“Bred and named in honor of the late, great Jack Herer, noted marijuana activist and author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, this strain is perfect for the real head-stash-quality nuggets with flavor and potency galore.” –The Official HIGH TIMES Field Guide to Marijuana Strains
Take a glimpse into these buds and to see some of the defining factors that separate one strain from another. This Strain Family shows lab results of Jack Herer and a few Jack Herer crosses, allowing you to see where certain traits come from in hybrid strains. Check out these beautiful buds and their lab results from past Cannabis Cups!
While the lines drawn between indica and sativa cultivars grow blurry as hybrids dominate the scene, people need to look at the lineage of a strain in order to determine whether it is indica or sativa dominant. Characteristics about the way a plant grows can indicate what cultivar it belongs to, but not everyone gets to see the plants they end up smoking.
All the cannabis buds on the market today, excluding high CBD strains, produce copious amounts of THCA in their resin glands regardless of whether they are indica or sativa. So in order to get a better gauge for differentiating strains, we have excluded THC from the bar graphs (but you can take a look at the value in each caption). Each graph only focuses on the minor cannabinoids and the major terpenoids. This makes the graph easier to read, but you can still take a look at the values for each compound tested if you scroll down in each photo caption.
What are some trends you might notice? True sativa dominants will have high amounts of THC, with little no CBD. Indica dominants have slightly different genes that allow them to make CBD as well, but never in very high amounts compared to a true high-CBD producing plant. Sativas also tend to accumulate small amounts of the propyl-cannabinoid THCV.
Terpenoids can differentiate strains as well. Terpinolene is almost exclusive to sativas, while caryophyllene and linalool are staples of indicas. All cannabis contains some myrcene, but sativas generally have more than indicas, which accumulate more of the larger sesquiterpenes, caryophyllene and humulene.
Cover image courtesy of Sensi Seeds