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There are thousands of marijuana strains.  Think of it like tomato plants.  There are more than 3,000 varieties of heirloom or heritage tomatoes in active cultivation worldwide and more than 20,000 known varieties according to Ethno-Botanik.org. A strain of marijuana is like a variety of tomato plant.  Some are bushy, some are tall, some are sweet, some, dry, some gooey. Marijuana plants have been cross bred to highlight different characteristics, such as to get different effects from the approximately 100 cannabinoids present, or to bring out a smell and effect from the different terpenes present.  Terpenes are naturally occurring hydrocarbons that produce the smell, and have an effect on the cannabinoids as well.  A lemony smell is the terpene limonene, which is also found in citrus fruits.  Patients can be allergic to some terpenes, or strains of marijuana. This is another reason it is more helpful for patients to have access to the natural plant such as the dried buds, or the ability to grow their own. Patients with allergies to certain strains can avoid those strains. Often a patient can tell merely by the smell if a particular strain is one they should avoid.  If a patient is allergic to alpha-pinene for instance they would immediately know to stay away from piney smelling marijuana.  In Florida however, none of the growers disclose what strains they are selling. And it appears none of them will be offering dried bud either.  Even if the Florida marijuana growers happened to develop their own strain, it has to be bred from existing plants.  They would still be able to list the source.  ie a cross between this strain and that strain, which would allow the patient to be better educated.  However Florida lawmakers have circumvented the will of the people by establishing a system that is shrouded in mystery. 

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