Wild Cannabis Ruderalis Bud And Seeds – A Lucky Find

On an early autumn walk, I found several cannabis ruderalis plants growing wild. To my surprise and delight, I found several seed-bearing plants and even one sinsemilla bud, which must have been upwind of the male plants I saw, already dried and dead, near the seed-carrying females up the road.

The particularly cool part of the story is that the one larger, seedless bud had an amazing orange/pepper/cream aroma that I’d rank up there with some of the better sativa plants I’ve had the pleasure to sniff. Sadly, the whir of weed-whackers was not far behind me; a road crew was out for a late summer cleanup. I would have loved to let the beautiful sinsemilla bud mature, but I decided to pick her now in order to get some better pictures and a chance to sample the immature bud. I hurried ahead of the cutting crew and gathered seeds from the other female plants I could find. Hopefully a few of the couple dozen seeds I gathered will produce a plant with that amazing orange/pepper/cream aroma phenotype. In any case, they will serve as a great breeding platform for some autoflowering hybrids of my own. It will be great to have a ruderalis plant that already produces great aromas as stock to cross with other varieties (like my current favorite “Double Gum”) and see if I can cross-breed some heavier yielding autoflowering stock of my own. Perhaps these will become the “Panik Plants”?

Below is a picture gallery with shots of the wild Cannabis Ruderalis plants growing on a sunny roadside. Notice the very sativa-like thin leaves. These plants were likely hit at least once by mowers, but still managed to put out seeds by early September (some plants I found were already long gone to seed). There are also shots of the typical small, black, and very hard ruderalis seeds, as well as closeups showing the trichomes on the leaves and buds, immature as they unfortunately were. Cool stuff, regardless, and I look forward to growing the gathered seeds in a nurturing environment. Expect more posts about these plants:

Wild Harvest Cannabis Ruderalis Smoke Report: Well, it isn’t fair to judge these plants based on the few wisps of bud I gathered in a hurry, but the good news is that they do produce a mild sativa-like effect. As is to be expected with a ruderalis (especially one with a few seeds on it) the smoke is a bit on the ropey side, but they do create a mild but pleasant head high. This is a very good start for a wild strain. If I can find that orange creamsicle pheno in the seeds I gathered, we may be onto something here.

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18 responses to “Wild Cannabis Ruderalis Bud And Seeds – A Lucky Find”

  1. Mickey Mouse says :

    Oh! Thanks for this post, I really liked it. I’m cultivating a wild plant that I transplanted to my home and I hope it will have some thc. It’s a great thing to try out.

    • glennpanik says :

      Very cool! Be sure to save pollen if it’s a male. Even if you don’t get wild buds at home you’ll be able to carry over those fresh wild genetics to a round of homemade seeds by selectively pollinating a few buds on a commercial strain later on. best, GP

  2. autoflowering seeds says :

    Your way of describing all in this piece of writing is really pleasant,
    all be able to simply know it, Thanks a lot.

  3. pntnflames@gmail.com says :

    Any lucky Extra seeds?

  4. chophel says :

    the cannibis sativa that you found are very similar to the ones growing in my country.(bhutan). lots and lots of roadside, backyard wild sativa plants producing a good high when smoked. But the thing i have never tried/smoked a hybrid bud so i can’t tell you if the wild sativa high is really that high.lol. small baby marijuana are already in vegetative stage. one thing i really want to grow buds on this sativas, if its possible. as a friend could you give me some tips.( although i have read a lot in the net regarding this but were not specific to me).

    • glennpanik says :

      Hi, Thanks for writing. Without knowing about the strain you are growing, it’s hard to give specific tips – however, if it is a local wild strain, then it is probably most comfortable with the type of soil that you found the original seeds growing in, so use that as a basis for putting together your soil mix. Cannabis in general likes well-drained soil, so be sure that the plants you are raising are in containers that prevent the roots from standing in water – sand or gravel at the bottom of a perforated-bottom grow container can be helpful for this. Sativa strains will take longer to bud than indica- and hybrid varieties, so be expect 10-12 weeks minimum for buds to develop. Patience will be rewarded! Best regards,

  5. alex says :

    do male ruderalis develop buds? be especific

  6. Dennis says :

    Hey Glenn! Thats a great discovery you had there! Any chance you could share some of these seeds? I’ve been looking for a pure Ruderalis for some time now… Would love to hear from you. Cheers

    • glennpanik says :

      Sorry, won’t ship any seeds across borders… sorry! Happy hunting 😉

      • denniskatinas says :

        Haha ai ai ai, I understand, to bad, where do you live anyway, Ill pick them up locally…
        In all seriousness, I’m In Europe, do you have any idea when the automatic males and females start producing pollen and flowers? I’m really going for the automatics. Thanks again.

      • glennpanik says :

        I found the auto flowering seeds while in Europe – growing on unkempt land by street sides, and some abandoned lots. Happy hunting! GP

  7. James says :

    Where do you recommend looking for plants? I live in southern Illinois about 20 minutes from St.Louis. I doubt I would come across any plants, much less Ruderalis. It would be a very fun time to try and cultivate a Ruderalis plant.

    • glennpanik says :

      So called “ditch weed” can occur in many places in the US – descendants of plants that were cultivated before prohibition. Roadsides, vacant lots, and generally any unkempt areas with fairly well drained soil are potential candidates. “Ruderalis” simply “refers to any plant that is the first to colonize land after a disturbance removing competition.” (Wikipedia)
      Some cannabis aficionados insist that ruderalis refers only to the “three prominent leaf” variety native to Russia. However, IMHO, but any cannabis plant left to natural selection in a suitable environment will, over generations, be selected to suit that environment, and in essence become a “ruderalis” variety. This includes adaptation to local light, temperature, etc. Auto-flowering also tends to reappear in northern climates – those that do not seed fast enough simply won’t reproduce!
      In any case, keep your eyes peeled, and we’d be thrilled to hear of any finds.
      best regards

  8. Rob says :

    Is C. ruderalis seed stock available somewhere. I would like to get some to cross with local stock here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Still not kosher here, so difficult to even look for without drawing attention. I have afriend in Oregon who will bring it over in July (2018)

  9. Tim Gainey says :

    I have been looking for “real” Ruderalis seeds for about 2 years now. Do t want to cross breed, I want to grow just as they are. Any help???
    Thanks T.

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