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Genetics: Mazar-i-Sharif Cannabis Landrace
Sourcing: The Real Seed Company, via Afghan charas and seed merchant, Peshawar, 2007
Purpose: Charas (sieved resin)
Latitude: 36° N
Harvest: October through November
Height: 2 – 6 meters outdoors
Characteristics: High-yielding, tall, intensely resinous, red stems and stigmas, Indica- and Sativa types, CBD
Classification: Cannabis sativa subsp. indica var. afghanica x C. sativa subsp. indica var. indica
Grow Type: Outdoor, greenhouse, or indoor

This is the authentic Mazar-i-Sharif strain known to Afghan farmers as ‘Mazari’, ‘Balkhi’, or ‘Mazar-i-Sharif’. The true Mazar-i-Sharif is a large and high-yielding cannabis landrace, exhibiting plants that can be broad- to narrow-leafleted and range from 2 to 6 metres in height. Characteristic traits are red stems and red stigmas. As with many Afghan and Pakistani domesticates, this appears to be a hybrid between Indica and Sativa types.

The Mazar-i-Sharif line originates in the Balkh region of northern Afghanistan, the historic heartland of Afghan cannabis culture. Balkh lies beyond the Hindu Kush in a region once known as Afghan Turkestan, which is part of the ancient Central Asian homeland of the world’s original hashish culture. Northern Afghanistan continues to carry the legacy of historic centres of fine Turkestani resin such as Bukhara in neigbouring Uzbekistan.

Afghan farmers harvest Mazar-i-Sharif in October to early December to produce the legendary ‘Shirak-i-Mazar’ (‘Milk of Mazar’) charas, arguably the finest old-school hashish. Note that Afghans usually refer to hashish as ‘charas‘ or ‘garda’.

As with all hashish landraces, Mazar-i-Sharif shows chemotypes ranging from high-THC to high-CBD. Highly recommended to breeders. Essential for collectors.

NOTE: These seeds are the fourth generation of the original accession to have been produced outside Afghanistan through open pollination.

Additional information

Pack size

12 seeds, 5 seeds