Genetics: Pure Afghan Resin Landrace
Sourcing: The Real Seed Company, personally obtained at source in northern Afghanistan, winter 2018
Purpose: Charas (sieved)
Latitude: 36° N
Harvest: October to early December
Height: c. 1 – 4 meters outdoors
Characteristics: Resinous; aromatic; CBD; wide to narrow leaflets
Grow Type: Outdoor, greenhouse, or indoor

Direct from an ancient centre of Afghan charas culture, Tashkurgan. This onetime Silk Road emporium lies to the north of the Hindu Kush and is now part of Balkh Province, the hashish heartland of northern Afghanistan.

This landrace should really be classified not as Hindu Kush but as ‘Turkestani’ or ‘Afghan Turkestani’ together with the Mazar-i-Sharif strain. Exactly how this accession from Tashkurgan relates to the Mazari landrace, which is now cultivated throughout Afghanistan, is not clear. But provisionally it can be regarded as a variation upon that theme. Notably, farmers also leave harvest until late, well into senescence.

Specific qualities of live plants at the source site in Tashkurgan were noted by the collector, namely intense berry fruit aromas. These transferred to the sieved resin.

Under native conditions, the typical leaflet width of this landrace tends to the narrower end of the spectrum, but wider leaflets are not unusual. Within landrace populations from the broader Hindu Kush region, leaflet widths range from narrow to wide, as in authentic Chitrali and Mazari cultigens. This trait has long been noted by experienced authorities and breeders.

For collectors, these seeds are invaluable. They were sourced at some personal risk and with the generous help of Afghans, whose local knowledge was crucial. Much has been spoken and published regarding Afghan cannabis by Western experts and aficionados, but while there’s plenty of talk, there’s very little walk. The price tag on these seeds is high by our standards, but it’s justified.

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Pack size

12 seeds, 5 seeds