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Scientists May Have Discovered A New Species Of Marijuana In Australia


australia marijuanaNew strains of marijuana pop up almost daily anymore. How many of them are actually new strains, versus old strains given a new name for marketing purposes, is tough to say. It’s not everyday that a new species of marijuana is discovered, but that appears to potentially be the case in Australia, where scientists believe they have discovered an entirely new species of marijuana. Per Culture:

Scientists at the University of Sydney believe they have found a fourth species of cannabis. The finding took place in 201 (sic), when a group of people were hiking in the Blue Mountains of Australia and discovered a single plant that resembled cannabis. The shrub was later donated to a research laboratory at the University of Sydney where a series of tests were conducted on the plant – proving that it was indeed cannabis. “When we first received the plant we were very skeptical about its relation to cannabis. It has somewhat similar growth structure, but the leaves look nothing like cannabis leaves,” according to researcher Christopher Pool.

The test results show that the species is resistant to freezing temperatures and the plant grows more like a shrub, without the archetypal candelabra shape of most cannabis strains. Countless cannabis breeders the world over have offered to pay upwards of $2,000 per seed, but Pool stated “The only problem is that we don’t have any seeds, we only have one plant,” adding, “We’ve exhausted our funding trying to find another like it.”

From what it sounds like, we may never get to taste the new strain of marijuana, unless scientists (or seed breeders) can find some more of it. What a tease, right? It begs the question of ‘are there any other species of marijuana out there?’ This is a fantastic development, and is certainly worth monitoring.


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  1. I was given about 20 seeds in 2001 by an old hippy who lived in Thora NSW.

    He claimed that the plant that he showed me grew to a maximum of 3 feet. The leaves were rounded rather than spiked, and it looked like a compact shrub that you wouldn’t identify as marijuana.

    He gave me a few buds to try. They were small but smoked well (I rated them 6.5 out of 10. I’ve smoked a lot of strains from around the world, and that’s a decent score from me).

    Unfortunately I gave all of the seeds to a mate who was keen as a bean on growing them. When I saw him again he claimed that he has passed them onto a third party and had not seen or heard from them since.

    The hippy is no longer in Thora, and I’ve lost touch, so I’m at a dead-end, hence why I visited this site and thread.

    I’d say that somebody, somewhere is still growing that strain, so keep your eyes open if your in the Bellingen area.

  2. easy answer is to back cross and cube this plant to a pure form or to reverse its sex and self pollinate for seed production

  3. Alabaster Jones on

    A simple dosing of colloidal silver will turn a female clone male.

  4. Alabaster Jones on

    There is a type of cannabis indigenous to Australia I think it may be called bush weed?
    It grows indeterminantly. Meaning it doesn’t stop it doesn’t have a typical veg and flower lifespan. It literally grows like a large bush with many very small buds tight to its stems.

    I have seen pictures in old high times and old mark emery cannabis Canada or cannabis culture magazines.

    But newly discovered? Lol like america?
    Maybe newly or yet to be recognized or documented and forgotten.
    Any whoo
    It exists
    It’s very low thc. Like hemp or ruderalis.
    And could play havoc on your genetics and photo periods.

  5. This was a hoax, No new species was found, this is based on a satire article. such a shame.

  6. First day as president take all the money from the drug war and use it to fund finding new species of weed.

  7. It could be like a woody type bush which would mean they would need rootstock to “clone” it. The best bet would be tissue culture. As for breeding, that will also be determined on the current sex. It could be a male, which would PROBABLY mean it would only be capable of breeding with current varieties. But I really don’t know anything about what I’m talking about. Lol.

  8. They should take a clone and stress it until it go hermy mabe get a seed that way. Definitely get some clones going who knows what medical benefits can be had with this new strain.

  9. You sound like you know what your taking about Chris makes sense alls I’m saying is epic fail on humanity’s part because that plant may have priceless medical features

  10. Christopher Couchman on

    Dear Dr Clay…
    Gender doesn’t work that way in plants. Not even close. Hermaphrodites are insanely common to pop up on their own, especially in cannabis. Most breeders do it on purpose in attempts to create true breeds and femenised seeds. The gene markers for male influence are present in the DNA, always, just like all dichotomous life. Even feminised seeds are only partially stable. No one ever gets 100%.

