If you smoke modern day hybrid cannabis strains then, you have to embrace the history of the plants that made all of your favorite strains possible. If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of Kushes and Hazes, then look no further.
The real OG
About 12,000 years ago, the first cannabis plant is speculated to have appeared in hunter and gatherer’s dumping fields of animal remains. These original cannabis plants were believed to have sprouted in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, eventually spreading to South America, Asia, Jamaica, Africa, and Russia. These original, indigenous strains are called landraces. Basically, they are the most real, gangster OG strains of all time.
The reason that landrace strains are considered the “Holy Grail” of cannabis genetics is that they have been preserved by nature and isolated to remote regions of the world. This means landrace strains have not been overbred and have their own unique qualities as a result of their environmental conditions and selective breeding by native populations.
There are many species of a cannabis landrace that can be found in three regions of the world. Landrace strains are commonly named after their native region (Afghani, Thai, Hawaiian, etc.) More specifically, cannabis sativa grows through Asian, Anatolia and northern Africa. The climate in these regions is known for long summers and intense sun exposure. As a result, sativas cannot grow properly in milder climates.
Landrace strains are uncommon, but they still grow around the world. But, if you want to stay in country and have an international experience you can always pair the regional origin of a landrace strain with regional cuisine. For example, spice up your week with a Sushi, Joint and Sake Rolling Class and bring some Thai Sativa, which can trace it’s roots to the Hindu-Kush area.
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