Classification of Cannabis Ruderalis

The article aims at highlighting the classifications behind the plant called Cannabis Ruderalis. The overall classification of the Ruderalis family is not an easy task by any means and requires a lot of consideration and study of the three different species of the Cannabis family. For example, the families of Ruderalis plants have the advantage of autoflowering irrespective of the environment in which they thrive. However, autoflowering remains dormant for the other variants i.e. the Indica and the Sativa. It has to be kept in mind, that, the autoflowering capability could also be an induced trait that was developed by the breeders with time.

It could be said, that the autoflowering was important so that the plants could thrive also in the wilder environment. So botanists also feel that, some of the breeders had developed this trait particularly for outdoor growing by picking the early matured strains of Sativa and the Indica. Information related to the classification of Cannabis Ruderalis is as follows.

Due to Adaptation

Botanists often say that classification of medical marijuana is not an easy task. Cannabis Ruderalis classification becomes difficult as plants have different appearances in different places of growth. Therefore it could be inferred that, Ruderalis has excellent adapting qualities with different sorts of environments. When compared with the other variants of Cannabis, Ruderalis has low levels of psychoactive content whereas they have higher levels of the therapeutic compound.

Larger forms of Ruderalis generally occur in environments that breeders specifically control and select. At the same time wilder variants of Ruderalis have a completely different chemical profile and have higher contents of CBD. Exposure to higher amounts of sunlight is beneficial for the Ruderalis. As a result, sunlight helps the plant to generate more trichomes thereby generating more CBD.

Ancestral Species

However, climates of the northern parts of the world have different effects on the plant. They make the plant mature faster and provide resistance to humidity. For that reason people sometimes consider Sativa to be the ancestor of Ruderalis for their increased levels of resistance to humidity. Sativa has a bud form that is loose in structure. Some of the species from Sativa had traits of flowering much earlier and hence were considered to be the next generation of Cannabis plants. These plants had flowering at an early stage irrespective of the content of the photoperiod. Hence they were classified as Cannabis Ruderalis, the third variant of Cannabis family or also known as autoflowering plants.

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