You know I enjoy finding the odd and/or reclusive taxonomy or classification. Besides bringing a smile to my face, they remind us that classifying and categorizing is part of our every day life, regardless of our profession. This time the topic is a little more interesting than men, clouds and pizza. Leafly brought us this interesting information in their article, “The Cannabis Taxonomy Debate: Where Do Indica and Sativa Classifications Come From?

You may know it by another term or name, but the natural ontological identifiers are Cannabis sativa, C. indica, or C. ruderalis. The difference between these three primary categories is that sativa plants are known for their skinny leaflets, tall stature, long flowering times, and a stimulating, cerebral intoxication. Indicas are thought to be short, bushy plants with wide leaflets, used for hashish production and possessing a powerful, whole body sedation. Ruderalis is the feral, ancestral relative with its low THC content and auto-flowering characteristics. Digging deeper into the etymology, you can unearth many different characteristics between the different plants.

Scientific or recreation intended, there seems to be plenty of variety to go around. We do know that making data findable depends on a solid taxonomy. Without strong taxonomies and standardized methods to manage your data, a difficult situation can get worse. Choose the right product and professionals to provide taxonomy services and help you manage your content.

Melody K. Smith

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