UPDATE: As much as we wish some Aussie dude discovered some new species of herb…it never happened says the guys at High Times.
There are three species of cannabis currently; Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis. Now scientists at the University of Sydney believe they’ve stumbled upon a fourth. According to Culture magazine, “The finding took place in 201, (sic) when a group of people were hiking in the Blue Mountains of Australia and discovered a single plant that resembled cannabis. The shrub was later donated to a research laboratory at the University of Sydney where a series of tests were conducted on the plant – proving that it was indeed cannabis. “When we first received the plant we were very skeptical about its relation to cannabis. It has somewhat similar growth structure, but the leaves look nothing like cannabis leaves,” according to researcher Christopher Pool.
The test results show that the species is resistant to freezing temperatures and the plant grows more like a shrub, without the archetypal candelabra shape of most cannabis strains. Countless cannabis breeders the world over have offered to pay upwards of $2,000 per seed, but Pool stated “The only problem is that we don’t have any seeds, we only have one plant,” adding, “We’ve exhausted our funding trying to find another like it.”
If it really does exist, this new marijuana plant sounds pretty fuckin’ awesome for growers in cold climates. And apparently researchers are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information on how to procure another one—so keep yer eyes and ears open.
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