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Lost variety of ganja smoked by Bob Marley before it was swept away, is recreated by an expert

A Jamaican scientist reconstructs a & # 39; supreme & # 39; marijuana that was smoked by Bob Marley in the 1970s before being wiped out during the American war against drugs the following decade.

Among mango & lychees and other jackfruit, Dr. Machel Emanuel planted a field of cannabis plants of tens of square meters in his lab in the botanical garden of the Biology Department of the University of West Indies in Kingston.

His specialty: landrace cannabis, which naturally grew on Jamaica before it disappeared due to human intervention.

Dr. Machel A. Emanuel keeps potted cannabis plants in a green house at the University of the West Indies Mona campus in Kingston, Jamaica

Dr. Machel A. Emanuel keeps potted cannabis plants in a green house at the University of the West Indies Mona campus in Kingston, Jamaica

The Jamaican scientist reconstructs a & # 39; supreme & # 39; marijuana type, smoked by Bob Marley himself in the 1970s

The Jamaican scientist reconstructs a & # 39; supreme & # 39; marijuana type, smoked by Bob Marley himself in the 1970s

The Jamaican scientist reconstructs a & # 39; supreme & # 39; marijuana type, smoked by Bob Marley himself in the 1970s

& # 39; In the 50s, 60s and 70s, Jamaica was known for the cultivars of the land variety, which definitely gave Jamaica an international reputation, & # 39 ;, the rasta doctor explained.

The plant is adapted to its environment and with & # 39; unique growth properties based on its flower, on the scent, on taste, even on the euphoria, it delivers to those who consume it, he said.

Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailers – founding members of the famous reggae group The Wailers – used landrace cannabis, assures Dr. Emanuel.

The ganja of the reggae legends, he says, would not have been as strong as modern, artificially made cannabis, which has higher levels of THC – the plant's main psychoactive ingredient.

Dr. Emanuel said the plant has based & # 39; unique growth characteristics on its flower, on the scent, on the taste, even on the euphoria & # 39; it delivers to those who consume it

Dr. Emanuel said the plant has based & # 39; unique growth characteristics on its flower, on the scent, on the taste, even on the euphoria & # 39; it delivers to those who consume it

Dr. Emanuel said the plant has based & # 39; unique growth characteristics on its flower, on the scent, on the taste, even on the euphoria & # 39; it delivers to those who consume it

The type of cannabis was almost completely destroyed by America & # 39; s war on drugs in the 1980s because it was so easy to recognize because of its height

The type of cannabis was almost completely destroyed by America & # 39; s war on drugs in the 1980s because it was so easy to recognize because of its height

The type of cannabis was almost completely destroyed by America & # 39; s war on drugs in the 1980s because it was so easy to recognize because of its height

But in the 1980s, during the American war on drugs, landrace cannabis was easily seen because of its height and destroyed, and the cultivation of the plant was abandoned.

Over time, easier-to-hide hybrids have replaced the cultivars of the landrace.

Land race cannabis was the favorite of Bob Marley (photo), Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailers

Land race cannabis was the favorite of Bob Marley (photo), Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailers

Land race cannabis was the favorite of Bob Marley (photo), Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailers

Dr. Emanuel has been cannabis since 2001 and moved to Jamaica in 2007 to continue his studies.

35-year-old Dominique has a PhD in biology, with a specialization in horticulture and adaptation of plants to the climate.

A lover of marijuana himself – which he does not smoke but rather consumes through evaporation or aromatherapy – Dr. Emanuel decided to restore the lost breeds of the landrace and to reproduce them in his laboratory.

The search was not easy: over the years, grains of landrace had spread to the four corners of the Caribbean.

His search led him to Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Dominique, in the search for Rasta & # 39; s who live in the countryside and still cultivate what is left of these plants.

Dr. Emanuel remembers finding a Rasta man who lives on a mountain and who hasn't been in contact with civilization for the last 40 years.

& # 39; It was a six-hour walk to get to him, & # 39; he said. He returned with the rare landrace seed.

