Cannabis Ruderalis is a strain of cannabis that most individuals are not familiar with, and for good reason. It is commonly grown in Asia and Eastern Europe, and is a popular strain of cannabis used in Russia. Because the plant grows in cold climates, and the weather tends to be much harsher in comparison to strains grown in certain parts of the United States, the plant does not produce the noticeably higher THC count that many people desire. The plant was known for commonly growing in the wild, however, many growers are finding that they can crossbreed Cannabis Ruderalis with other cannabis plants to produce desirable benefits. Here is everything to know about the plant, and how is being used today in creating new hybrids.
Origin Of Cannabis Ruderalis
Cannabis Ruderalis is native to Asia and areas of Eastern Europe, most commonly found in Russia. There, the plant flourishes naturally in the wild. The word ruderalis is used in botany to describe plants that grow despite interference from humans and other factors that influence cultivation. In recent developments, this breed of cannabis has been crossbred with other varieties of plants, to create new hybrids, which can make up for the lack of THC content that this breed produces on its own. The word ruderalis is taken from Latin, and means rubbish.
Properties Associated With Cannabis Ruderalis
Unlike other cannabis plants, the Cannabis Ruderalis plant is known for being short, and looking more like a stalk. It grows anywhere from 1 to 2 feet tall, with leaves that are of a light green shade, making it the smallest. In comparison, Sativa looks more like a tree, and Indica looks similar to a leafy bush, with the Cannabis Ruderalis being similar to a small vegetable plant or flower in height and output. The buds that are harvested from the plant are usually small, but on the plumper side, so they can still produce a decent yield for anyone who wants to ensure they have enough of the plant. The flowering cycle is one aspect that sets this breed of cannabis apart from others. Most cannabis plants must be cultivated in a way that will help produce optimal growth for the buds. Cannabis Ruderalis flowers anywhere from 21 to 30 days no matter what, without taking a light cycle of any kind into effect. Because of this, it can be grown anywhere with ease, since it does not need to be tended as closely as other strains.
The Effects of Cannabis Ruderalis
Many people might brush off the benefits of Cannabis Ruderalis because it does not produce the high amount of THC as seen in its cousins. But the hardy nature of the plant and its ability to withstand various types of weather, no matter the situation, means that it is ideal for crossbreeding, especially when it comes to more temperamental plants that might not have the ability to survive in the wild as well. By choosing to cross breed, growers can feel confident in knowing their plants will have the tenacity to withstand various elements and do not have to concern themselves with being strict on ensuring the plant has a rigid schedule of 10 or 12 hours of sunlight and darkness. The fact that the plant flowers every 30 days like clockwork is an added benefit, and another reason to combine it with a breed that produces better flavor, but is fussier in terms of needs.
Uses of Cannabis Ruderalis
Traditionally, this plant has been used in Russia to treat depression. The low THC content means that most individuals do not use this for recreational purposes. Instead, because it does not have any psychedelic effects, it is widely used for cancer, to help stimulate appetite, and to help with nausea and vomiting, particularly for those that have undergone chemotherapy treatment.
Popular Strains of Cannabis Ruderalis
Some of the most popular strains and hybrids of Cannabis Ruderalis include both the ruderalis and either some Sativa or Indica plant crossed with it. Northern Light Auto is a commonly grown plant that includes both Cannabis Ruderalis (usually around 20%), and 80% Indica. Other strains which feature a mix of all three, with low amounts of Sativa, include Royal Bluematic and Sweet Skunk Automatic, all of which have distinct tastes, but the end result is no more than 10% Sativa, 60% Indica, and 30% ruderalis.
At first glance, the Cannabis Ruderalis plant is not fancy, nor does it contain the high THC content other popular plants do. However, its ability to withstand almost any kind of weather, and the natural auto flowering that occurs every 30 days regardless of amount of light (or lack thereof), means it provides a valuable blend when combined with other cannabis plants.