  11. Christopher Couchman on

    That is the beautiful thing about DNA; the genes are always there, just not always turned on.
    I myself have been forcing plants to become hermaphrodites for a long time, to produce feminised seeds. I actually cause the expression of the hormones, and subsequently the shift to hermaphrodite, by natural means. In other words, I stress my plant out until she is so angry that she has a sexual identity crisis in a last stitch effort to survive.
    The reason the seeds form is because male pollen clusters form on an otherwise female plant. In fact, the pollen is typically so healthy and resiliant, any plant in the same room gets a hit from it. I have to be so careful to keep them separate.
    This is all very basic genetics work. This is all now very basic in marijuana horticulture as well. So once again, i have to either call shenanigans on this article, or i conclude thay these guys have no clue what they are doing or talking about.
    By the way, this is not limited to marijuana. We’ve been doing such things, using such techniques with all plants types from tree to grass to berry, for years in the lab.
    I also want to state, the article makes it very clear that this plant is nothing like the other 3 cannabis species. I gather it may even be more close to a hemp, but small and shrub like.
    One thing I am very interested in is the cold and altitude tolerance. The genes that express this trait could be of great aid to the I industrial/ commercial hemp industry…

    Oh and Dr, the birds and The bees only hold relevance in higher mammals and social stigmata. Plants hold no allegiance to either. They will be held down by none. In the plant world, gender transformation is easy.
    If anyone has any questions, shoot. I’ll be in my lab.

  12. Jean-François Lapierre on

    ” transposition of plant sexes with some hormone therapy ” – Means you select a clone or a branch from the female mother and force it to become a male flowering plant, this is the way they produce those “feminised” seeds, hence they dont have the male genes in them.

  13. u could clone it…but if its a female u still wouldnt get any seeds. since a female cant polinate another female. and if its a male, still no seeds. u need a female and a male. google “birds and bees”

  14. Christopher Couchman on

    I wonder, have these scientists heard of meristem cloning. It’s along the lines of, oh say… Commonly done, pretty easy, first year of studying botany, can be done in a freaking mason jar, doesn’t matter the stage of the plant ( male/ female/ flowering/ vegging) … Also, it isn’t unreasonably difficult to force a transposition of plant sexes with some hormone therapy in the new plants after meristem cloning.
    To be honest, I don’t see where they are having a problem. It is either neglegant laziness, disinformation, or an article written by someone with poor information.

  15. i called the university of sydney,they have no information about the planr christopher pool doesnt work there anymore,it was 5 years ago,and the only thing they know is it tested positive for T.H.C.,and that that photo IS a picture the hikers took,and its in a common camping area,and it was found a month or so after the normal outdoorflowering cycle,so,,,,,RE-VEG. NEW SPECIES DEBUNKED . by mathew gotrdon cannabis expert

  16. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    I do not believe you understand we are not speaking of cross pollination we are talking about mimicking the processes of evolution by stressing a plant from it’s green gue state to leaf formation this is when alternate plant genes may be introduced and with special care thrive making new stronger plants or altered growth patterns that may be attractive such as wide instead of tall

  17. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    Hey mellow out folks Native american gardeners have been practicing gene modification for centuries how do you think corn and bean and squash and tomatoes and ….. on and on wake up we are attempting to open your eyes to the truth of open hand medicine the 7 sister’s indian Methodist practices are still alive and well you can learn how join the organic medicine societies in your neighborhood and become. Kickapoo Indian Medicine company invites you to practice with us in the church of the White bare medicine society we practice cannabis culture as a religion

  18. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    mine came back .89% cbd and 15% thc random 3 gram sample swept from the floor wanted to see if I had mold on the floor of my lab, but then I know how to harvest so all my shit is potent even the fan leaf and root.

  19. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    it is it,s in my garden here in Eugene I call it duck foot HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH want some seed LOLOLOL

  20. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    yes I have a process that bring the green sludge of produce left from a solid freeze back to propagating rootmass and eventually leaf.

  21. sunflowerseppy on

    Just trying to find away to own something that is worth a lot of money for profit … Called GREED.

  22. Whyiowa4medical on

    You are correct Daniel!!! In fact, the Colorado Aspen while looking like millions of organisms are in fact a single organism. Something catastrophic happening to enough can kill the organism. To have not studied these possibilities (and using up their grant money) is pure idiocy. I would have reported a suspicious finding, left the area alone, and commanded they isolate the area exactly like a very sensitive archeological dig. Everything that could have identified that plant as cannabis is portable; they could have even identified seeds, spores, or some other form of divergent reproduction. Before everyone thinks they will have a legal shrub growing year ’round, they had better consider that what made this specie so rare could infect our strains. Thank God for wives as she asked if anyone had checked any of the land-bridge islands (like New Zealand and the many smaller isles). There may be some to find yet as I had a professor who studied the area (very far around Australia) and ran into exotic “beers” made on the spot and some of these were not as alcohol containing as people would act. It came as a mix of grain, herbs, and yeast and they added water when the customer came in (I do not drink much, but I’ve never heard of a one hour or less beer). This is what it was called and it did not exhibit the symptoms of lysergic acid from Baby Wood Rose which he was familiar with. I believe a few critical thinkers like us could solve this.

