In the report, author Barney Warf describes how cannabis use originated thousands of years ago in Asia, and has since found its way to many regions of the world, eventually spreading to the Americas and the United States.
After this really long “trip” throughout the pre-modern and modern worlds, cannabis finally came to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. It arrived in the southwest United States from Mexico, with immigrants fleeing that country during the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1911.
Burned cannabis seeds have also been found in kurgan burial mounds in Siberia dating back to 3,000 B.C., and some of the tombs of noble people buried in Xinjiang region of China and Siberia around 2500 B.C. have included large quantities of mummified psychoactive marijuana.
A second psychoactive species of the plant, Cannabis indica, was identified by the French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, and a third, uncommon one, Cannabis ruderalis, was named in 1924 by Russian botanist D.E. Janischevisky.
It is important to distinguish between the two familiar subspecies of the cannabis plant, Warf said. Cannabis sativa, known as marijuana, has psychoactive properties. The other plant is Cannabis sativa L. (The L was included in the name in honor of the botanist Carl Linnaeus.) This subspecies is known as hemp; it is a nonpsychoactive form of cannabis, and is used in manufacturing products such as oil, cloth and fuel. [11 Odd Facts About Marijuana]
I may be out of my element on the understanding of how plants work in the natural (wild) sense, but i’ve had this thought on my mind for awhile since there are some outdoor strands that are wild, "Saturna Sativa" for instance.
what I am wondering is without support from humans properly loving them, how do they survive in northern climates year round where it freezes the ground, or any climate for that matter since they will all have limited light at certain parts of the year.
do they drop the seeds after death and hope those will stay frozen over the winter?
Of course, once smokers find out that wild weed can definitely be found out there, the next thing they want to know is where; and hopefully it’s someplace close by!
But that doesn’t mean that cannabis can’t be found in cooler, drier climates either. In fact, it’s believed that marijuana was first cultivated in Afghanistan near the Himalayas. This doesn’t only prove that cannabis can grow just about anywhere, but also that this region of the world is bound to have feral weed growing in and around it.
What kind of cannabis grows in the wild?
In addition to where to go to find ditch weed, it’s also important to understand when to find it, as even wild weed will only be ready for harvest at certain times of the year.
As any grower knows, especially those growing outdoors where feral weed is found, the autumn months are best. This is when cannabis will reach its full maturity and when the buds will be the largest and most potent. This is an important consideration given that wild weed is already less potent than that grown in optimal conditions. For those concerned about wildlife getting to it before they do, the late summer months may also turn up a crop of wild weed ready to be cultivated. As for specific locations where feral weed can be found, there are quite a few throughout the world. The high mountainous regions of Nepal, around the Himalayas, are known for their feral weed, as are areas of Mexico and Jamaica.
That being said, you shouldn’t expect wild weed to be as potent as the strains you’ll find in your local dispensary. This type of cannabis is known for having significantly lower THC levels, which can make the high a bit less intense. This doesn’t mean however that if you come across a wild crop you shouldn’t pick a bit just to try – or to create your own hybrid with seeds you may have at home.