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Scientists May Have Discovered A New Species Of Marijuana In Australia


australia marijuanaNew strains of marijuana pop up almost daily anymore. How many of them are actually new strains, versus old strains given a new name for marketing purposes, is tough to say. It’s not everyday that a new species of marijuana is discovered, but that appears to potentially be the case in Australia, where scientists believe they have discovered an entirely new species of marijuana. Per Culture:

Scientists at the University of Sydney believe they have found a fourth species of cannabis. 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.”

From what it sounds like, we may never get to taste the new strain of marijuana, unless scientists (or seed breeders) can find some more of it. What a tease, right? It begs the question of ‘are there any other species of marijuana out there?’ This is a fantastic development, and is certainly worth monitoring.


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  1. I was given about 20 seeds in 2001 by an old hippy who lived in Thora NSW.

    He claimed that the plant that he showed me grew to a maximum of 3 feet. The leaves were rounded rather than spiked, and it looked like a compact shrub that you wouldn’t identify as marijuana.

    He gave me a few buds to try. They were small but smoked well (I rated them 6.5 out of 10. I’ve smoked a lot of strains from around the world, and that’s a decent score from me).

    Unfortunately I gave all of the seeds to a mate who was keen as a bean on growing them. When I saw him again he claimed that he has passed them onto a third party and had not seen or heard from them since.

    The hippy is no longer in Thora, and I’ve lost touch, so I’m at a dead-end, hence why I visited this site and thread.

    I’d say that somebody, somewhere is still growing that strain, so keep your eyes open if your in the Bellingen area.

  2. easy answer is to back cross and cube this plant to a pure form or to reverse its sex and self pollinate for seed production

  3. Alabaster Jones on

    A simple dosing of colloidal silver will turn a female clone male.

  4. Alabaster Jones on

    There is a type of cannabis indigenous to Australia I think it may be called bush weed?
    It grows indeterminantly. Meaning it doesn’t stop it doesn’t have a typical veg and flower lifespan. It literally grows like a large bush with many very small buds tight to its stems.

    I have seen pictures in old high times and old mark emery cannabis Canada or cannabis culture magazines.

    But newly discovered? Lol like america?
    Maybe newly or yet to be recognized or documented and forgotten.
    Any whoo
    It exists
    It’s very low thc. Like hemp or ruderalis.
    And could play havoc on your genetics and photo periods.

  5. This was a hoax, No new species was found, this is based on a satire article. such a shame.

  6. First day as president take all the money from the drug war and use it to fund finding new species of weed.

  7. It could be like a woody type bush which would mean they would need rootstock to “clone” it. The best bet would be tissue culture. As for breeding, that will also be determined on the current sex. It could be a male, which would PROBABLY mean it would only be capable of breeding with current varieties. But I really don’t know anything about what I’m talking about. Lol.

  8. They should take a clone and stress it until it go hermy mabe get a seed that way. Definitely get some clones going who knows what medical benefits can be had with this new strain.

  9. You sound like you know what your taking about Chris makes sense alls I’m saying is epic fail on humanity’s part because that plant may have priceless medical features

  10. Christopher Couchman on

    Dear Dr Clay…
    Gender doesn’t work that way in plants. Not even close. Hermaphrodites are insanely common to pop up on their own, especially in cannabis. Most breeders do it on purpose in attempts to create true breeds and femenised seeds. The gene markers for male influence are present in the DNA, always, just like all dichotomous life. Even feminised seeds are only partially stable. No one ever gets 100%.

  11. Christopher Couchman on

    That is the beautiful thing about DNA; the genes are always there, just not always turned on.
    I myself have been forcing plants to become hermaphrodites for a long time, to produce feminised seeds. I actually cause the expression of the hormones, and subsequently the shift to hermaphrodite, by natural means. In other words, I stress my plant out until she is so angry that she has a sexual identity crisis in a last stitch effort to survive.
    The reason the seeds form is because male pollen clusters form on an otherwise female plant. In fact, the pollen is typically so healthy and resiliant, any plant in the same room gets a hit from it. I have to be so careful to keep them separate.
    This is all very basic genetics work. This is all now very basic in marijuana horticulture as well. So once again, i have to either call shenanigans on this article, or i conclude thay these guys have no clue what they are doing or talking about.
    By the way, this is not limited to marijuana. We’ve been doing such things, using such techniques with all plants types from tree to grass to berry, for years in the lab.
    I also want to state, the article makes it very clear that this plant is nothing like the other 3 cannabis species. I gather it may even be more close to a hemp, but small and shrub like.
    One thing I am very interested in is the cold and altitude tolerance. The genes that express this trait could be of great aid to the I industrial/ commercial hemp industry…

    Oh and Dr, the birds and The bees only hold relevance in higher mammals and social stigmata. Plants hold no allegiance to either. They will be held down by none. In the plant world, gender transformation is easy.
    If anyone has any questions, shoot. I’ll be in my lab.

