Classification and taxonomy of cannabis
Even though it is estimated that the cannabis plant has been accompanying humanity for millennia, confusion still exists today regarding the classification of its species or varieties. In fact, the debate on how to classify this plant has been active for more than two centuries: are the different varieties of cannabis typical of a single and very diverse species? Or is it a polytypic genre with several species? In this article we will investigate and explain the main differences between hemp and marijuana.
There are hundreds of cannabis varieties
Among its many cherished characteristics, cannabis is highly appreciated for its aromas, but sometimes plants can generate a smell so powerful that it can attract the attention of neighbours and this issue can become a serious problem for those growing weed outdoors, where maximum discretion is essential and in which the use of carbon filters or other anti-odour systems is impossible.
In these cases choosing a cannabis variety that gives off discreet aromas is a good idea if we want to limit the smell generated by our garden, especially for outdoor crops on terraces and balconies. For this reason, you should avoid any genetics that stand out for their powerful and telltale aromas typical of cannabis, these include the varieties of the Diesel or Skunk families, Cheese or the Sour Diesel among many others… we are talking about varieties with a very high terpene content, which are distinguished by their characteristic, persistent and highly volatile aromas.
In this article we look at a selection of the varieties most recognised for their subtle and discreet scents, to help you avoid security headaches and uninvited guests at your grow spot.
Some cannabis strains have a more discreet aroma than many others
Moulds can quickly ruin your plants during the last weeks of the flowering stage, that’s why many growers choose mould resistant cannabis strains to guarantee success. This type of genetics are resistant to high relative humidity levels, rarely developing moulds like botrytis or powdery mildew even if grown in humid climates.
If you checked the link above, you may have seen a wide rage of mould resistant varieties. Still, we want to make your decision easier for you by listing some of our favourites, genetics that – for one reason or another – have captivated us for their excellent results in humid climates. Let’s see them now!
Harvest time is coming!
The energizing effect of some cannabis strains is, without a doubt, a true favourite among many users. This uplifting feeling – often called “high” – is often associated to Sativa genetics with high THC content, although other plants with different cannabinoid ratios can provide a very pleasant, social and creative effect.
For this reason, and within the myriad of feminised seeds available on the market, we have selected 7 marijuana strains that will increase your creativity and social side, improve your mood and motivate you to perform daily activities. We hope you’ll enjoy their vibrant energy!
Sativa plants are known for their uplifting effect
5 autoflowering strains that will surprise you
The quality of autoflowering (also known as automatic or simply auto) genetics have been greatly improved over the past years. Today, cannabis breeders develop top quality auto versions of some of the most acclaimed photoperiod varieties, so this type of genetics is being increasingly used by many growers.
Auto strains are ideal for those with small growing spaces, to make several outdoor crops per year easily or for those who have an outdoor growing space with light pollution (which can make it impossible to grow photoperiod strains). While just a few years ago the quality of these strains was mediocre, today you can find literally hundreds of autoflowering strains coming from the best genetics on the market.
We want to make things easy for you, that’s why today we present you a list of 5 extraordinary auto varieties that you should definitely try if you’re interested in this useful type of cannabis plants. New and classic strains, CBD-rich plants, high yielding genetics…you’ll find whatever you’re looking for!
Commercial auto strains where first created from Cannabis Ruderalis genetics
Today, we have thounsands of cannabis strains with tens of different traits, so that virtually any type of grower can easily find what he’s looking for. Today we’ll focus on strains with fruity flavour, like oranges, lemons, strawberries or blueberries. Thus, in this article we’ll list some of the best and most reputed fruity cannabis strains, which have a terpene profile (terpenes are aromatic molecules which give marijuana its particular scent and taste) reminiscent of these fruits.
OG Kush x Blueberry hybrid with berry scent
Sometimes, you may not be sure about which cannabis strains to purchase for your next grow. Your personal taste and circumstances will greatly determine your decision, so while some of you may be looking for high yields or certain effect, others may prefer strains resistant to moulds or with the shortest possible flowering period.
In many occasions, the path followed by breeders to develop their genetics is similar, looking to fix certain traits in the offspring. Thus, today we’ll present a list of strains known for their early flowering trait. As you’ll see next, all varieties listed here have a bloom period no longer than 8 weeks, something that – on the other hand – doesn’t question their quality at all.
Some cannabis strains complete their bloom cycle really fast
Among the myriad of marijuana strains available on the market nowadays, some of them stand out for certain traits which have been fixed during the breeding process and that will determine the main characteristics of each genetics. The most desirable and sought-after traits are normally fast flowering, certain size or flavour or very high yield.
In this article we’ll focus on those cannabis varieties that stand out for their abundant production of buds, without a doubt one of the most desirable traits for growers. Indeed, you may know people looking for different flavours, or certain growth pattern, or a specified bloom period…but all of them love their plants to produce abundant harvests!
Yields of some strains are considerably higher than others
Marijuana trends in American dispensaries
Without a doubt, the USA have been a point of reference in the development of new and amazing cannabis strains ever since the decade of the 70’s, which normally take only a few years to become popular in Europe. Thus, and if we want to know which strains will be increasingly demanded in the near future in the Old Continent, we must definitely take a look at the current scene in the US.
Moreover, the legalisation in some States has led to a much more bearable situation for breeders and growers, who can now focus on developing new varieties without the worry of being caught by the Authorities. In this way, massive selections and large-scale breeding projects are being done today in the USA, which will doubtless led to a new generation of top grade marihuana genetics.
Cannabis dispensary in the USA
Qleaner from TGA Subcool
Productivity of plants is one of the most frequently desired traits by cannabis growers. During the last years, yields have been improved thanks to successive selections and hybrids made by many breeders (seed producers).
What are the cannabis strains with best yields?
High yielding strains are normally Indica dominant plants with compact structure and tight buds. These plants are ready to harvest after 7-9 weeks of flowering, although they may need a more prolonged vegging period than plants with Sativa dominance.
Industrial Plant from Dinafem, Monster from Eva Seeds, Critical Kush from Barney’s Farm, White Widow x Big Bud from Female Seeds, or Milky Way from Kiwi Seeds are some of the most productive feminised Indica strains.
On the other hand, we can also find high yielding Indicas in regular form: Bella Ciao from Tiki or NL5/Afghan from Mr Nice are a good example!
Session from Reggae Seeds
Of course, a number of mostly Sativa strains are also top yielders, as for example feminized vairieties like Moby Dick 2 from Dinafem, Easy Haze from Philosopher Seeds, Grapefruit from Female Seeds or Wombat from Blim Burn Seeds.
In the regular seed range we can find varieties like Bambata from Tiki Seeds or Session from Reggae Seeds.
There are other balanced Indica-Sativa hybrids with amazing yields, as for example Critical Jack from Dinafem and Big Foot from Sweet Seeds (both feminised) or Agent Orange from TGA Subcool (regular seeds).
Still, and as we already know, yields mainly depend on phenotypes (individual plants) rather than genotypes (varieties). Thus, the best option to ensure constant and stable production is to select the best phenotype within a batch of seeds and take cuttings from it. In this way we can keep a mother plant from which to take clones and have always the same excact results (as long as growing conditions are always the same).