Stoner Guide; Same Strain, Different Colors?
Knowing your strains these days is extremely difficult. There are so many different kinds of bud out there, it’s hard to believe that anyone could pinpoint what a bud is just from a photo of it. Even the most experience grower should be weary of viewing different kinds of cannabis. Since every grow has varied conditions, every strain can come out looking completely different. A lot of times, stoners will also include the breeder’s name when they say the strain, since every grower has a different idea of what certain strains should look like.
Climate greatly effects the look of the bud when it’s cured and ready to be smoked. Colder climates bring out the purple genetics in the purp strains, while the warmer air will make the strains more green. This could result in a not-so-purple Granddaddy Purp, causing some frustration among those who believe they can tell a strain just from a photo. There re some growers that like to grow in the warmer climates, leaving their bud less purple and more of a dank green. The grow process greatly determines the outcome of the bud.
Since the grow process is so important, it can effect cannabis all over the country. An east coast strain of blue dream may be completely different then the strain developed on the west coast. A perfect example of a situation like this is the east coast’s NYC Sour Diesel pitched against the Sour Diesel. Stoners disagree greatly on the origin of these two strains, with some saying that they’re two completely different plants and others saying it’s the same strain with a different name. While the two strains are most likely different, with one being a higher sativa hybrid or indica hybrid, it again all depends on how they are grown, with the end result being at the hand of the grower.
Seeing strains in photographs doesn’t mean that someone automatically knows what it is. The only people who know what the strains are include the person who grew it, the person that the grower gave it to and possibly the person after that. Keeping correct strain names is like the game Telephone. By the time the message is heard by the fourth or fifth person, it’s been changed. These days, there are so many strains out there that for people that aren’t high up in the supply chain, strain names aren’t that useful.