A greenhouse full of cannabis plants can be seen on the campus of the West Indies Mona University in Kingston

A greenhouse full of cannabis plants can be seen on the campus of the West Indies Mona University in Kingston

A greenhouse full of cannabis plants can be seen on the campus of the West Indies Mona University in Kingston

Dr. Emanuel & # 39; s quest for surviving seeds brought him all over the Caribbean and he talked about six hours of walking to find a Rasta man who lives on a mountain that & # 39; had not really been in contact with the civilization in the last 40 years & # 39;

Dr. Emanuel & # 39; s quest for surviving seeds brought him all over the Caribbean and he talked about six hours of walking to find a Rasta man living on a mountain that & # 39; had not really been in contact with the civilization in the last 40 years & # 39;

Dr. Emanuel & # 39; s quest for surviving seeds brought him all over the Caribbean and he talked about six hours of walking to find a Rasta man who lives on a mountain that & # 39; had not really been in contact with the civilization in the last 40 years & # 39;

His research was born out of love for horticulture – but the scientist has also developed a complete marketing plan for the cultivars land race.

The marketing material refers to a & # 39; pure & # 39; and ancient herb used by Bob Marley – a tempting pitch for cannabis enthusiasts in countries and regions that have legalized its use, such as Canada and some US states.

& # 39; There is a nostalgic value that can be added based on marketing applications & # 39 ;, says Dr. Emanuel. & # 39; Jamaica & # 39; s reputation was essentially based on these plants. & # 39;

Dr. Emanuel wants to market landrace cannabis as a & # 39; pure & # 39; and old herb used by Bob Marley to appeal to people in countries and regions who have legalized its use, such as Canada and some US states

Dr. Emanuel wants to market landrace cannabis as a & # 39; pure & # 39; and old herb used by Bob Marley to appeal to people in countries and regions who have legalized its use, such as Canada and some US states

Dr. Emanuel wants to market landrace cannabis as a & # 39; pure & # 39; and old herb used by Bob Marley to appeal to people in countries and regions who have legalized its use, such as Canada and some US states

Dr. Emanuel holds a doctorate in biology and has been growing cannabis since 2001 and moved to Jamaica in 2007 to continue his studies

Dr. Emanuel holds a doctorate in biology and has been growing cannabis since 2001 and moved to Jamaica in 2007 to continue his studies

Dr. Emanuel holds a doctorate in biology and has been growing cannabis since 2001 and moved to Jamaica in 2007 to continue his studies

He suggests that Jamaica takes the lead in establishing a geographic indicator for its own cannabis & # 39; just like Champagne in France & # 39 ;.

Companies and private individuals are already knocking on their door, he says. But the scientist is cautious, especially about intellectual property rights.

& # 39; What credits would there be for the university and for the farmers who saved those seeds? & # 39; he asks.

In accordance with his Rastafarian beliefs, Dr. Emanuel wants fairer & # 39; fair trading conditions & # 39; for producers in developing countries.

Dr. Emanuel wants Jamaica to take the lead in establishing a geographical indicator for its own cannabis & # 39; like Champagne in France & # 39;

Dr. Emanuel wants Jamaica to take the lead in establishing a geographical indicator for its own cannabis & # 39; like Champagne in France & # 39;

Dr. Emanuel wants Jamaica to take the lead in establishing a geographical indicator for its own cannabis & # 39; like Champagne in France & # 39;

Dr. Machel A. Emanuel supports a cannabis seedling in his lab on the campus of the University of the West Indies Mona

Dr. Machel A. Emanuel supports a cannabis seedling in his lab on the campus of the University of the West Indies Mona

Dr. Machel A. Emanuel supports a cannabis seedling in his lab on the campus of the University of the West Indies Mona

& # 39; The consumer is willing to base products on morality, ethics and a protocol in cultivation, organic or vegan & # 39 ;, he says, using the & # 39; natural connotations & # 39; of his product.

& # 39; It could be an economic benefit to grow these plants here & # 39 ;, he says. & # 39; They are more resistant and grow more easily. & # 39;

In summary, Emanuel says: & # 39; You can't buy luck, but you can buy weed. & # 39;

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