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2022 Study: How Accurate are Products Labeled Indica, Sativa, & Hybrid?

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

Welcome to the homework assignment for Module 2: Cannabis 2 > Lesson 6: Classification & Naming for the course Cannabis Foundation: Part 1. This assignment teaches students the various dynamics and characteristics associated with the popular cannabis naming convention involving the labels indica, sativa, and hybrid. Do these names reflect the hard science and truly reflect the chemical composition of their respective varieties?

Beyond these categories, do cultivar (strain) names accurately reflect the biochemical characteristics of the cannabis products that bear their name? This comprehensive assignment teaches students the most recent peer-reviewed scientific research on the topic.


A 2022 study entitled "The Phytochemical Diversity of Commercial Cannabis in the United States" that was published in the journal PLOS ONE investigated the chemical composition of tens of thousands of samples of loose-leaf cannabis flower in the largest study of its kind to date.

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