Name: Durban Poison
Genetics: From Durban, South Africa (100% sativa)
Durbin Poison is a 100% sativa strain that has been around since the late '70s. The strain is named after the South African port city of Durban. Durban Poison is one of the main building blocks of the modern cannabis DNA pool, has been crossed with just about everything, and is probably found somewhere in the genetic lineage of your favorite hybrid.
The first time I actually heard of Durban Poison was when I was looking into the lineage of the famous Cookies strain, but many other well known strains are spawned from Durban Poison as well. The original African strain prefers hot temperatures, indoors or out. However, the strain has adapted to more mild climates and has become a favorite of California and Colorado growers.
Looks and Smell
This batch of Durban Poison was exemplary looking: dense, long-leafed with bright orange pistils, and totally frosted over with trichromes, making it a wonderful variety to produce cold water hash. Durban Poison is known for possessing a very distinct blend of sweet and spicy smells--fennel/anise, orange, lemon, and a creamy sweetness unique to this strain.
Durban Poison is legendary for its electric effects, which fills the user with a buzzing energy and a flurry of mental activity. It is the perfect variety for a productive day, as it is strong but tends to stay out of the way of most mental processes, allowing for a high level of functionality.
The strain can increase sociability and is a perfect companion to a long conversation, a hike, or even a solo session with a good book or video game. The smoke itself is smooth and memorable. The fruity taste is reminiscent of Jack Herer with a bit more grapefruit on the exhale.
Smokers everywhere know Durban Poison to be a sativa like no other; it will shoot your head into the clouds and leave your body behind. Few strains in cannabis history have the street cred, amount of work, and history behind them as Durban Poison, and it shows in its enduring qualities.
A great strain for growers, its easy and fast flowering nature combined with its above average production and resin content levels make it a great choice for the garden. Durban Poison has been found to be effective in the treatment of appetite stimulation, migraine relief, and anti-nausea properties. So next time you see Durban Poison, pick it up. It's like smoking history.
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