The History of Cannabis Strains: From Ruderalis to Northern Lights

Explore the origins of some of the most popular cannabis strains in history from Cannabis Ruderalis to Northern Lights.

The History of Cannabis Strains: From Ruderalis to Northern Lights

Cannabis has been around for centuries, and its history is as fascinating as it is complex. From the native strains of Cannabis sativa in Asia, Anatolia and North Africa, to the hybrid varieties of today, cannabis has come a long way. In this article, we'll explore the origins of some of the most popular cannabis strains in history, from Cannabis Ruderalis to Northern Lights.Cannabis Ruderalis is the strangest of the original native marijuana varieties. This plant is the smallest of all and grows very well in northern climates, which can be very harsh.

The leaves are thin and have deeply toothed striations. The aroma of Sativa flowers is often described as fruity and floral. Native strains of cannabis sativa have adapted to a life near the equator with longer summers and more intense sunlight, and cannot mature properly even in temperate northern or southern latitudes.Afghani is one of the most recognizable native varieties in the world. This strain stays true to its Indica origins by inducing a long but pleasant high that closes the sofa.

This sensation will go very well with the beautiful combination of sweet, spicy and skunk aromas of this bud. Afghani and Afghani 1 feminized seeds are worth a look for those who love this charming indica.Thai is a pure sativa that will give you a cerebral and energetic high that is perfect for any waking up and baking. The effects are often uplifting and creative; if you're struggling with some kind of artistic block, a bowl of Thai will surely get you out of it. Thai Fantasy is very easy to grow outdoors and will withstand harsh conditions due to its robust and vigorous nature.Nepalese refers essentially to any strain grown in the region of Nepal.

This includes the country itself and nearby surrounding areas. This environment has imbued Nepalese genetics with super earthy genetics with a touch of berry sweetness. These strains are known to have the relaxing and stimulating effects of an indica, with the growth profile of a sativa.Hybrid varieties with varying proportions of indica, sativa and ruderalis types are common, such as the White Widow hybrid, which has approximately 60% indica and 40% sativa ancestry. These hybrid varieties exhibit traits of both parent types.

There are also commercial cross-hybrids that contain a mixture of ruderalis, indica or sativa genes, and are usually autoflowering varieties.Haze is probably the most cultivated and recognized 100% sativa hybrid in the world. Its origins date back to the early 1970s in the region of Santa Cruz, California (USA). During this time, two brothers known as Haze Brothers (R. Haze) grew and crossed different cannabis lines using seeds of the best imported sativa strains.Recently, Northern Lights has become one of the most demanded weed varieties in the state of California.

Today, native strains have been selectively bred and blended to create hybrid strains that have more THC, shorter growth times or a higher yield. For there to be genetic stability within a marijuana strain, the breeder has to go through selection and breeding, identifying the dominant and recessive genes within the two strains that are crossed.These hybrid species combined the qualities of cannabis to create new strains that today are still some of the most famous marijuana strains in the world. Strainhunters travel the world to find and collect practically intact native strains to recover original genetic material that can be used to develop new strains with.There may come a day when global cannabis markets will open, giving us direct access to native varieties from all over the world, however, until that day, here are some heirloom varieties you can find in your local store to keep you satisfied.