As more and more light shines into the metaphorical darkness imposed upon the plant that supplants so many unnecessary yet profitable pharmaceutical compounds, it’s imperative that we reframe many misconceptions embedded in the culture. One of those is the fundamental understanding of the effects of cannabis from a shared context – a shared frame of reference, or language, if you will.

We are going to try to gracefully retire the heavily misused terms ‘indica’ and ‘sativa’ in the context of talking about effects (to an extent, the ‘chemotype’ of a given cultivar – not merely its cannabinoid fingerprint but its specific terpene profile as well, given its significant impact on overall effect, vis a vis The Entourage Effect, which we’ll explore) as they are in essence mislabeled. Traditionally,’indica’ has been used to refer to cultivars with a strong physical, sedating effect – a ‘body high’ – and ‘sativa’ used to refer to cultivars with a strong cerebral effect (sometimes anxiety level) – a ‘head high’. Actual plant genetics seem to indicate most modern cannabis cultivars are hybrids – with mixtures of characteristics driven for plant viability and chemotype potency competing for the perfect storm… Short version? Indica and Sativa are terrible reference points for the conversation we want to have. Given discoveries of several dozen different cannabinoids, combined with a myriad of known terpenes present, the potential for dynamic variation is daunting to frame.

We will use the terms ‘broad leaf’ and ‘narrow leaf’ to refer to phenotypic tendencies – notably: broad leaf refers to plants with the shorter, broader leaf structure associated with ‘indica’ varietals as well as bushier, shorter plant structure and notably higher resin production… narrow leaf refers to the more elongated, narrow leaf structure associated with ‘sativa’ varietals as well as tall, leggier plant structure. From there, we will look at cannabinoid content (notably thc vs cbd content) and specific terpene profile, as these are going to be the primary encoders of effect – and while that sounds complicated, it’s not. There are some common threads woven through the tapestry as we learn more about what we are looking at (amazing what illumination can do…) that make putting the puzzle together much less complex.

What an exceptional conversation this will be.