Though there are more than a thousand cannabis strains on the market today, no standardized requirements of their quality have been developed yet. Now, weed users can recognize a certain strain just by its name, but who knows if they actually get the pot they think they are buying?
Medical Genomics, a company focused on marijuana genetics, is cooperating with leading weed growers to develop quality standards for cannabis strains. Trying to do this, the company is now forming a database of weed genomes and storing it on the Bitcoin blockchain.
The firm hopes to standardize strain terminology so that medical marijuana patients always know what kind of cannabis they are buying in any dispensary located in any state with legal marijuana. Unified cannabinoid profiles for each strain will help avoid cannabis genetic variety and ensure that patients receive the relief they require.
Some American states have already enacted quality requirements regarding heavy metals, molds, and microbial contaminants, but there are still no specific regulations to protect the genetic consistency of cannabis strains.
Medicinal Genomics offers cannabis cultivators to register the genetic sequence of their strains and create a genetic repository of marijuana plants. The company does not provide cannabinoid testing, they are more focused on protecting weed producers from competitors and cannabis users from buying weed with improper genetics. In other words, this is a way of protecting marijuana intellectual property.
Previously, the name of a cannabis strain was not so meaningful, as marijuana was under prohibition. But now, when marijuana has already been legalized in 25 states, weed strain names become crucial for defining the medical effects of certain cannabis varieties.
Large cultivators are now considering securing their strains with intellectual property rights. Last year, the U.S. Patent Office issued the first cannabis patent for the Sweet and Sour Widow strain bred by Biotech Institute of California.
According to Medical Genomics, weed growers who register their strains on the Bitcoin blockchain will hopefully avoid any legal claims about strain name and ownership. Consequently, the company initiated a hectic rage among pot cultivators to get their strains registered.
Though this registration cannot be equal to a patent on a cannabis strain, it can protect the producer if another grower applies for a patent for that particular strain.
It may sound confusing, but with the increasing number of states that have legal cannabis, strain standardization is a good idea for both weed customers and cultivators.