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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.

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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.

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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 brisnet.com) 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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Did Cannabis Influence Star Wars? How George Lucas Inspired the Cannabis Community

Happy Star Wars Day from the Cannabis Reports team. “May the fourth be with you!”

Cannabis is often associated with creativity and inspiration. So it should come as no surprise that cannabis was prevalent during the creation of the original Star Wars trilogy. In the late 1970s and early 80s, cannabis use was commonplace in the California movie industry, and George Lucas flourished in such an open environment.

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Cannabis Influences on Star Wars

Full disclosure: George Lucas has never directly claimed that Star Wars has anything to do with cannabis or cannabis use, but a close examination yields some telling evidence. Also, Disney now owns the Star Wars franchise, and promptly dismisses any connections between cannabis and their recent $4 billion purchase. Please take the following with a grain of salt.

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One noted tale is centered around the origin of the word “Wookiee.” During the filming of Lucas’ first film THX 1138, voice actor Terry McGovern was with Lucas and a friend named Bill Wookey, when he ad-libbed a line after smoking cannabis: “I think I just ran over a Wookey back there.”

Lucas found this hilarious (which, honestly, points to the possibility that he was in the smoking rotation as well), and the lovable character Chewbacca found his origins.

Remember the Mos Eisley Cantina scene? How about Jabba’s palace? And don’t forget about Yoda, just hanging out on Dagobah, talking all funny. Smoking contraptions and references appear throughout the original Star Wars episodes, and smokey rooms with lounging “scum and villainy” were definitely buzzing around George Lucas’ creative mind.

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Besides the fact that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and a bunch of other cast members have alluded to cannabis use during the period in which Star Wars was filmed, it would be silly not to consider the overall attitude cannabis had on experimentation, relaxation, and creativity on the set of Star Wars.

(In her recent biography, Carrie Fisher admitted to heavy drug use during filming, but claimed she was never really interested in the joints being passed around on set).

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Carrie Fisher Claims She Never Liked Cannabis, But Makes No Comment on Its Popularity with the Other Actors

The Influence Star Wars Provides to the Cannabis Community

Star Wars was released to a culture that was prepared to dive into George Lucas’ space travels, partly because people at the time were far more comfortable experimenting with new ideas and experiences.

The Lines for the Star Wars Premier were Famously Long (and Cannabis Use was Rampant Among the Waiting Moviegoers)

The Lines for the Star Wars Premier were Famously Long (and Cannabis Use was Rampant Among the Waiting Moviegoers)

Decades have passed since the original Star Wars hit the big screen, and yet the films still invite new generations to explore a different-but-similar universe. It only makes sense that the popularity of Star Wars would imprint itself on the evolving cannabis culture.

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Cannabis Reports has well over 30 strains in the database that are directly influenced by Star Wars characters. There are even some companies who have paid the ultimate homage by modeling their brands around Star Wars themes (Vader Extracts, Jedi Labs, and Wook Flame).

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Skywalker, Skywalker OG (pictured), and Purple Skywalker OG.

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Death Star (pictured), Star Wreck, Storm Trooper and Deathstar OG.

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Yoda OG, Master Yoda (pictured), Purple Yoda, and Yoda’s Brains.

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Jedi, Jedi Kush (pictured), Red Eye Jedi, and Jedi Death Star.

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Sour Kenobi and Master OG Wan Kenobi (pictured).

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Dark Vader, Vader Kush, Vader OG, and Dank Vader (pictured).

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Han Solo OGSolo’s Stash, and Jabba’s Stash.
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R2-D2, C3PO, Ewok (pictured), and Jawa.

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Wookie, Wookie Glue, Wookie Cookies, Wookie #7, and of course, Chewbacca (pictured).

Once again, Happy Star Wars Day from the Cannabis Reports team. “May the Fourth Be with You!” For the most up to date info on Cannabis Reports, follow us on Twitter, and like us on our Facebook page.

Cannabis Genetics Like You Have Never Seen Them Before: Visualizing the Cannabis Reports Strain Database

Data is incredibly powerful. It can help researchers unravel scientific mysteries, it can drive major business decisions, and it can be art.

“Facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis.” Sure, that definition does not scream the words “beautiful” or “stimulating” to the majority of people, but you might change your mind when you see what happens when you can mix cannabis genetics with a data visualization tool (D3.js).

Check out the video and take a moment to appreciate the exploratorium that is the Cannabis Reports database. What you are about to see is the visual navigation of over 80,000 genetic cross-references between the strains in our database. In this short clip, we navigate through the hundreds of modern strains that have been created using the breeder DJ Short’s popular strain Blueberry.

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As you can see, DJ Short’s Blueberry is extensively embedded in the genetics of an incredible number of other strains. This type of data visualization reveals that entire seed companies have been built on particular strains. At the time this was written, Cannabis Reports just added the 8,618th strain to the database. All of those strains are linked back through the genetic family tree, all the way back to the original landraces.

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The Tree Layout Displays Node-Link Diagrams using the Reinhold-Tilford “Tidy” Algorithm. Tree Models are Often Used to Show Parent and Children Relationships.

So what you are seeing is actually a family tree linking over five different eras of modern cannabis genetics! By the way, all of this data (actually much more cannabis data) is freely available for developers and researchers through our open cannabis API.

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The Parents of DJ Short’s Blueberry Strain

The majority of the models displayed in this post are known as “adjacency diagrams.” This data model (GitHub: Partition Layout) produces adjacent nodes and identifies the proximity requirements between major groups. Essentially, these models display the size of each node by determining the dimensional requirements necessary to fill space within the model.

Below, we have shown the genetic origins of the strain Jack Herer (created by Sensi Seeds), as well as a geographical map indicating these origins.

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Cannabis Data Can Help the Industry Grow

Falling in love with data is not everyone’s destiny, but if it were to happen, it generally requires your exposure to a dataset that reveals meaningful trends in your personal life. In 2008, David Drake began building a database specifically for people who love cannabis and love to discuss cannabis genetics.

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Eight years later, Cannabis Reports now hosts specific information on over 30,000 combined strains, edibles, extracts, other infused products, and all of the businesses that create them.

Personal Genetic Profile Visualized Using D3.js

Personal Genetic Profile Visualized Using D3.js

The data is all normalized, exposing all of the interwoven connections between genetic breeding, the cultivators and infused product makers, and at the very end, patient consumption.

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Cannabis Reports can show you awesome data visualization because our database is built on cannabis landrace genetics rather than retail language like “indica, sativa, and hybrid.”

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Above: Visualization of the Children from Girl Scout Cookies. Below: Visualization of the parents of Girl Scout Cookies.

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The Genetic Origins of Blue Dream, Still One of the Most Popular and Widely Available Strains Today

The Genetic Origins of Blue Dream, Still One of the Most Popular and Widely Available Strains Today

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Gelato #45: A Strain with a More Complex Parental Lineage

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Feel free to reach out to the Cannabis Reports team with any questions you may have about our database, the thousands of genetic-cross references we have documented, or just cannabis technology in general. We would love to hear from you!

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