Experts on cannabis genetics and history can often be heard lamenting the rarity of “true” sativa strains in the modern marijuana gene pool. Though many great strains exist to meet the needs of patients who prefer sativa, the vast majority could more accurately be described as sativa-dominant hybrids. Decades of cross-breeding have combined the classic sativas of the 1970’s with faster flowering indicas, leaving little left of once-famous flowers that preceded the indica explosion. One most noteworthy exception, however, is the legendary Durban Poison.
Unlike the many modern hybrids that occupy today’s dispensary menus, this historic South African landrace strain has existed for centuries and been known by many names. Famed cultivator Ed Rosenthal came across it in the late 70’s while exploring Africa in search of unique genetics and Durban would soon become an important cornerstone in sativa breeding for decades to follow.
This highly unusual example of 100% pure sativa offers a window into the ancient world of cannabis that existed long before sleek vaporizers, upscale dispensaries, and voter referendums. Its flavor and aroma exude rich citrus and pine notes, followed by a famous grapefruity aftertaste upon exhalation. Its vivid and stimulating effects exemplify the energizing focus and creatively so sought-after by fans of sativa. Historic as it may be, Durban’s influence also surrounds us in the form of contemporary favorites like Girl Scout Cookies, many of which owe their more uplifting attributes to its parentage.
We’ve spoken often of our commitment to including classic cannabis on the menu at Capital City Care and few strains better represent that goal than Durban Poison. We’re excited to introduce this important strain to our patients and we hope you’ll agree that its place in history is well-deserved.