Jeffrey Raber, who holds a PhD. in chemistry from USC, says strain names don't mean anything. He even disputes the fact that indica and sativa produce opposing effects, and he says indica is more of a depressant and sativa is more of an upper.
1) Strain names are meaningless because 95% of the time, no one truly knows what they are growing, selling and consuming. However, the variables that comprise a particular strain are structured and concealed within its DNA, providing researchers the criterion needed to establish consistent and standardized records of proof.
Mr. Raber is behind the times. Check out www.cdxlife.com – CDX technology enables cannabis testing via ta smart phone attachment. The CDX “canna sensor” tests for impurities and identifies particular strains of cannabis through a class of compounds known as ‘terpenoids’
2) Mr. Raber believes there is no difference between indica and sativa. I barely have time to address this anomaly. No one with brain in his or her head would ever say such a thing. Does Raber think millions of marijuana users are mistaking the effects they feel through psychosomatics? I have pot that will pick him up like a triple espresso, I also have pot that will kick his ass and retire him to a reclining position against his will.
3) Mr. Raber says, “We took a popular name, Jack Herer, and found that most didn't even look like each other.” I say, Mr. Raber needs to speak in complete sentences. He also needs to perform standardized do more due diligence before voicing his opinion. I can hardly believe he is unaware that specific strains will vary in appearance depending on the longitude and latitude it is grown.