As the name suggests, Durban Poison is a pure South African sativa landrace. It is a sticky plant that can adapt to growing in a variety of conditions and has a THC content of between 15% and 25%.
Africa has a rich history of cannabis cultivation and by the time of the Dutch colonisation, it had spread and the groups indigenous to South Africa had a well established relationship with the plant that they called ‘dagga’.
In the 1970s the American breeder Ed Rosenthal bred plants from a batch of South African seeds that he brought back to the U.S. Rosenthal then gave some of the best specimens to his fellow breeder Mel Frank. Frank then worked with the genetics to optimise resin content and flowering time. His efforts led to ‘A’ and ‘B’ lines of the original seed stock. The ‘B’ line was then passed to Amsterdam breeder Sam the Skunkman who further reduced the strain’s flowering time.
Durban Poison buds are medium to large in size. While they have a dense and compact structure that is typical of indica, their long and tapered shape is typical of sativas. They have green leaves and bright orange pistils. There is a coating of white trichomes that gives cured flowers a light sheen and very sticky texture. The flowers and highly pungent when broken open or burnt and give off a thick smoke.
Users of Durban Poison will experience an immediate clear and focused high. It is an almost entirely cerebral high with very little trace of heaviness or couchlock, and as a result, it can be an excellent strain for creative endeavours. The strain is also popular as a social lubricant, with users reporting feeling chatty and more at ease. In terms of medical use, people tend to use it to help with conditions such as depression, anxiety and PTSD.
However, Durban Poison is a very potent strain and this can lead to some unwanted side effects. Some users claim that it puts them into overdrive, leaving them feeling on edge. It can also leave smokers feeling paranoid or out of control. It is very much a daytime strain and has a high that normally lasts between two and three hours.
Thanks to its strong and time-tested genetics, it is an excellent choice for those new to cultivation. The plants can grow to as much as 12 feet tall and can be grown outside in warm, semi-humid climates with daily temperatures of between 72 and 80 degree Fahrenheit. When growing indoors it is necessary to tame the height by bending and pruning the branches early in the vegetative stage. The strain flowers very quickly for a sativa, reaching maturity in about eight or nine weeks when grown indoors. It also has a higher than average yield.
Durban Poison has a sweet, hash-like smell and a very high resin content. It is often compared to espresso and gives users an active high that is as enjoyable in a social setting as it is alone.