A politician’s answer to this question would be “Yes and no” or “It depends what you mean by ‘cannabis’”. However, we are not politicians, so we’ll try to make things a little clearer.
Not all cannabis is the same, but it is all derived from one of three species of the plant – cannabis sativa, cannabis indica and cannabis ruderalis. These three strains are subspecies of the genus cannabis sativa, which is native to the Indian sub-continent and Central Asia.
Now, here’s where it gets a little more complicated. Most of the cannabis that is smoked comes from hybrid plants created from both cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. The main reason for the hybridisation of the plant is because the principal effect of smoking cannabis sativa is euphoria, while that of cannabis indica is relaxing. You can get pure indica, which is often taken as an evening or nighttime smoke, while the uplifting and energising properties of sativa are more conducive to daytime consumption.
Today’s hybrid cannabis plants are not simply a combination of these two plants. They can be several strains removed and most of them have brilliant names. We’ve often thought about those people who work for companies where names are so critical, such as car manufacturers. Imagine spending day after day trying to come up with a new name for what is, essentially, just another car. You’re a bit restricted in what you can use, though many of today’s manufacturers seem to now look beyond the lexicon of real words, or simply give up trying. Let’s face it, the Dacia Sandero doesn’t have the most alluring of names, and at least Mercedes Benz were sensible enough to throw in the towel years ago and now stick to SL or SLK with a few numbers before it.
You want a decent job naming something, then if such a place existed, a cannabis factory would be the perfect place. Here are five examples of probably cannabis-induced creative genius:
Of course, these are just a few names, and we’re pretty confident you’ll have a few more you can think of. Why not post them on our Facebook page and see how many recognise the names or have special memories of any of them.