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Homegrown Cannabis Co., has an illustrious family of over 400 hybrids, each one traceable to a pure landrace strain. Without the landrace, there would be no elite lineages – OG, Diesel, Cheese, Skunk, Blueberry, Purple and more.

Master breeders, employing selective breeding and advanced techniques, continue to create new marijuana hybrids boasting unique traits. For homegrowers researching the next project, there are two terms that pop up all the time – landrace and heirloom. Are these two one and the same? More importantly, what are they and what is their contribution to the diversity of the species?

It was a time of fun, adventure and discovery with intrepid growers bringing home exotic cuts and seeds to cross-breed and improve. The hippie trail represented the first steps towards the modern hybrid and the myriad cultivars available today.

What Are Heirloom Marijuana Strains?

Back in the old days, these cultivars were the most sought-after cannabis plants in Europe and the United States. Growers started breeding for specific characteristics. Yield, flavor and aroma were always looking to be improved, but other traits followed trends. Where there was a demand for insanely high THC, we are now seeing a market for low THC, high CBD strains. The medicinal properties of cannabis and subsequent interest means you can buy high-CBD strains online from most reputable banks. CBG, which has mostly remained out of the limelight, appears to have immense pharmacological value. Breeders today are scrambling to create high-CBG strains and to keep ahead of the curve when it comes to isolating the next valuable cannabinoid.

Unlike modern hybrids, pure landrace strains do not generally appeal to the growing public. They are, however, very important to breeders and seed banks, many of whom possess admirable collections of landrace strains and continue to preserve them in their vaults as seeds.

The seeds of marijuana heirloom strains are passed down from one generation of cannabis cultivators to another. Because of their genetic purity, the parents and their offspring share very similar characteristics. This allows breeders to identify and isolate desirable traits such as flavor, aroma, growth characteristic or adaptability.

The purity of these landraces is evident in their distinct aroma, flavor and effect. The psychoactive and medicinal properties of two different plants that grew in the same region will be notably similar.

The Hippie Trail was considered to be a form of “alternative tourism” primarily because of its primitiveness and low cost. The hippies that followed this trail made a point of collecting cannabis seeds from the regions they crossed, bringing them back home to the West. In fact, they were so successful in this enterprise that the trail also came to be known as the “Hashish Trail”.

There are also many landrace strains that are native to Latin America, although some experts believe these were actually heirloom strains that were carried over, grown, and treated as native strains. These strains are well known for their high THC content and energising buzz. They include now-famous strains such as Acapulco Gold, Colombian Gold, and Panama Red.

The primary benefit of growing and smoking heirloom strains is being able to enjoy their unadulterated genetics.


By comparison, heirloom weed is grown from seeds that were removed from the regions they naturally occurred in, and were transported to be grown elsewhere. In a sense, heirloom strains are landrace strains, just grown elsewhere.

Travellers making their way from India to the Americas and the Carribbean certainly brought landrace cannabis seeds back with them. It is believed that servants were responsible for bringing cannabis seeds, as well as other goods, to their masters in the Americas. However, the history surrounding the early days of heirloom strains is rather vague. As such, much of the progress in creating heirloom strains is attributed to the travellers of the 1960s and ‘70s.

Middle Eastern landrace strains originated in the Hindu Kush mountain range that borders Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China. Strains that originated from this region include Hindu Kush, Afghani Kush, and pure Afghan. These strains are well-known for their pure indica effects, their durability in the wild, and their ability to produce hash and kief of legendary quality.

Landrace strains that are native to Asia include Aceh, Cambodian, Nepalese, and, perhaps most importantly, Thai. The Thai landrace strain gained much notoriety for its use by American soldiers during the Vietnam war, and later by cannabis breeders who sought to take advantage of its energising effects. is glad to present here Kees’ Old School Haze by Super Sativa Seed Club, a selection of an Old School Haze created some 35 years ago. This variety is now available in our regular cannabis seeds catalogue. It is a cross between Old Sc [. ]

French Touch Seeds present here their Mangu Karot, a famous landrace strain from La Reunion (Zamal) which is now available in Alchimiaweb’s catalogue of regular seeds. This 100% Sativa strain grows vigorous and slender, and needs around 100-130 days [. ]

Early Maroc – Philosopher Seeds

Jazz Plant by Christiana Seedbank is a Sativa IBL variety developed from Landrace strains originally from Africa offering a plant with a Sativa character, a reasonable flowering time and a structure compatible with indoor cannabis cultivation. This v [. ]

Alchimia presents here the Early Harvest version of World Of Seeds Afghan Kush cannabis strain, a 100% Indica landrace strain now available with earlier flowering. The fruit of the cross between the traditional Afghan Kush and a 4th generation Autof [. ]

Philosopher Seeds present Early Maroc, sourced from early-flowering, 100% Sativa Moroccan landrace hash-producing genetics, these seeds give extremely fast results and are recommended exclusively for outdoor and greenhouse cannabis cultivation. Early [. ]