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African Landraces


Africa, the continent famously known for her abundance of natural resources, such as diamonds, sugar, salt, gold, iron, cobalt, uranium, copper, bauxite, silver, petroleum and cocoa beans, but also woods and tropical fruits. Not forgetting, of course, cannabis; a ton of it. Glorious, sublime, majestic cannabis. I’m not talking about the fields of gorgeous hemp, rich in CBD and natural oils. No no no, I, my dear friends, am talking about some of the best AAA grade stanky danky psychosomatic icky sticky furry sparkly Marijuana out there. Yes, and I’ll dare say it, in the entire world.

The term Landrace is not a technical one, but it is, however, one I need to lay down the exact definition for, as this word forms the cornerstone of this piece.

“Definition of landrace cannabis strains (also called landraces or purebreds) are cannabis strains that have developed in their natural environment and have never been crossed with any other strain but inbred through many, many generations. Most landrace genetics are therefore 100% Sativa or 100% Indica, although there are some exceptions.”

I’ve decided to do a simple list for you as I know many of you may be stoned reading this (I know I am while writing this; I just hit a joint of some yummy though strangely floral Blue Cheese
and it’s hit me directly in the side of the face).

As the equator runs slap-bang straight through sub-Saharan Africa, no one can argue that it makes for some of the most perfect weather for growing some serious bud. In fact, Africa actually produces mostly uplifting sativa dominant strains making for lovely clear-headed highs. Africa’s landrace strains contain extremely high percentages of THC.

Right, going forward, here is an informative straight-to-the-point list of some of the BEST African landrace strains.

Durban Poison

Durban PoisonNow I’m talking about a 100% sativa. Uplifting, energizing, and as clear as day, is how I would describe the high you get off this earthy strain. Packing a pine punch in flavour with a complement of robust terpenes just to let you know that this tall bushy tree isn’t messing around. This is the perfect get-up-and-go, the espresso of weed.

South African KwaZulu

This super strain hails from the Zulu Nation in KwaZulu-Natal where it can be found growing freely on the Drakensberg slopes. With happy and euphoric after-effects, and a sweet smell and taste, it makes for a lovely and easy smoke. This is another landrace sativa straight out of South Africa, the southernmost tip of Africa. Some have described this deeply satisfying chron as inspiring and motivational. For those frugal folks out there, this strain is super long lasting, so less smoking therefore less spending!

Malawi Gold

Traditionally grown outdoors, this easy to grow, highly productive and extremely resilient strain hits hard to the brain but with an intriguing, consciously holistic high. While treating the body to a warm pleasant feeling, the mind will be on a creative trek. Known as one of the “C’s” in Malawi’s “three Cs”; this refers to their biggest exports namely “chambo” which is fish, “chamba” which is weed and “chombe” which is tea. Hopefully in one time in your life you will be able to smoke this musky spicy bud with hints of cinnamon, and if you do, expect complete mental clarity as; yes, I dare say it, is yet another sativa out of Africa.


This vigorous growing, well branched Kenyan sativa growing freely on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro boasts 18% THC, which is seriously high for Marijuana flowers. Bursting with lemony citrus goodness, this trippy magic smoke will change your mood instantly for the better, that’s for sure. This beautiful dagga is nick named the “Elephant Stomper” and is utilized for its hyper effects. Many stoners report feeling excited, cerebral and focused.

One can only look back and reflect on how stunning and rich in resources the African continent is bursting with vibrancy and passion. No wonder the weed it produces shows such complexity. This also explains why many travellers and ganja obsessed enthusiasts hunt for just the right phenotypes, trying to recreate what nature has done so perfectly.

Know any other strands that are worth noting, don’t be afraid to get in contact with us so we can all explore Africa together.

Peace out!

Author – @ lovecannabisgrow

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