  12. Jean-François Lapierre on

    ” transposition of plant sexes with some hormone therapy ” – Means you select a clone or a branch from the female mother and force it to become a male flowering plant, this is the way they produce those “feminised” seeds, hence they dont have the male genes in them.

  13. u could clone it…but if its a female u still wouldnt get any seeds. since a female cant polinate another female. and if its a male, still no seeds. u need a female and a male. google “birds and bees”

  14. Christopher Couchman on

    I wonder, have these scientists heard of meristem cloning. It’s along the lines of, oh say… Commonly done, pretty easy, first year of studying botany, can be done in a freaking mason jar, doesn’t matter the stage of the plant ( male/ female/ flowering/ vegging) … Also, it isn’t unreasonably difficult to force a transposition of plant sexes with some hormone therapy in the new plants after meristem cloning.
    To be honest, I don’t see where they are having a problem. It is either neglegant laziness, disinformation, or an article written by someone with poor information.

  15. i called the university of sydney,they have no information about the planr christopher pool doesnt work there anymore,it was 5 years ago,and the only thing they know is it tested positive for T.H.C.,and that that photo IS a picture the hikers took,and its in a common camping area,and it was found a month or so after the normal outdoorflowering cycle,so,,,,,RE-VEG. NEW SPECIES DEBUNKED . by mathew gotrdon cannabis expert

  16. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    I do not believe you understand we are not speaking of cross pollination we are talking about mimicking the processes of evolution by stressing a plant from it’s green gue state to leaf formation this is when alternate plant genes may be introduced and with special care thrive making new stronger plants or altered growth patterns that may be attractive such as wide instead of tall

  17. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    Hey mellow out folks Native american gardeners have been practicing gene modification for centuries how do you think corn and bean and squash and tomatoes and ….. on and on wake up we are attempting to open your eyes to the truth of open hand medicine the 7 sister’s indian Methodist practices are still alive and well you can learn how join the organic medicine societies in your neighborhood and become. Kickapoo Indian Medicine company invites you to practice with us in the church of the White bare medicine society we practice cannabis culture as a religion

  18. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    mine came back .89% cbd and 15% thc random 3 gram sample swept from the floor wanted to see if I had mold on the floor of my lab, but then I know how to harvest so all my shit is potent even the fan leaf and root.

  19. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    it is it,s in my garden here in Eugene I call it duck foot HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH want some seed LOLOLOL

  20. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    yes I have a process that bring the green sludge of produce left from a solid freeze back to propagating rootmass and eventually leaf.

  21. sunflowerseppy on

    Just trying to find away to own something that is worth a lot of money for profit … Called GREED.

  22. Whyiowa4medical on

    You are correct Daniel!!! In fact, the Colorado Aspen while looking like millions of organisms are in fact a single organism. Something catastrophic happening to enough can kill the organism. To have not studied these possibilities (and using up their grant money) is pure idiocy. I would have reported a suspicious finding, left the area alone, and commanded they isolate the area exactly like a very sensitive archeological dig. Everything that could have identified that plant as cannabis is portable; they could have even identified seeds, spores, or some other form of divergent reproduction. Before everyone thinks they will have a legal shrub growing year ’round, they had better consider that what made this specie so rare could infect our strains. Thank God for wives as she asked if anyone had checked any of the land-bridge islands (like New Zealand and the many smaller isles). There may be some to find yet as I had a professor who studied the area (very far around Australia) and ran into exotic “beers” made on the spot and some of these were not as alcohol containing as people would act. It came as a mix of grain, herbs, and yeast and they added water when the customer came in (I do not drink much, but I’ve never heard of a one hour or less beer). This is what it was called and it did not exhibit the symptoms of lysergic acid from Baby Wood Rose which he was familiar with. I believe a few critical thinkers like us could solve this.

  23. Daniel Pulgarin Garcia on

    In fact there are species of plants that don’t reproduce by seeds, but by spores. Maybe this cannabis strain have been adapted naturally into this form of reproduction and they haven’t think of that possibility.

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