Ruderalis is a subspecies of cannabis that was initially found in the mid-1920s in central Russia. It was found by D.E. Janichevsky, a Russian botanist. So what makes Ruderalis different from Sativa and Indica? Well, it has smaller club shaped leaves, and fewer of them. It also differs by the way in which it flowers. Ruderalis is ‘autoflowering’ meaning it does not depend on the amount of light it receives each day to begin flowering. Most cannabis will begin to flower when it receives 12 hours of darkness. Ruderalis only needs about one month of growth prior to beginning the flowering process.
The reason for the autoflowering nature of Ruderalis is thought to be due to the harsh environment it was exposed to in nature where the growing season was short. Some dispensaries may offer Ruderalis for sampling, or seeds are available at various sources online. A lot of efforts have been put in to breeding Ruderalis with other types of cannabis to facilitate strong hybrids that are more vigorous. As this breeding has taken place over many years, a lot of progress has been made to overcome the low THC nature of Ruderalis. Now there are many strong hybrid strains available which have Ruderalis as part of their genetic makeup.
My opinion: At one point in time, I grew hundreds of grapevines in my life. Through that life experience, I learned about the benefits of hybrids. In many cases, hybrids, can offer synergistic benefits or allow plants to thrive where not otherwise possible. That seems to be the case with Ruderalis. A shorter growth period, with less fuss about light cycle seems like it makes the growing process easier.
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Marijuana is definitely going mainstream, despite the fact that it's still "illegal", the regulatory enforcement forces are getting relaxed by minute everyday. I was crossing the Canadians borders back to the States the other day, and officer chuckled when he knew I have an Online Smoke Shop business and I called it 421Store (as soon as I don't have the herb itself on me), At some point during the interaction, I felt he almost gonna ask me for a joint.
Anyways, back to what we were talking about. Now, you can use marijuana recreationally in eight states. Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Washington — and the District of Columbia.
Other than recreationally use, there are 21 other states allow the possession and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Tolerance. When you start smoking marijuana and doze off or get paranoid after a couple of hits, your friends recommend you to "build up some tolerance." And you do. In several months (or years, if you do not dive into regular smoking right away) you feel it. You have to smoke more to get high. And you hardly ever get as high as you used to get. Damn you, tolerance.
It is still unclear how cannabis tolerance works in terms of neurobiology. A recently published study suggests that the symptoms we experience may be determined by change in our brain’s ability to release dopamine. The research only describes the reaction of heavy users, people who were treated as ‘dependent on cannabis’ after using marijuana daily for many years. As you probably know, tolerance can be a problem even for someone who recently started smoking regularly, and there is next to no research on this matter.
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