  23. Daniel Pulgarin Garcia on

    In fact there are species of plants that don’t reproduce by seeds, but by spores. Maybe this cannabis strain have been adapted naturally into this form of reproduction and they haven’t think of that possibility.

  24. Yes, that’s a great description of changing an organism’s genetic profile through gene splicing! Alter through spicing=GMO. Alter through breeding/cross pollination=GMO.
    1 is a chemical GMO, the other is an organic GMO. “GMO” does NOT only describe evilmonsantomadscientistilluminatibilerbergabomination.

  25. selective breeding doesn’t fit that definition.(just to enlighten the DA and assistant DA, M.Simon)hint; they’re not district attorneys:)

  26. A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food. The term GMO is very close to the technical legal term, ‘living modified organism’, defined in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which regulates international trade in living GMOs (specifically, “any living organism that possesses a novel combination of genetic material obtained through the use of modern biotechnology”).
    according to wikipedia

  27. If it’s a female plant they should clone it, if it’s in the flowered stage they can revert it, would it warp out the genetics, of course but it would give a viable sample that can be crossbred later on into a resistant form for seeds.

  28. Google – Aussie Bastard Cannabis – and a cross named Dizzy – the truth is out there.

    Please don’t delete my posts.

  29. You can’t find any info on the “Sydney team” and no pictures can be found anywhere…..finding any official info is impossible, it’s a hoax folks. Or its half life 4

  30. The seed for this rare plant was probably passed through the digestive system of a bird. Birds love cannabis seeds and ones that aren’t cracked can pass through intact and ready to germinate. The mother plant could be hundreds of miles away.

  31. I thought pot heads were supposed to be mellow. Trolling the grammar and shit smh. But yeah, the dude that wrote this article doesn’t know a damn thing about weed and apparently neither does the university of Sydney’s horticulture department. I’ll clone that shit for you folks, almost free of charge.

  32. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    if there is one there are others as well … good find guys good luck with that … wanna buy some seed from me? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLOLOLOLOLOLLLLLLOOOOOLOl falling on floor

  33. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    Kickapoo Indian medicine company ….I have been growing winter crops with a little effort I could grow winter harvest outside. in under 50 but I am not sure they ripen the same cause the winter sample so far have been small takes special prep to acclimate a plant and finding good cold hardy seed is what I have been doing now for several years. I have 3 or 4 crosses.

  34. I drew a distinction between modifying a plant or organism’s genetic profile through breeding and the splicing of two different organism’s genes to create a “new” hybrid. BOTH are Genetically Modified Organisms. “:Dumbass”.

  35. no, cross-pollination between two strains is NOT GMO. What certain companies do to hijack plant genes and make them patentable IS. (sheesh, what a dumbass)

  36. Depends on if you study the actual science or follow the fear mongering. Because smelting Iron IS Unnatural. Making cloth with machines IS unnatural. Bicycles ARE unnatural. Agriculture IS unnatural. Hunter-gatherers don’t do it. It was INVENTED.

    I’m just trying to figure out how committed you are to natural.

    FYI. I’m an electronics engineer. Committed to the unnatural. It is my job.

  37. The only way to clone it would be by using Micro propagation …(cloning a few cells in a petry dish) have you guys heard about the Palo Azul Plant ? it’s a Tea made from the Bark of the Palo Azul plant. and it makes people not show up positive for T.H.C when they take a pee test.? I even went to my Doctor and asked him how that was possible.. He said he had never heard of Palo Azul and then he researched on his laptop for a second and this is what he said..” Palo Azul contains NEGATIVE charged alkaloids that draw out toxins with a positive charge such as THC , ( a negative charge pulls) .Similar to how an air ionizer uses a negative charge to pull the toxins out of the air.. Once the negative alkaloids enter the urinary tract system it bonds on to the toxins and changes their genetic signature ..making the toxins a different compound altogether now ,making them undetectable! , google it.. the fact that some cheap little natural plant from the rain forest can do all that blows my mind!

  38. Whyiowa4medical on

    Don’t remind me of the days when we had to worry about colchicine treated weed. That is one of the many mistakes I want to undo via true heirloom seed. Then there was also the paraquat catastrophe that didn’t kill the plant, but who knows about the smoker. Scott, I already went to the site and called them worse. Their scientific method was about as sound as flat earth believers.

