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Ask a Stoner: The Word "Strain" Wrongly Describes Weed

Ask a Stoner: The Word "Strain" Wrongly Describes Weed
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Dear Stoner: Should we be using the word “strain” to describe different types of weed, considering strain could even mean a virus?
Merlin

Dear Merlin: This argument comes up in weed circles, since the main definition of “strain” essentially describes types of bacteria, fungi or viruses. Going by that, potheads should be using “strain” to talk about different types of mushrooms or current pandemics, and not much else.

Ask a Stoner: The Word "Strain" Wrongly Describes Weed
Scott Lentz

Botanists argue that “cultivar” (plant varieties cultivated by selective breeding) is a more accurate term to describe different cannabis varieties (shit, even “variety” is probably more accurate than the continued use of “strain”), but good luck using that argument to flip decades of cannabis culture, which has never cared much about being technical. Indica and sativa designations are largely bullshit when considering a strain’s — excuse me, cultivar’s — effects, but you still see those at dispensaries across the country.

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