Durban Poison is one of those strains whose name is suggestive of its historical roots and potency. This popular Sativa strain was discovered in the 2nd largest South African city which also doubles as the biggest African port. If you are wondering, the South African city of Durban is the subject of these descriptions.
Ranked one of the most potent and popular Sativa strains by marijuana aficionados, this late 90’s stunner has warmed its way into the heart of users who adore the energetic and cerebral rush of a typical Sativa. Read on to find out why Durban Poison seeds are planted by cannabis farmers all over the world.
A brief description of Durban Poison seeds
Durban Poison is a fully Sativa South African landrace noted for its hardiness and buzzy effects. This Sativa dominant classic was discovered in 1970 by Ed Rosenthal, an American High Times columnist and cannabis enthusiast on one of his expeditions to South Africa.
Dubbed one of Africa’s finest and most potent strains in conjunction with strains like Malawi Gold, this award-winning strain underscores Africa’s contribution to the Cannabis industry. One of its notable achievements is its usage as a parent plant in the creation of Girl Scout Cookies a delectable and THC-rich hybrid variety.
Everything you need to know about this strain
Whether you are a grower seeking to cultivate this strain or a user who wants to confirm the hype about this strain there are several things that you must know and they include:
1. Bud structure
For a fully Sativa strain, it is surprising that Durban Poison possesses dense and compact buds. These light green buds of medium to large size are usually covered in thick layers of trichomes which makes them sticky and shiny. Its buds are also adorned with bright orange pistils that catch pollen from male fertilizing plants.
2. Suitable temperature
Although Durban Poison can tolerate a wide range of temperatures since it has been grown in both the Northern and Sothern hemispheres, it is advisable to groom them in warm or semi-humid environments.
And this advice is targeted at ensuring growers have optimal yields. More specifically, growers are implored to cultivate them in areas with a consistent temperature of 72 to 80°F. According to Herbies, exposing this strain to temperatures below 60°F may induce mild shock.
3. Rapid flowering period
When compared to some other strains, the Durban passion has a fast budding cycle. When cultivated indoors, this classic strain has an average flowering time of 8-9 weeks. On the other hand, when cultivated outdoors they usually stop flowering around late September or early October in some cases. An indicator that they want to commence flowering is the development of white hairs.
4. High resin content
The Durban Poison is a resin-heavy variety thus making it useful in the production of concentrates like shatter, wax, and cannabis oil. Also, its resin-heavy qualities make it the nemesis of pests and molds which may threaten yields.
5. High THC content
This South African wonder is noted for its high THC concentration which normally ranges between 16%-25%. Coupled with its long-lasting cerebral high, novice smokers or smokers with low weed tolerance should ensure that they take decent puffs.
6. It is a tall plant
Unlike most Indica varieties which are bushy and short, this strain fully manifests its Sativa traits by growing very tall. Therefore this strain would require some training to keep its branches groomed and at a decent length. This especially applies when they are groomed indoors. The Durban Poison has an average height of 3-4 meters with its maximum height usually experienced when grown indoors.
7. It produces a strong odor
It’s not surprising that a legendary strain like the Durban Poison would want to announce its presence. And it does this using its strong scent during the end of its budding phase. Hence, it is appropriate to implement odor reduction strategies like purchasing carbon filters or planting odoriferous plants to mask their smell.
8. It produces fairly good yields
This South African landrace Sativa is the delight of most growers as its yields are described as heavy. On average its yields range between 450-650gr/m2 which is pretty rewarding when compared to other cannabis strains.
How does Durban Poison taste and smell?
Durban Poison is noted for its complex flavor profile which effortlessly combines a spicy, piney, and earthy taste with hints of licorice and aniseed. For its unique aroma, this South African classic has a danky and pungent smell with fruity undertones.
Sensations associated with this Durban Poison
Durban Poison is known for its long-lasting euphoria and buzzy psychedelic effects. When consumed, users have reported a powerful energetic buzz that takes over them making them chattier and less anxious. Thus making this landrace cultivar, an effective social lubricant.
Also, this strain has been found to amplify sounds and sights when used. With this feature, the music listening and movie viewing experience of its users becomes more enhanced and enjoyable. Unlike other strains, this cannabis strain does not keep its users couch-locked or sedated so a good number of activities can be carried out while under its influence.
Medical benefits of combusting Durban Poison
Apart from its numerous recreational benefits, this strain offers relief to a variety of psychological and physical conditions. This potent Sativa has been proven to improve mindfulness and focus for those battling with attention deficit disorders like ADHD. When consumed this strain can be a helpful resource to sustain focus while carrying out tasking activities.
Also, Durban Poison has been regarded as a good relief for anxiety and depression. In addition, patients suffering from chronic pain, fatigue, and stress have used it to alleviate their conditions.
Possible side effects
Common side effects which users have reported while using this cultivar include cotton mouth, dry eyes, and paranoia. The first two problems can be solved by sufficient hydration in the form of drinking water and applying eye gel.
For paranoia, its sufferers have claimed that indulging in calming activities like listening to soft music, painting, taking deep breaths, and participating in therapy sessions have helped them. Also, they are often advised to reduce their dosage.
Durban Poison has proven to both growers and users alike that a strain does not need to be a product of genetic engineering before they have tremendous effects or boasts of superior features. It is predicted that with the growing relevance of this strain, more groundbreaking African landraces are set to penetrate the cannabis market in the coming years.