The word ‘ruderalis’ derives from ‘ruderal’, a name given to wild crop types that are the earliest to colonize land damaged by human activities or natural forces. Though once assumed to be the descendant of other species of Marijuana, it is now accepted that Cannabis ruderalis is its own genus in itself. What is Cannabis Ruderalis native? the hardy cannabis plant that is rising native in Russia and Central Asia at present. It is also a keystone resource for breeders of cannabis, who’ve been reported to breed ruderalis with other species to produce hybrids with some of the features of ruderalis, like auto flowering.
An average Cannabis Ruderalis plant, sometimes around 30 cm or 80 cm when grown up, is very small in height. It produces just a few branches and, close to those of Marijuana Indica, has large, flat-bladed leaves. Ruderalis can reach much less height than an Indica strain until flowering starts. It is also sometimes related to dwarf weed or weed bonsai.
Ruderalis yields a lower flower yield relative to other varieties of marijuana due to its small size and minimal branches. Although this may be a downside for others, the lighter weight of ruderalis crops makes it an excellent choice for patients with medical cannabis who are interested in cultivating their own crops at home and have minimal indoor space. Ruderalis plants also do not have special lighting requirements, unlike other species, which means they are also suitable for those involved in growing crops outdoors at a certain latitude.
History of Cannabis Ruderalis
There is considerable doubt, even among the most world-renowned marijuana experts, as to whether Ruderalis is a marijuana genus or a subspecies. From a botanical point of view, we do know that Ruderalis is a plant species that may have evolved from its adaptation to harsh climate conditions that proliferate even in aggressive environments characteristic of Ruderalis resilience. These factors can induce deficiencies in the natural parameters that are necessary for any living organism on the earth to properly evolve biologically.
Therefore, in some regions of Asia and Central and Eastern Europe, these adverse yet viable natural conditions seem to have permitted the introduction of Marijuana Ruderalis crops. More precisely, the Russian botanist Janischewski first formally described this strain scientifically in 1924 in the rural areas in southern Siberia.
Janischewski began using the word ‘Ruderalis’ with the aid of his helpers to describe the ‘wild’ hemp varieties that evolved naturally, with no human interference and were willing to adapt to the harsh weather conditions in those regions. Some people claimed years ago that Marijuana Ruderalis evolved from an Indica grower that had adapted to the much smaller photoperiod of the northern regions it evolved from. Nonetheless, even though it sounds possible, there is no strong explanation supporting this.
Characteristics and Effects of Marijuana Ruderalis
Marijuana ruderalis, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has increased in popularity over recent years, is naturally higher in cannabidiol ( CBD). Also, it contains very little tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC), the euphoric high that induces a psychoactive compound.
More than 100 cannabinoids are present in cannabis, the most common of which are CBD and THC. Cannabinoids have been shown to interact with endocannabinoid system cannabinoid receptors, helping to change the output of brain neurotransmitters in an attempt to maintain the functions of the body in check.
Since Cannabis ruderalis is high in CBD and low in THC, it is a more common alternative among customers who are interested in the medicinal benefits of marijuana crops but who want to prevent any of the euphoric impacts usually associated with the consumption of cannabis.
In ruderalis strains, the high concentration of CBD has also proved advantageous to breeders who cross Indica and Sativa with ruderalis strains to create auto flowering hybrids that contain higher amounts of CBD. For eg, Sativa can grow too tall indoors, but when they breed with ruderalis strains, they can be more controlled.
Difference Between Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis
The cannabis strains of Ruderalis, Sativa, and Indica are all native to various regions and have hence established very different growth patterns over time. It originated as a small and fast-growing plant as cannabis ruderalis originates from a region with long, cold winters. Its Auto flowering capabilities mean that, considering the long daylight hours encountered during the season in northern areas, it would have been able to finish flowering in the summer.
Likewise, because they evolved from the foothills of the Himalayas, Indica strains appear to have a comparatively limited flowering period. Therefore, they would need to soon reach maturity before the cooler weather came. As ruderalis, with large leaves, Indica appear to be small and stocky. Though cannabis ruderalis, however, generate a bit of THC, cannabis Indica strains are commonly known for their thick buds, loaded down with resin-rich in cannabinoids.
Sativa strains were common to wet, tropical regions and can thus afford to spend a lot longer time flowering, than their relatives. As a result, sativa plants appear to develop much larger than either ruderalis or Indica which can achieve a height of a whopping 20 feet. They also have long, slender leaves and fuzzy buds, rendering these plants a sight to behold with ample space when developed outdoors.
There is a widespread misconception that strains of sativa and Indica have distinct THC or CBD contents and thus distinct results. A more intellectual, uplifting high is believed to generate Sativa, while Indica are believed to be more sedative and have a heavy ‘body high.’
While most commercial strains, regardless of their ancestry, are now bred to have an extremely high THC content, Indica appear to have marginally more CBD. Several strains are also specifically bred for high CBD content, and these appear to be varieties of Indica.