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Is there marijuana seeds in the aritic seed vault

This massive underground bunker in Norway is keeping your weed safe from the end of the world

It was designed to ensure that, were the world ever hit by an apocalyptic scenario, the growth of key crops by humans would still be possible.

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But as well as vital stocks of rice, maize, barley, rye, rice and beans, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault — the so-called “Doomsday Vault” in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago — also holds weed. Lots and lots of weed.

This massive underground bunker in Norway is keeping your weed safe from the end of the world Back to video

But not just any weed; this is some of the safest marijuana on earth.

Within a huge tomb blasted from solid rock and reinforced by concrete, the vault’s seeds are kept at -18 C and further protected by natural permafrost in an “arctic desert,” 1,300 kilometres beyond the Arctic Circle. Further ensuring their safe storage, the site was deliberately picked because it’s at low risk from earthquakes, rising seawater and even political upheaval.

In total, the vault holds seeds from over 4,000 species of plants, specially picked for their resistance to pest attack and disease. Its total seed samples number around 860,000, but it has capacity to hold some five times that.

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Where does the vault’s weed come from, and who put it there?

Since the huge vault was built in 2008, it has been stacked with around 40 deposits of marijuana seeds provided by science bodies in Austria, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Poland and more.

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In total 17 different countries provided smokeable product, including North Korea.

The vault’s database, first explored by Marijuana.com, doesn’t break down which exact strains of weed are kept among its 39 on lockdown, but eight are listed as hemp, the rest marijuana. In total, the bunker contains some 21,000 types of cannabis seeds.

For more on the bunker and how it’s keeping your food — and weed — safe, see here:

Why are people so scared about losing seeds?

Agriculture depends on a few major crops — perhaps fewer than you think. Wheat, maize and rice alone make up some 60 per cent of what we consume.

Over the past few decades, plant types have been disappearing at alarming rates, and scientists tasked with creating this potentially lifesaver call their stocks the “backup copies.”

They even made a very informative video about it:

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The permanent loss of plants and crops, of course, would be devastating to the human race.

But the Doomsday Vault actually stores more cannabis than it does blueberries or raspberries. In other words, if End of Days arrives, it may be easier to get stoned than to get a smoothie.

Want some fresh asparagus? Sorry, there’s less of that than marijuana, too. Artichokes, cranberries, or pears? Sorry, but there’s more pot than all three of those put together.

One warning, though: if you’re in the mood for a smoke as the end of the world nears, you’d better remember what you stashed underground.

Each gene bank that provides seeds still owns what it provided, and only that specific gene bank can remove its own particular seeds.

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Doomsday Seed Vault Now Has Marijuana Seeds – Your Weed Will Survive The Apocalypse Even If You Don’t

Doomsday Seed Vault has already preserved multiple types of marijuana seeds to ensure their survival in case of Armageddon.

Buried inside a mountain on a remote Norwegian island, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is an ultra-secure facility that is harboring the most precious resource of our planet besides water. The vault, built in collaboration with agricultural institutions from around the world, has been commissioned to safeguard important crops in the event of global catastrophe. Now, the marijuana plant has made it to the list of crops that will be safeguarded for our future generations.

By preserving genetic material in an insulated, underground facility, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV) hopes to guard us against the permanent loss of plants. Humanity relies on these plants for food and medicine. It primary purpose is ensuring that the seeds and other genetic and organic material of such vegetation survive the apocalypse. These seeds can then be used to regenerate the crops or rehabilitate the planet after the annihilation.

Apart from thousands of seeds of various plants, Svalbard’s database reveals they are currently holding more than 21,500 cannabis seeds in the vault. Surprisingly, that’s more weed seeds than there are asparagus, blueberry or raspberry seeds currently being safeguarded at the facility. In fact, there are more marijuana genetics in the “Doomsday Seed Vault” than there are for artichoke, cranberry and pear combined, reported Marijuana.

Cannabis seeds from as many as 17 countries can be found in the SGSV. But surprisingly, North Korea has sent over 500 varieties of the marijuana seed, but what is even more surprising is that America still hasn’t deposited any pot seeds, reported Cannabis Business Times.

It’s critical for countries to deposit seeds primarily because they own them. While the government of Norway owns and operates the Svalbard Vault with assistance from the Nordic Genetic Research Center and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Global Crop Diversity Trust, the seeds are privately owned by the gene banks that stockpiled them there.

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Opened in 2008, the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Germany and the Nordic Genetic Resource Center collectively deposited over 39 varieties of cannabis seeds.

The SGSV is a backup of the world’s 1,400 regular and active seed banks, and it is built to withstand an “extreme future,” assured Ola Westengen, Svalbard’s coordinator of operation and management. So, even though the legalization of marijuana is crawling at a snail’s pace, you can be assured of its survival in the future.