Cannabis ruderalis - An Explanation
Cannabis ruderalis is sister of Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. Cannabis ruderalis is a relatively unknown variety of cannabis, which naturally occurs in the mountains of the Caucasus to Mongolia and China. It is likely that the Cannabis ruderalis originates in the south-east of Russia, after which it has quickly spread in the wild.
The plant was named 'ruderalis' because of it's preference for so-called 'ruderal' places, such as rocky locations and rubbish, poor sites. In nature the Cannabis ruderalis can reach up to 30 - 60 cm in height, with only a few branches and a relatively low count of leaves. Cannabis ruderalis only generates relatively few and small female buds.
A distinctive and exclusive property of the Cannabis ruderalis is that this plant will quickly and automatically flower and start creating buds. Compared to the Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica the Cannabis ruderalis doesn't need a reduction of sun hours a day in order to flower. The Cannabis ruderalis flowers when she reaches a certain age.
Cannabis ruderalis more or less contains the same amount of cannabinoids as the Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica, however the THC % is significantly lower.
Cannabis ruderalis has an interesting medicinal and shamanistic tradition. The oldest evidence date back to 2400 years ago. In a 'Scythian' grave in Mongolia a bag of hemp seeds were found, which are strongly thought to be Cannabis ruderalis seeds.
Until the present day the Cannabis ruderalis is used in Russian and Mongolian folk medicine to treat depression. From research, (sponsored by the Mongolian Academy of Sciences) set up to document the shamanistic and folk medicinal knowledge of medicinal plants in Mongolia, we learn that the Cannabis sativa and Cannabis ruderalis have been used for various medicinal purposes in Mongolia. The Cannabis sativa is mostly used as a source of oil, while the Cannabis ruderalis is more often used for it's psychoactive properties. Additionally it's plausible that the shamans in Mongolia use the Cannabis ruderalis in order to reach their 'shamanistic trance'.
Seeds of pure Cannabis ruderalis are not or barely available. However many seeds are available from hybrids between the ruderalis and sativa/indica varieties. These seeds are often called 'autoflowering cannabis seeds'.
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