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Genetics: Pure Hindu Kush Landrace Strain
Sourcing: The Real Seed Company, Yarkhun Valley, Chitral, Hindu Kush, 2018 Harvest
Purpose: Charas (sieved resin)
Latitude: 35° N
Harvest: late-September to early-November
Height: 1 – 4 metres outdoors
Aroma: ‘Hash’, tangy candy, mandarin, gasoline
Characteristics: Biodiverse; warm, centred high; resinous; broad to narrow leaflets; pink stigmas; Indica and Sativa-types; CBD
Grow Type: Outdoors, greenhouse, or indoors

A rare, pure Hindu Kush landrace strain from Upper Chitral, personally sourced in one of the most renowned charas producing valleys of the high Hindu Kush. Chitrali charas has a distinctively warm, centred, and ‘luminous’ high.

This landrace exhibits a wide range of phenotypes ranging from small, compact, broad-leaflet Indicas to tall, narrow- or broad-leaflet Sativas. Outdoors, plants vary in height from 1 metre to over 3 metres. Buds are typically quite dense and resinous. Pink stigmas are a common trait.

Aromas vary extensively, from intense fruit such as mandarin, sour ‘kushy’ scents, to gasoline. As with all resin landraces, a high proportion of plants exhibit CBD.

Upper Chitral was once one of the largest charas producers in the Hindu Kush, including Afghanistan. This ended with a government crackdown in the seventies. Due to continued police pressure there has since been only minimal large-scale commercial growing in these valleys, with most cultivation in Upper Chitral now restricted to garden plots and small fields for personal use.

In its pure form, this landrace is currently precariously rare. Yarkhun Valley, where this landrace strain is collected, is the source of the Kunar River. This river valley is believed by some experts to be the origin of Indica-type Cannabis.

Highly recommended to collectors and breeders.

NOTE: This is a new accession from Chitral. Seeds have tested at 100% and seedlings are vigorous. These are direct from Yarkhun Valley in the Hindu Kush, a crucial centre of biodiversity for Cannabis. Some experts have argued that the Kunar River region is the centre of origin of Indica-type Cannabis. The Kunar River originates in the Yarkhun Valley, from where it flows into Afghanistan, through the Kunar Valley. This is the region that Nikolai Vavilov explored in the twenties, where he documented what he called C. indica var. afghanica.

Yarkhun Valley, source of the Kunar River, which is believed by experts to be the origin of Indica-type Cannabis

Buds of the Chitrali landrace strain, which has traditionally been selected for production of sieved resin, known regionally as charas

Chitrali landrace strain outdoors in Europe, 2008, collected by Mriko

Chitrali landrace strain outdoor in Europe, collected by The Real Seed Company, 2015

Chitrali landrace strain, second-generation plant exhibiting intense resin production

Chitrali landrace strain planted in a traditional manner around the edge of other crops

Chitrali landrace strain collected by The Real Seed Company, outdoors in Oregon, 2017

Additional information

Pack size

12 seeds, 5 seeds