Originally Posted by flylowgethigh
I typed this before I read Drewsif's reply. Finally we are getting a theory out there. Is this described in scientific literature, and if so any pointers?
More Sativa / Indica BS. I get the effects thing, and hitting some "heavy" Indica before a hot shower and bed is one of lifes great pleasures, but... what is the chemistry that makes these effects different. I have not seen that explained, or even explored, in the literature. Why the different effects? I will venture this, in edibles there is no distinction and "Sativa" or "Indica" edibles are more BS.
The quote was pulled from the aforementioned book publication. The authors (ElSohly) of the book are some of, if not the only, federally approved researchers of cannabis in the United States at the University of Mississippi. If I recall, they even sourced some some stuff from Sam back in the day via Hortipharm though I could easily be getting that confused with the partnership of Geoffrey Guy and G.W. Pharmaceuticals with respect to germplasm acquisitions.
The book is the most current publication that I know of and uses previous publications on Cannabis to pull information from. For example, a lot of the nomenclature references are from Clarke and Merlin's - Cannabis Evolution and Ethnobotany
, among other literature resources previously published.
It's very scientific based to the point there are chapters dedicated to micropropagation of cannabis. It's more textbook style than most others, very....what's a good word, scholarly? Educational?
It's the type of book you'd get assigned in an advanced Cannabis class if offered at a local college. Cannabis 202 or something like that. There's a bunch of great information but there's also a lot that is left to be desired. Given their license permission, some of the pictures looked like they could use a couple of icmag members to set up their grows.
It's an ongoing study, and I'm certain that in the future it will be spelled out better but at the moment the research is really in it's infancy.
There are a couple other publications from Springer publishing that I haven't scooped up yet that might provide more insight. Phytocannabinoids - Unraveling the Complex Chemistry and Pharmacology of Cannabis Sativa
as well as Recent Advances in Cannabinoid Physiology and Pathology
Even still, there's enough empirical evidence in my opinion to differentiate the two types (sativa and indica) as they relate to expected user experience and perception of effects. It's one of those, in my opinion, we know what's going on we just have to prove it in a scientific language.
Gravity is observable, but it wasn't put into a scientific language until it was. Doesn't mean gravity didn't exist until then.
The future of cannabis research is bright. Gone are the day's where THC reigns supreme as the end all be all. Couple years ago we learned of terpenes and their entourage effects via Ethan Russo. Old timers would smell a bag and choose which they want based on smell alone, it's the whole gravity thing again. The old timers didn't know limonene or ocimene influenced this or that. It was empirical evidence that led them towards their choice of which lid to scoop up.
Also worth noting, those old school sativas weren't chock full of THC like todays varieties with 30+% THC. They had a nuance to their makeup that has been strayed far from.
Sativa-types are where it's at for some, indica-types for others. Me though, I wanna be high and soaring. Energized and feeling great. Laughing giggling, loving life.
Sometimes a heavy indica is helpful, but for me it's more the exception than the rule. Everyones mileage certainly varies, different strokes for different folks.
If you can, I'd suggest scooping up some of those publications or see if your local library has them or can order them. Perhaps even better, reach out and write to some or a few of the authors of those books and pose your questions to them. They may very well have more insight that hasn't been published yet. Much love