Cannabis Strain Names: How Genetics is Named
If you are a Cannabis cultivator or consumer you have probably wondered why the genetics Bubba Kush has that name, or why Sour Diesel is called that. The names of cannabis strains often draw the curiosity of plant lovers, as it is often the nomenclature that reveals the origin, flavor, or often the effects of a particular variety.
And there is nothing better than knowing everything about what you are cultivating or tasting. With the BudBuds.us app you can discover, or save, the lineage of a particular bud or plant through the QR Code. Plus, you can link the plant itself to its original genetics, making the grower and user experience even more complete.
But how do growers get to the names of cannabis strains? This is what we will explain throughout this text. That’s because there are different ways to name genetics, but they really make sense. To understand it is also necessary to know how the main strains emerged.
Genetic Landraces and their influence on strain names
Cannabis is an ancient plant, so many of its genetics originate thousands of years ago. This is the case of Landraces, which are nothing more than native strains and which give rise to other strains through crossings. In short, Landraces are genetically derived from several others, so they are so important.
Nowadays it is difficult to find a strain with a strong Landrace presence, because of the new hybrid varieties that are emerging all the time to serve a growing and diversified consumer and grower market as well.
However, many genetics carry some of these Landraces in the nomenclature. This is the case with the names of Cannabis strains that are created from crosses with Landraces Kush, Afhgani, Haze, Thai, and others that are often named after their home region such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand, etc. Therefore, it is these genetic Landraces that are responsible for some names, but rarely their entirety.
Methods and Characteristics Used to Name Cannabis Strains
There are different methods for naming Cannabis strains, as each cultivator/breeder of a particular genetics may have a preference, or simply abuse creativity when doing so. After all, this variety will probably be consumed and grown in many other places in the world and no one wants to have a bad name on something made by themselves.
That’s why strain names have become so important. Because in addition to helping to identify the infinite genetics available, they already give clues as to what will be possible to find in a bud or seed to be germinated. We have separated some methods or requirements that may assist in naming a Cannabis plant.
Many producers name their strains remembering the genetics that gave rise to the crossing. This is the case with Banana Mango from Banana OG, Gorilla Cookies, which unites the traditional Gorilla Glue and Girl Scout Cookies, as well as Kosher Tangie. Many strains end up reminding their parents by name.
Blue Dream, Amnesia Haze, and Green Crack are some genetics named after their effects. The dreamlike state of mind, forgetfulness, and potency are the characteristics found by those who consume these strains, so they call themselves that. That is, even before consuming or cultivating you can already have a sense of how they will “hit”.
The unique characteristics of each genetic also help in the names of cannabis strains. Purple Haze, for example, gets its name from its purple color. Others like Super Lemon Haze, Sour Diesel, Tangie, among others have their nomenclature extracted from the flavor.
There are some names that were so important to Cannabis that nowadays they name some strains. This is the case with Jack Herer, Ed Rosenthal, and even famous people known for their passion for the plant, such as Jimi Hendrix, Ringo Star or even Alice in Wonderland. These producers preferred to use the nomenclature to honor.
- Creativity or randomness
While many names make a lot of sense, several other genetics have their names, say, more creative and unique, or even random. This is the case with Astroboy, 303 OG, CannaSutra, and others as weird or funny as they are.
Author: Guilherme Brasil