Wild Weed: Top 5 Original Cannabis Strains
Author: Karli Altman
Have you ever wondered if there are certain strains of marijuana growing naturally in the wild? The answer to this question can be complicated, but in short the answer is yes! Over centuries, “landrace” strains have developed in a natural environment and are therefore considered to be indigenous cannabis plants. The genetic codes of such strains evolved independently, as they were forced to adapt to varying environments in the wild. From the tropical lowland jungles of South America, to the arid, high elevation steppes of Asia, hundreds of strains have evolved over thousands of years, each producing their own unique characteristics. Cultivating and crossing these landrace strains has led to the creation of many beloved strains and hemp products that we enjoy today.
These landrace strains once grew wild in different places across the world. Fortunately, they are far more easily accessible today at your local collective. Next time you see one of these rare strains, make sure to give it a try. Below are five examples of our favorite landrace strains and where they came to be.
- Hindu Kush (Middle East)
This pure indica strain has definitely earned its spot at the top of this list. Hindu Kush is literally the mother of all Kush strains! As you may already know, Kush has gained increasing popularity in the 21st century and can be found in every collective across the USA. Known and loved for its relaxing effect, Hindu Kush provides a sense of calm and relief for those suffering from stress or anxiety.
As far as its origins, this strain has grown naturally in the Kush mountain ranges for thousands of years and has been cultivated by the native peoples of the region. Countless other popular strains have been created over the years by crossing Hindu Kush with other varieties. OG Kush, Bubba Kush and Master Kush are a few examples.
- Durban Poison (Africa)
People most often enjoy smoking this pure sativa strain during the day. Also known as “the espresso of weed”, Durban Poison came from the South African port city known as Durban and is recognized for its uplifting effect. It is known to provide a clear and bright buzz and its flavors are earthy and piney. It's sweet smell and energizing effects make it the perfect choice to use in order to promote productivity and creativity alike.
Years of crossing Durban Poison with other strains has led to the creation of popular strains such as Cherry Pie, Girl Scout Cookies, and Sour Diesel. And just in case you were wondering, no, it wont kill you!
- Acapulco Gold (Central and South America)
Acapulco Gold grows natively in central and South America and has been a popular strain for over 60 years. It is the parent of other popular strains such as Skunk #1 and Super Silver Haze, and is enjoyed for its abilities to relieve insomnia and headaches.
This Mexican strain is known for its relaxing head high. It's a classic strain known for being a nearly purebred sativa and is reportedly the mother of all Haze strains. Haze strains are one of the most widespread sativa varieties and this particular strain is known to yield great results when grown both indoor or out.
- Thai (Asia)
Thai is a pure sativa landrace strain originally cultivated from Thailand. Outside tropical climates, it's been a challenge for growers to produce this strain although greenhouse gardens do make it possible.
Thai is the parent of many popular strains such as Chocolate Thai, Northern Lights, Voodoo, Juicy Fruit and Haze. Thai produces a great cerebral high often compared to that of coffee. It averages around 20% THC and often has a distinct citrus and piney scent.
- Lambs Bread (Jamaica)
This sticky sativa strain has also been referred to as "Lamb's Breath" due to its pungent aroma. Lambs Bread has grown naturally in the Caribbean for thousands of years and is reportedly the parent of the popular sativa strain Jack Herer. This original Jamaican strain helped influence the Rastafarian movement, and rumor has it that Bob Marley himself used to smoke this strain.
Lambs Bread is known to be a stress reliever and has often been used to relieve muscle spasms as well as calm anxiety. If you want crucial vibes like Bob Marley, smoke some Lambs Bread and put on some Reggae music!