Curated Cannabis classifies its flower by its physiological profile and terpene composition.
Narrow Leaf (Sativa)
Narrow Leaf cultivars have physical characteristics that
reflect their equatorial lineage. These
plants evolved in tropical regions close to the equator, with equal amounts of
day and night throughout the year. As a
result, these cultivars tend to grow taller, with narrower leaf “fingers”, and
require more time to produce its flower to maturity. Narrow Leaf cultivars tend to have higher
amounts of pinene and limonene relative to other terpenes.
The vast majority of cultivars available today are hybrids
between Narrow Leaf and Broad Leaf cultivars.
Seed banks and cannabis breeders have worked tirelessly to develop
commercially viable cultivars (i.e. higher propagation rates, shorter flowering
times, disease-resistant, increased potency) with a stunning variation in aroma
Broad Leaf (Indica)
Broad Leaf cultivars evolved to grow in cold, short-season
climates (e.g. Hindu and Afghan Kush).
These cultivars tend to be short and stocky with broad leaf
“fingers”. Since they must produce their
flower in the short window after the fall equinox but before the first frost,
these cultivars produce their flowers to maturity faster than their Narrow Leaf
cousins. Broad Leaf cultivars are
characterized by their high amounts of myrcene relative to other terpenes.