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What is Cannabis?

Cannabis is the botanical name of a genus within the Cannabaceae, the same plant family that contains hops. The genus includes three species, C. sativa, C. ruderalis and C. indica. However, the three species interbreed and species boundaries are fluid — therefore, it has been suggested that only a single Cannabis species, C. Sativa, be recognized. One common trait of all Cannabis plants is the presence of secondary compounds called ‘cannabinoids’, or more precisely ‘phytocannabinoids’.1 The flowering tops are called many slang terms including pot, marijuana, hashish, bhang, yarndi, weed, dope, joint, stick, mull, ganja, and other names. The stem is an important source of hemp fiber.

1. Schilling S, Melzer R, McCabe PF. Cannabis sativa. Curr Biol. Jan 6 2020;30(1):R8-r9. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2019.10.039

Types of Cannabis

There are several forms of cannabis, including:

  • Ruderalis
  • Hybrid Indica Dominant
  • Pure Sativa
  • Hybrid Sativa Dominant
  • Pure Indica
  • Hemp


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