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Cannabis Reports Gets a Big Shout-Out from Developers Who Build with Our Open API

Late last May, Josh Pardee and Kelly Martin of and DaKine420 sat down for an interview with Time4Hemp. While the entire hour-long discussion is fantastic, the Cannabis Reports team was humbled by an amazing shout-out to our team, our platform, and our mission.


We take great pride in supporting the developer community, and have helped hundreds of individuals and dev teams since we opened up our API in June of 2015.


It was evident early on that Mr. Pardee and the CannaFo team were committed to building an exceptional tool to disperse cannabis information, and their project is getting a lot of wonderful attention.

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If you are unfamiliar with CannaFo, you should definitely take a minute to explore the information throughout their site. CannaFo lists top quality strains, products, and cannabis services in an easy-to-use format, and also serves as an encyclopedia and marketplace.


Since both of our teams have spent a good amount of time bonding together over open technology, Cannabis Reports could not be happier to see such a successful application like CannaFo making solid use of the data we offer through our open API.


Full Interview with Time4Hemp

You can watch the full interview below, as well as find a transcription of the shout-out to Cannabis Reports beginning at minute 49:00:

Transcription of Time4Hemp Interview Shout-Out [49:00]

[Kelly]: And I would like to make one shout-out, because these guys were very, very helpful in sharing their data, and that’s Cannabis Reports. They allowed us to actually use a bunch of their data that they have been compiling for a number of years, and they share it. They are big advocates, they want the information out there, they want to help people, and just a great group of people. I thank them very much for them helping us with our project too…

[Josh]: Yeah, for all those developers out there, when Leafly shut down their developer options, Cannabis Reports has definitely got their hands on quite a bit more data. They are more like me and Kelly are, they are really trying to take this information and they want to see things like CannaFo branch off of that, or cool app ideas, and they are out there to definitely help you get access to information like CannaFo is, and build your own projects and put back into the cannabis community, and that’s wonderful, so definitely check them out.

The Cannabis Reports team is happy to help any and all developers build off of our open API. Please each out to us through our Contact Page to request an API key. For the most up to date info on Cannabis Reports, follow us on Twitter, and like us on our Facebook page.

The Horse Named Cannabis: Building a Database to Focus on Breeding and Lineage

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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Investing in Cannabis Interviews David Drake, Founder and CEO of Cannabis Reports

David Drake, founder and CEO of Cannabis Reports, was recently invited to speak with Investing in Cannabis about the importance of foundational data based on accurate cannabis information.


Investing in Cannabis tells the stories of the hardworking members in the cannabis industry, including regulators, founders, investors, and pioneers.

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Drake was interview by Brandon David at the Oakland offices of Investing in Cannabis, where the two engaged in an awesome conversation about the future of a fledgling cannabis industry.

You can watch the full video below, or via the original source: Investing in Cannabis (May 22nd, 2016).

Building an Industry on Data and Good Information

Cannabis information varies widely, and accuracy has been an issue as our community tries to build trust with those still skeptical about cannabis.

David Drake, Founder and CEO of Cannabis Reports

David Drake, Founder and CEO of Cannabis Reports

The topics brought up in the interview stem from Drake’s underlying mission at Cannabis Reports. Here are some of the key points of discussion presented by Drake:

  • Promoting education and helping customers feel more comfortable by making information available and open and transparent. People should be able to develop their own relationships with cannabis, and people should be able to do this at their own pace.

    The Genealogy of the Strain: Blue Dream

    The Genealogy of the Strain: Blue Dream

  • Understanding that there is a strain called Blue Dream, but that different cultivators will produce different versions of that strain. Being able to discuss cannabis strains at deeper levels of specificity.
  • Genealogy can be an important factor as patients try to find what works for them. Experiences with different strains are at a personal level, and the recommendation engine ties that information back to landraces.
  • In 2008, Smoke Reports started as a research project to get all of the strain data into one place.61LcSrqvvuL
  • Building a dataset, hundreds of sources not just Big Book of Buds, by manually entering seed company and strain history information. That is how we are able to have a recommendation engine based on these landraces.
  • Helping business in the cannabis space. It is very important to Drake that data does not get lost again like it did for in the early 2000s. Open APIs allow developers and technologists to start with foundational tech and not have to do their own massive research.circuit_leaf_dropshadow-676x685
  • Leafly closing down the API hurts the development community. Drake does not have an exclusive attitude.
  • “We just want to deliver GB of data to folks.”
  • We do not believe there is a winner or owner of the data. With this thinking, we can then build in a more open and collaborative way.
  • Cannabis Reports team does not even use the word ‘competitor’. Our structure and organization of Cannabis Reports makes every company a potential partner. Working together means helping people at a larger scale.Ccov4DJUEAAcqhU
  • Data is available for free for API users. Producers and dispensaries pay small monthly fee for their listing and admin tools, but developers do not have to pay any money.
  • The underlying question: Is cannabis going to be an open space, or is it going to be a private me vs. you community?
  • Been very interesting for Drake to explain the Cannabis Reports mission to investors with more traditional mindsets. Sticking to the goal of providing small business owners and technologists underlying tools so they can do their jobs better without gathering all their own data.dispensary-devices
  • Cannabis Reports is silently become a major support pillar for the cannabis industry and community.
  • One of the biggest things we are trying to do right now is to develop the open cannabis future. We want to see if there is a possibility for developing open standards for operation. If we as an industry and community can agree and adopt standards in the open, we can be very powerful moving forward as one unified group.

Brandon David, Host of Investing in Cannabis

The entire team at Cannabis Reports wants to extend a huge “Thank You!” to Brandon David and the Investing in Cannabis team! This was a great opportunity for us to capture a glimpse of the positive cannabis future we are working toward.

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