Sativa vs. indica is a major point of contention for many cannabis users -- some feel that stimulating sativas are the way to go, while others tend to gravitate toward insomnia-fighting indicas. For others, your loyalty may not always lie one or the other; perhaps your perspective is a little more situation-based, or maybe you prefer balanced hybrids that fall smack dab in the middle between indica and sativa. The best of both worlds. Today, we look at five Elemental products (accurate as of Sept. 25th, 2018) that toe the 50/50 hybrid line, offering a nice and balanced high, suitable for anytime of day:

A well-balanced hybird (approx. 60/40 Indica), GG#4 generally boasts high THC content, earning the title of ‘One of the World’s Strongest Strains of All Time’ from HERB. Exhibiting obvious Chem influence (Chem Sis x Sour Dubb x Chocolate Diesel), G.G. #4 offers a pleasantly pungent aroma and a palpable sense of mood-enhancement upon consumption.

The ‘Glue’ portion of the strain’s original Gorilla Glue moniker has been rumored to have been inspired by its tendency to ‘glue’ utensils together during trimming; we can’t confirm or deny the validity of this, but we can confirm G.G. #4 is extremely sticky and trichome-dense--a quality grinder is definitely recommended to get the most out of your meds.

Perfect for those who love a sour/fuely flavor profile, and uplifting, yet manageable, effects.

Currently available: GG#4 Legion of Bloom Monarch Cartridge ($39/each), GG#4 Connoisseur Preroll ($14/each)

Blue Dream
Regarded as a crown jewel of West Coast genetics, few strains offer the name recognition Blue Dream boasts. Providing a desirable balance of euphoria and relaxation, BD is often cited as the quintessential example of a '50/50 hybrid,' making it a perfect selection for novice patients.

BD in flower form is visually pleasing and consistent in its appearance: soft, spiky nugs, offering a light green hue throughout, and muted orange hairs intertwined within. The aroma can best be described as subtly sweet, with a hint of earthiness; mildly reminiscent of the scent secreted by Afghani-heavy strains.

Great for nearly any situation!

Currently available: Hashy Larry Blue Dream Cured Wax ($25/half g)

Gelato was introduced to the word by Cookies Fam Genetics, and offers a handful of popular phenotypes (Gelato #33, Gelato #41, Gelato #45, etc.), all weighing in at approximately a 55/45 indica hybrid. Though it’s always benefited from its close association with GSC, Gelato’s firm, chunky purple nugs and potent effects have earned it a myriad of followers from coast to coast. It has secured a plethora of accolades and awards over the years, including Top 10 Best Cannabis Strains of March 2015 by SFGate, Best Vaporizer Strain at the 2017 SoCal Cannabis Cup, Best Skunk at the 2018 HighLife Cup, and more.

One look at Gelato is all it takes to figure out where all the praise comes from: Its large, football-shaped nugs offer differing shades of deep purple throughout; a layer of glistening trichomes coating the exterior and vibrant scarlet-colored hairs poking out from within factor in for an extra ‘WOW’ factor as well. Gelato’s pungent aroma further separates it from its peers, combining hints of sweetness, earthiness, and spiciness to create a truly unique scent that your stash jar may have trouble containing.

Ideal for a relaxing, but functional, day out on the town.

Currently available: Dabblicious Gelato Live Caviar ($65/gram), Select Gelato Cartridge ($60/each), King’s Garden Gelato #33 ($50/8th), Arcturus Gelato Live Sauce ($40/gram), PCG’s Gelato #33 Clone ($16/each)

Diablo OG
Many OG strains are inclined to induce more relaxing and calming effects, but Diablo OG isn’t necessarily one of those. This firey, spicy OG draws its traits in part from its impressive, yet somewhat mysterious genetics: OG Kush x Diablo. Diablo is composed of a combo of Blueberry x Grapefruit x Unknown Africa Sativa -- the landrace sativa characteristics really shine through in the final product, contributing to the aforementioned spicy flavor and discernibly stimulating effects.

But never too stimulating -- Diablo’s OG Kush effects make sure of that, battling against the strong sativa traits to create a potent and balanced experience that won’t leave you too hyped up or lethargic.

Choose Diablo for your next concert or outdoor activity.

Currently available: IC Collective Diablo OG ($50/8th)

Sunset Sherbet
A close relative of previously-mentioned Gelato, Sunset stems from Cookies lineage that’s known for producing potent and balanced effects. While the strain may be the furthest leaning hybrid mentioned (some list it as lopsided as 85% indica, 15% sativa), through personal experience we’ve found the strain’s usually-manageable THC content and sativa influence to create a giddy and sustainable high. goes as far as to say the strain, “[has] an immediate jolt of uplifted cerebral energy that leaves you social and euphoric, accompanied by a relaxing body buzz that leaves you warm and at ease.”

We like Sunset for its refined, Cookies-like flavor and surprisingly balanced effects.

Currently available: Select Sunset Sherbet Cartridge ($60/each), Red Phi Sunset Sherbet Cartridge ($55/each), Nasha Sunset Sherbet Hash ($20/gram)

Be sure to ask your consultant about these (and other) balanced products on your next visit. Hope to see you in soon!