Indica and Sativa Labels Meaningless?
Researchers at Dalhousie university tested hundreds of cannabis strains labelled “indica” and “sativa” to find out about the chemical makeup of the plants.
They measured THC, CBD, and terpenes (what gives off the aromas). Their findings showed that “indica and sativa labels are largely meaningless” in terms of the compounds that affect consumer experience. They also found that “strains labelled indica were just as closely related to strains labelled sativa as they were to other strains labelled indica.”
Due to years of criminalization and often hidden growing practices, it has been tough to establish proper labelling systems. Plants grown and consumed today are probably a mix of different strains.
“Indica” and “sativa” tell us about the plant biology and the way it grows and not the effects experienced by consumers. What creates the consumer experience is the THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids as well as the terpenes which give the flavours and aromas.
Why do licensed producers continue to use these labels in their marketing of products? Especially when it gives the impression to customers that they will experience different effects based on these labels…
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