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What Are Landrace Cannabis Strains?

Learn about landrace cannabis strains including where they're from and if you can still get them.
What Are Landrace Cannabis Strains

What Does Landrace Mean?

When describing cannabis, the term landrace refers to types of marijuana strains that developed in their own natural environment over the course of many centuries without human interference.

As a result, landrace strains have adapted through natural selection and hardiness in order to thrive in their various distinctive, native locations. Each of the original landrace cannabis strains, whether it be a sativa or indica, have evolved to maximize their unique climate advantages and disadvantages. Each of these cultivars developed specific traits which allowed them to remain hardy and survive regions that would be a challenge for other plants.

Where Do Landrace Strains Originate?

Currently, experts have identified about 100 different landrace strains which have been classified from various parts of the world. Often they originate in places that are tough to access or inaccessible which allowed them to grow undisturbed for many generations. These plants have been found in Afghanistan, Africa, India, Jamaica, Pakistan, Mexico, Central America and the Hindu Kush region of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

What Are Examples of Landrace Strains?

Sativa Landrace Strains

  • Acapulco Gold
  • Lamb’s Bread
  • Durban Poison
  • Kilimanjaro
  • Panama Red 
  • Colombian Gold
  • Thai and Chocolate Thai

Indica Landrace Strains

  • Afhani (Pure Afghan)
  • Hindu Kush
  • Tashkurgan
  • Sheberghan
  • Pakistani Chitral Kush
  • Puna Buddaz
  • Moloka’i Purpz

Can You Still Buy Landrace Strains?

Yes, you can certainly still find landrace strains to buy as we’ve run into several while doing our product reviews. However in recent decades hybrid strains have take over in popularity because they offer greater variety. Although I like classic landrace flowers, I know many people who find their flavour and aroma unappealing (not fans of the herbal/earthy). So it really comes down to individual preference and what types of cannabis you normally enjoy.

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A cannabis enthusiast, writer, and dab diva who is dedicated to helping you understand the constantly evolving world of recreational cannabis.

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