Identifying and tracking cannabis strains became a certainty earlier this year. An Israeli company discovered a way to track and identify cannabis strains using the plant’s DNA. The system, true to its name, Cannabis Genetic Fingerprinting or CGF.
Cannabis genetic fingerprinting (CGF) works as the name suggests. It uses genetic sequencing, think A-T and C-G, to identify a cannabis strain. This makes CGF much more reliable than previous methods of cannabis identification.
Cannabis tracking evolution
Past methods of cannabis tracking relied on a comparison of the plant’s features. The color of the leaves, the diameter of the stem, the characteristics of flowers, and so forth.
Those methods were unreliable and inaccurate. They resulted in many inconsistencies. And for medicinal marijuana treatment consistency is best.
Marijuana treatments need consistency
In a 2019 study, scientists identified cannabis from dispensaries in three places. They looked at approximately 30 different strains, some Sativa, others Indica. (In general, Sativa strains energize. Indica strains are good for sleep and relaxation.)
Out of thirty strains, scientists couldn’t find a genetic difference. Their method didn’t provide any distinction between Indica, Sativa, and hybrid strains. With the latest CGF technology, a genetic difference would be easy to identify.
CGF is also important for consistency. And in medicine consistency is everything. Medical marijuana treatments need consistency to be effective. CGF will be able to provide the highest level of consistency required.
Cannabis tracking is also a part of CGF. Every genetic ID card provides knowledge about each strain.
Genetic ID cards for cannabis strains
We’ll know where the strain comes from. Who it belongs to. Its composition i.e. cannabinoids, terpenes, and potency. It’s capabilities for the human body and elsewhere.
Using the information on the ID card the cannabis therapy could better suit the patient’s needs. For example, a patient may have a certain disease that responds best to cannabigerol (CGB). Cannabigerol is one of many cannabinoids found in cannabis. It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Cannabis fingerprinting can help a patient who needs a particular cannabinoid get access to the perfect strain. Tailored cannabis treatment through a greater amount of information.
Plus there are property rights. Cannabis is often genetically modified. CGF enables these cannabis geneticists to make proprietary claims.
Right now there are thousands of genetically different cannabis strains. Cannabis fingerprinting is so accurate it can distinguish slight differences among strains. The genetic identification card allows owners of strains cannabis tracking ability. They can know their strain with certainty.
CGF is a simple method. Right now it only requires one of the plant’s leaves to determine its genetic ID. With time this cannabis tracking system will grow. We can look forward to a library of genetic information on cannabis strains from all over the world.