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Durban Poison

Durban Poison

Sativa - 100%
Recommended time of use: Morning
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About Durban Poison

With a menacing name that hints at its powerful psychoactivity, Durban Poison is a pure South African sativa landrace. It is a bold and sticky variety that’s well adapted to a variety of growing conditions. Durban Poison boasts a THC content of between 15% and 25%.

Cannabis has been cultivated on the African continent since at least the 14th century; by the era of Dutch colonization, it had spread south and the Khoikhoi, San, and Bantu groups indigenous to South Africa had an established cultivation and cultural acceptance of the drug, which they called dagga.

In the late 1970s, American breeder Ed Rosenthal selectively bred several plants from a bag of South African seeds that he brought back to the U.S. Rosenthal then passed some prime specimens on to fellow breeder Mel Frank, who fine-tuned the genetics to optimize resin content and flowering time. Frank’s efforts resulted in “A” and “B” lines of the original seed stock; the B line was given to Amsterdam breeder Sam the Skunkman, who further reduced the strain’s flowering time.

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Buds of Durban Poison are medium to large in size. Although they have a dense, compact structure typical of indica varieties, their long and tapered shape is more characteristic of sativas. The forest green leaves are offset by bright orange pistils, meant to catch pollen from male fertilizing plants. A coating of milky-white trichomes gives the cured flowers a light sheen and an incredibly sticky texture. Durban Poison has a classically dank smell punctuated by hints of sweet licorice. The flowers are pungent and skunky when broken open or burnt and give off a thick, lung-expanding smoke. The licorice aroma is evident on the exhale, along with the taste of sweet, almost cloying pine sap.

Durban Poison has a clear, focused high that hits users right away. The amplification of sights and sounds may be initially disorienting but in the right setting can slide into an active, buzzy head high. Almost entirely cerebral with no hints of debilitating heaviness or couchlock, this strain can be especially helpful for creative endeavors -- it’s a great way to contemplate the nuances of an intense movie or a piece of music. Durban Poison can also be a strong social lubricant, helping smokers to feel chatty and more at ease. Any medical benefits are more mental than physical -- this strain can confer a sense of mindfulness to help those perpetually distracted by depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It can also help those with attention deficit disorders maintain a deep, intense focus. Because it’s so potent and cerebral, Durban Poison can also have some undesirable side effects. It may put users into overdrive, making them feel on edge or jittery. It can also lead to a kind of rapid-association “mindrace,” making smokers feel paranoid or out of control. Definitely more suited to daytime than sleepy nighttime use, Durban Poison is a quintessential wake and bake strain. Its high typically lasts between 2 and 3 hours.

Because of its hardy and time-tested genetics, Durban Poison is a good grow for newcomers to cultivation. It can reach 12 feet in height, and as such, can be successfully grown outdoors in warm, semi-humid climates with consistent daily temperatures between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Indoor growers will want to tame Durban Poison’s height by bending and pruning the spindly branches early on in the vegetative stage. Thanks to its time-tested cultivation and internationally-engineered genetics, this strain flowers remarkably quickly for a sativa, reaching maturity in 8 to 9 weeks when grown indoors and by late September when grown outdoors. Plants also reward growers with a higher than average yield.

Named after South Africa’s second largest city, Durban Poison offers a chance to enjoy one of Africa’s contributions to the panoply of potent global landrace strains. It has a sweet, hashy smell and a high resin content that makes it particularly valuable in the production of THC concentrates like shatter and wax. Often likened to espresso, Durban Poison gives users a mobile and active high that’s as enjoyable at a party as it is at alone, accomplishing creative or mundane tasks.

