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Third type of Cannabis discovered - called "rasta"
    #4664329 - 09/15/05 12:14 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Now the new type of dope called Rasta
September 15, 2005 - lse.co.uk

Rasta - short for followers of the West Indian religious movement - has lent its name to a third particularly strong variety of cannabis that has been discovered by scientists.

Police and dope smokers know there are two types of the drug - cannabis sativa sativa mainly used to make hemp while the indica subspecies is prized for its tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content which produces the 'high'.

But now Australian researchers have discovered a third type of cannabis called 'rasta', reports New Scientist.

Dr Simon Gilmore, of the Canberra Institute of Technology, categorised 196 sample plants according to the DNA in their mitochondria and chloroplasts.

The samples included plants grown for drugs and hemp as well as wild varieties from Europe, Asia, Africa, Mexico and Jamaica.

The results showed three distinct 'races' of cannabis. In central Asia the THC-rich indica predominated - while in
western Europe sativa was more common.

In India, southeast Asia, Africa, Mexico and Jamaica the rasta variant predominated. It looks similar to the sativa subspecies but generally contains higher levels of THC.

Since the study was of DNA rather than a formal taxonomic study Cannabis sativa rasta is not yet an official new subspecies - the name was the result of a competition in Dr Gilmore's lab.

Their work is expected to appear in the journal Forensic Science International later this year.

Rastafarianism, or the Rastafarian movement as they prefer to call themselves, is a religious movement that believes that former emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, is God incarnate - a man who is the earthly aspect of God as part of the Holy Trinity.

It emerged in Jamaica among working-class and peasant black people in the early 1930s out of an interpretation of Biblical prophecy, and black social and political aspirations.

* Related story: DNA research uncovers new cannabis strain


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Re: Now the new type of dope called Rasta [Re: veggie]
    #4665700 - 09/15/05 04:57 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Interesting.


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Re: Now the new type of dope called Rasta [Re: veggie]
    #4665811 - 09/15/05 05:21 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

I wanna be a weed scientist.


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Re: Now the new type of dope called Rasta [Re: Nemo_Hoes]
    #4666437 - 09/15/05 07:46 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

this isn't news, its commen knowledge


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Re: Third type of Cannabis discovered - called "rasta" [Re: veggie]
    #4666601 - 09/15/05 08:23 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

wait a minute....

ok....always thought that there was already three 'types' of the plant:

1:Cannabis ruderalis(isnt this the original hemp? ultra low THC,CBL & CBN)
2:Cannabis sativa(the higher of the THC:CBL & CBN ratio side, more of a trippy high)
3:Cannabis indica(higher CBL & CBN:THC leading to a more 'dopey' stone)

????????????


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Re: Third type of Cannabis discovered - called "rasta" [Re: Schwip]
    #4666754 - 09/15/05 08:52 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

Schwip said:
wait a minute....

ok....always thought that there was already three 'types' of the plant:

1:Cannabis ruderalis(isnt this the original hemp? ultra low THC,CBL & CBN)
2:Cannabis sativa(the higher of the THC:CBL & CBN ratio side, more of a trippy high)
3:Cannabis indica(higher CBL & CBN:THC leading to a more 'dopey' stone)

????????????




Correct(tho not positive on actives ratios), the article is in fact trash.

"Police and dope smokers know there are two types of the drug - cannabis sativa sativa mainly used to make hemp while the indica subspecies is prized for its tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content which produces the 'high'."

How did some of you guys miss this. I started rolling on the floor laughing when i read this. I thought this was gonna be a scrappleface article.


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Re: Third type of Cannabis discovered - called "rasta" [Re: d33p]
    #4666998 - 09/15/05 09:58 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

the article is trash?  how do you figure that?  because police and dope smokers don't really know or believe that currently discounts the studies the body of the article is about?

the part that wasn't made up by the author of the New Scientist article to get people to read on just says research suggests cannabis plants that more resemble hemp but still get you high (what growers have been calling sativas for years) are really not ssp. sativa but a similar looking, yet genetically distinct subspecies with a higher THC content. and that hemp is the 'true' ssp. sativa.  I've suspected this to be the case for some time.  It's still all Cannabis sativa of course, since cross pollination results in fertile plants, just different subspecies. 

whats so unbelievable about that?  DNA evidence is kind of hard to laugh at and argue with, y'know?  this kind of thing will be happening a lot in taxonomy as DNA analysis becomes cheaper and easier to do...

I wondered about the fact they didn't have ruderalis listed too, but I imagine they either didn't have a sample of ruderalis or it fell in the ssp. sativa category.  I'd like to see the full paper.

neat news though, thanks veggie :smile:

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Re: Third type of Cannabis discovered - called "rasta" [Re: Schwip]
    #4667185 - 09/15/05 10:39 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

Schwip said:
wait a minute....

ok....always thought that there was already three 'types' of the plant:

1:Cannabis ruderalis(isnt this the original hemp? ultra low THC,CBL & CBN)
2:Cannabis sativa(the higher of the THC:CBL & CBN ratio side, more of a trippy high)
3:Cannabis indica(higher CBL & CBN:THC leading to a more 'dopey' stone)

????????????




this is correct.


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Re: Third type of Cannabis discovered - called "rasta" [Re: The_Red_Crayon]
    #4667639 - 09/16/05 12:04 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis
'A recent study of genetic variation in Cannabis supports recognition of C. sativa and C. indica as separate species, although the existence of a third species, "C. ruderalis", is less certain. This study assigned hemp (fiber/seed) landraces and feral populations from Europe, central Asia, and Asia Minor to C. sativa. Cannabis indica includes both narrow-leafed and wide-leafed drug strains, as well as southern and eastern Asian hemp strains and feral Himalayan populations.'
Hillig, K.W. 2005. Genetic evidence for speciation in Cannabis (Cannabaceae). Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 52: 161-180.

they should just make the 'rasta' subspecies sativa and call the hemp variety something else to keep it simple for the stoners.  most will never catch on to the changes otherwise I imagine :tongue:

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Re: Third type of Cannabis discovered - called "rasta" [Re: spores]
    #4668777 - 09/16/05 08:50 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

cant argue with genetics.............. :smile:


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Re: Third type of Cannabis discovered - called "rasta" [Re: veggie]
    #4669502 - 09/16/05 01:52 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

i think its pretty cool that they name some herb after the rastas. :thumbup:


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Re: Third type of Cannabis discovered - called "rasta" [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #4678045 - 09/18/05 05:23 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Yeah thats a cool assigned name.

So this rasta is some uber-fire bud that looks like regs??


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