Cannabis Genetics – Sativa, Indica and Hemp is there a difference?

Cannabis Science Podcast, Episode 14

There is an ever-growing list of names for all these seemingly specific strains and plant varieties. But if I asked you to tell me what the chemical profile, type, and origin for OG Kush bought in my neighborhood dispensary was, would you be able to tell me? Cannabis enthusiasts often suggests that there are different plant sub-species, the most common being Sativa, Indica, and Hemp. But is this true or are they simply varieties of the same species? Thanks to recent advances in genetic testing Dr. Rivera and crew get to the bottom of the truth behind this often-misunderstood topic.

Music by KV – Bongo

Additional resources and information:


Lynch, et al. Genomic and chemical diversity in cannabis. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences. 2016

Hazekamp A., Fischedick JT. Cannabis-from cultivar to chemovar. Drug Testing and Analysis. 2011 Sawler J et al. The genetic structure of marijuana and hemp. Plos One. 2015

De Meijer EPM and van Soest LJM. The CPRO cannabis germplasm collection. Euphytica. 1992

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