Our Data Scientist, Amos Elberg, was recently featured in an article on Healthline.com to discuss how different strains of cannabis produce different effects, and thus can be used for different reasons. An exert of his feedback is below, or you can read the full article by clicking below:
“Many industry experts, however, are reconsidering the indica, sativa and hybrid categories. According to Amos Elberg, head of data science at Confident Cannabis, these terms are more or less meaningless.
‘We see samples of all cannabis products tested through our partner labs, and when we look at all the data, particularly of the chemical makeup of flower, we see no identifiable characteristics that are consistent with indica, sativa, or hybrid,’ he explains.
‘Essentially people are using these terms as catchalls for effect, but they’re not all consistent with those effects. Some indica makes some people wired, not couch-locked, for instance.’
But if the terms indica, sativa, and hybrid are essentially useless categorizations, are strain names also meaningless?
Not exactly, says Elberg.
‘Not all seeds that are sold under the same name are genetically identical, or even necessarily related. Some producers may choose to create a strain name essentially as a branding exercise, or to identify their product with an existing name because they believe the product matches characteristics the market expects from product sold under that name,’ Elberg explains.
There are, however, still consistencies among product sold under specific strain names, Elberg adds.
‘In general, for the less common names, product sold by different vendors tends to be pretty consistent,’ he notes. ‘For the most common strain names, however, a wider variety of different products are sold.’
If you purchase product from a quality source, the strains should be more or less consistent. Bear in mind, however, that every person reacts differently to cannabis.”