The Evolution Of Marijuana Seeds
The Marijuana plant has grown naturally for thousands of years, developing different characteristics depending on it’s environment. from Nepal and China to Jamaica and the harsh terrain of the Hindu Kush mountains, the plant has thrived, adapted and spread. It was as little as 70 years ago that Marijuana seeds were germinated and cultivated across Europe cultivated from wild, European genetics, the plants was known as hemp, this plant was regularly planted, and could be used for sacks, rope, animal feed and more. Although these plants contained plenty of seeds for the following year, they didn’t produce buds. The THC and CBD levels were also very low making the plant good for agriculture, but far removed from what we call Marijuana today, unless you look at Ruderalis, a wild form of Hemp-Marijuana.
In countries near the equator the Marijuana plant developed differently,Marijuana plants that grew in hot countries or near the equator enjoyed long hours of uninterrupted sunlight and pleasant conditions allowed the plants to grow taller with a long flowering period that produced flowers, that over time join and expand forming long, running buds. The plant produces these white hair flowers is to collect passing male pollen, which may be from a male plant, or, in some cases the plant may even produce it themselves, these are known as hermaphrodites. After the plant has attracted some male pollen it fertilises the seed bract and a new generation of fresh Marijuana seeds start to grow and mature.
The Origins Of Marijuana Seeds
Plants that grew under these conditions, developing these traits, were classified as Sativa or Cannabis Sativa, both Marijuana and Cannabis are the same plant, and when mature, became coated in a sticky oil or resin. It is in the oils secreted by the plants over it’s flowers that contains the chemical compounds including CBD and THC, both of which have proven benefits in helping to treat a number of ailments and illnesses. Sativa Marijuana tends to induce a feeling of joy and creativity, which, in the past has been associated with hippies. However the Sativa Marijuana available now is far stronger that the ‘grass’ of the past.
In harsher climates such as the mountainous areas and parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal, Growing in harsher climates such as this, the seeds had to change the way they grew and flowered to survive. A tall, weak stemmed plant would not last long in the harsh mountain winds, and with shorter Summers and longer nights, the long flowering times of the Sativa Marijuana plants were too long. Adapting for this harder environment, Marijuana plants grew stronger, Branches that had once spread out with room between them become shorter and closer together and while the Sativa plants had leaves with long, thin fingers, these leaves grew broad and fat, in many cases overlapping one another.
This form of Marijuana plant became known as Indica Marijuana, and as it’s shape and structure differ from Sativa Marijuana, so does the effects it has on the user. A much shorter flowering period means an Indica Marijuana plant has less time to become fertilised by passing male Marijuana pollen spores. Indica Marijuana plants have found a way to compensate for this, often creating far more oily resin than Sativa plants, making the plant’s flowers and small leaves very sticky, increasing the chances of fertilization from male pollen that may be blowing over the plant.
THC, CBD and many other natural compounds can be found in both Indica and Sativa Marijuana, but, the effect that each one has on the body and head are totally different. Often prescribed as a natural form of pain relief, and help for people suffering insomnia, The term ‘couch-locking’ is often applied to Indica Marijuana as it be can very relaxing, making the user feel tired, heavy and sleepy, making Indica Marijuana a good choice for use as a night-time smoke, as smoking it during the day can lead to little getting done.
The Future Of Marijuana Seeds
Through selective breeding a wide number of the best traits from both forms of Marijuana plants have been isolated and developed creating a variety of plants all with tastes and smells, as well as varying amounts of both plants genes. These have gain the name Hybrids, and are now the most common Marijuana seeds, Almost all of the most popular strains, such as Sour Diesel, OG Kush and The Cheese are hybrid Marijuana seeds.
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