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Durban GIF

As a lifelong fan of landrace strains living in a world monopolized by hybrids, I was pleasantly surprised to find a “true” cut of Durban Poison. It was reminiscent of running into an old friend you haven’t seen in a while.

A landrace is a strain that has grown ‘wild’ in a specific region of the world, isolated from other types of cannabis – a type of ‘original’ cannabis. Often these strains have been continuously inbred for decades, in some cases for centuries – such as strains from the Hindu Kush Valley region of Pakistan and Afghanistan (in the case of Durban, the strain is native to South Africa). Isolation allows these species to develop in such a way that they have the best chance of survival in their native regions. Coincidentally, this development also improves the potency and terpene profiles of the strain, often resulting in exquisite aromas and unparalleled potency.

The Bloom Room cut is my personal favorite of the various Durban Poison cuts on offer around the city. (This has very different traits from Durban’s “F1” phenotype which is believed to be a parent of Cookies.)

It is exquisite in every way. It provides an immediate, concentrated, crystal clear high that lasts. A few hits gives me all the relief I need for hours, and I have a 32-year history of heavy cannabis use. Needless to say I have a very high tolerance level and this cut delivers fast and thorough effects, like I was a novice again. Rising highs and no couch lock at all, this is a pure Sativa of the highest quality.


Round, firm, slightly elongated light green buds with a minimal amount of orange pistils. Closer inspection of the trichomes revealed them to be short-stalked with bulbous heads, revealing a perfect ratio of clear/cloudy/amber trichomes. The trichome coverage of these buds is substantial, but their short stature makes them appear a little sparse to the naked eye.


This Durban is 100 percent sativa and delivers a soaring and very energetic head high with little physical impact. The effects are immediate and start with a surge of mental energy, followed by a clear, distinct and profound euphoria. The “clear” effects include mental acuity and focus. Concentration has improved and it takes very little to get there.


It contains a complex, concentrated aroma of pine and mint, with subtle hints of black licorice. When it comes out of the grinder, the aroma can quickly fill an interior space.


The ash burns up to a soft, light gray powder that falls without effort. An indicator of a drug with no leftover nutrients or impurities. The taste is identical to the aroma. Pine, mint and black licorice on the inhale and exhale.

Medical Applicability:

The user is highly medicated but free to explore his/her creativity in depth. An exceptional medicine for the musician in search of muse, or the artist who has stared at a blank canvas for too long, or simply to enjoy the company of loved ones. Due to its energetic and mood-elevating ability, it would also be very helpful in patients with depression. Very helpful in improving concentration and focus for patients with ADD.

General impression:

This cut is top notch in every way and delivers like a postman obsessed. My favorite daytime medication. A true boutique cut that is a must for lovers of pure sativas.

20% THC/0.3% CBD.

Bloom room
471 Jessie Street
$20/gram $60/eighth $115/quarter

Photo by Jessica Christian

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