£12.99 – £24.99
Genetics: Multipurpose Himalayan Landrace
Sourcing: The Real Seed Company, northeastern Kumaon, winter 2017
Purpose: Charas (hand-rubbed), seeds, fibre
Latitude: 29° N
Regional Harvest: October to first week November
Height: 3 – 6 metres
Aroma: Citrus, floral, ‘hash’
Characteristics: Vigorous, hardy, long internodes, resinous, euphoric high, CBD
Classification: C. sativa subsp. indica var. himalayensis x C. sativa subsp. indica var. indica
Grow type: Outdoors, greenhouse
This is a traditional Himalayan landrace from the Johaar Valley region of eastern Kumaon, on the old India – Tibet trade route. Local farmers described this to the collector as an excellent ‘three-in-one’ strain for production of fibre, seeds, and hand-rubbed charas. Typical Himalayan domesticates are multipurpose strains with large nutritious seeds, usable fibre, and potent aromatic resins. Planted close together or in close proximity to other plants, this landrace will grow to a single, tall stem. Himalayan domesticates exist as part of crop–weed complexes, so some plants may exhibit wild-type characteristics.
This is a distinct local cultigen, but it has similarities to the landrace The Real Seed Company has offered as ‘Kumaoni’. As with the Kumaoni, collectors can have a high degree of certainty that this landrace has not been contaminated with introduced hybrids from Western countries. Resin will have the characteristic euphoric, warming high of traditional Himalayan charas. The majority of plants are likely to show moderate to high levels of CBD. Expect an uplifting initial high that evens out into a long-lasting, centred buzz. Recommended to collectors seeking authentic Himalayan landraces and to fans of old-school Nepali and Indian charas.
12 seeds, 5 seeds