This curious species has lingered in the shadows for too long. Now we’ll give Cannabis Ruderalis the attention it deserves, as it immensely influenced so many contemporary varieties of ganja.
What is cannabis ruderalis?
Ruderalis is a subspecies of cannabis, native to the inhospitable climates of Eastern Europe and parts of Asia (most notably northern Himalayas), where it has been utilized for centuries as an herbal remedy.
It was first classified as a separate species with distinct characteristics in 1924, in southern Siberia, by a Russian botanist D.E. Janischewsky (1).
Considered a wild breed, it is believed to be a descendant of cannabis indica, primarily because both species have similar wide-bladed leaves.
Cannabis ruderalis has acclimated to the harsh weather conditions that other types of cannabis would not be able to endure, and this adaptation has spawned some very desirable traits.
But before we get into genetics, let’s say a few words about the origins of its name.
Cannabis ruderalis got its title because it’s a ruderal plant.
Ruderal species first colonize an area of land after either natural or man-made disturbances, and by doing so they “occupy” that piece of land from other plants, removing them from the equation.
Natural disturbances include avalanches and wildfires, and human disturbances can refer to construction sites, roadways, mining and so forth.
This ruderal characteristic is sufficient to make cannabis ruderalis a genuinely trailblazing plant, but the most fascinating trait of this species is how it enters the flowering phase, unlike any other type of weed.
What is the difference between cannabis sativa, indica and ruderalis?
Just like most flowering plants, both indicas and sativas are photoperiod plants, which essentially means that they begin producing flowers when they receive at least 12 hours of darkness each day.
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