Genetics: Ruderal Urals Cannabis
Sourcing: Personally obtained at source in Kurgan Oblast, southern Urals, Russia, 2019
Latitude: 54° N
Harvest: Mid to late August
Height: 1.5 – 4 metres outdoors
Characteristics: Early maturing; autoflowering; CBD; ruderal
Grow Type: Outdoors, greenhouse
These seeds were hand-picked from day-neutral (‘autoflowering’) ruderal stands in the southern Urals, Russia. The collectors selected plants for their strong and sweet aromas, most notably a marked lavender scent. In the vernacular taxonomy, this type of Cannabis is known as Ruderalis.
According the collectors, these plants did not have a psychoactive effect beyond being very slightly ‘stoney’. The southern Urals are not known for having a history of cultivating Cannabis for use as an ‘intoxicant’. In other words, these ruderal populations could be classified in the Small and Cronquist taxonomy as ssp. sativa var. spontanea.
On the spectrum from domesticated to ruderal, these Urals populations appear to be very weedy. For breeders and collectors, their value is in their biodiversity, hardiness, and early finishing time.