Cannabis Ruderalis: Origin, Features, and Impact

cannabis ruderalis

Most people have heard of Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. But, there is another weed type that is mentioned among marijuana lovers, and that is Cannabis Ruderalis.

The biggest issue with this plant is that even experts cannot agree on whether this is a new type of marijuana or not.

Cannabis Ruderalis has a lot of features that make it special, and yet, is it enough to give it a separate classification?

In order to shed light on this subspecies, we’ve created a short article that delves into this type of marijuana.

Let’s check it out!

The origin of the plant

Ruderalis comes from the Latin word ruderal.

An interesting thing about this type of marijuana is that Ruderalis can grow in any place, regardless of the environmental factors. We also call these plants autoflowering cannabis (as they are able to bear flowers on their own, without human interference).

There are lots of debates among experts regarding Ruderalis’ origin. A lot of them believe that this subspecies is a descendant of Cannabis Indica.

This makes sense as Indica is generally more resilient than Sativa. In order to survive, Ruderalis has to adjust and evolve to its original habitat.

Autoflowering plants can be found in areas of Russia and Asia. It is usually found around mountains, but also in other areas where they can grow untouched by the human hand.

Initially, marijuana experts believed that this plant is nothing more than wild marijuana that cannot be used commercially because of its low yield.

However, in the last few years, more and more companies are giving Cannabis Ruderalis a go. Today, you can buy its seeds in numerous webshops that specialize in weed as well as weed-related products. 

The main features of Cannabis Ruderalis

Given that this plant is often described as a separate species, it makes sense that it will have a lot of different features compared to Sativa and Indica.

First of all, we have to mention that the autoflowering plant has similar physical characteristics as Indica. It is rather small, bushy. But, the main difference between the two is the fact that Ruderalis is even smaller than Indica.

At its peak development, it will grow up to 1 to 2.5 feet. The plant has widespread leaves in a nice green color. They are mostly shaggy and unimpressive. When talking about the buds, they are rather small compared to their counterparts. Still, they look and feel bulky.

The most important thing and the main reason why someone would grow Cannabis Ruderalis, is because of its flowering cycle. The plant doesn’t require light, similar to Indica and Sativa. Instead, it is able to blood regardless of its conditions.

Modern strains of this plant start flowering some 20, 25 days after being planted. Even if it’s bad weather outside, they will still be able to grow as if nothing has happened. 

What kind of an impact does Cannabis Ruderalis have?

If you wish to smoke weed, there are much better options than Ruderalis.

Yes, it still has a THC like all other types of marijuana, but its levels are much lower than those provided by Indica and Sativa.

Autoflowering plants are extremely popular among growers who don’t have the ideal climate for this plant. They are also great in situations when summer is short or doesn’t have enough sunny days.

The plant isn’t susceptible to environmental factors, so you can always be sure that you’re getting a certain number of harvests per year.

Lastly, due to the fact that it doesn’t require much sunlight, Ruderalis can provide several harvests per year.

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