Where Does Cannabis Grow in the Wild?
As a result of human intervention on the cultivation of marijuana, we have reached the point where we’re able to grow the plant indoors. But before humans began cultivating marijuana for their own personal use, where did it grow in the wild? It grows as rampantly as any other weed in some parts of the world. Check this piece to explore where marijuana grows in the wild and how to find it.
In more recent times, marijuana has been known to grow in locations that have been specifically selected to grow it. That means that most marijuana plants have been a result of human intervention on the cultivation of marijuana, rather than actually growing naturally. The marijuana plant that we smoke today is more the product of human intervention than it is nature. The final product that reaches the consumer is usually the unpollinated female cannabis plant, and this is not what usually grows in the wild.
The kind of cannabis that grows in the wild is usually known as “ditch weed” and is usually a small, bushy type of cannabis that doesn’t really contain high levels of THC. Of course, that’s not to say that high-level THC marijuana does not grow in the wild, although it’s unlikely plants get to that stage before being eaten by a deer. So where does marijuana grow naturally? This is an exploration into the places in the world where marijuana grows in the wild, and the potential reasons that it does so.
What kind of climates does marijuana like?
It’s important to consider the kinds of climates marijuana likes, as this can give some insight into where it grows naturally. In general, marijuana likes warmer, more humid climates. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t grow up in the mountains, of course. There are people cultivating marijuana high up in the Himalayas in Nepal. Marijuana is quite a resilient plant, and it can grow basically anywhere except for the desert and Antarctica. This is one of the reasons that marijuana has been able to spread its seed across the four corners of the globe. It just requires enough sun and a little bit of heat, and it’s good to grow.
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Marijuana originated near the Himalayas near Afghanistan, so it is known to grow naturally in drier, cooler climates. However, it has since then spread all over the world through human beings’ very keen interest in it. Through cultivating it all over the world, we have found that marijuana grows in a range of different climates and can survive just about anywhere in the world. These days, we see that marijuana grows better in humid, warmer climates, so it is not unlikely to find marijuana in places far from where it originated.
Where are you likely to find wild cannabis?
In general, it is safe to say that there are probably wild cannabis plants growing all over the world. A lot of them may be unrecognizable to most people because it is a smaller, bushier hemp plant. However, there are known to be fields of marijuana plants in certain parts of the world, because their climate allows the plant to grow quickly and strongly. In general, those places which experience warmer, more tropical climates are the home of most of the wild weed growing in the world.
There are known to be enormous fields where marijuana is sprouting left, right, and centre in Mexico and Jamaica. Marijuana has been an enormous part of the culture in Jamaica because of how readily available it is there, and even the laws in Jamaica are finally starting to catch up. The heat and the humidity in these two parts of the world mean that someone just has to basically throw a seed into a field, and you can pretty much guarantee that it will grow into a marijuana plant.
Marijuana is also said to have been growing naturally in the Midwest of the USA for decades now. These plants are probably remnants of what used to be an enormous hemp culture in the USA. Once upon a time in American history, it was considered patriotic to grow hemp because of how important it was to America’s agriculture. Because marijuana is a weed, it has the characteristic of sticking around in a particular location for a very long time. However, this marijuana is usually quite low in THC and so doesn’t get the user high the same way commercial-grade marijuana might. Marijuana is cultivated these days with the very purpose of having a very high THC content, but marijuana that grows naturally does not necessarily have the same intentions.
When is a good time to go wild weed hunting?
So, it doesn’t really matter where you live in the world — chances are there is wild weed growing somewhere. It is less likely to be growing in the parks of major cities than to be in the mountain areas, but it is certainly growing in parts of Africa, Asia, and the USA. So, when is a good time to go looking for weed that is growing in the wild?
Those who are growing outdoors know that most marijuana plants are flowering in the autumn time of the year. Of course, a lot of wild marijuana plants do not necessarily make it to flowering time because of predators such as deer. But if you do manage to find a little treasure that is still alive by the fall, that is the best time to go picking. During the autumn is when the flowers of a marijuana plant begin to appear and turn into the kind of dense buds that growers like to pick. So, irrespective of where you are in the world, if there is marijuana growing there, it’s time to go picking during the autumn!
Walking down the street and finding a marijuana plant growing naturally is an unusual occurrence for most people. Most marijuana is grown these days on farms, and those plants that are found growing in the wild are usually hemp plants. If you do happen to be walking in a field nearby and see a marijuana plant, it might not be wild. Some plants are being grown illegally in locations where it might seem like there is a plant growing naturally. So beware when you are going out to look for wild marijuana plants. A group of tall plants growing somewhere where you do not see any other marijuana plants could be a sign of someone hosting an illegal operation. Be careful not to cut down any plants that could get you into trouble!We all know cannabis grows inside grow rooms and in gardens, but where does it grow in the wild? Read this article to find out.
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Did You Know Cannabis Grows Naturally in the Wild?
