Durban Poison seems a rather harsh name to give to a strain which is widely acknowledged as one of the best Sativas there is.
Like many of the “old-school” Sativas, the raw THC figures do not necessarily look that impressive. Durban Poison typically has 15% to 18% THC and minimal CBD. While this may look like the sort of THC level you’d expect from a modern Indica, it’s the absence of CBD which makes all the difference. The high leaves you clear-headed and ready to roll. Rather than ready to spend some time snuggling into a deep body stone.
Durban Poison delivers the classic Sativa high which brings sunshine into anyone’s day. It’s refreshing and energizing, creative and joyous, without ever reaching the point of overwhelm. It is often compared to caffeine, whereas the likes of THC Bomb are more like rocket fuel.
It must be said that the yield you can expect from Durban Poison is on the moderate side by modern standards. Especially when you take into account that Durban Poison is a big plant, which needs a long grow time. Indoors you can expect up to 600 g/m2. Outdoors you can feasibly collect up to 500g.
Like many Sativas, Durban Poison marijuana seeds take their time to grow. While espresso is served in tiny cups, it is anything but diminutive and, left to its own devices can reach well over 3 metres. Specifically, they need 12 to 14 weeks flowering time indoors. You can expect your outdoor harvest to be around mid-October. This means that only people living in the Mediterranean area stand any realistic chance of growing it outdoors. You should think carefully about where you’re going to put your plants. Durban Poison can get rather odorous and may need some thought into how that’s controlled. Growers further north could potentially try an enhanced greenhouse grow.
One of the reasons Durban Poison needs such a lengthy grow time is because it likes to grow big. You can expect an indoor minimum height of about 1.8M and an outdoor maximum height of about 2.2M. Plant training is an option if vertical space is tight. However, remember that you will need to allow floor space as it grows outwards instead. And to also ensure good air flow can be maintained. Poor ventilation is probably the number one cause of mould attacks.
You’d expect a plant of this size to have a big appetite, but Durban Poison is a lot less greedy than other Sativas. Probably due to all the land race genetics. This is a strain which still largely expects to have to fend for itself and if the grow medium is good, then it will probably only need minimal nourishment. Durban Poison also has good resilience to mould, diseases and pests, which is a definite plus for strains with a longer grow time.
While the effect of Durban Poison if often compared to caffeine, the strain doesn’t really taste or smell like coffee. The taste is based on the robust sweetness of earth. The top notes combine citrus, herbs and menthol pine. The aroma also reflects all these elements and is also quite pungent. Presumably reflecting the fact that Durban Poison was bred from a South African land race Sativa.
Durban Poison has quite dark green leaves which contrast well with the brightness of the orange pistils. This strain has milky-white trichomes which, literally, add plenty of sparkle to the nugs.