Cannabis sativa will hit you with a psychoactive experience. Cannabis Indica can lead to couchlock. However, you rarely find a strain that does not include elements of each. Then, there is cannabis ruderalis.
Ruderalis is a tough bird. Scientists classify plants as ruderal if they originated and survived in rough environments. They argue whether It is different enough to be its own species or subspecies. But they agree cannabis ruderalis has ancient roots in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia where the plant has survived harsh human and climate conditions for eons.
Adaptation to survive those environments have designed a plant that differs from sativa and Indica. It is a short plant at 1 to 2.5 feet when harvested. Ruderalis is stalky, rugged, and shaggy with wide light green leaves. The thick sturdy stems support small but plump buds.
Interestingly, the ruderalis plant will flower in 21-30 days after you plant the seeds regardless of the light cycle, earning it the title of “auto-flowering.” The low THC count is offset by its benefits to growers and breeders. The strength and short time to flowering genes make hybrids strong, sturdy, and versatile.
The ruderalis hybrid –
Ruderalis has been introduced to cannabis breeding so often it is hard to find a pure ruderalis strain. Why? Well, since the ruderalis does not produce a brain buss or body benefit, there is no market for a strictly ruderalis strain.
However, it has genes that cannabis breeders value. It is a survivor, so its genes strengthen hybrids grown outdoors. The plant is short and tightly formed, aspects that help expand farming and growing in smaller areas. And, the short wait for flowering allows for faster seed to sale opportunities.
Now, ruderalis is not known for any desirable flavor or aroma, but it is used to strengthen other strains.
5 prominent Indica/ruderalis hybrids:
1. Bubble Kush Automatic (60% Indica, 10% Sativa, 30% Ruderalis)
Breeders combined Bubble Gum, OG Kush, and Critical Automatic to deliver a 16% THC experience. The high starts quickly to clear your focus and soothe the body. Flavors and aromas mix gifts from their ancestors after flowering and processing moderate yields in 7 to 8 weeks.
2. Northern Light Automatic (80% Indica, 0% Sativa, 20% Ruderalis
This hybrid owes its origin to Afghani landrace strains through the vary popular Northern Lights. If ruderalis breeding can accelerate its growth to market, producers may be able to meet the demand for the earthy sweetness with this hybrid’s high productivity. However, the 15% THC does not override the body calm.
3. Quick One (60% Indica, 10% Sativa, 20% Ruderalis)
Quick One carries only 13% THC but still produces a light euphoria with a relaxing brain and body experience. What the laboratories were after was a fast grow strain, and they pulled it off with Quick One that produces in only six weeks. It grows small enough to hide and plump enough to deliver a nice yield at 150 grams/plant.
4. Royal Bluematic (60% Indica, 10% Sativa, 30% Ruderalis
This heir to Blueberry parentage produces an award-winning flavorful breed balancing a mild 14% THC balanced with a CBD load for a pleasant relaxing experience. There are blueberries in the smell and flavor, but you will also find pine and hints of forest soil. Royal Bluematic produces product for harvesting in 8 to 9 weeks, and it is recommended for first time users.
5. Royal Gorilla Automatic (50% Indica, 30% Sativa, 20% Ruderalis)
They crossed strains of Gorilla, Cookies, and ruderalis for a super potent strain. It will bring you 20% THC and all the thrills that come with it – along with a desire to sleep. What breeders are looking for is its ability to produce nice yields in 8 to 10 weeks.
5 prominent sativa/ruderalis hybrids:
1. Amnesia Haze Automatic (20% Indica, 50% Sativa, 30% Ruderalis)
This ruderalis hybrid brings you 18% THC for a nice lift for casual cannabis users. The 50% sativa will produce long-lasting, mild, cerebral highs. You should enjoy the sweet, spicey, and earthy smell and taste. Its modest growth still produces 180 grams per plant.
2. Green Gelato Automatic (55% Sativa, 40% Indica, 5% Ruderalis)
If you are looking for a super potent ruderalis hybrid, Green Gelato Automatic promises 24% THC. It delivers rich citrus and earthy flavors and smoke from its Thin Mint Cookies and Sunset Sherbet parents. The THC hits big, but it also aids focus and socializing. It will flower and harvest in 10 weeks with a plentiful growth outdoors.
3. Haze Berry Automatic (65% Sativa, 30% Indica, 5% Ruderalis)
This ruderalis brings tight dense buds to this hybrid with 13% THC. The mild buzz impact provides a good non-threatening start for virgin smokers. Those same buds are loaded with terpenes producing a sweet fruit aroma and flavor. You will harvest your Haze Berry Automatic in 10 to 11 weeks with an outdoor yield that doubles the indoor grow.
4. Huckleberry Automatic (65% Sativa, 30% Indica, 5% Ruderalis)
Huckleberry Automatic is a descendant of OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel through the well-known HulkBerry. Its potent parentage delivers as much as 21% THC. However, the Indica and ruderalis offsets the power to lift your spirits with strawberry smoke and flavor. It is ready for processing in only seven weeks with a healthy yield when grown outdoors.
5. Royal Haze Automatic (50% Sativa, 20% Indica, 30% Ruderalis)
They crossbred Skunk, Amnesia Haze, and ruderalis for another mild THC experience at 15%. The taste is a strong blend of citrus and herbs. Coming in at 12 weeks, it beats the long grow time associated with other Amnesia strains. The outdoor plants grow taller and produce more, but the indoor farms can pack a lot of the smaller plants into a grow house.
You get what you want sooner!
A great many hybrids now include some ruderalis, and you will see more coming to the market. Breeders, cultivators, and growers welcome the fast flowering automatic strains. They value their richness, dependability, and durability. What it means to you is quality product available sooner.