Sativa, Indica, or Hybrid?

Posted by Madison on Feb 6th 2020

The debate between Indica and Sativa has become one of increasing interest. As it stands, some have said that there still exists two defining classifications. Others argue that the extensive cross breading that has occurred over the last 40 years has resulted in a complete hybridization of cannabis in general. Historically, the two classifications were accurate due to the climate and geographical location of their growth. However, current research has shown that the distinct labels are almost meaningless in today’s market. Plants should be identified by their chemical fingerprint, rather than the indication of “Sativa” or “Indica” or their randomly assigned stain name. In fact, multiple analytical laboratories have moved from “cultivar to chemovar” and identify plants by their cannabinoid and terpene content over their postulated or assumed genetic lineage. This is comparable to our diversity as a population-as integration has increased so has our genetic makeup. Structurally however, physical characteristics can remain consistent with their originating mother plants. Check out our terpene blog for a better understanding of how you can choose the right strain for your needs.