Ruderalis on its own IS lower potency and with low THC, however they do have more CBD when compared to some drug varieties of cannabis. In botany, a ruderal plant species is basically a weed. Ruderal plants have quick succession, meaning they’re the first to pop up in areas where the environment has been tampered with or is otherwise of poor quality. You know like a weed. That's where the name Ruderalis came from. It is a weed when compared to Indica and Sativa's that have been selected for drug properties. Unlike most indicas, sativas and hybrids, ruderalis has a low THC content. So low, in fact, that it is not used as recreational cannabis. The herb’s short stature is also not ideal for hemp production either. Can breeding and selection process change this? Sure. That's how we have high potency and medically active photoperiod short day plants now. The natural state of cannabis is hemp, and given time with no selection process over many generations high potency hybrids would revert to their natural state with low drug traits.Time will tell how much the selection process will change this. I'm not saying an autoflower could not potentially produce acceptable plants with the drug traits, terpene profile, and yield I am looking for. I am saying they don't now, given my experience with them
I can agree with this. I can also say that most of the time, in my experience, bag appeal is related to potency with most of the flowers I am smoking. Only a bioassay can say for sure, and those are all relative to the individual. But yea, pretty weed can suck.
As of now the potency of an autoflower is coming from the genes belonging to the indica/Sativa/hybrid it is bred with, not the Ruderalis. If you breed, Ruderalis x Ruderalis you get Ruderalis "ditch weed". Were Indica's and Sativa's always always potent with drug traits? No, they were selected for over many many generations. Could Ruderalis x Ruderalis produce High drug trait plants, perhaps yes, but it's not the way it is done now. What breeders seem to be looking for now is an indica, sativa, hybrid drug traits that will autoflower like a ruderalis. If a ruderalis is recessive on all traits except for auto flowering and only passes on the the autoflowering trait/traits to it's progeny that would be great. Maybe some do now, but not to a large degree, given what I have seen. If a ruderalis passes on it's "drug traits" mainly CBD in low concentrations to the Sativa/Indica/hybrid that might not be such a good thing, well for me it wouldn't be. A lot of high CBD plants now are Indica, Sativa hybrids, not hemp or ruderalis. This is changing too from what I have seen in the hemp industry in the US with regards to high cbd low thc hemp varieties. I agree auto's have come a long way and I have no reason to think that they won't be selected for and refined for the future; and given the technology we have now with genetic testing and mapping it might be sooner rather than later. They are just not there...YET...for me.
I think they would disagree and have their reasons why. With the strict testing regimens we have here for both medical and recreational cannabis it is easier to get a clean, quality, saleable product, indoors and in greenhouses especially for extracts. I'm not saying it is impossible to have quality outdoor grows that will pass all testing, I am saying it is easier and more consistent indoors or in greenhouses for the purposes the Jungle Boys serve in the industry.
I am really enjoying this discussion and I hope the future of autoflowers in big and bright. They do serve a purpose within the industry, otherwise they would not be selected for.