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Apr 4, 2016 9:50 AM

How Afghani Strain Influences Cannabis Industry

Modern weed industry has long outgrown the times of quiet giggles and entered the realm where it demands to be taken seriously. Now, marijuana industry is one of the most fast-growing in the world. There are certain varieties of cannabis that paved the way for the huge weed market of hybridized strains and indoor plants. We are going to tell you about one of such trailblazers—the Afghani marijuana strain.

Afghani Strain

The legendary Afghani, a heavy Cannabis indica strain, was named after its geographic origin: the earliest strains of cannabis are believed to have grown in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan. This relaxing and euphoric indica strain has an earthy aroma and a sweet taste while delivering a deep euphoric hit and sedating relaxation. The Afghani is known for being a highly resinous variety that treats chronic pain, insomnia, inflammation, and stress disorder. The consumers know Afghani as the strain offering a pure indica buzz—relaxing but not too stoned.


Cannabis scientists believe Afghani to be the first strain that humans used. This plant was historically cultivated in the Middle East for producing hashish. Eventually, it found its way to the United States in the 70s where it sparked the California “indica invasion.”

Back in 1979, there were two cannabis makers that forever changed the industry: California-based Sacred Seeds and Lowland Seed Co. from the Netherlands. These two first Cannabis seed companies in the world managed to stabilize the landrace varieties and hybridize them for personal and commercial production. They gave us strains that actually made up the modern cannabis industry—the Skunk #1, Hindu Kush, Afghani #1, and Original Haze. Almost everything you smoke or grow today contains a trace of such indica genetics.


A pure original strain is essential for breeding, since it has landrace genetics that perfectly blend with a sativa strain. The result is a superb, homogeneous hybrid.

The “mother of all landrace strains,” Afghan weed presents some of the heirloom genetics of the Cannabis indica family that came from such countries as India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nepal. The keystone plant is a major contributor to such strains as the famous Blueberry, the original Northern Lights, Cheese, Sour Diesel, and Mazar. Due to their mountainous origin, the plants have large palmate dark green leaves and large dense buds.

Today, every cannabis seed bank has the good old Afghani indica variety in stock. The bushy, dark-green plants of the Afghani are a dream of any indica-lover.

Eminent Incarnations of Afghani Genetics

An indica-dominant strain Blue Afghani is a combination of genetics from the classic Afghani and the popular Blueberry. This stout plant produces dense, resinous medium-sized buds with fine white trichomes typical for Afghani. The terpene profile is unique: the aroma is sweet, spicy, earthy, with floral and berry notes and a hint of herbal tea upon exhale. Smoking Blue Afghani, be ready for some damage to the throat—its acrid, harsh smoke will fill your nose providing a powerful relaxation effect and killing your pain, anxiety, and stress.

Skunk #1 is a hybrid strain (35 percent of sativa, 65 percent of indica), and it is often considered the first stabilized indica-sativa hybrid in the history of the cannabis industry. This old school strain was created through generations of intensive selection and backcrossing that allowed creating one of the most affordable plants, the quality of which is undeniable. The large, dense buds have a delicious sweet and pungent flavor followed by a powerful combination of the high and stoned state.

Afghani #1 is a small plant widely known for its therapeutic properties and intense aroma of exotic wood, species, and sweet fruits. This strain is considered to be one of only a handful of cornerstone genotypes participating in the creation of almost every strain in the past thirty years.