Ruderalis - 20% THC
The Ruderalis cannabis strains 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". Janichevsky proposed alternative names for the C. sativa as Ruderalis Janisch and Cannabis Ruderalis Janisch.
Ruderalis 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.
In 1929, renowned plant explorer Nikolai Vavilov assigned wild populations of Cannabis in Afghanistan to Cannabis indica Lam. var. kafiristanica Vav., and ruderalis 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 are 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 MANSFIELD.
Ruderalis contains about the same amount of cannabinoids as its counterparts. That includes the three main components for THC (delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol), 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.
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 outdoor cultivation. 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 and Ruderalis.
Flowering Time: 8-9 weeks
up to 400 gr m/2 (dried indoor).
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