Me, internally: Hm, seems fake.
What Is a weed strain?
Me, externally: Banana Clip, please.
How did dispensaries influence weed names?
We may loosely call things “indica” or “sativa,” Myles continued, and that’s a fair rule of thumb for describing their physical traits and psychoactive effects. But since nobody was keeping track of marijuana with the methods of a modern agriculturist some 5,000 years ago, we don’t know what a “pure” sativa or indica really is, DNA-wise, he said. Who’s to say what the defining characteristics of a pure sativa or indica really are?
“It’s crazy, it’s absolutely nuts,” he continued. “I mean, you couldn’t run an industry like this anywhere else, except for cannabis.”
Weed dispensaries have popped up in many major cities like goose shit in the springtime, and an oddly stressful ritual has entered many of our lives: choosing a strain of the devil’s lettuce to roll into a jazz cigarette. The conversation typically goes something like this:
Notably, most folks said that before dispensaries moved in, they didn’t really care about which variety of weed they smoked—pot was pot.
Going forward, knowing what different strains of weed and weed strain names actually mean, and will do to you, will require rigorous genetic indexing, and standardizing the creation of new strains. Myles hopes that marijuana becoming more acceptable (and legal, at least in some places) will help with this.
Cannabis strains labelled "sativa" and "indica" promise different physical effects but scientifically speaking, even the “best” weed strains are probably bullshit—names like "Purple Kush" don't mean anything.