Some growers wanted the plant to grow in cooler climates. Some growers wanted the plant to grow in warmer climates. Some growers wanted to isolate a particular flavor. That led to the production of the myriad strains we have now.
So what is a landrace strain, specifically? What makes them unique? And should you drop everything, sell your car, and trek to the back of beyond just to try one?
Cannabis genetics are a different thing entirely. Botanists don’t need written records to do some pretty amazing things, like trace all the cannabis strains that we know about today back to single plant variety that first developed in the Hindu Kush region of what is now Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Pure Afghan, Afghanistan
To answer both questions at the same time: the original landrace strains have been taken out of their native environment and endlessly crossbred with other varieties to produce something new.
Here, for your pleasure, is a brief list of six landrace strains from around the world. This is by no means an exhaustive list. It’s just to give you an idea of where that Chem Dog you’re smoking came from:
A landrace strain is a variety of cannabis plant that has less diluted DNA than other strains of cannabis. That means landrace strains have not been crossbred with another variety of cannabis.
To put it in perspective, it’s like comparing the very first car (let’s say it was the Model T for simplicity’s sake) with the newest BMW.
It’s good to know about landrace strains, but we seriously doubt they’re going to be the next big thing in cannabis consumption unless scientists find something in their DNA that cures cancer better than Rick Simpson oil or completely cures anxiety and depression.
Fun fact: all of the cannabis we have today traces back to a handful of landrace strains. Honest Marijuana’s experts tell you all about these rare strains.
Here’s one more people might be more familiar today:
Ghost OG may be the strongest strain there is according to recent THC testing, but it has the same genetics as OG Kush.
Landrace strains are confusing to many, since there’s not nearly enough applicable cannabis education around the world.
The Hindu Kush mountains are on the border of today’s Afghanistan, Pakistan, northmost India and Tajikistan.
- Swazi Gold
- Red Congolese
- Durban Poison
This area is located around the Hindu Kush mountains, which famously birthed many fan-favorite indica strains.
Let me put that into perspective for you:
Good examples of landrace strains are:
In the mid-20th century, growers in these two states grew some of the most amazing landrace plants.
Join us in exploring the truth behind landrace strains, and the role they play in cannabis strains we are using today.