Cannabis farmers are constantly pursuing the goal of using new, highly potent strains with exceptional genetics and the best possible properties from several strains and combining them into one: the cannabis hybrids. Many of the cannabis varieties on the market are these so-called hybrids; this means they are the product of a cross between several cannabis species.
Although the three species Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis belong to different cannabis families, they can all be crossed with each other. Medicinal potential, high THC levels, and the ability to thrive in specific growing conditions are just a few of the traits sought. By selectively crossing, for example, Cannabis Sativa or Indica with Cannabis Ruderalis, which has the resilience and auto-flowering attribute, an attempt is made to bring together the best of the three species.
It means that many strains now share traits from multiple families. As a result, you can find potent hybrids where the effect and the yields can increase. Another goal of cannabis growers is often to create a strain that exhibits robustness and lack of susceptibility to disease.
It often results in an Indica-dominant strain that exhibits an uplifting high (as is typical of a Sativa plant) or a Sativa-dominant strain that shows a rapid flowering time of an Indica. For example, Indica-dominant plants can retain their growth traits while exhibiting a Sativa cannabinoid profile (such as CBD or THC levels). By bringing together different genetic lines, the possibilities for crossbreeding and, therefore, hybridization between species of cannabis are almost endless, so one must assess the properties and subsequent effects individually. The majority of cannabis strains on the market today are hybrids.