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Afghani is one of the few landrace strains around today, that we are aware of. There are about 16 of these ancient cannabis strains that have been documented whose genetics date back way more than 10,000 years. These strains developed slowly by nature and sometimes by the hands of our ancestors who were known to have grown and used cannabis. Thankfully, these strains are still around today as they make a great platform base for developing new and stronger cannabis strains that have strength in their DNA.
Afghani Strain Lineage & Appearance
The Afghani strain has bright green leaves, purple flowers and will grow to be a medium to short height cannabis plant with frosty trichomes. Not much is known about the lineage of Afghani since the genetics go so far back and its one of the oldest strains we know of. What we do know about the strain is what we can observe and analyze today.
Afghani Flavors & Aroma
Afghani is one of those strains with a strong earthy and somewhat piney smell to it with a hint of skunk. These are the terpenes that cause this unique skunk smell in many cannabis plants including the Afghani strain. The flavor of Afghani is mainly of earth and pine like it smells of both sweet and herb like flavors.
Afghani Strain Effects
This ancient cannabis strain has the ability to put just about anyone to sleep but regular users of this strain, due to building up tolerance, may find some mental clarity and focus on top of the physical relaxation. Side effects of this strain are common among many other cannabis strains like dry mouth and dry eyes. In some versions of this strain, the THC may be a little bit too much for those sensitive to it.
Afghani Strain THC & CBD Levels
THC levels of the Afghani strain range between 17-20% THC content which is not an uncommon THC level among many of the landrace cannabis strains. The CBD content in Afghani is very low at less than 1% CBD.
Medical Benefits of Afghani
Many of the benefits of the Afghani strain are around its indica properties of helping to induce sleep, relax, ease stress and help with insomnia. The higher levels of THC in Afghani are also beneficial for pain relief, muscle spasms, nausea, inflammation and stimulating appetite. The combination of stimulating appetite, pain relief and relaxation make Afghani a great strain for those recovering from injury and find it hard to sleep due to pain.
The most beneficial use of Afghani (aside from medical uses) is to use the stable genetic line to create new strains. There are countless indicas to this day that have Afghani genetics in them. So by identifying certain traits in current cannabis plants and pairing them with Afghani traits, breeders can create future cannabis plants with unique abilities and have more stable genetics that come from Afghani’s thousands of years of evolution.
For product creation, Afghani is best used in sleep and relaxation products ranging from teas and dabs to edibles and capsules. The Afghani strain produces the following cannabis terpene profile for a total of 1.66% terpenes.
- Linalool: < 0.01%
- Caryophyllene: 0.74%
- Caryophyllene Oxide: < 0.01%
- Myrcene: 0.01%
- Alpha Pinene: 0.36%
- Beta Pinene: < 0.01%
- Limonene: < 0.01%
- Terpinolene: < 0.01%
- Humulene: 0.56%
How to Grow Afghani Cannabis
Due to the genetics being very stable, the Afghani strain is easy to grow. It can grow up to 60 inches (1.5 meters) and produce flower buds in 7-9 weeks.
- Indoor flowering time: If grown indoors this strain can produce up to 16oz (450 grams) of flower per plant.
- Outdoor flowering time: When grown outside the Afghani strain can produce up to 21oz (500 grams) of flower per plant.
If doing an indoor grow, having the internal climate as close to the region where its from would produce better product. For experienced growers, you have an idea of what works best for certain indica strains regardless of where they are from and how to produce the best results. Being a landrace cannabis strain, Afghani would be better suited for growing outdoors. This is where this strain is able to express its full genetics as its spent most of its historical development outside and not indoors like many modern strains.
In order to survive thousands of years outside, the Afghani cannabis strain has had to adapt numerous resistances to things that can harm cannabis plants. So its very resistant to diseases, bacterium, molds, fungi and can grow really well on fewer nutrients compared to other cannabis plants.