Cannabis Ruderalis, The origins of rude cannabis

cannabis ruderalis genetic crossing type

Cannabis Ruderalis everything you’ve ever wondered about the so-called rough grass

The origins

The term ruderalis derives from the root of the word ruderal. In the plant world, a ruderal species is a species that grows despite its environment is inhabited by humans or is otherwise affected by natural disturbances in the area. Many believe that ruderalis is a descendant of genetics indicates that it adapts to the harsh climates and the shorter growing seasons of the northern regions in which it originates.


Cannabis ruderalis is native to the areas of Asia, Central-Eastern Europe and in particular Russia, where botanists used the term “ruderalis” to classify the hemp plant breeds that had escaped man and cultivation, adapting to the extreme environments found in these climates.

Initially, cannabis ruderalis was considered a wild cannabis breed. However, in recent years, it has been brought in to influence the new hybrid varieties.

cannabis ruderalis confronto con varietà indica e sativa

Properties of Ruderalis cannabis

Cannabis ruderalis is a short, stalky plant, especially when compared with its sativa and indica counterparts. It is generally found between 1 and 2.5 feet tall at harvest time, with a robust and bristly growth pattern that produces broad leaflets that express themselves in a light green shade. The buds of the ruderalis plant tend to be small but still relatively large and are supported by sturdy stems.

The differences

What distinguishes ruderalis is its induced flowering cycle based on its maturity instead of being activated by the photoperiod like the indica and sativa varieties. Modern ruderalis hybrids start to flower between 21 and 30 days after the seeds have been planted, regardless of the light cycle. This is the reason why most ruderalis hybrids are attributed as “auto-flowering” strains.

Effects of Ruderalis cannabis

The impact of cannabis ruderalis alone is minimised due to its low THC concentrations. However, the stability and short life cycle make the ruderalis versatile and attractive due to its autoflowering characteristic. The Ruderalis genes offer farmers the possibility of creating an auto-flowering hybrid with the advanced potency and aromatic profile of its genetic partner.

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