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Afghan is an old-school indica strain that produces a nice body buzz that starts from your head and trickles down to your toes. This strain was originally imported from Afghanistan during the late 70's and early 80's. Several companies obtained their own cultivars but the commercially popular version was selectively bred for indoor growth in Holland by Sensi Seeds.
Afghan is one of the original genetic lines used in many popular modern day hybrids today. It has several other names like Afghani and Afghan Kush, but they are basically the same thing.
Pure Afghan on the other hand is a landrace strain from the Mazar Sharif region of Afghanistan. It is one of the few strains that DNA Genetics bred outside of Holland. Because of the similarities between the two cultivars, consumers and breeders alike get them mixed up.
For example, Aurora Indica is made by crossing Afghan and Northern Lights. Hollands Hope is another strain with an Afghan parent and Skunk as the other. Some of the most popular children from this legendary strain include: A10, Afghooey, Skunk No.1, Afghani CBD and Afghoo.
The genetic potency of Afghan makes it a popular parent strain. That is why it is in the lineage of so many other strains. That includes Hall of Famers like the White Widow and OG Kush strains.
Patients love Afghan in part because it helps combat a wide range of maladies. People suffering from chronic conditions like anxiety, fibromyalgia, depression, insomnia, nausea, pain and stress benefit the most from this strain. Other symptoms Afghani is helpful for include ADD/ADHD, Migraines and PMS.
Many consumers claim to feel euphoric, happy, hungry, relaxed and sleepy after taking a few puffs of Afghan. Others say they feel focused if they keep their consumption low. But users must monitor consumption carefully or this sleepy strain will knock you out.
Some of the negative side effects include dry eyes and dry mouth. It is recommended to have a healthy snack and water nearby. People who take too much Afghan have felt dizziness and paranoia, so watch your doses. This strain is best to take during the evening before bedtime, and it won’t leave people groggy in the morning.
Many users from the Pacific Northwest remember growing Afghan variants in the early 1980s. At the time, indoor operations were just becoming a thing and Afghan was one of the first strains to show how much better the bud could be when grown in a controlled environment.
The strain is known for producing some of the finest hash this side of nirvana. The bushy plants easily grow to 6 feet or more. Small growers like Oregon Territory Farms love the flavor and ease of care that Afghan brings to the table. While larger farms like Nectar Hempire love the production potential in a concentrate-centric market.
The incredibly stable indica-dominant characteristics of this plant make indoor cultivation easy. New cultivators find the 56-76 day flowering time especially forgiving. But outdoor cultivators also enjoy growing Afghan because of its cold and drought resistance.
Afghan does great in both soil and SOG setups. Outdoor gardens can normally expect to begin harvest in late September. Growers can expect heavy yields covered in heavy trichomes.
Users may be surprised to find that this strain rarely tests over 20% THC given the massive crystallization of the buds. While slightly low in THC, it more than makes up for it with terpenes. The synergistic qualities of terpenes like myrcene (which Afghan has in spades) help key the body for THC intake.
The nugs are usually covered in orange hairs and dense to the touch. The bud will also appear slightly greasy or sparkly in bright light. The greasy look is due to the heavy resin production, which was genetically passed on through years of selective breeding.
While sweet and spicy when cured, once smoked the scent becomes a pungently acrid aroma. The taste is complex due to the variety of terpenes produced. All in all, the flavor is a strange combination of lavender, mint, pepper, pine, skunk, spicy/herbal, tobacco and woody.
Another great quality of Afghan is the duration of high. Users feel the effects hours after consuming. This makes it more popular and therefore cam easily be found in dispensaries around the country.
It is most popular in places around the US and Canada like Oregon, Colorado, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec.