If you are a lover of ancient strains, perusing through our top 7 landrace strains from Africa will excite you. Africa is central to the rich history of marijuana as it is home to a couple of treasure landrace strains such as the popular Durban Poison strain. Apart from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America are also home to some cherished historical strains which we shall review in subsequent posts. This post focuses on the best landrace strains that hail from Africa and what they have to offer.
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What Is A Landrace Strain?
A landrace strain is one of the varieties of marijuana strains which has pure genetics because it has not been diluted with other marijuana strains. When marijuana strains are crossbred the resulting strains are called hybrids. Landrace strains have not undergone crossbreeding but can be crossbred to produce hybrid strains.
Landrace strains were the first marijuana strains that grew wildly in different parts of the globe. As marijuana became more popular for religious, therapeutic and recreational use, men began to practice selective breeding of marijuana strains. This gave rise to the marijuana hybrid strains that we now know such as White Tahoe Cookies, Purple Kush, Chemdawg, and White Widow among other hundreds of marijuana hybrid strains.
Landrace Strains From Africa
Landrace strains are usually indigenous to a particular geographical location. Consequently, they also bear the name of that particular geographical location in their nomenclature. For example, you might have heard of Hindu Kush, Pakistani Kush, or Panama Red. This is not a rule of thumb as some landrace strains bear different names not related to any particular geographical location such as Durban Poison.
African landrace strains are the marijuana strains that are indigenous to the continent of Africa. These landrace strains have some striking similarities such as having a hardy nature and being resilient to fluctuating weather conditions. They also have similar physical characteristics such as having an elongated shape, study stems, and widely-spaced buds. Most of the African landrace strains are sativas which produce a potent cerebral buzz and uplifting effects. Recent research has also shown that African landrace strains are also rich in a newly identified THC homologue that is known as THCV. THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) has many therapeutic benefits including the regulation of blood sugar and appetite suppression.
Common African landrace strains include Durban Poison, Malawi Gold, Kilimanjaro, Ethiopian, Red Congolese, and Kwazulu strains. Below is a breakdown of some of these popular strains.
Popular African Landrace Strains
These are marijuana strains that trace their origins back to the continent of Africa.
1. Durban Poison
Durban Poison is a popular landrace marijuana strain that originates from the city of Durban as far back as the 14th-century. Originally it was cultivated by the Khoikhoi and San community tribes. It has a sweet, fruity flavor and causes instant mental stimulation and upliftedness.
Ethiopian is a third generation African sativa strain originating in Ethiopia. Like most sativas the plants grow tall and have long branches with cone shaped buds. This strain is highly resistant to moisture and heat. When combusted it gives off an earthy and woody aroma and produces an energizing burst of euphoria.
Kwazulu is a pure sativa landrace strain that originates from the slopes of Drakensberg ridge in South Africa. It is a good strain for dealing with both physical and mental conditions as the effects are hardly ever overwhelming. Being a pure sativa strain, it is best taken a couple of hours before bedtime. Kwa-Zulu does well both indoors and outdoors and flowers within eight weeks when grown indoors. Outdoors you should expect to harvest in October. The yields from this strain are high and will have a THC that’s above 20%.
Kilimanjaro is a sativa landrace strain that is commonly referred to as the “elephant stomper” because of its hyper energizing effects. It traces its root back to the Kilimanjaro Mountains and was originally cultivated for religious practices and ceremonies.
Kilimanjaro buds are heavily coated with resinous trichomes that are packed with THC-18%. Like other sativas, the plants grow tall and slender while the nugs are packed with phytocannabinoids. The effects are stimulating and may become psychedelic in high doses.
Malawi is a landrace strain that originates from the Salima region of Malawi. It also goes by the name “Malawi Gold.” Although it is a sativa, the buds produced are usually dense and highly resinous. The THC may get as high as 27%. Grown indoors you will expect to harvest in 13 weeks while outdoors you need to wait until the end month.
Sinai is a landrace strain that was first cultivated in the Desert Mountains of Egypt. It can withstand very extreme conditions in hot climates such as ~100°F. The effects are intense and mind-numbing; this strain is best taken in the evenings after a hectic day at work.
7. Swazi Gold
The Swazi gold is an African landrace strain that is also known as the Nguni. Swazi Gold produces dense mango-smelling buds and has high THC amounts that range from 18% to 27%. It has high amounts of THCV as well and can be used to sort out medical conditions such as attention deficit disorders, stress, and depression. This strain will require less TLC during the growth period but will produce strong cerebral effects once consumed.
There are a couple of other top landrace strains that have not been mentioned in this article. However, the 7 best landrace strains from Africa can provide you with a starting point as you explore similar robust marijuana strains.