06 / 04 / 2020

Cannabis Ruderalis

You’ve probably heard of sativa and indica, the two main species of cannabis- but have you heard of cannabis ruderalis?
It’s undecided in the scientific community whether ruderalis is a species of cannabis, or entirely its own plant. At this point in time, it could go both ways.
For now, we’ll call it cousin #3. Sativa, indica: make room for your lesser-known relative!

A Little Bit of History…

Cannabis Ruderalis was discovered by Russian botanist D. E. Janischewsky in 1924, long after its cousins Indica and Sativa were first documented. Ruderalis comes from the word ruderal, which refers to a plant's ability to grow in any environment- even one inhabited by humans or in the throws of natural destruction. It's a great way to describe Cannabis Ruderalis, as it's a hearty, wild plant. Ruderalis is auto-flowering, meaning it doesn't have to experience a certain amount of sunlight to induce flowering. Instead, Ruderalis automatically flowers weeks after being planted, regardless of its environment.
Ruderalis has been mostly ignored by growers, considered to be wild and unprofitable. But in recent years, it’s made its way into the cannabis industry.

Plant Structure…

Ruderalis thrives in pretty much any environment, though it’s native to areas in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia.
The plant itself is thick, dense, and fibrous, with wide, shaggy leaves that beam a bright green glow. It rarely grows over 2 feet tall.
Ruderalis flowers in as little as 4 weeks after being planted, which makes planting and harvesting an effortless feat.
Ruderalis contains little to no THC, but does have a relatively high amount of CBD.

Psychoactive Effects…

Because ruderalis is very low in THC, it doesn't do much when harvested on its own. It's too short to harvested for hemp fibres, like its cousin sativa. Some medicinal growers harvest it for CBD, but this practice isn't hugely common.
Recently, however, growers have learned that ruderalis makes a great breeding partner with strains of sativa or indica.

With its hearty structure, auto-flowering capabilities, and short lifecycle, it's perfect to pair with a species swimming in potent cannabinoids and a solid flavour profile.
Ruderalis is also known for being disease and pest resistant, which makes a great addition to any sativa or indica species.
Together, they make an ideal plant- small, fast-growing, healthy, and delicious.

Do you think ruderalis is a species of cannabis? Or is it its own plant altogether? Drop us a comment down below!

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