On an early autumn walk, I found several cannabis ruderalis plants growing wild. To my surprise and delight, I found several seed-bearing plants and even one sinsemilla bud, which must have been upwind of the male plants I saw, already dried and dead, near the seed-carrying females up the road.
Below is a picture gallery with shots of the wild Cannabis Ruderalis plants growing on a sunny roadside. Notice the very sativa-like thin leaves. These plants were likely hit at least once by mowers, but still managed to put out seeds by early September (some plants I found were already long gone to seed). There are also shots of the typical small, black, and very hard ruderalis seeds, as well as closeups showing the trichomes on the leaves and buds, immature as they unfortunately were. Cool stuff, regardless, and I look forward to growing the gathered seeds in a nurturing environment. Expect more posts about these plants:
The particularly cool part of the story is that the one larger, seedless bud had an amazing orange/pepper/cream aroma that I’d rank up there with some of the better sativa plants I’ve had the pleasure to sniff. Sadly, the whir of weed-whackers was not far behind me; a road crew was out for a late summer cleanup. I would have loved to let the beautiful sinsemilla bud mature, but I decided to pick her now in order to get some better pictures and a chance to sample the immature bud. I hurried ahead of the cutting crew and gathered seeds from the other female plants I could find. Hopefully a few of the couple dozen seeds I gathered will produce a plant with that amazing orange/pepper/cream aroma phenotype. In any case, they will serve as a great breeding platform for some autoflowering hybrids of my own. It will be great to have a ruderalis plant that already produces great aromas as stock to cross with other varieties (like my current favorite “Double Gum”) and see if I can cross-breed some heavier yielding autoflowering stock of my own. Perhaps these will become the “Panik Plants”?
Last fall, we collected seeds from wild C. Ruderalis marijuana plants growing along roadsides and in fallow land (see the post here). We planted them early last month, Read More…
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A pure strain from the Ko Chang archipelago in Thailand, her THC levels are among the highest in the world. She’s highly prized by Thai growers who smuggle her into Bangkok despite the severity of the country’s penal system. This strain’s value derives from it being the result of continual interbreeding using the best examples of this Thai Ko Chang lineage undertaken over many years by the area’s expert growers; local inhabitants who have been cultivating it for generations. She’s one of Thailand’s most productive strains and has a relatively short flowering cycle for a pure Thai Sativa. Very vigorous, sometimes uncontrollable growth. If grown in a pot, leave plenty of room for the root zone to develop for optimum yields. Like the authentic Thai she is, her taste and smell will bring Asia to your palate while her effect will spirit you away to the indescribable temples of Bangkok.
That’s not to say that finding wild weed doesn’t have its benefits, however. While it may not have the look you’re accustomed to, it will also be a pure landrace strain, meaning that it hasn’t been cross-bred with any other strains. As such, it will typically be 100% indica or sativa, making it ideal for those looking for such strains that can often be hard to find.
Wild cannabis on the other hand, is very different. Not only does it not have the tender loving care that other types of weed have, but they also have to deal with predators such as deer that like to munch on the green leaves almost as soon as they sprout. For this reason, wild weed usually appears as a shorter, bushier type of plant that makes it ideal for creating unique hash and other forms of cannabis.
What kind of cannabis grows in the wild?
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.
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.
Pure strains can bring more of the benefits that hybrids simply can’t. Those looking for a purely cerebral high for instance, will appreciate a sativa landrace that can provide them. And those looking for something that will bring them complete relaxation might be interested in indica landrace strains.