When cannabis is discussed today, you’ll get three types of strains to talk about: indicas, sativas, and hybrids. Yet there exists a fourth strain, originating from central Russia, that is called Cannabis Ruderalis. Often called “ditch weed,” these plants only grow to about 24 inches in height and are low on THC, so they’re not very to smoke, but they are useful to cannabis growers and enthusiasts for a variety of reasons.

Why Choose Cannabis Ruderalis?

From a classification standpoint, Cannabis Ruderalis falls somewhere between indicas and sativas. From a profile standpoint, it’s remarkably similar to hemp. It’s not going to give you a strong high. At best, it will relax you after a long day at work. Its strongest quality is that it offers higher than normal levels of cannabidiol, so it is often considered as a top contender for true pharmacology applications.

This plant does have two distinct advantages.

  1. It can be grown in cold climates where cannabis normally will not grow in the wild.
  2. It has a very short time from planting until harvest.

Cannabis Ruderalis also comes in auto-flowering varieties, which makes it easy for first-time growers to get a feel for the plant. It’s a lower in THC content than either indica or sativa, but you can still get potent returns by growing a hybrid – then you get the punch of another strain, but the short harvest cycle of a ruderalis. You’ll find that in various hybrid ruderalis strains such as the Ruderalis Indica, the Ruderalis Skunk, and the Four-Way, a cross-breed of the ruderalis, Northern Lights, and Skunk #1.

If you live in the US Midwest or eastern and central Europe, then there’s a chance that you have this plant growing wild nearby. It’s hardy, grows quickly, and could help you self-manage an inflammatory disease should you pick one up.