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Durban Poison - What do you know about it?

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

It may seem odd to do a strain of the month, considering what the world is going through at this time. But I believe that while we are learning to change our ways, we must continue to do things that help us feel normal. As cannabis stoners, cannabis is a part of our lives. And as long as you are healthy, keep on smokin.

I chose Durban Poison as the strain of the month for three reasons - spring usually means spring cleaning and getting outdoors. But we can’t get outdoors while we are practicing physical distancing. But we can still clean our homes and use our backyards, front yards, even apartment patios to enjoy this unusual spring season, and I encourage everyone always to wear masks and wash hands!! And it’s my favorite strain. :-)

Durban Poison is a known sativa - a term I despise using, check out my post on this.

History of Durban Poison

Durban Poison was a landrace pure sativa breed from an impoverished city Durban in South Africa.

In modern times, it’s still a sativa, but it’s a crossbreed. Of what exactly - I’m not sure. But even with its changes, it’s still a sativa that may provide you an energetic, uplifting, and creative buzz.

History says that Ed Rosenthal discovered the strain; he was supposedly the first international strain hunter. The story goes on to say that Ed Rosenthal gave seeds to Mel Frank, and the Durban Poison strain was forever changed.

Mel Frank played with the strain and through crossbreeding he developed two distinct phenotypes;

  • A line - which is what we now know as Durban Poison

  • B line - which was sent to Amsterdam and is known as Same the Skunkman.

Possible effects / Potential Health Benefits

Durban Poison can be a great day time use strain to help you stay focused and productive. Whether you are riding a bike, cleaning the house, or trying to complete some work, Durban Poison is a great day-time use. It’s rare for users to feel paranoia with this strain, but anything is possible. Every user is different. I always say start small; you can smoke more later.

This strain could be good for depression, fatigue, appetite suppression, headaches, and pain. However, this isn’t always true; you have to try to find out. That can be the frustrating or fun part of using cannabis.

What to look for

Durban Poison has a sweet, pungent citrusy smell. In Colorado, the strains may not be as sticky as in other parts, but you can still see the heavy trichomes, beautiful orange pistils, and you can generally expect large nugs with a lovely shade of green.

Durban Poison Profile

Durban Poison has three primary terpenes Terpinolene, Myrcene, and Ocimene. The leading terpene profile in Durban Poison is terpinolene; it has energizing effects like ocimene. The third terpene is Myrcene has the potential to have sedative effects and is also a pain reliever.


Remember, cannabis reacts differently for each person. So even though this is one of my top strains and I try to keep it in my stash, it may not work for you. Everyone is different, and it’s up to you to do your research and find what works for you. Have you tried Durban Poison? If so, what do you think of it? Leave a comment below! I want to hear from you!

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