The Sativa-Indica dilemma

Several scientific attempts have been made to classify Cannabis varieties based on cannabinoid composition. For forensic and legal purposes, the most important classification is that of the rugtype (marijuana) or the fiber-type (hemp). Existing classification systems consider the content of THC and CBD, and sometimes additional cannabinoids as well. But unfortunately, the various terpenes have not been included in these classification attempts. For a clearer understanding of the medicinal properties of the Cannabis plant, a better classification system is needed that includes all the known cannabinoids and terpenes.

By a tedious process of trial and error, patients in many countries have found a cannabis variety that works optimally for treatment of their medical condition. The popular distinction between sativa and indica types is an important help for patients during this search. However, it has never been properly studied if and how the medicinal properties of cannabis are correlated in any way to the distinctions made between sativa and indica.

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