There are few strains that can consistently impress even the most seasoned of cannaseurs. Chong’s Choice Durban Haze grown by Verde Natural is a perfect union of tangy aroma, dazzling aesthetics and long-lasting effects that prove Tommy Chong knows how to pick a winner.
Sustainably grown, hand trimmed and masterfully cured, Chong’s Choice strains like Durban Haze are also genetically certified by Medicinal Genomics.
This sample of Durban Haze gives the impression of a thick emerald hedge coated in sugary cream-colored trichomes with short, stout burnt-sienna pistils. A simple pull on its bulky foliage reveals a hidden stash of crystals sure to satisfy any grinder.
The unmistakable scent (terpenes) of sweet citrus and sharp accents of pine poured from this sample while fruity undertones pungently announced their presence. Based on smell alone, this is one of the finest sativas on the market. When her smoke finally hits your lips, it tastes exactly how it smells — delicious.
With a brand new glass Leonardo piece in hand (of TMNT fame), I put the fattest nugget of Durban Haze into a space case and ground it down to its mouth-watering constituents. When flame hit herbs, magic happened and a thick cloud of smoke appeared while sobriety quickly disappeared. This could easily double as a tangerine air freshener if you ever have the in-laws show up sporadically during a smoke session.
The first hit immediately sat between the eyes while a freight train of THC was delivered straight to the dome and a smile stretched across my face. After only 5 minutes, I began to realize that this is the Olympic powerlifter in a field of sporadic gym-goers. The word “potent” barely does Durban Haze’s effects justice. The clear-headed, slightly energizing cerebral effects slowly crept down into the body over the next hour.
Testing has shown Chong’s Choice Durban Haze to be higher than average in the cannabinoids THC-V and CBG. You’re less likely to develop the munchies with this strain because THC-V acts to suppress the appetite. CBG battles inflammation, making it especially beneficial in the treatment of such conditions as glaucoma, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease.
In this day and age, cannabis consumers are inundated with strain varieties that mean very little to the average smoker. No, I do not care about your cool new strain, Jazzy Wallflower (patent pending), which you most assuredly made up on the spot. It is enough to make a man want to kick it old school, which is exactly what I did this week when I decided to review Durban Poison.
Given that Durban Poison is a commonly available strain here in Denver, I decided to seek the best version of the strain I could find. For me, Denver’s Oasis Cannabis Superstore was the logical place to start exploring because they carry an unparalleled variety and quantity of strains grown both by Oasis and other notable Colorado cultivators. If you have not been to Oasis, it is a literal weed emporium. Imagine all the strain varieties your heart desires; now double that mental quantity and put it behind a glass display case that snakes longer than the anaconda that tried to devour Jennifer Lopez for an hour and a half. If you haven’t seen Anaconda, I’ll save you time: don’t. Suffice it to say that if you are looking for a strain, Oasis probably has it. In this case, they actually had Durban Poison from four different cultivators. Based on smell and appearance, I felt that Oasis and Sundance Gardens both had the best Durban Poison. I decided to go with the house strain and review Oasis’ Durban Poison.
As most cannasseurs will proudly explain (despite your pleas for them to stop), Durban Poison originates from the South African port city of Durban and is one of a small number of cannabis landraces in existence today. As such, Durban Poison is a pure sativa strain that has contributed to the genetic lineage of many popular strains found today. Durban Poison is coveted among tokers for its uplifting, energetic effect, which affords cannabis smokers the opportunity to break popular perception by smoking cannabis and then doing something active; you know, if they feel like it.
Oasis’ Durban Poison flower has a semi-dense, semi-firm consistency and just the right amount of dryness, indicative of a proper post harvest process. The flower is your run-of-the-mill cannabis green with a smattering of small, darker green patches, a steady distribution of small, orange pistil clusters, and a blanket of shimmering trichomes. The flower’s shape is rounder than sativas tend to be, but Durban Poison is weird like that. As for the flower’s bouquet, Oasis’ Durban Poison has the citrus, sweet, and anise aromas I have come to expect of Durban, but it also has pine and diesel in its fragrance. No surprise, the Durban Poison’s sweet aroma dominated its fragrance profile after I broke up the flower.
Upon smoking a joint of the Durban Poison, my taste buds were greeted with Durban Poison’s familiar sweetness as well as a slight hint of diesel. I was ecstatic to find that this cannabis had been flushed properly, which I deduced from the joint’s white ash and the lack of residual metal or chemical flavors. You would be surprised how often cultivators do not properly flush their flower despite Colorado’s “advanced” cannabis industry; Oasis seems to have gotten it right.
I bought this Durban Poison in anticipation of my most recent ski trip. I wanted something that would keep me active and alert while uncontrollably careening down whatever mountain would likely be my final resting place. I was not disappointed and lived to tell about it. As expected, Oasis’ Durban Poison kept me active and awake without feeling over caffeinated. I felt alert and energetic enough to do multiple runs while maintaining a level of control over my faculties that was most imperative for survival. I experienced heady, thoughtful, and focused mental activity that kept the many ski lift-lulls interesting. Oasis’ Durban Poison also offered general relaxation and a pleasant headband-esque sensation around my noggin.
If you are looking for an active sativa or simply wish to explore the cannabis of yesteryear, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Oasis’ Durban Poison. In a time when strains are relentlessly crossbred and then crossbred some more, Oasis’ Durban Poison exhibits the traditional qualities and effects expected of a Durban Poison land race. Sativa smokers rejoice!