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Proto-Weed: The Hunt For The Cannabis Ancestor

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There’s a lot we don’t know about the evolution of cannabis, and we’re still not sure exactly what’s going on with cannabis as it exists today – it is one species or several? What does “sativa” and “indica” mean in real terms? We’re still finding the answers to those questions, and a deeper understanding of the past could help our efforts enormously.

One thing scientists are fairly certain about is that the Cannabis genus originated somewhere in Central Asia, before spreading out and diversifying all over the planet. They’re also pretty sure that humans had encountered cannabis by the end of the last glacial period, just under 12,000 years ago. Prior to that, the picture becomes much more blurry.

So let’s take a look at what we do know about the evolution of cannabis, starting right back at the beginning.

The Evolution of Plants of Land

It is thought that the plant, animal and fungi kingdoms diverged from each other approximately 1.6 billion years ago. At that time, representatives of each kingdom were simple, aquatic organisms such as algae and amoebae. Around 500 million years ago (Ma), land plants evolved from mats of algae that had adapted to colonise rocks. At first, these land plants were simple mosses, without true roots, leaves or seeds. Over time, the decay of these early plants contributed to the development of soil capable of supporting more more complex organisms. By…

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