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How Does One Identify a Cannabis Strain?

Do you have a hard time identifying cannabis strains? Have you ever smoked some really good bud but just can’t seem to figure out the particular strain that got you high? We all know how that feels — you’re likely to have a burning desire to find that same fire herb. The only way out is to know how to identify strains. Now, the process of identifying strains can be a bit tricky — there are well over 700 different cannabis strains, and the number keeps growing each day.

So what does this mean? Well, it only implies that it’s going to take a whole lot of work to sift through all those strains to find your fire herb. The good news is, there are a couple of things you can do to narrow it down, and that’s exactly what this post is about.

From this point on, we’re going to explore the step-by-step process for identifying strains so you can get familiar with what you’re smokin. Sounds good? Let’s get to it!

Step 1: Shape and Size of the Beautiful Buds

The very first things you want to look at are the shape and size of the buds. This is when we figure out if you’ve got an indica, sativa or hybrid.

Indica Strains typically produce heavy and tightly packed buds. They look short and chunky. On the flip side, Sativa Strains produce long and narrow flowers, which aren’t as densely packed as indicas.

So, if you’re looking for short and stubby buds, you should be on the lookout for pure indicas or indica-dominant hybrids. Also, if you’re looking to have longer and thinner flowers, you can limit your search to sativas and sativa-dominant hybrids.

Do you have a hard time identifying cannabis strains? Have you ever smoked some really good bud but just can't seem to figure out the particular strain that got you high? We all know how that feels — you're likely to have a burning desire to find that same fire…

Introducing Leafly’s New Cannabis Strain Identifier Tool

We receive a lot of great feedback and feature requests from our Leafly users, but one suggestion comes up over and over again, prompting us to take action and build a new cannabis strain identifier tool. In the past few years, you asked (and asked…and asked) for a tool that would make every cannabis connoisseur’s life a lot easier:

“If you could take pictures of weed and have the app identify what strain it was”

“Be able to take pictures of da weed that you have and leafly tell you what it is”

“I wish you guys could have a photo search to try and find mystery strains!”

“Hey i really want to know what strain this is can i send you guys a pic 🙂 “

We at Leafly heard you loud and clear, and our Research and Development team put in the man hours to study the science of what you need. Today we’re excited to debut the result of those man hours: Leafly’s brand-new Marijuana Analysis Recognition Interpreter, or, as our team affectionately (and appropriately) refers to her, MARI.

Upload a photo of your mystery cannabis strain to MARI and she’ll analyze the image and cross-check it against our proprietary algorithm of sophisticated factors to determine which strain you actually have. Here’s a screenshot of MARI in action:

MARI is currently in beta mode, so check her out for yourself and let us know what you think!

Today we're excited to debut Leafly's brand-new Marijuana Analysis Recognition Interpreter, or, as our development team affectionately (and appropriately) refers to her, MARI.