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Genetics: Traditional Afghan Domesticate (“Landrace”)
Sourcing: Landrace Genetics, Balkh, Northern Afghanistan, 2018
Purpose: Charas (sieved cannabis resin)
Latitude: 36° N
Harvest: October
Height: 1 3 metres
Characteristics: Intense aromas, heavy branching, medium leaflet width
Grow Type: Outdoor, greenhouse, or indoor

A pure landrace from Balkh, the hashish heartland of northern Afghanistan, a crucial centre of cannabis culture and biodiversity.

This is a resinous and heavily branched landrace strain with intense aromas ranging from citrus and lime to pine, sandlewood, and burnt rubber. Semi-dwarf expressions be found in this landrace, with almost spherical architecture. Leaflet-width can also vary from broad through to narrow. Northern Afghan landraces cannot be easily categorized according to Western preconceptions about Indica- or Sativa-type strains.

As with all resin landraces, expect to find chemotypes ranging from THC- to CBD-dominant, as well as other cannabinoids such as THCV. This landrace differs from the very large strain sold by Real Seed Co as Mazar-i-Sharif. Highly recommend to breeders. Essential for collectors.

NOTE: A recent test on three exceptional plants from a small grow of this accession in New England showed THC levels ranging from 14% to 24%. This would be highly unusual for a pure first-generation landrace hashish cultigen. It’s not yet clear what explains these results, but collectors should be aware that one plausible explanation for such high THC levels is that this population may have been affected by introduced hybrids. That said, though unlikely, it’s not impossible that this is an exceptionally potent Afghan landrace.

Afghan first garda

Afghan first garda, the highest grade of Afghan charas (hashish), made from the Mazari landrace strain in Balkh Province, northern Afghanistan

Preparing Balkhi charas in an Afghan chillum, northern Afghanistan, Balkh Province, 2018. Photo by Lucas Strazerri

Smoking Balkhi charas in an Afghan chillum, Balkh Province, northern Afghanistan, 2018. Photo by Lucas Strazerri.

Balkhi landrace strain, northern Afghanistan, 2018

Afghan landrace

Balkhi indoors at c. 70 days, intense lime aromas, grown by The Baked Nurse

Afghan landrace

Balkhi outdoors early October, East Coast USA – no mold, intense citrus peel aroma, grown by 555 Genetics

Afghan landrace

Balkhi outdoors early October, East Coast USA – no mold, intense citrus peel aroma – grown by 555 Genetics


Additional information

Pack size

12 seeds, 5 seeds