Afghani Strain Review

Afghani Strain Review

For those keeping score at home, I last reviewed Durban Poison from Oasis Cannabis Superstore on W. 44th Ave. in Denver. If you have not read my Durban Poison review, that’s cool I guess. In the review, I mentioned the vast selection of cannabis to be had at Oasis; so it should come as no surprise that when I bought Durban Poison, I also bought a couple other strains from the BevMo!™ of bud. This week, I present to you Afghani grown by Kind Love.

Eponymously named for its originating region, Afghani is widely considered the mother of all landrace strains because cannabis scholars believe Afghani to be the first strain that humans used. Conventional knowledge states that Afghani has always been an indica landrace, but there are those who believe that a sativa Afghani once grew in the region as well. Afghani is a highly resinous strain of cannabis that was historically, and still is, cultivated in the Middle East to produce hashish. Eventually, Afghani found its way to California in the 1970s where it sparked the United States indica invasion. Today, almost all indica and many hybrid strain varieties have Afghani somewhere in their ancestral lineage, such as AK47, Cheese strains, and Skunk strains.

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Kind Love’s Afghani appears to be monochrome, pastel green; upon closer inspection, however, I noticed the occasional spot of light green on the flower as well as dark green attributable to minute leaf remnants from the hand trimming process. The flower also has a steady distribution of moderately sized orange pistils and a solid, dense layer of trichomes. I was pleased to see heavy trichome coverage because resinous flower is a defining characteristic of Afghani, which is why the strain has a history of cultivation for hashish production.

Afghani’s terpene profile is unique, as it initially smells earthy with floral notes, and then exhibits a spicy aroma that fades into a sort of haze-pine scent. Upon smoking the Afghani, I was greeted with a kick to the throat. The flavor and smoke is acrid, harsh, and earthy; not so much that it is unbearable, but noticeably more than the average strain. Normally, such a profile would turn me off to a strain, but these qualities are typical of Afghani’s resinous flower and, thus, happily welcomed. No pain, no gain; am I right?

Immediately after smoking Afghani, I felt wave after wave of a most glorious body high wash over me, particularly in my limbs. What made this body high so glorious? While the Afghani tickled my limbs, it also gently caressed my head, convinced my body to relax, and alleviated my back pain. I felt like the Hindu deity Ganesha was behind me using all six of his arms to make my day; do not ask what his trunk was doing. After about 30 minutes, Afghani tempted me to nap, but the temptation was not so strong that I could not resist. Spoiler alert: I did not resist.

If you enjoy indica strains, body highs, seek pain relief, or are simply looking for a strain to help you sleep at night, Afghani is an excellent choice; and very few cultivators grow it as well as Kind Love. Regardless of your preference, I would recommend all cannabis enthusiasts try Afghani at least once because of its massive influence on today’s cannabis gene pool. Do not let Afghani’s relatively harsh smoke deter you; you will be missing out.

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Purple Afghani Review

Purple Afghani Review

The veritable cornucopia of cannabis strain names that exist in today’s legal market often convolutes a strain’s genealogy. Purple Afghani is one such strain. Upon first glance, one may reasonably believe that Purple Afghani is Afghani crossed with some Purple strain, like Purple Kush or Grand Daddy Purple. There is, however, a lesser-known strain called Purple Afghani that is actually an Afghani landrace.

Afghanistan is part of a Central Asian region that is the origin of Afghani, a cannabis strain widely considered to be one of, if not the, oldest strains in existence. Different areas of Afghanistan have fostered Afghani strain variants, so there is not one single cannabis landrace known as Afghani; but all true Afghani landraces are pure indicas.

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According to Michael Backes’ Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana, of the three Afghani landraces, Afghani #2 has a purple variant. Backes describes the flower from the Afghani landrace as smelling of spice, skunk, and coffee and having a harsh, hashy smoke that is floral, spicy, and tart. People who smoke or vaporize Afghani can expect effects common to indica strains, such as a strong body high, relaxation, and even lethargy.

I recently had the pleasure of enjoying flower from a Purple Afghani landrace. The Purple Afghani I had did smell of spice, skunk, and (subtly) coffee, but I also detected licorice, berries, and earthy tones, which made me question whether it truly was a pure landrace. I found the strain to indeed be a very harsh smoke, even as an experienced user, and the flower’s flavor most closely resembled acidic coffee and spice. Although I found the flavor unpleasant, the effect was quite the opposite. I felt pleasant physical sensations all over my head and body and extremely relaxed; and I noticed my back pain had subsided as well. Not surprisingly, I became drowsy about forty-five minutes after I smoked the Purple Afghani.

I would recommend Purple Afghani to anyone interested in a pure indica, suffering from a sleep disorder like insomnia, or seeking pain relief. So long as you can handle the harsh smoke, Purple Afghani delivers everything expected of an indica.

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