If you get hand on some of this strain s you can consider your self lucky, because the cannabis genetics are rapidly evolving and the old school strains we enjoyed in the past are simply disappearing. Many strains native to Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia are now endangered thanks to conflict, genetic mixing, and hybridization. Some of this strains are rare simply because demand has shifted toward more potent, modern hybrids.
Black African Magic Cannabis Strain
This is yet another sativa variety hot in the 70s and 80s. Yet, there’s a lot of speculation over this herb. Is it an actual strain, or is the characteristic black color is a phenotype expressed under certain conditions?
Those who have heard about this fabled bud know that it is supposed to be incredibly potent with intense cerebral effects. Back in 2005, DJ Short wrote that Black Magic was the strongest strain that he had ever tried. But, good luck finding seeds. Let’s hope they still exist.
Oaxacan Highland Cannabis Strain
Hailing from the Oaxacan region of Mexico, this strain was popular in the U.S. back in the 60s and 70s. A 12-foot tall Sativa-dominant strain, it was known for its potent psychedelic effects and sweet and spicy aroma.
Unfortunately, this strain has pretty much disappeared from international markets due to both hybridization and rising levels of violence in the region. This means that it’s now quite endangered. Though, offshoots like Eldorado do contain some of the original highland genetics.
Angola Roja Cannabis Strain
Angola Roja (Liamba) is an African landrace strain that too few get to enjoy. Angola Roja is a very old sativa with a history dating back prior to Portuguese occupation of the region, which began in 1575.
Once the Portuguese colonized Angola, Angolan cannabis was cultivated and exported to other parts of the world. In fact, there are some hypothesis that the red strains of Central and South America descended from Angola Roja. Now, however, cannabis is illegal in the region and little herb gets into or out of the country. Angola Roja is a slightly more popular variety
Lebanese Cannabis Strain
Hashish from Lebanon is thought to be some of the finest in the world. But, great Lebanese indica strains are difficult to come by. Typically, Lebanese hashish comes in two varieties: yellow and red. The red variety is thought to be higher in non-psychoactive CBN and is made from more mature plants. Yellow is the rarer of the two. It is higher in THC, more psychoactive, and is made from younger plants.
Certain heritage seed companies like The Real Seed Company are attempting to preserve lineage from this region, but you’re unlikely to see Lebanese strains in your local dispensary.
Colombian Red Cannabis Strain
Colombian Gold has been resurrected as a popular landrace, but what about Colombian Red? Back in the 1970s, this strain made a High Times list of the 40 best strains around. However, it’s since nearly disappeared from circulation.
Seed companies like Cannabiogen are trying to bring back this wild Sativa by stabilizing its genetics. However, as a true landrace herb, it is a bit difficult to cultivate and is prone to hermaphroditism.
Roadkill Skunk Cannabis Strain
Many of you pining for old-school cannabis will remember Roadkill Skunk. Roadkill is thought to be one of the stinkiest, most pungent skunk strains out there. While this strain fell out of favor for a while, it’s making a comeback.
Roadkill is an indica-dominant hybrid that tends to produce a moderate to high THC content (12-18%). Though, don’t expect to find it from your typical access point. Though some argue that you can’t find any real Roadkill anymore, varieties like Reserva Privada RKS and Canada’s BC Roadkill pay homage to this classic strain.
Molokai Frost Cannabis Strain
This strain isn’t as rare as others on this list, but it is difficult to find. Molokai is a Hawaiian strain with a story. It’s a landrace sativa with a fairly potent THC content. If you can find the plant or some seeds, expect THC levels to top at about 22%.
This strain was popular back in the hippie era, but hasn’t been seen around for a while. It’s a bit of a shame, too. Molokai Frost has a pleasant tropical skunk flavor and gives a nice cerebral high.
Thai Stick Cannabis Strain
There’s some debate on whether or not Thai Stick is actually a unique strain. Some claim that Thai Stick refers to Thai bud dipped in opium, and others suggest that the herb simply came attached to a bamboo stick. Regardless of the debate, High Times named Thai Stick one of the top strains of 1977. Since then? Nowhere to be seen.
Though Thai strains are quite common in dispensaries and among seed companies nowadays, the original Thai heritage is thought to be polluted or long gone. Heritage breeder ACE Seeds has revived some Thai genetics and now sells Thai Stick seeds. They are 100% pure Thai landrace sativa.
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