Ruderalis: In the vernacular taxonomy, ‘wild’ or weedy Cannabis is known as ‘Ruderalis’. This is often mistakenly believed to constitute a species. In fact, it’s most accurate to classify Cannabis ruderals at the rank of variety, in the strict taxonomic sense. Most of the accessions offered here are ruderal ‘drug’ types, namely Cannabis sativa ssp. indica var. kafiristanica (Small & Cronquist). Ruderal Cannabis is a crucial resource for crop breeders. These populations are highly biodiverse and are likely to have developed numerous adaptations to disease, pests, and extremes of climate. As yet, no significant efforts have been made by public or private gene banks to create adequate long-term stores of ssp. indica germplasm, not least of var. kafiristanica.

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