Cannabis needs a new taxonomy. Strain names are detrimental to the progress of the cannabis industry. Let’s dig in to this issue by looking at the story of a woman, who we will call Lydia:
At 49, Lydia has finally succumbed to the suggestions of her family, and decided to try cannabis to manage her chronic back pain. She has avoided cannabis ever since having a terrible experience with it in college, but believes her family when they say that cannabis medicine has evolved. Given the vast variety of products these days, the right strain is out there, somewhere.
After getting a recommendation from her doctor, Lydia visits the dispensary closest to her home. The space is clean, the staff is helpful, and she leaves with a flower product, “Blank Check,” that she is hopeful will overcome her typical trouble falling asleep.
She gets lucky!
She falls asleep before midnight for the first time in a decade, and returns to the dispensary just before she runs out of her medicine.
She gets unlucky.
The dispensary has run out of “Blank Check.”
Using some online tools, Lydia finds a different dispensary carrying the same strain. She gets home and is shocked to discover that…