Marijuana is a hardy plant. Able to survive in a wide range of climates, cannabis could theoretically be grown almost anywhere, as long as the temperature doesn’t get too hot or too cold. With fertile soil, and above-freezing temperatures, marijuana thrives. And nowadays, cannabis can be found growing wild and free in the great outdoors in nearly every country. But the truth is, cannabis wasn’t always found here in the United States. Like many other crops, marijuana has traveled the globe, following in the footsteps of humans, and growing naturally wherever it has been planted.
The buds you may find at your local dispensary were most likely grown locally by people devoted to the cultivation of high-quality cannabis. Indeed, most marijuana strains sold commercially are grown indoors in order to optimize quality by controlling temperature and lighting conditions. Cannabis grown wild, on the other hand, is referred to within the pro-marijuana community as feral cannabis. Planted outside, with the right weather conditions and just a little bit of luck, marijuana will grow like a weed, no pun intended. With that in mind, where does cannabis actually grow naturally? The answer can be found by taking a close look at where the cannabis plant originally came from and how the notorious marijuana plant came to be found all over the world.
The history of the cannabis plant traces back tens of thousands of years to India and China. Historical records indicate that humans have long used cannabis for a variety of purposes. Some cultures have employed cannabis for its potent medicinal and psychoactive properties, while others have focused on the production of industrial hemp. Hemp can be used for making ropes, fishing nets, paper, oil, cloth, fuel, and many other items. Over time, two major strains of marijuana have emerged, indica and sativa, with the individual characteristics largely depending on climate, nutrients, and geographical location.
Most sources agree that the marijuana plant was originally from the Himalayan mountains, located in Tibet, with historical roots along the border of India and Afghanistan. Preferring a cool and dry climate, the ancestor of the modern cannabis indica strain flourished over the centuries and spread throughout Asia and the Middle East.
Sacred Hindu texts called The Vedas mention cannabis repeatedly. “The Fourth Book of the Vedas refers to it sometimes under the name of Vijahia (source of happiness) and sometimes under that of Ananda (laughter-provoker). It was not, therefore, for its textile properties that hemp was used in India to start with; at the beginning of the Christian era the use of its fiber was still unknown there…It is solely to its inebriating properties that hemp owes the signal honor of being sung in the Vedas…(Bouquet, 1950).
According to Ancient Chinese legend, the Chinese were the first to discover the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant. Emperor Fu His referenced the healing properties of cannabis (‘ma’ in Chinese) as early as 2900 BCE. Emperor Sheng Nung allegedly used cannabis to treat a range of medical issues around 2700 BCE, including absent-mindedness, gout, malaria, menstrual issues, rheumatism, and others.
An article published in Science Magazine in 2019 highlighted recent research that unearthed the oldest known evidence of cannabis use: wooden braziers used for smoking marijuana, dating back 2500 years to a cemetery in Western China. Co-author of the actual paper, Robert Spengler, told Science, “It is quite likely that people came across cannabis plants at higher elevations that were naturally producing higher THC levels.” Interestingly, based on chemical analysis of pollen samples, researchers have been able to determine that the CBD-heavy cannabis sativa strain likely originated in Europe (McPartland et al. 2018). In 2007, researchers discovered cannabis seeds in the hull of a Norwegian Viking burial ship dating back as far as 820 A.D.
Wild Cannabis in The Current Day and Age
Cannabis has been known to grow wild in parts of Central and Western Asia. Despite marijuana’s illegality in India, to this day, farmers continue to grow cannabis and make hashish, called ‘charas’ by the locals, carrying on in the tradition of their ancestors. The area was a popular traveling destination during the 1970s, in fact, so many visitors traveled there that tourists officially became known as “hippies.” One farmer who called himself Sunaj spoke to Narratively, saying, “Children up in the Himalayan villages still refer to tourists as ‘hippies.’ It is the only word they know for stranger.” Photos taken by National Geographic in 2016 show cannabis farms hidden high up in the mountains. Under the current law, farmers risk going to prison when police show up to raid the cannabis fields.
Wild marijuana can certainly be found growing in North America, however, based on what researchers have discovered about the genetic origins of cannabis, it’s likely that any roadside weed found in America or Canada was actually brought here from somewhere else. In fact, according to an article by Leaf Science, cannabis that is found growing naturally on this continent is likely “ditch weed.” A report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) found that 99% of cannabis eradicated in 2003 was feral hemp, i.e. wild marijuana. Evidently, lawmakers have had a hard time controlling the unintentional spread of wild cannabis. In 2018, a spokesman for the Indiana State Police told Leaf Science, “You can eradicate ditch weed as well as you can eradicate dandelion.”
As a plant, cannabis knows no borders, so even though THC still remains illegal in many places, marijuana is often still found growing naturally. If you get a chance to travel to Tibet and hike through the Himalayas, you might even be able to see cannabis in its natural state for yourself. For the price of $499.00 per person, the Himalayan Cannabis Tour available on the My Nepal Trek website offers tourists “a guided Himalayan cannabis tour…[that] combines the natural beauty of the Himalayan mountains, the rich cultural heritage of Nepal, and all the cannabis you set your eyes on.”
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