If you live in one of the 33 states where marijuana is legal for medical use , it is likely that you will find it easy to locate decent quality weed. The times are very much a-changing for this controversial crop to the benefit of cannabis consumers. If you believe the days of crap cannabis are gone, you are mistaken! There is still plenty of bad weed around even though states where pot is legal recreationally, have a surplus of the good stuff. As the name suggests, you can find it on the side of the road. Some people say that if you dry and cure it properly, it is might possible to get a semblance of a cerebral high from ditch weed, perhaps better than the garbage that the federal government allows to grow at the University of Mississippi. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency DEA , ditch weed is defined as wild and scattered marijuana plants with no evidence of being planted, fertilized or tended.
Weed in the Wild
What to Look for When Searching for Wild Marijuana
Join Grow Wild over the next few months as we delve into the world of weeds. We will investigate their value to pollinators, explore how they have been used for medicine, and try to understand the qualities that make them survive and thrive in the toughest environments. Read more from our What is a Weed Anyway? Cotton Gossypium hirsutum at that time had played an important part in the American civil war but, like all plants, the ancestors of cotton had at one time been considered weeds. One plant out of some two hundred thousand known to the botanist, vastly the larger part of which are reckoned weeds. Weeds can also be plants whose virtues have been forgotten. For example, in the Middle Ages ground elder Aegopodium podagraria was cultivated as a food crop and medicinal herb used mainly to treat gout.
1. Look for variety
Feral cannabis , or wild marijuana often referred to in the United States as ditch weed , is wild-growing cannabis generally descended from industrial hemp plants previously cultivated for fiber, with low or negligible amounts of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol THC. The Drug Enforcement Administration defines ditch weed as "wild, scattered marijuana plants [with] no evidence of planting, fertilizing, or tending". As early as , a United States Department of Agriculture publication stated: "Hemp is abundant as a wild plant in many localities in western Missouri, Iowa, and in southern Minnesota, and is often found as a roadside weed throughout the Middle West. Responses to feral cannabis vary by time period and jurisdiction, with some entities putting out efforts to eradicate the plant, while others consider it a very low priority. Feral cannabis is an exceptionally hardy weed, widely dispersing its seeds which can lie dormant for 7—10 years before sprouting again. Particularly in Indiana, where feral cannabis is most concentrated, authorities have largely ceased eradication attempts, with one police spokesman stating "You can eradicate ditch weed as well as you can eradicate dandelion. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Cannabis growing wild in Islamabad, Pakistan. Wikimedia Commons. Ditch weed. Feral cannabis. Wild marijuana. In a viral YouTube post, travel blogger Gabriel Morris revealed a hillside covered with marijuana plants in the Nepalese Himalayas. Cannabis is indigenous to the Himalayas, and while the plant is illegal in both India and Nepal, it thrives in the hard-to-reach corners of the famed mountain range. Several Himalayan villages also make their living on the production of cannabis, and when busted by authorities they can plausibly claim that their cannabis fields are natural. Thickets of cannabis can similarly be found across Asia from Pakistan to China. Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany, a scientific profile of the plant, even found examples of decorative cannabis being grown alongside a public street in Kunming, China.