Thoroughbred horse racing is a major industry that rests on generations of selective breeding. The horse racing industry does a wonderful job of keeping records of each horse’s lineage.


In an article published this past March, writer Cory Wray discusses the similarities between Thoroughbred horse racing and cannabis breeding. Wray does a wonderful job of equating the two industries by focusing on a filly named Cannabis.


Wray is clearly passionate about Thoroughbred horse racing, along with the desire to navigate the genealogies of the thousands of cannabis strains available today:

“Imagine if you could type a strain name into a database (horse racing has and you could see the strains breeding and pedigree. In horse racing, you know the horse’s entire lineage, the breeder, the trainer, the jockey, everything.”

-Cory Wray, from “And They’re Off… Similarities of Cannabis Competitions and Thoroughbred Horse Racing” (Feature Image Above)

Luckily for Wray, Cannabis Reports does in fact have a database that allows people to search for the complete genetics of a particular strain. And, precisely as Wray imagines, it is important to communicate all of the factors that went into that strain.


Cannabis seed companies stabilize cannabis genetics and distribute them, which is similar to how horse breeders collect stud fees.


Cannabis is grown by many different people in a variety of environments, and each cultivator is going to end up with something different. Like a trainer may specialize in improving a horse’s capabilities on turf or dirt tracks, growers also have different specialties.

The jockey in this analogy actually ends up being the consumer. Whether they are a patient or an enthusiast, or both, everyone has unique experiences and responses with cannabis. The human interaction in this case is a factor that is difficult to track, but certainly not impossible.

Cannabis: Where Animal Meets Plant

Let’s take a look at the Thoroughbred filly named Cannabis and a cannabis strain called Jack Frost.


Above is the lineage of the horse named Cannabis. The pink boxes represent females, the blue boxes represent males, and as you can see, the lineage can be traced back five generations to Book Law in 1924.

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These two visuals (screenshots from the Cannabis Reports database) represent the many generations of specific cannabis strains that went into the creation of Jack Frost. On the left is a color data visual which represents the same information available from the traditional family tree on the right.

Geographic Origins of Jack Frost

Geographic Origins of Jack Frost

Cannabis Reports has additionally linked each of these strains with the breeders and seed companies who originally created them.


Jack Frost by GoldenSeed

Jack Frost, created by the seed company GoldenSeed, is a genetic recombination of the strains Jack Herer (bred by Sensi Seeds), White Widow (bred by Green House Seed Co.), and Northern Lights #5 (bred by Sensi Seeds).

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Here is a side-by-side comparison of the three primary strains that make up Jack Frost by GoldenSeed.

As you can see, the genetics are mapped all the way back to the original landraces, which in the case of Jack Frost includes Afghani, Thai, Colombian, Acapulco Gold, Mexican, South Indian, and Brazilian.

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All of the lineage information for cannabis is awesome, and Cannabis Reports has made it applicable for anyone. Above is an example of a Cannabis Reports user’s personal genetic recommendation engine.

The first column of numbers is the amount of times this user has reviewed a strain that contains those landraces.

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The numbers to the right of that first column represent this user’s aggregate ratings of the flavors and effects that they personally experienced when they interacted with these genetics.


Because everyone has a unique endocannabinoid system, it is necessary that the recommendation engine remains personal, and does not calculate reviews from other individuals.

Ultimately, the personal recommendation engine will be tied in with our database of clinical studies examining the medical efficacy of cannabis. There are nearly 600 studies all organized by the conditions that these studies were aiming to treat.

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The Cannabis Reports Medical Studies Database

Cory Wray’s article presents an apt comparison between the Thoroughbred industry and the cannabis cultivation industry.

Horse racing has been keeping lineage records for many years, and the relative newness of cannabis hybridization gives technology the opportunity to keep pace with the thousands of strains now available throughout the world.

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Register for a Cannabis Reports account to start building your personal genetic profile. Signing up for a Cannabis Reports account is completely free, and there are no advertisements or trackers monitoring users anywhere within our platform.

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