DURBAN POISON WEED: LANDRACE STRAINS GUIDE

durban poison weed

There’s a scene in the 2001 Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg film “The Wash” where Snoop’s character, Dee Loc, buys weed from Tommy Chong. Chong claims to have driven his moped to Los Angeles all the way from Humboldt County in Northern California. After showing Snoop most of the options, Chong pulls out a single, tiny nug from his breast pocket. Naturally, the original famous crip from Long Beach laughs at the minuscule stash, but Chong argues back, “It’ll knock you on your ass man, it’s from South Africa. This is Durban Poison Weed.” He goes on to talk about its almost psychedelic effects and how it “wired him up” to drive a moped the length of California for two days straight. It’s so good, he won’t even sell it. He needs the famous landrace strain to fuel his trip back up the coast.

Chong’s humorous scene is rooted in truth. Here the stoner pioneer is pushing the citrus-y skunk strain at the start of the millennium, but Durban Poison goes back a few more decades. Originally a landrace strain hailing from the area surrounding Durban, South Africa in the 1970s, Durban Poison has always had a reputation as a stimulating choice for cannabis users. “Landrace”, with respect to weed, is a term that means the species of cannabis has evolved for many years in an isolated and specific geographic environment. Scientists and cannabis enthusiasts value these strains because they contain unique, unbothered and characteristic genetics. When the plant evolves naturally, it undergoes a much different process from when it is intentionally bred by cultivators. The slow, untampered evolution of landrace species leads to new, complex plants that are able to express novel quirks and variations. While many of these variations contribute to the plant’s overall survival in the wild, other variations could end up altering the potency, medicinal properties, and terpene profile. Unlike the many modern hybrids that occupy today’s pot dispensary menus, this historic landrace strain has existed for centuries and been known by many names. It’s claimed that famed cultivator Ed Rosenthal came across it in the late while exploring Africa in search of unique genetics and Durban would soon become an important cornerstone in sativa breeding for decades to follow.

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Durban Poison

However long its isolation and whenever it took its current form, Durban Poison weed developed into a highly unusual example of 100% pure sativa. It’s smell and taste offer rich citrus and pine notes, followed by its famous grapefruit-like aftertaste. Its vivid and stimulating effects are the energizing focus and creative headspace that fans of sativa look for. It’s a proud grandparent too, influencing the genetics of today’s favourites like Girl Scout Cookies.

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Durban Poison’s THC levels float around 20 percent, high enough to pack a strong punch, especially in combination with its strong Sativa genetics but not too much that you can’t function. It is commonly used among medical patients for melancholic depression, motivating the user and giving them a rush of euphoria. At the same time, the anti-inflammatory effect will help in the long term to reduce the brain and body inflammation which is often at the root of depressive experiences. The strain’s stimulant-like effects make it an excellent choice for conditions attention deficit disorder without many of the drawbacks of traditional stimulant treatment for adult ADD and ADHD. Unlike stimulants, it will not leave the patient buzzing and unable to rest.

Whether you have access to Durban Poison or not, odds are you’ve enjoyed one of its progeny. It’s a diverse strain, used for ailments and stimulation, strong enough to sustain itself naturally in South African climate but familiar enough that you’ve probably seen it around. Do you enjoy toking Durban Poison? Do you use it for focus or relief? Let us know.

5 LUXURY ASHTRAYS

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EPHEMERA & LUXURY ASHTRAYS

“Be careful where you ash” is the first lesson in Toking 101. No matter how you like to roll your weed, you know from the first hit that it’s not socially acceptable to throw your ashes around. That doesn’t mean you have to let them fall into the same, basic ceramic dish your grandma used to chain smoke in the ’70s. Which is why we’re dosing you with some luxury ashtrays to kick that disgusting old beer can off your patio; some classic, timeless, sacred, or just plain weird items that you can use whenever you’re smoking.

Versace

$350+

There’s always a demand for designer quality,  and the world of marijuana is full of unique devices, products, collectibles and ephemera. Why settle with basic shit?  Whether its clothes, accessories or any variety of household item, there’s always a group of people itching to buy something rare. If you fall into this group, you might like ashing your joints in a tray from Versace’s line. From their classic Medusa symbol in porcelain with a crystal rim to vivid depictions of lions, sharks and gorillas. You’re paying top dollar though, the average cost of the trays currently available is over $350. If where you ash is as important and elegant as how you roll, these might be a future centrepiece.

luxury ashtrays versace

Standing Ashtray

$1000000000.00 

Standing ashtrays are common enough but don’t usually enhance the smoking experience. They’re plastic, distinct from the environment and mostly found in crowding public spaces. However, if you’re willing to pay the price, you can get this carousel horse standing ashtray made sometime in the 1930s. It’s short but, compared to most ashtrays, pretty damn big. Definitely, a conversation starter if you have it on standby for your next party.

