[Canniseur: There are so many strains these days that it’s getting silly. Sometimes it seems that sativa morphs into indica with the same strain name or … … well, do you really know what you’re getting? The proliferation of cannabis strains has spun out of control and needs to stop or at least catch its collective breath. Here’s a story that shows how dissimilar strains can have terpene profiles that are almost identical but have very different effects.]
Cannabis strains are made up of cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) as well as terpenes, which are aromatic compounds that give each flower its unique aroma. We’re constantly learning more about these terpenes and how they impact the overall experience of consuming cannabis.
When choosing a strain, we often think of sativas and indicas as being polar opposites in effect, but if you look closely at their chemical composition—again, cannabinoids and terpenes—you’ll notice that many indica- and sativa-dominant strains are unexpectedly similar, chemically speaking. Let’s get into some of these unanticipated similar pairs.