Why every strain is a hybrid, according to a legacy grower


If you’ve shopped for flower at a dispensary more than once, you’re familiar with this question: “Do you like sativas or indicas?” And if you’re like me it’s the question that makes you roll your eyes, because:  1. Don’t talk to me like a noob.  2. Indicas and sativas are real terms, but what they have come to represent is absolute bs. Despite constantly being asked whether you like indicas or sativas, I’m here to tell you we’re living in a hybrid world — the indicas and sativas we see on shelves aren’t true indicas and sativas.  Understanding what “indicas and sativas” originally meant If you traced your favorite weed strains all the way back to the original genetics that created them, you’d end at the beginning of cannabis: landrace strains. Landrace strains are cannabis strains whose genetics grew, evolved, and stabilized in their natural environments around the world. Examples of these old school strains are Durban Poison originating from South Africa, Acapulco Gold from Mexico, and Chocolate Thai from Thailand.  The important thing to understand is that “indica” and “sativa” are botany terms used to describe the physical, observable traits of a cannabis plant — not the effects it produces.  Over time, as botanists began noticing that these strains exhibited different physical characteristics, they began classifying them through different taxonomies: indica, sativa, and ruderalis. Cannabis sativa was classified by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1753 while studying European plants; Cannabis indica was coined by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in 1785 while studying strains from India; and Cannabis ruderalis was coined by Russian botanist D. E. Janischewsky in 1924 while studying plants from Russia.  Sativas grow tall and lanky with skinny leaves; indicas grow wide and bushy with dense flowers; and ruderalis grow small with big, thick leaves and have more CBD…

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