The effects of the many different strains of cannabis are as varied as the needs of the people who use them. For many users, recreational and medical alike, hybrid strains offer the best of both worlds. As expert breeders gain more knowledge and ability over the years, the get better and better at selecting for desirable traits in their strains. The end result is strains with more benefits and fewer drawbacks. Growers choose the best Indica and Sativa strains and breed them into super strains to capture the best traits of both parents. This is a long, complicated process, and it takes years of effort to produce the very best hybrids. Hybrids can be Indica-dominant, Sativa-dominant, or true 50/50 or balanced hybrids, and the benefits and effects they produce will typically match their dominant strain, although they'll also be tempered by the presence of the other strain. To have the very best possible experience and the maximum medical benefits from your marijuana, it's important to choose the right marijuana strain. There are more than 1,000 unique Cannabis strains out there now, most of them at least slight hybrids. Sativa-dominant hybrids typically offer a more cerebral high that leans toward the creative, energized side. These effects are tempered by a little extra body relaxing influence from the presence of Indica. 50/50 or balanced hybrids are perfect for people who really want an equal dose of body and mind effects, for a mental and physical high. Indica-dominant hybrids tend to produce a stronger, deeper body stone and are favored by those looking for pain relief or sleep inducement.