Durban Poison

Strain: Durban Poison
Type: Sativa
Genetics: Landrace South African variety, at times crossed with Early Dutch Skunk for quicker flowering and stability
Geographic Origin: South Africa, brought to The Netherlands
Seed Company/Clone: Many versions available in seed form — African Seeds, Dutch Passion, Afropips, Nirvana, and Sensi Seeds all have versions of the strain
Smell: Sweet + Spicy
Taste: Spicy Sweetness
Awards: None


Description: A landrace Sativa variety from South Africa, Durban Poison is known for its spicy, sweet anise-like smell and taste and it’s clear-headed, cerebral effect. Though it’s a near-pure Sativa, most versions finish fairly quickly and don’t stretch as much as one would expect for a tropical Sativa. Many claim the real South African Durban Poison is very racy and finishes as long as 120 days, but that’s not the case for the versions available in seed form (Afropips and African Seeds seems to be the longest to finish) nor the most common versions in medical marijuana dispensaries.


Story: Sam the Skunkman, speaking on the version he is responsible for: “South African Durban Poison was first introduced by me. I got maybe 100 seeds from South Africa and grew them in California in the late 1970s. Most were hermaphrodite, small calyxs, as well as not so great buds. But I saw the potential for an early Sativa so I worked with it for a few years to clean it up. I finally eliminated most of all the bad traits, and introduced it in the early 1980s. When I took it to Amsterdam it was an immediate hit, one of the few Sativa strains that can be grown outdoors in Holland most years if the weather is fair during harvest time. Every seed merchant in Holland has bought some and made copies as well as Hybrids; all of the Durban Poison genetics being passed around were originally from my work until Afro-Seeds popped up a few years ago. My Durban Poison is Sativa, pure IBL Landrace created from seed lines, maintained with clones, male and female. There is no change in the genepool now as any seeds are produced from selected clones 20 years old. The plants had a strong licorice/anise smell and taste, as well as being quite early in maturation. The strength was med-strong, vigor strong, yield quite good, very consistent. To be honest I considered it a daytime smoke.”


Flowering Time: Depends on the version, most floating around or from Dutch companies are between 8 and 10 weeks, while the African seed companies tend to be longer, going as long as 120 days.

Preferred Growing Medium: Durban Poison was known and loved in Holland because it was one of the few Sativas that could finish outdoors, as the short flowering versions are suitable for Northern climates. It grows very tall out doors, but most varieties are totally manageable indoors, especially with training such as SCROG and flowering early from clone.


Scent: Very distinct blend of sweet and spicy smells — fennel, anise, orange, and lemons, at times with a mentholated quality that tickles the nose.

Flavor: Almost exactly like the smell, Durban has a strong anise-dominant spicy sweetness, with a rather smooth smoke and an
enduring flavor.

Effects: Durban is a fabulous day time strain, with a clear, functional effects package that stimulates creativity, sociability, and overall mood. Energetic and bordering on racy/anxious at times, Durban is not for everyone but Sativa- lovers will appreciate
the mind-awakening effects. The primary medicinal benefits are appetite stimulation, mood elevation, migraine relief, and anti-nausea properties.