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Heirloom cannabis seeds

This situation can be prevented somewhat by backcrossing offspring with your desired properties with one of its parent strains. However, it can take several generations of backcrossing and a lot of patience to stabilize a new strain fully.

Kush strains are probably one of the closest things you will find to a landrace strain today. These plants are direct descendants of the Hindu Kush strain, native to the Afghani/Pakistani border. This strain was imported during the 1970s and quickly soared in popularity due to its relaxing, sedative effects. There are plenty to choose from, including:

Similarly, some believe that landrace and heirloom weed strains contain more beneficial compounds than strains repeatedly bred over several generations. While it is hard to either prove or disprove this theory, there is some logic behind it. For example, many new strains are bred specifically to have an insanely high level of THC. While this is great if all you want is to get completely high, it does come at a price.

Skunk Strains

The seeds of heirloom strains are passed down through generations of gardeners.

Meanwhile, Northern California, with its slightly cooler climate, provided the perfect conditions for other landrace strains. More specifically, landraces originating from the high altitudes of the Hindu Kush mountain range.

At the other end of the spectrum, Haze strains are famous for their uplifting, energizing effects. These strains also originate from the 1970s. Breeders combined the genetics of landrace strains such as Acapulco Gold and Colombian Gold with Thai and Indian sativas. The original Haze, sometimes known as Neville’s Haze, has also given birth to many well-respected strains. Some of these include:

Kush Strains

And so, in these two states, the very first marijuana hybrids were born. These are what we now know as heirloom weed strains. It is rare to find heirloom strains for sale today, and even rarer to find pure landraces. However, all of the weed we now know and love originated from these few varieties.

An heirloom is defined as something valuable, which is passed down through the generations. But when we talk about heirloom weed strains, we aren’t referring to some dusty old bag of pot handed to you by your granny. What we mean when we talk about heirloom strains is that these cultivars have been around for a long time.

Heirloom: This category is for “landraces” that have undergone several generations of selection in the West. Typically, this results in higher THC levels than would be normal for true traditional domesticates, which are maintained by less intensive methods of selection and cultivation. For example, an heirloom such as ‘Deep Chunk’, which was inbred by Tom Hill for four decades, has markedly lower CBD and much higher THC than the actual hashish domesticates employed in Afghanistan. To the best of our knowledge, none of the heirloom cultivars offered here have been outcrossed.

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