Uncovering Cannabis Ancestry Through Science

Genome testing kits take the guesswork out of identifying strains.

By Timothy Anderson | CannabisNow.com

Until recently, if you created a unique hybrid or preserved the last specimen of an exceptional genetic line, you had absolutely no way to copyright your difficult, proprietary work.

Consider the example of Sam the Skunkman, an American cultivator who moved to Amsterdam in the mid-1980s, bringing along with him a veritable treasure trove of seeds from across the world and hybrids he’d created or preserved.

It would be easy to make a long list of Skunkman seeds that entered “the scene” once he started supplying Dutch seed vendors, but it’s probably more effective to just list two: Original Haze and Skunk #1 — a pair of legendary strains that made a dramatic and permanent impact on the cannabis gene pool that endures to this day.

While there is still a long way to go before we have a complete picture of cannabis genetics, today we know enough to launch an exciting new project that both utilizes this data as well as adds to it: The Phylos Genotype kit.

We are finally mapping the cannabis universe and it is a thrilling thing to behold. What has been a mysterious area of botany — shrouded in myth, superstition, the fallibility of memory and the dearth of specific information due to years of underground status — is now becoming more and more clearly defined.

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