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In a discovery rivaling dinosaur DNA replication in Jurassic Park, a fourth species of cannabis was confirmed to exist in 2010, when hiker's in Australia's Blue Mountains found a single plant resembling cannabis and turned it into botanists at the University of Sydney for study.
Through a series of tests it was concluded that the plant found was in fact a species of cannabis, and possibly an ancient ancestor of the strain that researchers believed had been brought by migrating humans, over 50,000 years ago. The tests also revealed that this particular species is resistant to freezing temperatures, which further detail the theory of it entering Australia during the last continental shift.
If you're wondering why this new discovery hasn't made headlines until now, it's mainly due to the apprehension from researchers. "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," said researcher Christopher Pool in a statement to Discovery News.
In case your interested in sampling a few grams of this rare breed of cannabis strain for your headache, not so fast. Pool and his team of researchers have already been offered up to $2,000 per seed, even though there has been no luck in discovering more specimens of the ancestral marijuana plant.
The research team has even gone so far as to offer a $10,000 reward for anyone frequenting Australia's Blue Mountains, who might be lucky enough to stumble upon the elusive plant once again, but so far, no one has responded to this offer either.
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