Everything you need to know about Ruderalis

Published Jan 25, 2019 05:25 p.m. ET

What is a Ruderalis plant?

 Ruderalis is one species of marijuana plant that contains incredibly low THC and CBD content. The strain is native to Eastern Europe, Russia, and is considered its own species due to the unique phenotypes that set it apart from Sativa or Indica. The topic of the Ruderalis heritage is still widely up for debate and may or may not be a subspecies of Cannabis Sativa.

Common uses

  • The Ruderalis is historically used in Mongolian and Russian traditional medicine for treating depression.
  • Today Ruderalis has been genetically bred to produce Bedrocan. Bedrocan is a strain grown and provided to those with prescriptions for medical use.
  • Since the Ruderalis plant exhibits an auto-flowering phenotype, it is crossbred to produce seeds that will also carry that trait.
  • High concentration CBD producing Ruderalis plants are currently used to treat epilepsy, anxiety, depression, appetite loss, multiple sclerosis, and used as an aid in cancer treatment.

Growing Ruderalis

Ruderalis is rarely grown for recreational use and is shorter in stature with a maximum height of only 2 ½ feet. They offer less yield than most hemp strains making it infeasible for manufacturing companies to use them, but they are grown by smaller licensed growers for medicinal use. The Ruderalis are hardy plants and hold several agricultural advantages over other strains of Hemp plant. Not only do they come equipped with auto-flowering abilities, but they are also resistant to diseases and insects making them ideal for those seeking a high CBD content strain. They also offer the addition of a short growing season reaching full maturity in only ten weeks.


Ruderalis high

The effect that should be expected from smoking or consuming Ruderalis is light due to its naturally low production of the psychoactive ingredient THC. This does not mean that your Ruderalis plant will have that same low content. There are now Ruderalis plants on the market that have been bred specifically to carry and produce both THC and CBD. To know exactly how it will affect a person would depend on the overall content of the plant. However, in general, the majority of Ruderalis plants will not get you high. If you have purchased cheap seeds anywhere than you likely have a garden variety Ruderalis that might make you glow, but probably won’t do much more than that psychologically. The main beneficial property of this strain is medicinal. Ruderalis offers longer-term, effects such as decreased inflammation, and managing of depression, pain, anxiety, loss of appetite, and so much more.

In conclusion

If you are looking to treat a medical ailment, then this strain is likely for you. The vast variety of strains can offer a wide range of benefits that won't push you over a legal limit for growing since they are completely legal to own and harvest. If it’s a couch locking high you seek,then the Ruderalis likely isn’t for you. It takes up a lot of space and doesn’t offer much to benefit from recreationally.



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