THC Content - 25.5% Highest Test

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March 10, 2019
Very potent head high with lingering psychoactive effects....electric and numbing sensations from the neck up. The potency took me by surprise on my first date with Ms Durban Poison (grown by Matrix NV....THC 25%.)
I let the magic happen by laying down in bed and let it go with flow.
Thoroughly enjoyed the cerebral thrill ride.
The aroma from the glass jar it came with smelled like a barnyard, surrounded by pine forest.....all in a good way.
The smoke tasted smooth and creamy.
Noted lingering hangover numbness 48 hours later....very potent.....excellent batch.....thanks to Matrix NV for the thrill ride!
March 07, 2019
Stay away junk bud
Lauren Furnari
March 01, 2019
Great info..
Merle Petties
January 20, 2019
Very good for mind relaxing
Kai Greer
January 09, 2019
I recently bought about 7g of Durban Poison. It wasn't even the highest quality bud, but it still has me buzzing in the best way. It makes me feel composed and like I can perform certain physical/mental tasks much more efficiently.
I can see, though, how this strain might not clash well with anxiety disorders. Certain things seem much more abrupt, and it wouldn't be unusual for that to cause some discontentment.
Overall, a really nice cerebral high, noticably psychoactive.
Dion Moore
November 14, 2018
Great dude!!????
June 13, 2018
Smoked DP since the 70s when it was a honest pure strain and only available dope in Durban. Now its only available in the outbacks if you make the effort to get there. The city is now saturated with all sorts but none as satisfying as DP. My grows are of the pure unadulterated landrace species which is a pleasure to revert back to when tired of hybrids.

May 08, 2018
For the past week i have been smoking durban poison as my wake and bake strain..
(A little background about me i suffer from ptsd, anxiety, bipolar,add).
Con: I also noticed the rush from this strain, but there were also Positives: i could focus, tasks i struggle to complete normally were easy. Bexause the pros outweighed the cons for me i decided to use a hybrid strain to take care of the rush and anxiety that i felt was being magnifyed....
I used Strawberry Banana and I pretty instantly felt everything calm.
Since that, I've continued using Durban poison and strawberry banana together and it's amazing. So don't completely write this strain off if you suffer from mental disorders..
This is my go to combination (=!
April 10, 2018
I smoked this for the first time yesterday. I've had an anxiety disorder most my life. Most Kush strains are wonderful for my anxiety so I usually stay with those but my boyfriend encouraged me to try this yestetday. When I did, it hit me quickly and all at once. I immediately got very paranoid and anxious and had to really focus my mind to try and be calm so that I wouldn't get out of control. After chewing black pepper, drinking milk, and a good 30 minutes of time, I finally got rid of the anxiety and extreme paranoia. This strain may be good for others but I will never smoke this again. Not recommended if you have any mental disorders because it will send you on a bad episode. But even if it does affect you badly, know that it's not the end of the world. It will wear off very soon so just relax the best you can.
1 Kush King
March 25, 2018
Nice smoking a strain with some cool history behind it. This 100% Sativa does what it is supposed to do which is to pick you up & keep you going. Had me doing things with no heavy body effects. Buds were lighter green with some orange pistils & a nice layer of trichomes. Good stuff here :)
Wrong strain for anxiety fix
March 21, 2018
I have a legitimate medical diagnosis of anxiety and this strain is one of hundreds of different strains I’ve used personally. If you have anxiety this strain can cause panic attacks the information on the medical uses on this site are completely wrong and misguiding to people trying to learn how to use alternative medicine.
November 14, 2017
perfect way to start the day or before work and physical tasks. i have no issues with lack of motivation or couch lock with this strain making it easy to fufill my daily tasls while medicated
September 18, 2017
Good for beginners, strong smelling, best with caffeine.
Tommy crowe
February 28, 2017
some of the best i have ever had...i would tell everyone to try this .....
Mel Frank
December 20, 2016
The following part of the Durban Poison review is incorrect; I know, because I (Mel Frank) developed this strain.
"It's origins date way back to the late 1970's. In South Africa, an ambitious young man named Ed Rosenthal was seeking a new strain. Upon securing a variety of seeds, he returned home to America, and began honing in on inbreeding the lines which possessed his favored growing characteristics."

This is the correct version," In 1978 Ed Rosenthal did indeed bring back Durban Poison seeds, but from Amsterdam, not from South Africa.. He gave them to me and I developed Durban Poison. Ed never grew this strain. The seeds were not from a developed cultivar (there was no seed industry then) It was a landrace of very mixed characteristics from mediocre to quite good potency and with a very early harvest time when growing outdoors. After several generations I had two distinct higher potency phenotype lines, the A and B lines. I did give the B line to Skunkman Sam and he further developed it in Amsterdam. The B line had about 10% intersex phenos, and I mistakenly gave the B to Sam causing him to have to rework the strain to eliminate the tendency to put out a few male flowers on about 10% of the females.

the rest of the review is pretty good.
Josh weinstein
November 18, 2016
This strain is just better than the rest. It has a very distinct flavour and smell. I wouod recomend it to anyone looking for a sativa
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