Breaking Down Strain Classifications

Breaking Down Strain Classifications

The type of Delta-8 strain you choose plays a massive role in the overall effects you'll experience.  You might feel pumped, productive, and full of energy.  Alternatively, you could have one that makes you feel more relaxed, laidback, and easy-going.  The typical set of experiences boils down to strain classification, with them being: Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid.

Which strain causes which effect?  And what is the best Delta-8 strain based on your needs?  All these answers and more below; let's dive in.

Is There a Difference?

This is a question often up for debate in both the cannabis and hemp communities.  Some believe the difference between the classifications have become too skewed to see such a difference; whereas other believe one particular classification is exclusively part of hemp whereas the other is exclusively cannabis.

It's still up in the air as to which of the hundreds of studies shows the truth.  We simply go off what people have known and believed for decades.  Let's touch on the key differences between the three classifications.

Sativa Strains

As far as appearances goes, sativa strains are best known to have longer, much-thinner leaves.  It's taller, slimmer, and often has a lot of bright greens or one uniform color.  The effects a sativa provides are invigorating and energizing.  Users report a head high, which delivers an uplifting euphoria.  One might even feel their creative juices flowing and feel more motivated to tackle tasks.  Sativas are typically recommended as a daytime strain for its alertness-promoting effects.

Indica Strains

In contrast, indica strains are the wider, shorter bundles of cannabis.  They're bushier and the leaves are overall shorter than sativas.  An indica is also more likely to have orange tendrils or purple throughout its buds.  Most often, indica strains are used for produced that much-desired body high.  Delta-8 indica strains might not make you feel couch-locked, but they're likely to help you feel relaxed.  They're also known to help stimulate the appetite.  With more sedative-like characteristics, indicas are recommended more for nighttime use.  They promote a mellow high that many use for sleep, pain, and more.

Hybrid Strains

Some people consider hybrids to be the best of both worlds.  As the name might suggest, a hybrid strain is a cross between an indica and a sativa.  Some hybrids lean more towards both classifications but can skew towards a particular direction while still maintaining its hybrid classification.  Think of it as a nice in-between!

Hybrids are the reason some believe there is a lack of pure sativa or pure indica strains out there.  When a breeder typically tries to develop a new strain, a hybrid is what is created.  These strain crosses can vary wildly, creating all new compositions for us to consume.  In fact, a massive number of strains used today are hybrids, at least to some degree.  You'll still notice the difference between a sativa-dominant hybrid and one that's indica-dominant, though.

The Entourage Effect

Discovered in the 1990's the Entourage Effect is a theory that active cannabis (and hemp) compounds can work in synergy together.  When active compounds are consumed at the same time as inactive compounds, it can enhance the overall experience.  Two or more compounds can work together by modulating the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to improve the experience.  This is a better overall option than strictly relying on an isolate compound.

When you get a Delta-8 product, for example, it's more than just Delta-8 that is present in the final product.  You're getting a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes into the mix.  It's a more powerful way to enjoy your delta-8 buzz.  Many users believe an Entourage Effect offers a better experience with less product than with an isolate product by itself.  In short, the Entourage Effect helps the full spectrum you're consuming deliver an even greater effect.  In addition, it is worth noting that the introduction of other compounds can make or break the experience, as well.


Caffeine, for example, may cause the ensuing Entourage Effect to react differently.  Instead of just relying on the content in cannabis and/or hemp, your body is also reacting to the caffeine.  Researchers found low amounts of caffeine results in needing less THC to feel its effects.  Keep in mind, though, that it's a building effect.  If you consume high levels of THC, the body may consistently require high levels of the cannabinoid to achieve the same result.


Like we said, the Entourage Effect happens when cannabis compounds work together.  There's more than just cannabinoids contained within cannabis and hemp, though.

Other compounds, called terpenes are aromatic molecules that make the flavor and taste of each strain.  Each terpene delivers a unique aroma, flavor, and taste, which helps to differentiate each strain; with the perfect terpene combination ultimately determining its experience.

A happy bonus with incorporating terpenes into our Delta-8 products is that a little seems to go even further.  Using less than usual of a product can still go a long way with the right combination of compounds.

How to Choose the Right Delta-8 Strain

We hope you understand more about the differences between Delta-8 strains thanks to this guide.  The Entourage Effect plays a heavy role in how each strain will affect you.  Now, it's time to narrow in on the right strain for your needs.  The first step is to ask yourself these questions to start zooming in on the best Delta-8 THC strain:

  • What are your overall desired effects with Delta-8?
  • Do you want something for use throughout the day?
  • Are you looking for something to use at night?
  • What are your goal with Delta-8?
  • Do you want to feel a buzz, or are you looking for something that doesn't make you feel as high?

These are all valid questions to ask yourself before you pick a strain.  If you are looking for a daytime strain, sativa or sativa-dominant hybrids are two options.  Its energetic appeal makes these both go-to strains for those that want a boost throughout the day.

Expect to feel more focused, productive, and uplifted.

If you're looking for something to help ease you to sleep at night, others use indica, or indica-leaning hybrids achieve greater relaxation.  Indica strains are used often by those trying to finish up their day, thanks to its mellow terpene profiles.

Testing Delta-8 Products

Now that you know more about all the differences, it's time to start testing out different Delta-8 products.  Before you do, we want to help you consider a few other factors.  Though you may know which type you want to try, know that flavor also plays a role.  You might prefer a flavor of Delta-8 even if it's not the type you were looking for.  Pay attention to the flavors associated with each strain so you know what you'll be experiencing during the testing phase.

Finally, pay attention to the recommended dosage on each product.  Start by taking less of the suggested dosage and work your way up from there.  Over time, you'll find the serving size that fits your needs the best.

Just know, it's best to start low and go slow.  This will also help you prevent your Delta-8 tolerance from rising too fast.  Ultimately, this saves you on product, which means you save on money - you and your wallet can thank us later.

Breaking Down the Delta-8 Strain Classifications

Which Eighty Six Brand Delta-8 product is ideal for you?  We offer a variety of sativa, indica, and hybrid strains to give you plenty to choose from.  There are also a variety of Gummies, as well as our new line of Delta-8 edibles, called SUGAR.

Which Delta-8 product calls out to you the most?

Sativa Delta-8 Strains

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