Varieties are developed to intensify specific characteristics , or to differentiate the strain for the  or  make it more effective .Names are typically chosen by their growers, and often reflect properties of the plant 



Cannabis strains published a description of a second species of Cannabis, which he named Cannabis indica. Lamarck based his description of the newly named species on plant specimens collected in India



However, huge variability exists within either species. A 2015 study shows the average THC content of the most popular herbal cannabis products in the Netherlands has decreased slightly since 2005


There are three chemotaxonomic types of Cannabis: one with high levels of THC, one which is more fibrous and has higher levels of CBD, and one that is an intermediate between the two

During the 1970s, Cannabis indica strains from Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan particularly from the Hindu Kush mountain range were brought to the United States.

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There are several key differences between Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa. These include height and stature, internodal length, leaf size and structure, buds size and density, flowering time, odour, smoke and effects.

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The two species of the Cannabis genus that are most commonly grown are Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa

The two species of the Cannabis genus that are most commonly grown are Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa

Cannabis sativa is an annual herbaceous flowering plant indigenous to eastern Asia but now of cosmopolitan distribution due to widespread cultivation. It has been cultivated throughout recorded history, used as a source of industrial fiberseed oilfoodrecreationreligious and spiritual moods and medicine. Each part of the plant is harvested differently, depending on the purpose of its use. The species was first classified by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The word “sativa” means things that are cultivated.

Cannabis indica is an annual plant in the Cannabaceae family. It is a putative species of the genus Cannabis. Whether it and Cannabis sativa are truly separate species is a matter of debate. The Cannabis indica plant is cultivated for many purposes; for example, the plant fibers can be converted into cloth. Cannabis indica produces large amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The higher concentrations of THC provide euphoric and intoxicating effects making it popular for use both as a recreational and medicinal drug.

Hybrids In order for there to be genetic stability in a marijuana strain the breeder has to go through selection and breeding, pinpointing the dominant and recessive genes within the two strains being crossed. After analyzing offspring with preferred traits a breeder  the breeder will select the preferred traits and continue to breed those offspring to create the desired final product. Selection is a crucial process  to create a strain, especially if  looking for something with specific  traits the breeder has to ensure that the hybrid’s genetic traits have been closed in enough so unwanted traits aren’t expressed in future harvests.