Australian Researchers Discover New, Cold-Resistant Species of Marijuana
By Barry Bard on January 14, 2015 International News, Studies
For centuries, three species of marijuana have existed: Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Sativa, and Cannabis Ruderalis. But, according to a report in Culture, a fourth species may have just entered the weed family.
The story goes that in 2010, a group of hikers in Australia’s blue mountains stumbled upon a shrub that looked a lot like a growing marijuana plant, only slightly different, as its leaves did not totally resemble marijuana. The plant was then sent to the University of Sydney, where scientists analyzed the shrub and concluded that the shrub is indeed part of the cannabis species.
While Culture doesn’t mention this finding, one would assume the researchers found at least some THC and cannabinoids within the shrub’s genetics. More importantly, the weed shrub was found to be impervious to cold temperatures–which means it pretty much grows outdoors any time of the year.
That’s a big deal, and would be a natural boon for growers who reside in areas with colder temperatures year-round, like Colorado and Alaska. So naturally, bids up to $2,000 have begun pouring in for the shrub’s genetics.
Unfortunately, as Sydney’s scientists state, “The only problem is that we don’t have any seeds, we only have one plant. We’ve exhausted our funding trying to find another like it.”
Strain hunters have searched in vain for the last five years to find another shrub like this cold-resistant miracle plant. They’ve all come back shrub-less.
Should anyone stumble upon this mysterious shrub–no picture has been made available–Sydney’s team is offering a reward of $10,000.
As the nation considers legalization while beginning its trials with medical marijuana, it’s starting to get rather dank down under.
Thanks to: http://news.marijuana.com