Durban Poison

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This Session Garden strain guide article provides crowd sourced information about the Durban Poison strain including the origins, THC content, appearance, effects & more.

The Durban Poison strain is a Sativa strain created by the Dutch Passion Seed Company in Holland. Brought in from South Africa and consistently inbred, this 100% natural Sativa produces flowers early and provides an aroma that can only be compared to licorice or anise.

What is the Origin of the Durban Poison Strain?

Pure and original Durban Poison has its ancestor, ultimately, residing in the vast grasslands of Africa. This effectively makes it something of an “antique” strain as far as marijuana enthusiasts are concerned. Its existence reaches back decades at minimum, making it an utterly historic strain of bud. Very few other strains of marijuana can claim such a thing.

The Lineage Of Durban Poison

The lineage of what is known today as Durban Poison is primarily a Sativa Landrace strain of cannabis from the southernmost regions of Africa. It is sometimes mixed with a strain of Skunk for stability purposes. Sadly, finding a pure Durban Poison strain nowadays is difficult at best, as its genetic makeup has been altered with assorted crossbreeds the past several decades. This has, interestingly enough, increased the THC levels of the plant over time.

Durban Poison History

Though only really proven via the International Cannagraphic Magazine Forums post back in 2007, an unknown individual going by the moniker of Sam Skunkman claimed that he introduced what is now known as Durban Poison in California back in the early 1980s.

How Is The Durban Poison Strain Grown?

If it’s grown in an outdoors location, Durban Poison can grow tall, making it an absolute hog when it comes to space. An upside, however, is that it is one of the few Sativa strains in existence that can manifest in an outdoor setting, which is why it is especially loved and adored in Holland. It should be fairly obvious to note, due to their horrendous size, it is prudent that one lives in a location conducive to the growing of cannabis, otherwise, it’s going to be quite hard to shield one’s crop of Durban Poison from prying eyes

The best kind of setup is an indoor one. Durban Poison is quite a difficult strain of cannabis to produce, but if one is diligent when it comes to proper nutrition and patterns of healthy light, it’s possible to farm good strains. Like most things, it’s what you put into an endeavor that counts the most in the end. Individuals can pursue the hydroponics route, and it is shown that it is probably the best indoor methodology when it comes to Durban Poison production. However, be aware that there can be issues with strain purity being potentially broken when this particular farming path is taken.

Outdoor harvests are generally done in the middle of September or October. An apex-level Durban Poison plant produces up to 16oz yield if grown outdoors as opposed to a 13oz yield if grown indoors.

Despite its difficulty level, Durban Poison is good for the aspiring bud enthusiast, as it is relatively simple to give life to just one or two really solid plants. Not only is its cultivation process simple enough, but it also produces large enough of a volume to be worth the trouble. It is also, naturally, very resistant to molds, bugs and other external factors, making it one of the toughest strains out there.

Durban Poison Cultivation Details:

8-9 weeks


13-16 oz per plant


Physical Traits of the Durban Poison Strain

What Does Durban Poison Look Like?

When it comes to appearance, Durban Poison is visually coated in trichomes, the resin glands of the cannabis plant. This trichome density is what makes Durban Poison a top choice for cannabis concentrate extractors. Durban Poison possesses a typical Sativa-like appearance with ice-textured green buds and orange-rusted pistils that extend forth from the sugary leaves. All in all, Durban Poison is a gorgeous, eye-popping plant that is pleasing to the eye.

What Aroma Does Durban Poison Have?

Spicy and sweet, similar to the aromas from a nice warm cup of chai tea. There are also hints of fennel, anise, and hints of a lemon creamy sweetness present as well. Satisfying, utterly organic scents are the name of the game with Durban Poison.

What flavors can you expect from Durban Poison?

When it comes to flavour, the aforementioned scents are still present in the smoke of the bud. Anise, fennel, spicy orange, and lemon flavour profiles are numerous all around. The flavours stick around on the tongue too. They are long-lasting and will still be around long after one finishes their final drag.

What Effects Can You Expect From Durban Poison?

Durban Poison is what is known as a 100% pure Sativa strain. Due to the rarity of this cultivar, there’s a good chance many have never experienced the unique effects associated with this original antique strain of cannabis. Among some consumers, Durban Poison reportedly causes feelings of absolute tranquility and cleanliness, leaving the user with a sense of increased motivation and energy. Durban Poison is known to help consumers focus and relieve stress. The effects associated with Durban Poison can be described as “analytical” because of the deep sense of introspection that is evoked by many that try this strain. This bud can provide an experience that is positive, cheerful and motivating.

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