Q. Are your strains pure or have they been crossed with modern hybrids?
A. We aim to collect pure, traditional strains wherever possible. Many of the regions where we have collected are dangerous, which means that few foreigners visit. This greatly reduces the chance of modern hybrid genetics being introduced. There are a couple of regions where modern hybrids have entered the genepool, so purity cannot be guaranteed - notably, Parvati Valley, from where the Parvati and Malana strains originate. However, to the best of our knowledge, our other Himalayan strains are pure, as are the other strains we offer.
Q. Do you have feminized seeds?
A. No, definitely not! Unless otherwise stated in the strain description, all of our seeds are direct from their country of origin. When we reproduce strains, we use open-pollination, typically with as many parent plants as possible.
Q. Which of your strains are pure indicas?
'Pure indica' is a concept that might apply to intensively selected modern strains, but does not easily apply to traditional hierloom cannabis. However, we do have strains which have various indica characteristics. The Chitrali shows strongly indica phenotypes, with fat leaves and short plants; however, other phenotypes are strongly 'sativa'. Similarly, the Sinai has an excellent indica phenotype with unique aromas. The Lebanese is also a short, fast-flowering plant with good bud density, all of which are regarded as indica qualities. The Mazar-i-Sharif can show strongly indica expressions too.
Q. Which is your fastest strain?
A. The Sinai, Lebanese, Syrian, Turkish, and Nanda Devi can all finish from late August onwards.
Q. Which is your strongest strain?
A. Traditional ganja strains - meaning those cultivated for use as bud, as opposed to resin (hashish/charas) - are typicallly strongest e.g. the Manipuri, Mango Thai, and Kerala, which can all exhibit high teens THC