Durban Poison Strain Information & Review

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Durban Poison Strain
Author avatar By Parker Curtis
November 08, 2021
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The Durban Poison strain is a landrace strain discovered in the 1970s and originates from Durban, the second-largest city in South Africa. 

A U.S citizen by the name of Ed Rosenthal took the Durban Poison marijuana strain to the states and began improving it through selective breeding. Ed then handed the Durban strain over to his friend, Mel Frank, for further development. 

Mel worked with many generations of this plant and selected the fastest producing and most resinous of them to create two distinct phenotypes named A and B. The B phenotype was the one that found its way into Europe, being gifted to Sam the Skunkman. Sams work on the Durban Poison weed strain is what made it as famous as it is today.

Now that we know a bit of the strain’s history, let’s discover some Durban Poison strain info.

Durban Poison (AKA The Espresso of Cannabis)

This fantastic landrace strain has many sought-after qualities. Below you’ll find what it’s comprised of, and what makes this beauty so special.

  • Type: Sativa 
  • THC: 17% 
  • CBD: 0.02%
  • Top reported effects: creative, focused, energetic
  • Top reported flavors: sweet, woody, pine
  • Dominant terpene: Terpinolene
  • Flowering time: 7 – 9 weeks 
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Yield: Indoors 1.31 oz per sq ft. Outdoors 17 oz per plant

Durban Poison strain description 

The Sour Diesel strain is a great wake n bake partner to get your creative juices flowing. The Durban Kush strain is one for procrastinators. Unlike its indica counterparts, the Durban Poison strain provides its users with clear-functional effects, sparking productivity and encouraging completion of all those put-off tasks.

High THC levels and resin production makes the Durban Cookies strain powerful and not to be underestimated. Even veteran smokers know to be careful not to overdo it as those who’ve had one too many tokes may end up with feelings of paranoia. 

The first impression created by the Durban Kush strain is its sweet, spicy fragrances with pine and woody undertones. This is soon followed by a sugary lemon-candy and anise taste when lighting up. The anise flavor has intrigued smokers worldwide and contributed greatly to the popularity of this South African beauty. 

Durban Poison grow information

Massive, milky white, chunky buds with abundant orange trichomes and large resin glands make the white Durban strain appeal to all levels of growers. The purple Durban strain grows well both outdoors and indoors. It’s often recommended to plant seeds outside as they grow pretty tall and need a lot of space to reach their full potential. 

The Durban Poison strain is highly resilient and can flourish outside in many different climates. When given space, this monster of a crop can reach up to 7feet, towering over you. This is something to consider if you need to keep your plants out of public view, as their sheer size might be a clean giveaway. 

If you prefer to grow your seeds indoors, you’ll need to provide a large enough area for your Durban Poison strain to spread out. If you don’t have much vertical space, the sea of green (SCROG) method has proven highly successful in allowing for shrubs to spread outwards rather than upwards.   

Below you’ll find some factors to take into consideration when cultivating the Durban Poison marijuana strain.

  • Temperature. The Durban Poison strain prefers temperatures of 70 → 79°F. If you live in a colder climate, it might be worthwhile propagating inside. 
  • Humidity. Humidity levels of between 40 and 50% are ideal for this strain. Be careful of moisture levels that are too high as they might cause bud rot and lead to a devastating loss of your crops.
  • Trellising. Tall heights and heavy buds mean you’ll need to provide plants with some support to prevent them from falling over.

Durban Poison strain genetics

The exact heritage of this South-African landrace remains a mystery, but it appears to be a descendant of a South African bred sativa. 

The Durban Poison strain is the parent to both the Cherry Pie and Platinum Cookies strains. This potent sativa appears to carry through the best parts of its genetics to its offspring. You can look forward to smoking a bud that originates from this Durban strain.

Durban Poison strain seeds to buy near you 

If you’re looking to buy some of this wake-up-and-go strain’s seeds, you’ve come to the right place. With our wide variety, we’ve got you covered no matter your preference. 

  • Durban Poison Regular. If you’re not afraid of unnecessary male plants or are hoping to breed, regular seeds are ideal. A 50/50 male to female ratio means you’ll need to be apt at gender prediction.
  • Durban Poison Feminized. These female guaranteed seeds remove the possibility of unnecessary male plants pollinating your female crops.
  • Durban Poison Autoflower. These seeds are perfect for those who aren’t great at sticking to light schedules. Autoflower varieties will produce fruitful buds without strict schedules. 

Durban Poison strain reviews

We believe the Durban Poison strain is truly something special, but there’s no need to take our word for it. Let’s take a look at what our clients have to say about it in these Durban Poison strain reviews.

Daniel Y. – Durban Poison Feminized

Just germinated about 2 months ago. They all popped and are about 2 feet tall. So far so good.

Gayle K. – Durban Poison Feminized 

They are growing great! So far so good!

Jesse G. – Durban Poison Feminized 

Thanks for making things right. I’ll definitely be back for some more seeds after this harvest

Kelly – Durban Poison Feminized 

At 3 weeks of outdoor flower, the plant looks really good. Can’t wait till harvest to see what she does

To that end

The Durban Poison strain is a sweet-smelling energy booster bound to uplift and motivate you through your daily tasks. 

If you’ve been enticed to start growing your own Durban Poison weed strain, join our Durban Poison Homegrown Diary now to track all your progress. 

Our Homegrown Diaries can be used to track the progress of all the strains you choose to cultivate. You’ll find all the advice you could wish for as well as information regarding the latest and greatest strains and grow information by joining our Homegrown Forum


About the author: Parker Curtis

Parker Curtis has around a decade of cannabis-growing experience, specialising in soil-less and hydro grows. He’s mastering outdoor, greenhouse, and indoor grows.