Yo, what’s up guys? It’s your boy Dan here, and today we’re talking about some of the oldest weed strains on the block. We’re talking about landraces, which are pure cannabis strains that have never been crossbred. They grow wild and indigenous in their natural environment, making them super consistent. Usually, they are either indica or sativa and take on the name of their place of origin. But let me tell you, it’s getting harder and harder to find true landraces these days.
You see, if you take a landrace out of its natural environment and grow it somewhere else with different conditions, it loses some of its unique traits. As the plant matures under new conditions, it takes on new traits and won’t stabilize for generations. When that process finally takes place, it becomes a phenotype rather than a true landrace.
Research shows that the cannabis plant originated in South and Central Asia near the Himalayan Mountains and the Middle East. Throughout history, humans have spread cannabis globally, which means that many of the oldest strains have probably been lost due to crossbreeding. But we’ve managed to find five landrace strains that we think make the cut.
First up is Aceh from Indonesia. This pure sativa strain is known for its uplifting effects and delicious mango and tropical fruit taste. While it isn’t the most potent strain with only around 10% THC, it’s a good option if you need an energy boost in the morning.
Next is Nepalese, which is any strain that grows in Nepal. Until 1973, it was legal to smoke cannabis in Nepal, and it was easy to find a hashish shop. The original Nepalese landrace is a pure sativa with a sweet, citrus taste with robust earthy flavors. It grows to a medium height and has an enormous yield of up to 35 ounces per plant!
Thai landrace strain, which grows in Thailand, was used in traditional Thai medicine until it was banned in 1934. The pure sativa strain has a THC content of up to 24% and provides users with a euphoric high that is both stimulating and invigorating. It has a lengthy flowering time of up to 11 weeks, but if you can get your hands on it, it’s worth the wait.
Afghani is a landrace strain from Afghanistan that has been cultivated for centuries and was only made illegal in 1957. It’s a 100% indica strain with a THC content of around 17%, and it’s become the base strain for some of the world’s finest hybrids. Afghani offers a potent physical high that acts as a powerful sedative.
Finally, we have Hindu Kush, which is regarded by many as one of the most important strains in weed’s history. It is a pure indica strain with a THC content of up to 20%. If you are in the mood to relax, there are few better options than this strain. Its smoke is creamy, and it has a sweet and spicy taste with hints of lemon and pine cone.
These ancient landrace strains are like the OGs of marijuana. They’re thousands of years old, and some cultures have used these plants for medicinal purposes. When you consume a landrace strain, you’re experiencing a bit of cannabis history. They maintain distinct and consistent traits because they’ve never been hybridized.
So next time you’re smoking some high-THC hybrid, take a moment to appreciate where it all started with these ancient landrace strains. Peace out, guys!