Fancy a throwback to the most significant original weed strains of all time? If so, choose a landrace strain.
Landrace cannabis strains are the great white sharks of weed – these are the original strains found in the wild, never crossbred with other strains like so many of the modern cannabis varieties we see today.
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Getting your hands on true landrace strains online in 2022 is almost impossible – many companies promote strains as a landrace, but it’s hard to verify. Unless you get the seeds from the source, it’s hard to know the true parentage. But there are many available with next to no dilution, and you can sample them for a taste of actual OG cannabis.
What is a Landrace Strain?
A landrace strain is a variety of cannabis plant with a higher level of original DNA. In other words, it hasn’t been diluted by the crossbreeding process. Landrace strains tend to take their names from their place of origin, where they grew in the wild. For example, Thai, Afghan, or Durban strains are a nod to where each strain was first discovered growing freely among nature. These strains are closer to the original wild cannabis strains as their genetics are pure and haven’t been altered or combined with other cannabis strains.
Today’s cannabis strains are far more likely to have been selectively cross-bred with one, two, or even three different varieties to ensure certain traits, flavours, or potency. With a landrace strain, you get the 100% original ganja. What you make of it is up to you, as landrace is an indicator of genetics rather than quality.
Why Should I Choose a Landrace Strain?
Before we get to our list of 5 of the most interesting landrace strains on Seedsman, you might wonder why you’d want to try growing these. There’s more to choosing a landrace cannabis strain than simply ‘going old-skool’ – although for many, that retro factor has some appeal.
If you decide to grow landrace cannabis, it may give you an advantage – especially if you’re someone who cultivates plants outdoors. Landrace cannabis strains adapted to survive in their native environments and may have an edge in certain climates. A Thai landrace strain would do well grown outdoors in a warm, humid climate.
Choose wisely if you’re growing outdoors, and make sure your chosen landrace suits your area’s climate.
Try a landrace strain if you’re curious about the original strains of cannabis found growing in the wild. These pure indicas and sativas are a snapshot of yesteryear, and you can see for yourself what weed was like in the past.
5 Landrace Strains you can get on Seedsman now
Here are 5 interesting landrace strains available on Seedsman. These varieties are celebrated for their OG landrace genetics and have become the launching point for many modern hybrid strains.
Durban Poison left South Africa in the 1970s, when the pure sativa made its way to Holland, introducing coffee shop cannaseurs to the authentic taste of South African landrace cannabis.
During that time, as the strain adapted to the outdoor conditions of Europe, some indica genetics combined with Durban Poison. This is evident in the broader leaves visible during the early growing stages, but by the time flowering is complete, she’s unmistakeably sativa. Durban Poison tops out at around 3 metres in height! Flowering takes 8-9 weeks, after which you can experience the heavenly flavours of aniseed, liquorice and clove.
This classic South African landrace grows well indoors and out and is known for its high level of pest resistance. This is a high-yielding strain, and in true sativa style, the effects are cerebral and uplifting. Expect an energetic buzz from Durban Poison.
With her indica lineage, Mazar is an ideal choice for beginners or experts to grow. You’ll find Mazar to be a short, sturdy plant that can handle cold temperatures and harsh environments thanks to its Afghani heritage. Mazar has been crossed with a potent Skunk strain, which has improved it slightly and increased yield potential.
Mazar has a flowering time of around 8-9 weeks and will be good to harvest in November. The taste of Mazar is an exotic one of sweet fruits, pine and citrus, making it a rich-flavoured variety. This indica strain offers a serious narcotic effect to the body, and 19.5% THC makes couch-lock a strong likelihood. Indoor cultivators should make use of carbon filters for this highly aromatic strain.
Original Afghani #1
If you’re looking for a fast-flowering landrace, you’ll have a hard job beating Seedsman’s Original Afghani #1. Its flowering time of just 7 weeks ensures a quick turnaround of dense, potent buds packed with true indica quality in abundance.
Like Durban Poison, Original Afghani became widely available in the 1970s, thanks to our friends at Sacred Seeds. The lineage and quality of this indica are so pure and assured that it became a staple in many breeding programmes and provides a genetic backbone for some of your favourite strains of today.
Original Afghani #1 carries a refreshing flavour profile, including crisp, light fruity notes, and delivers a heavy, narcotic effect. It’s an ideal strain for evenings and can help with relaxation after a long and busy day.
Pakistani Chitral Kush
Don’t confuse it with Critical Kush – Pakistani Chitral Kush takes its name from its origin in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan – part of the Himalayan region.
This pure indica landrace is known for its beautiful purple and red hues displayed during flowering. It’s a rare strain that can survive damper conditions without succumbing to mould, making it an ideal choice for Northern Hemisphere growers. Outdoors, she flowers in 9 weeks and will be ready to reap around late September.
PCK is packed with a unique and unbelievable taste profile, including sumptuous caramel, strawberry, and blackberry. You’ll want more, but beware – this is pure indica at its finest and carries a heavy body effect.
If enormous yields are your thing, the aptly-named power plant could be just the strain you’re looking for. This South African, mostly-sativa landrace is a high output strain, delivering as much as 600 gm/m2 from an indoor grow! Flowering time is around 8 weeks, making it a reasonably fast finisher. Power Plant is a versatile strain, comfortable growing indoors, outdoors, or in a greenhouse.
Power Plant weighs in at around 20% THC and boasts medicinal properties that may help fight stress and depression and assist with pain relief. Go easy, though – the more you consume, the heavier the effect.
The taste of Power Plant is sweet and mellow, sure to please fans of aniseed or liquorice flavours.