For many generations, human beings have been preparing for the potential end of days, the destruction of humanity and the cessation of the world as we know it. As life comes to an end, whether from a meteor, a nuclear winter, or a giant city-eating lizard from the ocean, one thing is certain: most of us will need a joint.
Thankfully, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, aka the Doomsday Seed Vault, exists and is located on a remote frozen island off the coast of Norway. It contains a reported 21,500 marijuana seeds from over seventeen different countries. This vault is designed to rehabilitate crops and medicines and contains millions of seeds from different plants and foods, just in case we need to rebuild our species.
Various countries have deposited seeds for anything from blueberries to artichokes to a variety of plants that provide medicine, and marijuana is among them in great quantities. Surprisingly, a significant portion of the pot seeds has been provided by North Korea. It is unknown at this point if Canada has its high-grade pot stashed at this facility, but our country has made deposits of various other types of vegetation.
Most recently, the first-ever withdrawal from the seed bank was done by Syria who needed to replace samples of wheat, barley and grass (not pot, actual grass) that are suited to grow in dry regions. This was after the seeds in their own vault were damaged by the bloody civil war that has gripped their country for years.
The vault has had significant help from many high powered people, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill is a reported marijuana enthusiast, so news of the deposits may have brought a smile to his face.
As Marijuana.com reported back in 2014, there are currently more pot seeds than there are asparagus, blueberry or raspberry, and there are more signs of marijuana genetics at the facility than there are for cranberries, artichokes, and pears.
Deposits will continue to be made at the seed facility to ensure the survival of humanity in case the proverbial poop hits the planet earth fan. We may not be able to stop whatever hits us in that case, but at least we can medicate with Mary-Jane while the world crumbles around us. Hopefully, the end of days won’t harsh our buzz too much.
Cover photo courtesy of Guiltier Boffi.