  39. Whyiowa4medical on

    Are you kidding!!!! They would tear the site up worse than it already is, removing all hope of discovering what I believe to be tiny seeds!!! Read above and see if it doesn’t make sense. It is my reply to Guest.

  40. Whyiowa4medical on

    I do not think so, I think those searching for this specie are complete IDIOTS (I went to the source site and told them so). They believe this was an imported cultivar, all plants flower and give off seed (whether its showy or like a pine tree). With $10K up for grabs I believe I could find a whole family of this specie. As any archeological dig, the area must remain undisturbed and closed to all traffic of any sort. Since we have no idea how large or tiny the seeds are (if a whole plant was imported ancient man likely didn’t notice its seed, a bag of seed transports easier than a shrub), so, one must begin at the size of an immature mite, or .1mm and sift the surrounding soil. Then germinating all things biological one is bound to find the seed unless this one last plant germinated after all others died out. Remember, Australia had its beginnings as a prison colony, not an ecological site.

  41. Whyiowa4medical on

    This is exactly why I want to obtain some heirloom strains and “recreate the wheel” in a legal state. How many years since anyone enjoyed a good Mexican strain, Columbian of any shade, or Thai. Those who missed those days missed the feeling of your befriended drug dealer looking out for you by selling the next step up the potency ladder when he knew you were ready. Not some dispensary chick that gives a beginner “decapitate.” The heirloom strains still have their place as many of these new growers have no idea what was being bred in California, nor why. When there was Thai, Nepalese, or Maui all the peasants cheered, we were merely trying to have these types consistently. When the next gen came along they bred the cannabis equivalent of LSD, or Quaalude, something cannabis was never intended to be. So, the newbie comes in and gets their head blown off, where is the love and responsibility in that? I will bet the Native Australian’s know where this can be found, or maybe they gave this form up for what came from the Americas. It does not say if or when it flowers and I’ll bet no one has so much as smoked a leaf. Maybe its Australian Ditch weed!!!

  42. and you’re actually TRYING to be a dumbass, so Im not going to waste my time pointing out all the stupidity in your comment.

  43. You can’t tell me that the University of Sydney is unable to reproduce this plant, all I need is a tiny piece of the plant, just a sliver, and I can do macropropigation tissue culture and produce absolute clones(like Dolly the sheep) starting from just a few plant cells and I am no one special.

    They could do a simple tissue culture using the alternate node method and have hundreds of plantlets in a few months.

    This sounds too odd for the truth, if there were no seeds on the plant then it was probably cultivated as there has to be a seed before a plant(yea, chicken before the egg thing).

    This “female” plant didn’t simply appear by “itself” presumably hundreds of yards(or more, they didn’t say how far they looked) away from any other of the same species.

    If this is a ‘untouched’ landrace strain the mountainside would have had many plants that had reproduced themselves every year for hundreds of years.

    This was just some hippies crazy outdoor strain that he has been working on the structure/appearance (bush-like) so as not to be recognized and eradicated. I’ll bet they guy has been laughing about this since it was found!

    Loch Ness, Yettie, Undiscovered New Species of Marijuana………………all a myth!

  44. The plant in the photo may be from 1999, but then again, it may be older than that, or not even a cannabis plant at all. People will believe anything. People rarely look at dates, or read the text.

  45. Absolutely! But birds were spreading it all around the Americas before people started cultivating it.

  46. Yup, that pic was posted in 2005, which means to me that it has nothing to do with the Dec 2014 report that is roaming the internet now. Interesting plant, though, and interesting article.

  47. Chile is native to the Americas, where it was found only until Europeans spread it to Europe and Asia. Same for tomatoes, potatoes, squashes and the common bean.

  48. Using computers to control machines is unnatural. In fact the machines themselves are unnatural. Iron is unnatural. We are surrounded with unnatural. The way cloth is made these days is unnatural.

    I tried living natural one year. Froze my a** off. I prefer unnatural living.

    Vitamin A rice is unnatural. Millions die every year from lack of it. But you are correct. Saving lives with technology is unnatural. Which is why I like unnatural so much.

  49. Yes. And if you splice the genes from a natural plant into a natural plant to make it possible to reproduce with minimum difficulty you still have a natural plant. You might want to do that if seeds are unavailable. But it would be GMO according to the Luddites.

    It is one thing to be against results. It is quite another to be against technique.


    Smelting iron is unnatural. We should be using rock like our ancestors did. Mills to produce cloth are satanic. And destroy jobs.

  50. Umm lets see…clone the plant and stress it out…this will produce a male/female hybrid. Happens all the time.
    Then you get seeds.
    you either made all this up, or have no knowledge of marijuana.

