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29 Oct at 09:39Posted by: angus

Here are some answers to questions often asked by customers:

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 rest of the 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, with as many parent plants as possible so as to maintain biodiversity and preserve their characteristics.

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 typically a short, fast-flowering plant with good bud density, all of which are regarded as indica qualities. The Mazar-i-Sharif can throw up more indica expressions too.

Q. Which is your fastest strain?

A. The Sinai, Lebanese, and Nanda Devi can all finish from September onwards.

Q. Which is your strongest strain?

A. Traditional ganja strains - meaning strains cultivated for use as bud, as opposed to resin (hashish/charas) - are typicallly strongest, so: the Manipuri, Mango Thai

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