Future Classification of Cannabis with Terpenoids and Cannabinoids

The current rating system of labeling strains as Sativa or Indica is incomplete; and the idea of basing medical cannabis solely on THC and CBD levels is insufficient.

The entire cannabis community will have a much better understanding of the potential applications of marijuana as a medicine, only when strains are classified according to their terpenoids.

Lab testing with HPCL equipment is becoming more common in the United States as cannabis laws are starting to require testing for pesticides, as well as terpenoids and cannabinoids levels.

Trichomes on the leaf of cannabis

The composition of terpenoids and cannabinoids provide the characteristics which give strains their look, smell, taste and effect. These traits are genetically passed down from breeding, generating a strain’s ‘DNA’.

Cannabis consumers are now starting to purchase strains knowing both the cannabinoids (THC, CBG, CBD…) and terpenoids (Alpha-Pinene, Limonene, Myrcene…) presently active in the strain.

Once cannabis strains are categorized according to their terpenoids, cannabis connoisseurs will know for sure that the strain they are consuming, is what is being advertised.

Are you really smoking the Kush or is that what people are calling it to jack up the price?

Yes, I agree the ‘name game’ is getting out of hand, as strains are being duplicated and named differently. The problem is that, some people try passing off strains with false names to charge extra for famous strains. Strain names are important, because lineage of the strain can be traced back to certain breeders and seed banks.

Strains should be categorized in a scientific manner, according to the terpenoids. Once the terpenoids are identified and classified, the present cannabinoids and their benefits will be revealed.

Follow the link to Cannabiscope – an interactive strain mapping system

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