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Durbin Poison Strain

Feb 17

The African Lion of Landraces: Durban Poison’s Genetic Heritage

When most cannabis enthusiasts think of landrace strains, their minds often travel to the Hindu Kush mountains, Southeast Asia, or Central America. While these areas certainly play a significant role in cannabis cultivation, don’t forget that many traditional African tribes have been growing ganja for centuries. Indeed, it’s thanks to these years of careful cultivation that we can enjoy strains like Durban Poison today.

If you didn’t already know, Durban is one of the largest cities in South Africa. According to cannabis historians, an American breeder named Ed Rosenthal first discovered the landrace that would become Durban Poison on a trip to this bustling port city. After collecting a few seed samples, Rosenthal traveled back to the USA and shared his genetics with various breeders. Eventually, Sam the Skunkman got his hands on Rosenthal’s creation, and Durban Poison was born!

Since Durban Poison has no “parents,” it’s easy to cross-breed with other strains. Indeed, dozens of the hottest hybrids on today’s market have some traces of Durban Poison in their lineage. The two most popular hybrids directly related to Durban Poison are Girl Scout Cookies and Cherry Pie, but anything with the title “Poison” most likely has this sativa’s genes.

Durban Poison’s Appearance

The standout feature of Durban Poison buds is their thick layer of sticky trichomes. Indeed, the trichomes on these nugs are so huge that breeders often cultivate Durban Poison specifically for concentrates. Whether you like making hashish or rosin, you’ll have an easy time extracting the glorious trichomes on Durban Poison buds. Just be sure to wear a good pair of gloves when handling the Durbin Poison Strain because these buds are sticky!

Besides the generous layer of trichomes, Durban Poison also delights the eye with bright green leaves and orange pistils. Due to Durban Poison’s sativa lineage, it can reach heights of around 7.5 feet tall, so indoor growers should prepare accordingly.

Durban Poison’s Flavor Profile

As you might expect from a pure landrace strain, Durban Poison has pronounced earthy and herby flavors. When you first smell these delicate nugs, you’ll probably pick up woodsy notes like pine and fresh Mediterranean herbs. Users also commonly report smelling dank skunk and sap as they break these buds apart.

But it’s not all earthiness with Durban Poison buds. Indeed, tokers often experience flavors like licorice and star anise as they smoke Durban Poison. Underneath all of these earthy notes, you might also notice faint traces of sweet citrus and black pepper, especially as you exhale.

Most often, the terpene terpinolene plays a significant role in Durban Poison’s aromatics. Unlike many other terpenes, terpinolene’s flavor is hard to pin down with just a few words. Some users describe this terpene as floral and earthy, while others detect sweet fruit and citrus. In nature, you can find high traces of terpinolene in flowers like lilacs or spices like nutmeg. This terpene also plays a central role in other big-name sativa strains, especially Jack Herer.

Besides terpinolene, Durban Poison often has high traces of terpenes like spicy beta-caryophyllene, citrusy limonene, and hoppy humulene. It’s also possible for Durban Poison to have faint traces of the mango-like myrcene and the woodsy alpha-pinene.

Durban Poison’s Typical Effects 

We don’t care how much you love weed; nobody should take Durban Posion before bed! With its strong euphoric and cerebral effects, Durban Poison is a strain that’s strictly for daytime use. Smokers typically say they feel “invigorated” and “pumped” after taking only a few hits of this purebred sativa. This is excellent news for anyone who needs a little extra push to do chores, go to work, or hit the gym.

In terms of medical marijuana, people struggling with fatigue-related disorders like depression or fibromyalgia often report great success with Durban Poison. Artistic types also enjoy using Durban Poison to help work through “creative blocks.” Since Durban Poison helps stimulate thought, it might open artists to new ideas that could help them see their creative endeavors from a new perspective.

Another popular way people use Durban Poison is to increase sociability and focus. Anyone who struggles with social phobia or attention-deficit disorder might benefit from Durban Poison’s euphoric properties. As long as you could handle this strain’s intense high, Durban Poison is also a perfect choice for parties.