In early March I was in Australia, where I had the opportunity to examine and record data on a new strain of cannabis, never before seen by CC staff, or any of the researchers we?ve contacted.
We?ve dubbed this peculiar strain Australian Bastard Cannabis (ABC), and although it?s definitely pot, it sure doesn?t look like it. The ABC has a different leaf structure than regular pot, and its general growth pattern is more like a shrub than the stately cannabis we?re used to.
I smoked some of the cured buds from the ABC, and although it?s clearly pot it?s not a very potent smoke. Yet there is hope, as I screened some dried buds to extract the trichromes, and when I was done the resulting ABC hash was a nice smoke with more kick than the bud. Ideally, proper breeding and crossing with more potent strains should produce plants which combine potency with the unique look of the ABC.
CC has acquired hundreds of ABC seeds, and they are now in the hands of dozens of seed breeders and growers across North America. Within a few months the first ABC crosses will be available, and hopefully within a few breeding seasons crosses will be developed which contain all the desired characteristics.
The Bastard Cannabis has proved itself to be a hardy, frost-resistant plant. The ABC has consistently survived frosts which have killed other plants, possibly making it suitable for growing in more Northern climates. As an experiment, Ayers has taken large cuttings with multiple leaves and branches, and they have all successfully rooted.
I speculate that the ABC is a strain of cannabis gone feral. Whether from an ancient hemp crop or the more recently abandoned patch of an outdoor grower, it has obviously had many generations of inbreeding to achieve its rarified state. Somehow it has survived over the years, until finally reaching those capable of exploring and preserving its unique genetic potential. Yet it did not exhibit any detectable hermaphroditism, which is often the result of plants forced to inbreed among themselves for survival.
The ABC grows no fan leaves. All of its leaves are short and small, and all have an unusual and irregular distribution of stamens within the leaf. The ABC looks more like pot when it?s budding then when it?s growing. At their peak the heads do resemble the buds of ordinary strains, but even then it is still different enough that it might go unnoticed by the casual observer. While in vegetative growth the plant looks little like regular pot, growing in a shrub-like fashion, without the traditional candelabra shape or other identifying characteristics.
My camera equipment was not up to the task of getting detailed close-ups of the ABC?s unique leaf structure. The shots I took do show the strange look of the leaves, but don?t do the oddity of the plant justice.
Yet perhaps its better that we?re not printing detailed shots of this unique strain. Those who need to know exactly what it looks like will be able to acquire seeds soon enough. If we printed detailed photos then all the narcs, pigs and rippers would know what to look for, and that?s not what we want.
? Special offer!
As a special offer, Cannabis Culture will send 10 ABC or ABC x Flo seeds to the first hundred new subscribers who ask for them. Just write on your subscription form that you?d like some ABC with your subscription! (We?ll send the seeds separately from the CC magazines.) We?ll probably run out in early September, so if you want some you?d better hurry!
Note that the ABC seeds seem to have a lower germination rate than usual. Don?t be surprised if only a few of these special seeds sprout.
Please experiment with these seeds, try crossing them with some more potent strains, and let us know about your results.