Below are five of the most unique and unusual genetic traits found in cannabis plants from all around the world. Whether by genetic mutation, environment, or factors unknown, these cannabis oddities are sure to stand out in any cannabis garden.
Dr. Grinspoon is not a high yielding strain and has a 14-week flowering period, making it an unpopular strain among commercial growers. But novelty-seeking cultivators raising this potent sativa will be rewarded with a truly unique product.
This strain is a pure sativa heirloom that typically invites creativity, energy, and cerebral activity. Bred by Barneys Farm in Amsterdam, it grows with a bizarre stature: Instead of developing bud sites at the nodes of the branches, Dr. Grinspoon grows small buds that decorate the plant like berries on a holly plant. Because of its unconventional appearance, this strain is also a solid choice for growers seeking subtlety in their garden.
The spindly strain called Dr. Grinspoon was dedicated to the longtime cannabis advocate and professor at Harvard, Dr. Lester Grinspoon. In the early 60s, Dr. Grinspoon condemned the use of cannabis as its popularity grew, but came to endorse it after studying the plant. He found that the information that was being shared to the public was not supported by his research and felt that the public was being strongly misled.
Polyploidy occurs in plants that contain more than two sets of chromosomes in their genetic makeup. While most cannabis plants are simply diploid (two sets of chromosomes), many growers find that polyploid cannabis plants produce larger flowers with resilience to disease and pests. While this mutation in animals is often destructive, it is generally successful in plants. Many flowering plants have picked up extra chromosomes, and this mutation has often helped them become adaptive and resilient.
Extremely potent, quickly harvested, and very popular, “creepy” marijuana is selling for much higher prices than other strains in the Colombian market. According to El Tiempo, a kilo may fetch as much as 100,000 pesos (about $56), 10 times as much as the regular price.
The huge shipments of marijuana that the security forces have seized in Cauca indicate just how easy it is to supply the crop to the domestic market. Marijuana is less lucrative than cocaine, so in some ways, the FARC can afford to lose a greater amount of marijuana shipments to interdiction without their profits being badly affected. Smaller shipments of marijuana — or smaller production centers, instead of the industrial-style farms with over 8,000 plants seen in Corinto — would allow the rebels to better limit their losses. The fact that they are not breaking down these marijuana shipments into smaller lots is one indication that the FARC can afford to have a massive shipment seized, now and then.
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And with the “creepy” strain looking quite lucrative, the rebels may soon have another popular market-flooding product to add to cocaine.
The rise in marijuana crops has accompanied an increase in coca cultivation in Cauca. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 6,144 hectares of coca were registered in Cauca in 2009, representing a steady, annual increase from 2004, when just 1,266 hectares were found. Coca has increased in the department even as it has decreased in the other areas controlled by the FARC’s Joint Western Command, the military bloc which directs the 6th Front.
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