The future of marijuana is not hazy. On the contrary, there are several clear-cut uses emerging. The future of cannabis will be in craft strains and private brand preparations that target specific diseases. Growers attempting to differentiate and brand their products have been hampered by current technology, and have relied on a sense of smell and cloning technology to reproduce their strains.
Unfortunately, environmental conditions affect gene expression, and the resulting phenotypes can have significant differences. Just because your parents had diabetes doesn’t mean you will get diabetes too.
Marijuana technology is rapidly evolving into a craft growing operation. Using genetic analysis of the expressed RNA (by abrading the trichomes with glass beads and sequencing the RNA), instead of DNA, an RNA analysis permits an analysis of the expressed genes. Protein analysis would be insufficient, because terpenes are often missed.
The future of marijuana is not hazy.
Jordan J Zager, Iris Lange, Narayanan Srividya, Anthony Smith, Bernd Markus Lange. Gene Networks Underlying Cannabinoid and Terpenoid Accumulation in Cannabis. Plant Physiology, 2019; pp.01506.2018