What Are Landrace Strains and Why Are Some So Rare?

Article by Clear Choice Cannabis

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No doubt, you’ve heard of Kilimanjaro or OG Kush, but did you know they are considered Landrace strains? Have you ever wondered what exactly a Landrace strain is, where they came from, and why they are so rare?

Man’s kinship with cannabis is documented as far back as 2900 B.C. In biblical days, cannabis grew wild in its native habitat where growers weren’t doing a lot of crossbreeding. Cannabis strains tended to be what today we call Landrace strains. Broadly speaking, a Landrace is a pure cannabis strain cultivated in its natural environment which has never been crossbred with another variety.

Landrace strains, having grown wild and indigenously over the years throughout various regions in the world with virtually no variations from one plant to another, these strains maintain remarkable consistency. You won’t find hybrid ‘landrace’ strains — generally, they are either 100% Indica or Sativa.

Where Do Landrace Strains Get Their Names?

Landrace strains are usually named after their country or region of origin. For example,Acapulco Gold and Panama Red are sativas from Mexico and South America respectively;Hindu Kush and Pure Afghan are indicas from the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.

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