Article: “Indica and Sativa are Dead: The Quest for a New Cannabis Classification System”.. Long Live Terpenes

Article: “Indica and Sativa are Dead: The Quest for a New Cannabis Classification System”.. Long Live Terpenes
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True Terpenes write…. They say it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks; for the cannabis industry, it’s proving to be next to impossible to get producers and consumers alike to move away from the age-old dichotomy of indica vs. sativa. For centuries, cultivators and consumers have categorized cannabis cultivars (strains) into two categories, with hybrids relatively newer addition to the binary. In the general sense, cannabis products labeled “indica” are believed to produce sedative, calming (“in da couch”) effects, while those labeled “sativa” are associated with more energizing and euphoric effects. However, as we learn more about cannabis, we know that such a binary oversimplifies an incredibly diverse plant. Now, cannabis scientists are looking for new ways to re-classify cannabis so to aid consumers in choosing the right products to match their desired effects, and it all hinges on understanding terpenes. The Origins of the Cannabis Classifications Binary In the 18th century, scientists made the classifications of indica and sativa for the cannabis plant, which was revealed to be from the Cannabinaceae family of plant species. While it was agreed upon among scientists that cannabis’ botanical name was cannabis sativa L., in 1783, French biologist Jean Baptiste Lamark was the first to bring forth the idea that “cannabis indica” was another form of the plant. The idea that there is more than one type of cannabis came to be known as the “polytypic view”. In Lamark’s belief, indica plants appeared to be short with thick, stubby leaves, while sativa plants grew tall with thinner leaves. Lamark concluded that these biological differences in the plant types equated to different uses and effects. It was later believed that indica plants matured faster than their sativa counterparts, even under similar conditions. It was also posited that the different types had different smells, later recognized as different…

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