especially when grown indoors so long as you give it the cold climate it demands. True to its nature as an indica, it is a short and stock plant that you can trust to be manageable in terms of height. Hindu Kush flowers in about eight weeks or even earlier at times.
- Granddaddy Purple
Another all-time great indica is Granddaddy Purple or GDP. While it was only introduced to the market back in 2003, it has already reached legendary status and is now one of the most popular indica strains on the planet because of its combination of taste, effects, and yield.
GDP has a grape-like aroma and flavor profile that it got from Purple Urkle, one of its parents. In that sense, it is a very delicious strain that delivers effects that are equally delightful. It has a body buzz that is unlike any other because of how it delivers a soothing and relaxing high that lets your mind and body float away to the clouds. However, it can be quite powerful and will surprise beginners who are brave enough to take more than two straight tokes.
Indoor growing best suits GDP so that you can control the climate it requires to grow huge buds. Because of its Big Bud genetics, it is a very generous strain that yields a heavy harvest in about 10 or so weeks.
- Skywalker OG
Skywalker OG is the offspring of Skywalker and OG Kush. With genetics such as those, it surely is a great strain that delivers effects so relaxing that it will take you to the sky. On top of that, Skywalker OG is one of the most powerful strains out there and can easily top 26% when it comes to THC levels.
This strain’s taste and aroma are not exactly very appealing. It tends to be very pungent with notes of diesel and earthiness that is almost herbal in nature. However, it more than makes up for it with effects that are so potent and strong at relieving you of any stress and pain that you will forget that it isn’t a very delicious strain.
Skywalker OG is a bit of a challenge to grow because it can get a bit too unpredictable. However, if you manage to give it what it wants, you will get a high-yielding plant that flowers only about 7 to 9 weeks.
- Northern Lights
Northern Light is an all-time great bud that has won multiple awards and has since become one of the best indicas on the planet when it was introduced to the market. It is particularly popular on the west coast and is a strain that delivers the classic indica effects one can expect from a legendary name in the cannabis world.
While this strain is a bit pungent and reminiscent of traditional and classic earthy cannabis buds, it does have its appeal and can be sweet as candy at times. It also has hints of citrus that go well with its great indica effects. As an indica, it delivers a deep type of relaxation that is difficult to match. However, what makes it unique is that it can also be euphoric at times because of Northern Lights’ sativa side.
Northern Lights is moderately easy to grow but it needs to be grown in climates or conditions suitable for pure indicas. Also, Northern Lights won’t reward you with a heavy yield but it is a plant that promises to give you high-quality buds that are perfect for recreational and medicinal use.
- Grape Ape
Grape Ape is an indica strain that can trace its roots to the Afghani and Skunk lines. As such, it carries the striking hints of purple color that is common among Afghani marijuana strains. At the same time, it also lives up to its purple color because of its grape-like flavors. And what also makes this strain as popular as it is are its THC levels, which can reach well over 25%.
When it comes to its taste, you should not be surprised with how Grape Ape really tastes like grapes. It might be pungent at first but it has a taste that is very similar to grape-flavored candy. Of course, its indica effects give you that spacey kind of sensation that will ultimately lull you into a deep mental and physical relaxation.
Grape Ape is a strain that is resistant to diseases and pests. It also is a pretty short plant that stays somewhere near 4 feet tall. However, it is better left grown indoors especially if you are a novice grower. Grape Ape is a quick-flowering plant that will yield a good harvest in about 7 to 8 weeks only.
How to Choose the Right Combination of Sativa and Indica Strains
This part is not an exact science because it still mainly depends on your preferences and the type of marijuana strains you want to grow. And given how different the conditions needed by sativas and indicas are, it might be a challenge for novice growers to grow them both at the same time. Nevertheless, it is possible.
There are different factors to consider first. One important thing you need to look at is the climate they require. While sativas and indicas can thrive in climates they are not used to, it is better for you to find a compromise between warm and cold temperatures. Humidity is also a concern especially if one of the strains you are growing tends to be susceptible to molds.
Another factor to look at is how fast these strains grow. Sativas tend to grow taller even when grown at the same time with indicas. As such, these taller plants might prevent indicas from getting enough light. So, in such a case, go for strains that are a bit close to one another in terms of height. While the sativa strain will surely dwarf your indica, you can still try to train them to grow at the same height so that you will not have any problems when it comes to how much light your indica is getting.
Again, choosing a good combination of sativas and indicas to grow at the same time boils down to your preferences and to your confidence and knowledge in marijuana cultivation. However, you should also look at certain factors when it comes to choosing which sativas to grow with a certain indica or vice versa.