When you walk into a cannabis store or browse the offerings from seed companies, the vast majority of strains are hybrids. These strains are either sativa- or indica-dominant, so most likely they’ll carry a “sativa” or “indica” label. The fact of the matter is that these strains result from multiple crosses. The constant re-shuffling of well-known strains results in some amazing new varieties but doesn’t change the reality that they contain both sativa and indica in a variety of ratios. Many strains act like sativas or indicas in effect, which is why it’s so easy to lump them into one of those categories.
Pure indicas and sativas are comparatively uncommon. Most strains are the result of skilled tinkering to manipulate the genetics to create something “new,” although the actual parents and foundation strains used to create it are not new at all. Exceptions to this rule do exist, albeit in small numbers. If you’re looking for pure indicas, Afghani and Maple Leaf Indica are good choices, and if locating a pure sativa is your goal, look no further than Durban Poison.
Durban Poison hails from South Africa and is a true landrace strain. Fortunately, a number of cultivators have preserved these genetics to keep them as pure as possible, but the variation among different batches of Durban indicates some tinkering has most likely occurred, while retaining the desirable sativa aspects of the strain. Pure Durban is a hard-hitting cerebral strain that is extremely energetic and motivational in its effect. It’s a great strain for getting things done, but do not underestimate its power. This is particularly true if you are a person prone to negative reactions from racey sativas that are known for causing paranoia and anxiety. Durban Poison would be the perfect poster child for racey sativas, so consider this your warning and stay away from this strain if you have concerns about adverse reactions.
In the garden, Durban tends to stretch out to a taller-than-usual height—which should be expected from a pure sativa. Unless you enjoy bending and training your plants, remember to put Durban into flower before it gets too tall. With correct timing, you will be able to manage the height issue with a problem. The flowers will take bit longer to mature than most strains. Plan on giving Durban Poison an extra couple of weeks if you’re used to the quick maturity rate of indicas as the norm. The bud structure of Durban differs from typical sativa structure and tends to be round and sticky rather than long and thick. When it comes to harvest and overall yield, Durban delivers a moderate amount that’s decent but nothing to write home about. The calyx-to-leaf ratio is average, so there will be a bit of work involved when it comes time to trim.
Once cured properly, Durban is visually appealing, with vivid mint-green coloration. The taste is outstanding, with elements of earthy pine and sweet citrus notes that are telltale signs of its rich amounts of pinene, myrcene, and limonene terpenes. Although it’s too racey for some sativa-sensitive consumers, the high from Durban is very upbeat and energetic. This is a happy and euphoric strain that’s fun to share with friends during the day. If you have a hike planned, Durban is the bud you will want to take along.
If you’ve never tried Durban but are interested in buying some, you shouldn’t have much of a problem locating it if you live in a cannabis-friendly state. Many consumers have it on their short list of favorite strains, so many dispensaries and rec shops keep it stocked on a fairly regular basis. This being the case, with any luck you will be able to quite literally “pick your poison” when perusing a row of flowers to take home and enjoy. So, take the plunge! Durban rarely disappoints.