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Ouija Ashtray

$20 bucks

This Ouija board ashtray isn’t ridiculously expensive or made of precious gems. It’s haunting and intriguing, a simple pie slice design that harkens back to the ouija boards many played with as a kid. We can’t guarantee it won’t move on its own.

luxury ashtrays

Stork Club

$80 

From 1929 to 1969, the Stork Club was one of the most prestigious nightclubs in the world. Elite stars from literature, movies, politics and all forms of entertainment frequented the spot in Manhattan, New York. Some stories include Ernest Hemingway having run up a $100,000 bill that he settled with a movie rights check and the Hope Diamond being lost under a table one night. One symbol that has survived is the Stork Club ashtray. Simple, round and black with white letters embalming the club’s name, these ashtrays have gained a cult love just for their association with the infamous scenes of NY nightlife. Finding an original can be difficult and expensive so beware of fakes, but you can always find a great imitation one to pretend you were sipping cocktails alongside Sinatra and the Kennedys.

luxury ashtrays stork

Famous Grouse

$20

It’s odd what the internet chooses to give a second life, but for Famous Grouse Scotch they’re happy some promotional barware has turned into a collectible ashtray. In the early ’80s, the liquor company was searching for a way to promote their brand in a useable fashion, so they started sending out ashtrays to bulk customers and restaurant owners. To their surprise, people loved them and wanted them in their home. It’s a pleasant design, with the grouse bird featured in the middle behind sharp red letters and bordered with five cuts for resting your joints. They’re relatively inexpensive to snag today, but that doesn’t detract from their cult love.

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UNDER 5 MINUTE MUNCHIE RECIPES VOL. 1

For our featured post of the week let’s explore deliciousness.

Have you ever smoked weed and felt insatiably hungry? If the answer is yes, then you know that limited ingredients, as well as time, are of the essence. I have been a munchies chef for quite some time now and have compiled a short list of “Under 5 Minute Recipes” for you to enjoy. Heads up, my recipes require low effort while providing high taste.

1. Cheesy Toast


Ingredients:
• Bread Slices (Getting your bread sliced at the store saves you lots of time and labor)
• Cheddar Cheese
• Kosher Salt
• Black Pepper
• Pickles
• Salami
Pre-heat your oven to 550 degrees F. Put cheddar cheese, pickles, and salami onto each slice of bread and season it with black pepper and salt. Bake for 3 minutes. (Do not forget to turn oven off!) Side note: You can strip this recipe of the last three ingredients without compromising the taste. Enjoy.

2. Vegan Tuna Salad

Ingredients:
• Celery
• Chickpeas aka Vegan Tuna
• Vegan Mayo
• Pickles
• Pepper
• Salt
Empty a can of chickpeas into a mixing bowl and top it up with about 6-8 tablespoons of vegan mayo. Mush the vegan mayo and the chickpeas together until you get to the consistency of canned tuna. Once that is achieved slice the pickles and the celery, throw them in the mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy.

3. Cherry Parfait

Ingredients:
• Cherry Yoghurt
• Nutty Granola
Place the granola of your choosing into a bowl and top it up with Cherry Yoghurt. This one should really be in the 2-minute category, but given the nature of your operating state after piloting a joint, the 3 extra minutes might go a long way. Enjoy.

4. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:
• Bar of milk chocolate
• Strawberries
Break the bar of milk chocolate into pieces and throw them into a bowl. Place the bowl into the microwave for 2 minutes (depending on the quality of your microwave you might add or deduct a minute). While your chocolate bar is melting in the microwave, wash your strawberries. Once the chocolate has melted, use a fork to dip your strawberries. Enjoy.

5. Rice Krispy Squares

Ingredients:
• Rice Krispies Cereal
• Butter
• Mini Marshmallows
In a large saucepan over low heat melt ¼ cup butter. Add marshmallows until they are well melted and blended. Add cereal, stirring until fully coated with the marshmallow mixture. Place onto a baking tray covered with wax paper, wrap and shape into a square. Cool for a minute, cut into bars. Enjoy.

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