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Where does cannabis grow wild?
Ditch weed. Feral cannabis. Wild marijuana. If pot has one clear advantage over alcohol, it’s that hikers never stumble into a field of wild beer or feral wine.
But around the world, tonnes of cannabis can be found growing without any human intervention.
In a viral 2016 YouTube post, travel blogger Gabriel Morris revealed a hillside covered with marijuana plants in the Nepalese Himalayas.
The sight isn’t all that uncommon in the land of Mount Everest. Cannabis is indigenous to the Himalayas, and while the plant is illegal in both India and Nepal, it thrives in the hard-to-reach corners of the famed mountain range. Several Himalayan villages also make their living on the production of cannabis, and when busted by authorities they can plausibly claim that their cannabis fields are natural.
Thickets of cannabis can similarly be found across Asia from Pakistan to China. Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany, a 2013 scientific profile of the plant, even found examples of decorative cannabis being grown alongside a public street in Kunming, China.
“Feral Cannabis is highly adaptable and can grow and reproduce in a wide variety of temperate habitats, even under extreme conditions,” it read.
Marijuana can be found growing wild throughout northern Pakistan, where an unmolested cannabis bush can grow as high as a one-storey building. As with a lot of the world’s indigenous wild cannabis, however, these plants are generally quite low on THC and have little to no hallucinogenic effect if consumed.
In neighbouring Afghanistan, the ease of growing weed in the local soil (as well as the country’s chaotic political situation) is partially how it became the world’s largest supplier of cannabis in 2010.
Cannabis used to grow wild across Europe, according to a recent University of Vermont study of fossil pollen. However, the plant had already begun to die out by the time Europeans started experimenting with agriculture – and there is no evidence that Neolithic humans ever discovered its psychoactive properties.
In Britain, at least, wild pot has begun to return. A group calling itself “Feed the Birds” has begun sowing cannabis seeds into English gardens and planter boxes, with the result that cannabis can now occasionally be seen growing within sight of U.K. landmarks like the The Shard skyscraper.
Feral cannabis is even rampant in North America. Although the plant is not native to the Western hemisphere, wild cannabis has either escaped from early 20th century industrial hemp farms or has been intentionally sowed by marijuana activists. Ironically, it seems to thrive best in conservative states like Iowa, Nebraska or Kansas, where marijuana prohibitions are some of the strongest in the United States.
Glenn Panik, a California-based medical marijuana blogger, wrote in 2014 about how wild cannabis can frequently be spotted among stands of overgrown vegetation, particularly in urban places like abandoned lots or construction sites.
“I even found a beautiful little plant with purple-tinged buds growing among the yarrow and dandelions in front of a doughnut shop,” he wrote.
Wild cannabis is usually referred to in the U.S. Midwest as “ditch weed.” Much like its feral cousin in Asia, however, ditch weed usually contains too little THC to get high – although it can be crossbred with peppier domestic strains in order to yield more resilient marijuana.
In Canada, winters are a bit harder on wild cannabis, and the country doesn’t have the same history of large-scale hemp cultivation like in the U.S. Nevertheless, according to a 2002 paper by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, all of Canada’s 10 provinces can count a few patches of tough, weedy cannabis.
A 1972 map showing known locations of wild cannabis in Canada. National Research Council Press
“The ruderal plants pose a minor weed problem to agriculture but a major problem to law enforcement,” it wrote.
At the time, the re-authorization of hemp cultivation was expected to yield an explosion in Canadian feral cannabis fuelled by “escaped” seeds. With legal grow operations now opening across the country, Canada may well be entering a golden age of feral weed.
Ditch weed. Feral cannabis. Wild marijuana. If pot has one clear advantage over alcohol, it’s that hikers never stumble into a field of wild beer or feral wine. But around the world, tonnes of cannabis can be found growing without any human intervention. In a viral 2016 YouTube post, travel blogger Gabriel Morris revealed a hillside covered with marijuana plants in the
Where Does Marijuana Grow Naturally?
Marijuana is a plant which is cultivated worldwide. It also grows in the wild in many parts of the world. In Asia, it has been known to grow wild and in some regions it is left to grow on its own. In other parts of the world, like in North America feral marijuana is most probably from plants or seed disposed by former growers. Users from all countries also grow weed on their own. Given the right conditions, weed can grow in any soil and in almost all climates.
Where Does Marijuana Grow Naturally?
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People who want to be cannabis growers ask, “where does marijuana plant grow naturally?” Basically, marijuana can grow anywhere if you have the right seeds. You can easily buy marijuana seeds online. Today, marijuana is largely found in South Asia especially in Afghanistan. And in America, South America holds the largest production of the plant.
The following are the other names or slang terms for Marijuana:
- Mary Jane
Appearance of Marijuana
How to Use Marijuana
Joint is known as the method of using marijuana as a cigarette while “bong” is when the drug is smoked in a water pipe or using a “vape” pen to be vaporized. “Hit” is the single consumption of smoke from a tube or joint. It can also be combined in food and eaten or made as a tea. Moreover, “blunts” is a process of smoking marijuana in cigarettes.
In some states where marijuana is now legal, more and more marijuana has become “edibles” and are marketed in retail establishments as candy, baked goods, chocolate, brownies, gummy bears, cookies and even as pizza.
Some people use the practice of dabbing, which means they smoke the THC-rich resins extract of marijuana. These come in different forms such as hash oil (with a consistency of a gooey liquid), shatter (hard, amber-colored solid) and wax (a soft solid that looks like lip balm). These contain large amounts of THC.
How Long Does It Take to Grow Marijuana?
The most common question from people who are interested in becoming a cannabis grower is “how long does it take to grow marijuana?” This is a good question as every new marijuana grower should know how much work they need to grow the plant. The answer is 3-5 Months for an average indoor grown marijuana plant.
Effects of Using Marijuana
As a narcotic and hallucinogenic, the short-term effects of marijuana that can be seen or noticed on a user are a difficulty with problem-solving and thinking, loss of motor coordination, disordered learning and memory, increased heart rate, and nervousness and distorted awareness (sounds, sights, time, touch). Worse effects are there when a person combines marijuana with other drugs and alcohol. They can develop a dry mouth.
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