Missouri Division of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) issues new guidance regarding use of terms “Sativa,” “Indica,” and “Hybrid” on marijuana product packaging.

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Today, the Missouri Division of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) issued new guidance regarding the use of the terms “Sativa,” “Indica,” and “Hybrid” on marijuana product packaging.

According to the latest directive from DCR, these terms may only be featured on marijuana product packaging if they are part of a logo or product name.


Importantly, the guidance prohibits referencing “Sativa,” “Indica,” or “Hybrid” as indicative of the side or behavioral effects of usage, underscoring that such designations do not accurately describe the effects of the product.

Historically, the terms were rooted in the botanical taxonomy of the cannabis plant, with “Sativa” and “Indica” referring to the physical characteristics and presumed origins of the plants. “Sativa” strains were believed to offer energizing effects, while “Indica” strains were associated with relaxation. However, with extensive cross-breeding through the years, nearly all modern cannabis strains are technically hybrids, blurring the lines between these traditional categories.

Expect your marijuana packaging to change again, DCR restricts use of common marijuana terminology on packaging

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