The Sickest Cannabis Mutations 2.0

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Sickest Cannabis Mutations 2.0


The most common cannabis strains all have the same distinctive, pointy leaves. And most are green. However, there are some cannabis strains that vary vastly from the norm. Check these mutations out!

Not all weed is created equal. After all, cannabis is a diverse plant like any other. But if you think the “norm” is all that the Cannabis sativa species has going for it, think again.

Cannabis is grown all over the world and there are some super interesting variants that come along with such geographical diversity. Although some are just compelling rarities, certain ganja plant variations might surprise you! We take a look at some intriguing possibilities below.

VARIEGATION AND ALBINISM

Variegation And Albinism

You probably know that marijuana can be different colours. Purple, for example, is a hue that comes with many colder-weather origin indicas. However, did you know marijuana can also be white? As in albino? As in no pigmentation?

The technical term for this situation is called variegation. This phenomenon is caused by a genetic malfunction of the genes that regulate chlorophyll. These features can also be isolated in certain parts of the plant. For example, only the buds or leaves may be colourless.

While they are pretty, these are not very efficient bud producers. They also tend to die quickly because they cannot synthesise light due to lack of chlorophyll.

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TWO-TONED LEAVES

Two-toned Leaves

While most cannabis plants are green, there are many strains that appear on a colour spectrum, culminating in unique hues rarely seen by most cultivators. One of the most common variations on this theme are purple strains.

These varieties of cannabis, which are mostly indicas, turn shades of purple when exposed to colder, night air. This creates not only two-toned leaves, but buds that turn vibrant shades of purple, red and even yellow.

TWIN SEEDLINGS

Twin Seedlings

Some cannabis seeds can germinate two plants. Technically, this is a phenomenon known as polyembryony. This happens just as in the human species. In this case, however, one plant will be normal and one will be a clone of the mother.

Like with human conjoined twins, you cannot separate these plants too early. They can be separated when they reach between 20-25cm in height. This phenomenon should not be confused with real “Siamese Twin” marijuana, which is a mutation in which two plants share the same root.

LEAF BUDS

Leaf Buds

One of the stranger cannabis mutations allows plants to develop buds from the base of their leaves where they meet on the stalk. These are never very big flowers. At present, no one is sure what causes this to happen. However, this mutation is also being explored as a way to increase yields. Time will reveal further information on this compelling variation.

POLYPLOIDISM

Polyploidism

Polyploidism is the scientific term for plants with extra-developed areas. Elephantiasis, in other words, for the plant world. In the case of cannabis, the plants are overall much bigger than their regular counterparts of the same strain. That said, this is not a trait that can be passed to other plants. Nor does it seem to survive genetic crossings with other strains.

TENTACLE-LIKE MARIJUANA

There is a type of marijuana that looks more like tentacles than plants. This is known as a “creeping phenotype.” The plants appear to grow like normal at first, ultimately sprouting branches that are more like spindly vines. These droop to the ground. Once there, they expand throughout the garden and take root.

This is great if all you want is a garden full of one strain of ganja; bad, of course, if you don’t. And even worse if it keeps popping up at inopportune times and places.

SUPER-PHOTOSYNTHESIS

This is a mutation in the plant that causes it to grow extra internodal leaves. This is also known as vertical phyllotaxis. A normal cannabis plant grows two internodal leaves. These little monsters, however, grow three or more. This phenomenon is also sometimes referred to as whorled phyllotaxy.

The bottom line? If you have this plant mutant, cherish it. Most growers however, do not like this kind of variant. While it can absorb more light energy than most plants, it also tends to produce a high number of male flowers. This also seems to be an evolutionary mutation that occurs over time. Leaves with greater surface area absorb more light.

DIFFERENTLY SHAPED CANNABIS PLANTS

Differently Shaped Cannabis Plants

Most cannabis plants generally look alike. Yet, there are a couple of odd mutations even here.

ABC, or Australian Bastard Cannabis is one of a few that strays radically from the stereotypical pointy plant look. In fact, its appearance is so different, it is often mistaken for a shrub. Good news for growers who want to disguise their crop.

This is also a mutation that appears to have taken hold on the continent to the point where it is now recognised as a separate strain. The small leaves and delicate structure are believed to have developed as a natural defence mechanism against the cold.

That said, it does not have much promise as a commercial strain. The plant made ripples when it was first introduced into cannabis culture, but has since ebbed. For starters, it does not appear to be able to create high THC levels. No strains are currently commercially available.

Unlike ABC, Duckfeet weed is one of the few cannabis plants whose odd look can be passed to other strains. In this case, the harsh growing conditions of the Australian mountains and a skilled breeder stabilised what is known as a recessive mutation. The plants appear to be webbed, like a duck’s feet. This mutation almost always occurs in sativa plants.

Even better? This is a tenacious mutation. Crossed with other strains, you have a 3:1 chance of maintaining the traits. For one thing, it is a great way to better protect your grow - both its smell and look are highly deceptive. As a result, it has spawned many creative crosses.

Marguerite Arnold

Written by: Marguerite Arnold
With years of writing experience under her belt, Marguerite dedicates her time to exploring the cannabis industry and the developments of the legalisation movement.

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