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Durban Poison

A very special strain, Durban Poison is one of the last few landrace sativas that is still available in our market today. Looking for a strain to keep you going through the day? This one is for you. Most people would describe this sativa as a “daytime smoke”. This very energizing and uplifting strain has been bred to produce, and it sure does. After many breeders realized how lucky they were to be working with quality genetics like this, it has made its way to larger markets. Now we get to enjoy this lovely strain all over the world, and many happily call it a favorite. 

Durban Poison Overview

Durban Poison seeds had been brought back from South Africa sometime during the ’70s. True to its geographic origins this strain is named after Durban, a city in South Africa. These genetics were originally brought back to California and eventually made their way across the ocean one more time over to Amsterdam, to be traded around by some of the best breeders of their time. Durban Poison weed can be easy to identify for the well versed by its sweet licorice and lemon smell. Strong genetics will also show longer bud structures you would be familiar with seeing in most sativas. 

Unfortunately without a precise date from Skunkman Sam, the man we can thank for bringing Durban Poison weed to life, it’s hard to say when exactly the strain made its way back to North America. According to him, we know it was some time during the ’70s for sure. Most smokers didn’t get a chance to get their hands on this strain until the 80’s when it started to gain popularity with the masses. Truly a timeless and well-traveled strain that you’re probably already familiar with. 

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Landrace Sativa

THC: 15%-25% 

CBD: 1%

Watch: Durban Poison

Sativa On The Beach 

Rapper T.I. was seen on the beaches of Durban puffing away in March of 2016. Local’s quickly accredited this to the well-known landrace Durban Poison that came from this part of South Africa. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to assume the celebrity was lighting up the city’s namesake Durban Poison. Can you blame him? 

An Old Timer 

Landrace strains are strains that are known for being big pots of gold (pun intended). These treasures have been found tucked away in remote areas of the world for only the most adventurous to find in mostly warmer climates. Where breeders never had the opportunity to pollute the genetic pool, these landrace strains have had a chance to develop themselves naturally. The result is a plant that’s true to its original evolution. Durban Poison has great THC potential, something that’s uncommon in most landrace strains. The high THC numbers we’re now used to seeing are something that has been hunted out by breeders for decades. Perhaps these landrace strains are windows into the cannabis strains that were smoked centuries ago. 

Top 3 For Colorado 

In 2016 Colorado had included Durban Poison strain in their top 3 favorite strains! According to the commercial cannabis data analytics firm BDS Analytics, this state included it alongside other classic favorites like Blue Dream. Growers in climates similar to Colorado typically select strains like Durban Poison for their short flower times. Cannabis plants won’t survive outdoors in snowy winter environments, making it an obvious choice for Colorado. In a state known for its outdoor activities, it makes sense that they would be leaning towards sativas to keep them motivated for the next meet. 

Terp’s On Terp’s 

Terpinolene isn’t very common of a dominant terpene in most strains, but depending on the lineage of your Durban Poison, it could be in yours! The terpene “terpinolene” is frequently the dominant terpene in this strain. Terpinolene has an array of benefits as an extract, and would even make a great add-in to your household cleaning products with its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Research has been done that indicates a reduction in the growth rates of tumor cells using terpinolene as well. Talk about a jack of all trades! 

Durban Poison Effects

Do you sometimes have difficulties with anxiety? Maybe more so in social situations? A lot of smokers report this strain as being exceptional in alleviating these symptoms. Durban Poison weed is a classic old-school smoker’s favorite for lots of good reasons like this. Providing a functional head high, minus the paranoia and anxiety that a lot of people associate with strong sativas, can really elevate your day.

Some even recommend it for increasing their sociability, maybe you’ll find yourself breaking out of your shell a bit more after a session with friends. With THC potency levels coming in anywhere from a pleasant 15% to a very strong 25% this strain will certainly have you feeling the effects. Also worth mentioning is the THCV production in this classic favorite, a cannabinoid recently getting attention for the medical benefits. It has ranged from reducing anxiety for some to helping with the severity of seizures for others. Despite the name, this bud isn’t poison at all. You’ll be in a great mood and feeling like you’re ready to take on the day with this one. 

Growing Durban Poison

A landrace sativa, you will see all the benchmark characteristics that go along with it. If your plants will be indoors make sure you’re giving them plenty of space, they’ll want to stretch up quite a bit. What you can also expect are dense, finger-shaped nugs that are a deep rich green color and heavily coated in trichomes to fill in the tall canopy. Keep in mind, landrace sativas usually like slightly warmer temperatures so you’ll need to keep the heat up for this one. You may be familiar with the effects of Durban Poison in other popular strains it has parented such as Cherry Pie and Girl Scout Cookies, if you’ve grown these strains you can expect to see some similarities throughout the life cycle of your Durban Poison plants too. Often, strains will grow best in environments much like the ones their parent strains were happiest in. Keep this in mind and you’ll get a good head start. Your buds will be ready by the 8-9 week mark of flower. 

“The strength was med-strong, vigor strong, yield quite good, very consistent.“

Grower, Skunkman Sam

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