What is Cannabis?
Most know that cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a plant. However, in today’s medical and recreational landscape, the cannabis plant has been extracted, isolated, and even synthesized into various forms. Depending on the jurisdiction, cannabis dispensaries offer flower, concentrates, vaporizer cartridges, tinctures, pills, edibles, and topicals for a variety of purposes. Many of these products use the designation of sativa, indica or hybrid to indicate the strain of cannabis. Although historically there may have been specific attributes and physical differences between the plant cultivars, it is no longer a useful designation due to vast interbreeding and hybridization.
Why is it important?
The legalization of cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes in Canada, several States in the US, and other countries globally has highlighted the need for consistency in product descriptions and purity testing. Medical patients, in particular, require a product that is safe and will produce the desired therapeutic effect. Currently, there is no standardization of cannabis classifications, or required purity testing. A science-based classification of the cannabis chemovar yields a more consistent product description that is necessary for patients, researchers, and cannabis producers to make informed decisions  .
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