  51. Folks today are feed so much bullshit hype. Cannabis prior to prohibition was grown commercially for the pharmaceutical industry, the original medical strains. Pizer, Abbott, Lilly, and many others made their original fortunes from cannabis based medicine. Those original strains and strains found in the wild have the full cannabinoid profile i.e. the medicine. I would like to see the the analysis of the cannabinoid profile. 30 years of misinformation and control of cannabis media and information, that make agriculture Industry laugh at the cannabis scene, they have everyone growing indoors as if the earth had 2 suns,. Sad times for cannabis,

  52. Thank Shiva that old species and wild cannabis still survive. The best efforts by Hortapharm Skunk #1 to corrupt plant origins to enable GW to patent plants thats true origin certainly isn’t Amsterdam. Strain Hunters you see Dutch collect landrace strains In Africa and then giving the natives Dutch feminized seeds that corrupt local strains that have been used as medicine 1000 years by tribal healers. The worst thing to happen to Cannabis is this Dutch scene, just look at 30 years of grow books that left out photoperiodism, that cost growers $135 billion over 30 years in the US alone. The massive fraud coming out of Amsterdam is amazing. My new book the 15 ounce pound/ Big Pharmas plan to patent pot goes over what has happened in detail.

  53. Every time you cross breed plants you are genetically modifying it. Literally a GMO. What you’re talking about is gene splicing.

  54. What concerns me is what if they found the plant, extracted it, and it was the last of its kind? What a travesty that would be.

  55. Guardian Angel on

    I think the big marijuauna people need to pay for round trip for me & Mathew Gordon 2g2 Blue Mountain so we can search for this new plant or try experiments to see what we can come up with!

  56. The plant was found in 1999! I hate it when they write his stuff like it was recent. Google “Australian bas tard cannabis”

  57. I think this leaves Australia with a job of obtaining and preserving seeds and establishing it solidly as potential future breeding stock for breeders worldwide. But since it is an Aussie land race they need a chance to first fully understand it and protect it.

  58. Maybe some of the rich people who are profiting of legal cannabis in Colorado & Washington should go do some hunting in that same forest?

  59. The seed could have been planted via bird shit and come from anywhere in that part of the world. It’s suspected that’s how chile plants initially spread itself about.

  60. I saw that photo too, but nothing on the page that said that was the actual plant, which has me suspicious. And – if those hikers actually yanked it, in no way did it look like that by the time it got to a lab in Sydney.

  61. umm… GMO by definition has nothing to do with reproducing something which occurs naturally. it means Genetically Modified Organism, in other words, creating something with an UNNATURAL combination of genes, by bypassing nature’s speces barrier. if they did a tissue culture, then the DNA remains unchanged,so it wouldnt be considered GENETICALLY MODIFIED. The most popular “modification” to plant genes, btw, is to create plants that can withstand being sprayed with roundup, or so-called “roundup-ready”, and the “terminator” seeds that are encoded to NOT reproduce after the first crop(so the farmers have to buy more seeds every season)
    so, NO, the anti-GMO cause isn’t irrational.

  62. I would agree with mathew gordon. It looks like a re-start after harvest. I would like to see what the thc,cbd profile looks like. If it grow in freezing temp, that could be a great addition to the gene pool.

  63. im mathew gordon the medical cannabis breeder,and id say this plant is a ‘re-veg’ someone grew a plant,or it was sewn naturally,(it really doesnt matter wich),and the buds were cut off(eaten or harvested),the stem and rootsystem was left intact,andthe plant started to re-vegitate,durring a limited light cycle,theese single and tripple non jagged leaf clusters are very common on re-veg feemale cannabis plants. The only way to prove if its NEW,is for someone like me to look at the canabinoid profile,to see if theres any lack of any of the commonly found modern day terpines,like t.h.c.,if there is only cbg or cbga produced at the end of its lifecycle,that indicates a variety of the plant that hasent been seen on the planet for 34 million years

  64. What is wrong with using GMO to reproduce something that has occurred naturally? Do you see how irrational the whole anti-GMO thing is?

    If I went at the same tasks with radiation or chemicals producing all kinds of unfit mutations it would be perfectly fine.

  65. if my colchicine theory is correct, then technically, it is GMO already.
    what would GMO’ing a new species/strain accomplish?(besides shitting on one of the greatest gifts to OUR species)

  66. if it was the only plant, then it was most likely planted there, so couldn’t have just come up wild. therefore it cant be considered a “new” species. just by clicking around on provided links, i found the CC article about “australian bastard cannabis”. it is most likely polyploid cannabis from somebody treating seeds with colchicine.

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