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Name: Lowryder
Creator: Joint Doctor
Variety: Hybrid
Lineage: Ruderalis x Northern Lights #2
x William’s Wonder
Flowering Time: 40–45 Days

Lowryder is a hybrid cannabis strain known for its smaller size and ability to survive in northern regions.


Lowryder (female) in a pot

Originating from Canada,[1][2] Lowryder was inbred for nine generations by Joint Doctor to give it a smaller size. Growing no more than 40 cm (16 inches) tall, its lineage is a species of Cannabis ruderalis crossed with Northern Lights #2, then William’s Wonder.[1][3] Seedlings start flowering immediately following the first few sets of leaves, regardless of the light cycle or whether or it being grown inside or outdoors. It has a short life cycle, just eight weeks from seed to bud.[1]

Lowryder is an ideal strain for the discrete grower’s windowsill or balcony. Its medicinal and "cerebrally stimulating effects", according to Leafly, have a "slow but powerful onset".[3] Small, conic buds which autoflower in a short 40–45 days emit a mild, earthy aroma. Lowryder can survive in colder and harsher climates, making it a popular strain in northern regions such as Canada and Finland.[3]


In 2013, High Times included Lowryder in its list of the "Top 10 Canadian Strains of All Time".[1] According to the magazine, the strain "changed everything", becoming the "first commercially available auto-flowering cannabis", eliminating the vegetative growth stage.[1] Furthermore, it published: "Smokers will appreciate the added potency that’s been bred into the newer versions such as Diesel Ryder, and breeders will appreciate the opportunity to experiment with auto-flowering as well."[1]

Additional Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Top 10 Canadian Strains of All Time by Danny Danko (October 1, 2013), High Times
  2. Five New Cannabis Strains with Canadian Origins by Bailey Rahn (February 4, 2014), Leafly
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lowryder Cannabis Strain Details (2014), Leafly