If you're planning to search for wild cannabis plants, you should know which marijuana strains grow naturally in the part of the world you'll be exploring. To the best of our knowledge cannabis, originates from central and south Asia, and as humans spread the herb to every continent (except Antarctica), the plants that took root acclimated to the growing conditions in each region. The strains of marijuana that have become acclimated over centuries to thrive in different areas of the globe are known as “landrace” varieties, and even though they all share the same genetic ancestor, each landrace marijuana strain exhibits its own unique characteristics. To give you an idea of what landrace strains you may run across, here we talk about five of the most common marijuana strains growing in the wild throughout the world today.
- Acapulco Gold
One of the most famous landrace strains of Central America is Acapulco Gold (also known as “Mexican Sativa”) which is a pungent sativa known for its sweet, earthy aroma and golden color. You can find it growing in the wild throughout the Southwestern United States and Central America, especially in the hillsides surrounding Acapulco, Mexico, where this strain originates from.
- King’s Bread
Also known as King’s Breath, this sativa landrace is still found abundantly throughout Jamaica, particularly in areas near the Blue Mountains. When looking for King's Bread in the wild, keep an eye out for the distinct finger-like flowers that emit a sweet citrus scent and mint.
- Hindu Kush
You can find fields of Hindu Kush cannabis growing wild throughout the Middle East, particularly in the area from which this indica strain originates: the Hindu-Kush Mountain range between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The flowers produce a distinctly thick coat of resinous trichomes, and they smell sweet of fresh earth and sandalwood.
- Swazi Gold
Throughout Africa, there are fields wild variety of cannabis sativa known as Swazi Gold, which features a mix of sweet citrus and spicy woodland flavors. This landrace has acclimated to thrive even in the harsh conditions of both jungles and mountains that cover much of the continent.
- Common Ditch Weed
Unfortunately, most of the marijuana we find growing wild throughout North America is undesirable for the purposes of most cannabis foragers. It's known as “wild hemp” or “ditch weed” and is a mix of industrial hemp plants; the remnants of crops cultivated for fibers throughout the Midwest United States during World War II.