Ruderails - 20% THC
The Ruderails are a mythical, rare subspecies of wild cannabis from Siberia which has a short growth habit and quick life cycle.
In 1924, Russian botanist D.E. Janichevsky concluded that ruderal Cannabis in central Russia is either a variety of C. sativa or a separate species, and proposed C. sativa L. var. ruderalis Janisch. and Cannabis ruderalis Janisch. as alternative names. In 1929, renowned plant explorer Nikolai Vavilov assigned wild or feral populations of Cannabis in Afghanistan to C. indica Lam. var. kafiristanica Vav., and ruderal populations in Europe to C. sativa L. var. spontanea Vav.
In 1940, Russian botanists Serebriakova and Sizov proposed a complex classification in which they also recognized C. sativa and C. indica as separate species. Within C. sativa they recognized two subspecies: C. sativa L. subsp. culta Serebr. (consisting of cultivated plants), and C. sativa L. subsp. spontanea (Vav.) Serebr. (consisting of wild or feral plants). Serebriakova and Sizov split the two C. sativa subspecies into 13 varieties, including four distinct groups within subspecies culta. However, they did not divide C. indica into subspecies or varieties. This excessive splitting of C. sativa proved too unwieldy, and never gained many adherents.
Ruderalis was first formally
described by the Russian botanist,
Janischewski. It originates in Southeast
Russia but currently grows wild from the
Caucuses right up into China. The name
Ruderalis is derived from the tough, stony
places on the plains where this sturdy little
plant prefers to take hold. These places are
known as ‘ruderal’ and so Ruderalis
indicates a plant that can even survive on
building rubble. Ruderalis is short and
stocky with a maximum height during
flowering between 30 and 60 centimetres.
In comparison with Indian hemp, Indica,
Ruderalis has very small short leaves,
hardly any branches and it produces one
small firm flower, right on its main growth
stem. The seed casing shows a difference
in the outer covering tissue, which appears
wrinkly and almost spotty.
These seeds are usually smaller than their
Sativa counterparts but are still larger than
those of Indica. Traditional nicknames for
Ruderalis are Anascha, Konopli, Mimea,
Momea, Mumeea, Penka, Penscha,
Ruderalhanf, Russian Hemp, Primeval
hemp, Wild Hemp, Rough Hemp, Hemp
and Weedy hemp. Botanical synonyms
are Cannabis Intersita SOJAK, C. sativa
LINNÉ ssp. spontanea SEREBR. ex.
SEREBR. et SIZOV, C. sativa LINNÉ
var. Ruderalis (JANISCHEWSKY), C.
sativa LINNÉ var. spontanea
MANSFIELD und Cannabis spontanea
The history of primeval hemp
The Greek historian, Herodotus of
Halikarnassus (490-430 BC) describes the
use of Ruderalis hemp for burial rituals
practised by the Scythians.
A tent would be constructed from sticks
and folds of felt cloth above a fire place,
then everyone would gather under the tent
and throw Ruderalis seeds onto the
glowing rocks and embers, whilst deeply
inhaling the rising fumes.
Archaeological finds have confirmed
Herodotus by uncovering incense holders
and leather pouches full of hemp seeds
that date back 2400 years and were found
in Scythian burial mounds around
Mongolia. The following text was found
amongst his notes that were uncovered at
his burial site.
“Both vats contained a large amount of
hemp seeds and these were placed next to
the aforementioned large stones. The
seeds found were Cannabis Sativa L, of
the strain Cannabis Ruderalis, described
by Janisch. Hemp seeds were also
discovered inside a heavy leather bottle
that was attached to the base of a large
vat in the form of a Scythian cauldron.
The stones in the smoking vats were
burned and some of the
remaining seeds were
Apart from its use in burial
rituals, the Scythians used
this strain of hemp as their
favourite tranquilliser. In
Central Asia, Cannabis
Ruderalis has been used
since prehistoric times by
shamans for rituals and that
still happens today in parts
of Russia and Mongolia.
Cannabis Ruderalis as
In both Mongolia and
Russia, Cannabis Ruderalis
is widely used as an
Mongolian ‘bagashun’ or a
Russian ‘mummio’ is a
tonic against any and all
diseases and ills. It is
probably created out of a
mix Ruderalis, juniper
berries and bat shit. The
Mongolians identify two strains of
cannabis, that is Cannabis Sativa, which
is usually used for it’s oil whilst Ruderalis
is usually used for its psychotropic side
effects. Jettmar believes that it is very
likely that Mongolian shamans use
Ruderalis with juniper berries to induce
Ruderalis contains about the same amount
of cannabinoids as its counterparts. That
includes the three main components for
CBD (Cannabidiol) en CBN
(Cannabinol). The quantity of THC in
Ruderalis is set at about 40%. In
comparison analysis shows that Cannabis
Sativa contains up to 70% of THC. Ed
Rosenthal has this to say about the
psychoactive effects of Ruderalis, “The
high from Ruderalis is more of a zoom
that quickly descends into a headache.
Hybrids and cross breeding on the other
hand, often produce a very respectable
high.” With cross breeds, Rosenthal is
referring to modern cannabis hybrids that
have evolved due to selective breeding
between the Ruderalis hemp plant and a
Cannabis Sativa or Indica or already
To conclude, let’s have a quick look at
some of these interesting developments.
Modern hybrids founded with Ruderalis.
For outdoor growing, Cannabis Ruderalis
can best be crossed with plants derived
from Cannabis Indica. Both types are
small and robust and have a hearty
immune system, (the influence of
Ruderalis) and produce a potent high (the
influence of Indica).
These factors are very important for the
successful cross cultivator. Cross breeding
with Sativa produces hybrids with an
average high content. Ruderalis Indica
and Ruderalis Skunk are outdoors strains
produced by the Sensi Seed Company.
Ruderalis Indica, as the name implies, is a
cross between Ruderalis crossed with an
Indica cross which originated from
Hungary and the former Soviet Union.
The producers advertise this strain as
being a fast and early bloomer that is still
a potent hybrid.
With the early bloomer, Ruderalis Skunk,
great care was taken to maintain the
original characteristics of the Ruderalis
strain. This hybrid is also exceptional
from its primeval origin in that it is able
to flower regardless of daylight hours. It
will just start when it reaches a certain
age. For this reason they are very popular
as a beginners plant.
One of Sensi Seeds more exquisite sorts
is the Fourway, which is made up of 25%
of Indica, Ruderalis, Northern Light and
Skunk and is perfect for either indoor or
The Canadian seed company, Mighty
Mite Strains, produces two of their own
hybrids alongside a purebred Cannabis
Ruderalis. The program reads – Ruderalis
Skunk crossed with Indica (for indoor and
outdoor cultivation) and Mighty Mite
crossed with Ruderalis for outdoor
cultivation. Their top achiever is the strain
Mighty Mite, an Indica strain originating
in the Himalayas. Also to be found in
Canada, is the Heritage Seed Company
who created the Ben Johnson strain,
which is an Indica, crossed with a
Ruderalis hybrid. Jason King’s
‘Cannabible’, came up with a Ruderalis –
Strawberry cross. Strawberry is derived
from 75% Indica and 25% Sativa. North
American Willi Jack Seeds produces an
interesting cross between Northern Lights
Flowering Time: 8-9 weeks
up to 400 gr m/2 (dried indoor).
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