What Are Landrace Strains?

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What Are Landrace Strains?

Before we dive into talking about landrace cannabis strains, we had better address the meaning of the seldom-used word, “landrace.” According to thefreedictionary.com, landrace is a crop (or animal breed) that has been developed through traditional farming practices over a period of many years, in a specific geographical locale, in isolation, without interference from outside influences or by populations of other species. Does that make any sense? In other words, some marijuana strains have been developed in very rural areas of like, say, Thailand or India, where it could grow without other strains merging with it. There apparently are still a few of these types of landrace strains that have stayed true to themselves and have not become hybridized.

The original great, great grandfather of all cannabis sativa strains continues to grow in Asia, Turkey and northern Africa. The sativa plant thrives in the hot sun and long summers while their sister, the Indica cannabis plant loves the milder climates of the mountains of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. These archaic archetypal strains of pot, which have been insulated from all exterior meddling, have been able to perpetuate and maintain their unique character traits for thousands of years.

They are not difficult to distinguish from other marijuana strains in that they are either 100% Indica or 100% Sativa. Many times they will be named after the region in which they were grown and their chemical makeup has an individual and uncommon composition of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids, which produce the buds’ distinct aroma.

When landrace plants or their seeds are removed from their original growing area and then repotted, (not a pun) or planted in a new region, the plant will certainly look just like the authentic landrace plant, but it will be missing many of its essential inner components. Just the act of moving it from its home forces the plant to adapt to a new climate, which in many cases means adapting to new water, different air, strange soil and disparate temperature. These elements can all be the best in the world but they are simply alien to the landrace plant and to survive it must adapt and change. So, when you are planting the seeds from the landrace Thai Sativa, know in advance that you are going to get a terrific Sativa, but it will not be quite the same as the bud you pulled off of that five footer right outside of Bangkok.

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