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Genetics: Chitrali Hindu Kush Cannabis Landrace
Sourcing: Landrace Genetics Chitral, Hindu Kush, 2021 Harvest
Purpose: Charas (sieved resin)
Latitude: 35° N
Harvest: October to early November
Height: 1 4 metres outdoors
Aroma: ‘Hash’, tangy candy, mandarin, gasoline
Characteristics: Biodiverse; warm, centred high; resinous; broad to narrow leaflets; pink stigmas; Indica and Sativa-types; CBD
Classification: Cannabis sativa subsp. indica var. afghanica x C. sativa subsp. indica var. indica
Grow Type: Outdoors, greenhouse, or indoors

A rare Hindu Kush cannabis landrace from Upper Chitral, personally sourced in one of the most renowned charas producing valleys of the high Hindu Kush. Chitrali charas has a distinctively warm, centred, and ‘luminous’ high.

This strain exhibits a wide range of phenotypes ranging from small, compact, broad-leaflet Indicas to tall, narrow- or broad-leaflet Sativas. Outdoors, plants vary in height from 1 metre to over 3 metres. Buds are typically quite dense and resinous. Pink stigmas are a common trait.

Aromas vary extensively, from intense fruit such as mandarin to sour ‘kushy’ scents to gasoline. As with all resin landraces, a high proportion of plants will exhibit considerable amounts of CBD.

Upper Chitral was once one of the largest charas producers in the Hindu Kush – including Afghanistan. This ended with a government crackdown in the seventies. Due to continued police pressure there has since been only minimal large-scale commercial growing in these valleys, with most cultivation in Upper Chitral now restricted to garden plots and small fields for personal use.

In its pure form, this Chitrali domesticate is currently precariously rare. Yarkhun Valley, where this accession was collected, is the source of the Kunar River. This river valley is believed by some experts to be the origin of Indica-type Cannabis. More probably, it’s a point of intersection between Central and South Asian formal varieties of Cannabis, as outlined in the important study A classification of endangered high-THC cannabis.

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12 seeds, 5 seeds