During Day 1 of Dumb Question Amnesty Week, we asked submitted and live questions to cannabis geneticist, Anna Schwabe, PhD, about hemp genetics. Many myths were debunked, terminology was clarified, and questions about seeds and cloning were answered.
Behind-the-scenes episode 36 is now available, featuring plant geneticist and Cannabis researcher, Anna Schwabe PhD!
Anna's PhD work focused on understanding the sources of variation among Cannabis plants. Why do they look different, smell different, etc? And can people actually distinguish these differences organoleptically through smell, sight and taste?
Our conversation explored the insights she gained during her research including why she is not ready to retire the indica/sativa vernacular. We also discuss the need of scientists to find better ways to communicate with the public that respects anecdotal reports and experiences while maintaining a critical pursuit of truth.
I hope you enjoy this conversation and I look forward to following up with Anna for more conversations in the future, as this conversation raised many questions and other topics that beg to be explored.
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Dr. Anna Schwabe, a cannabis geneticist, reveals why our sense of smell is a very reliable indicator when we’re trying to identify cannabis strains. We discuss cannabis epigenetics, i.e. why genetically identical cannabis plants may produce different levels of THC or CBD, even when they are grown in the same environment. And she gives some expert tips on shopping for cannabis, so you can have more insight into the phenotypes and true THC levels of the strains you’re buying.
"We’re not doing science for ourselves. We’re doing this for you. When you have a question and you want it answered, the perfect person to do that is a scientist."
Cellular & Molecular Biologist and Cannabis Expert, Dr. Anna Schwabe, talks about variations within cannabis strains, epigenetics, identifying strains through their smell, and why it takes training to draw proper pictures of pot plants.
I had the pleasure of chatting with my friend and colleague, Dr. Jonny Lisano about my research on cannabis genetics. We talked about a whole bunch of stuff from genetic consistency and strain classification to potency labeling and testing discrepancies. As Jonny said, we left no stone left unturned...Listen now!