Cannabis Genetics Guide: Phenotypes, Lineage, and Marijuana Family Trees
Confused by cannabis genetics? You're not alone!
When it comes to cannabis genetics and the ‘Marijuana Family Tree,’ we’ve unfortunately been left to the devices of anecdotal information over much of the last half-century. In other words, there is very little reliable scientific data as to where the thousands of present-day cannabis strains came from, and what exactly their specific genetic traits consist of.
In fact, as we learn more and more about the historic genetic lineage of cannabis, we (and by “we” I am referring to scientists who actually study this stuff), are seeing an increasing likelihood that all forms of marijuana belong to a single species: Cannabis sativa L.
Of course, that’s not to say there are dozens (if not hundreds or even thousands) of different ways in which marijuana can “present itself” – some plants are short and bushy and provide calming, sedative effects, while other plants rocket towards the sky and resemble more of a beanstalk than a marijuana plant.
In this article, we discuss as comprehensively (and painlessly) as possible everything we know about cannabis genetics, including the historical origins of the plant, what the real differences between an indica and sativa are, and where all of these thousands of different “strains” with their ridiculous names came from. Let’s get started.
A Basic Introduction to Marijuana Genetics
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