Sunday science special: Understanding cannabis classification (Part two of three)…

Our last post raised the case that the terms “sativa” and “indica” might better be replaced by a chemical analysis of medical products by content, e.g., THC, CBD and significant terpenes. This one discusses still possibly important differences, while another link (below) goes into how the classifications are used in today’s dispensaries:

“Today, it is widely accepted that marijuana has two different species: Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa. Cross-breeding of the two types has led to a wide variety of hybrid strains with unique characteristics.

The differences between the two remain a subject of much debate among scientists who study the plant. However, most agree that indica and sativa plants are distinct in a number of ways.

Still, no scientific study has confirmed these differences, and there is some doubt about their accuracy. In fact, history suggests a much simpler difference between indica and sativa.”

The article goes on to discuss the history of the geographic origin and spread of the types.

There is also disagreement as to whether indica and sativa represent different species or merely different subspecies, since they’re easily interbred.

Meanwhile, as noted above, here’s a more traditional guide to how people can choose today between strains labeled as indica, sativa and hybrid:

In part three we’ll share an article about the most obscure varietal of cannabis, “cannabis ruderalis,” which is so seldom discussed, this is the first distinct article on it we recall ever finding….

…but we’re always out there looking for fresh info to share with you….

#MMJ #Sativa #Indica #Hybrid #Ruderalis #UTpol #TRUCE    

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