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Craft Hemp Cultivation and Processing

The terms Indica, Sativa, and Ruderalis are all terms that are used to describe the physical properties of this type of cannabis plant. These terms do not actually describe the cannabinoid and terpene profiles within the plants.  Lab testing is really the only way to understand the exact makeup of the plant in question. 

Cannabis Species

Sativa

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Cannabis sativa L 



Indica

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Cannabis sativa forma indica 

Ruderalis

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Cannabis ruderalis

The controversy over cannabis Species

The terms Indica, Sativa, and Ruderalis are all terms that describe species of cannabis that have different physical properties from each other. However, due to years prohibition and black market control, these cannabis species have been crossbred over and over again. This has resulted in hybrid species of plants being created and emerging all over the nation. 


The term sativa typical describes a plant that is taller and skinny with leaves that are thinner and longer. Indica refers to a plant that is shorter, bushier and has broader leaves. Ruderalis refers to a cannabis plant that plant that only reaches 1 to 2 1/2ft tall and produces small chunky flowers.  What really separates ruderalis from the other species is that t does not following normal flowering patterns of indica and sativa. Ruderalis will begin to flower based off how mature that plant is. This can occur as early as 21 days. On the other hand, indica and sativa plants switch to flowering as the sun becomes less and less present throughout the growing season.