Landrace cannabis seeds
Pure cannabis strains (also called landraces or purebreds) have developed in its natural environment and has never been crossed with any other strain but inbred through many, many generations. These varieties are very stable and present very few variations – if any – from one plant to another.
Most landrace genetics are then 100% Sativa or 100% Indica, although there are some exceptions. Normally, pure or landrace cannabis strains often include their country or region of origin in their name. Examples: Hindu Kush (Indica), Acapulco Gold (Sativa), Panama 74 (Sativa), etc.
Pure strains have the advantage of offering very original flavors and effects, pretty different of those from today’s hybrids, which often contain the same genetic basis (Skunk, Haze, etc.).
These pure strains will bring amazing memories to smokers from the 60s/70s, since at that time this was the type of marijuana normally available on the market.
Landrace cannabis strains
Here you’ll find a list with all the pure marijuana strains from our catalog. We also include in this category those varieties created from crosses between two and three pure genetics.
What is a cannabis landrace strain?
There is a big difference between the cannabis that was available in the 1960s and the cannabis you can get now. Up until the late 1970s, if you were smoking pot, you were likely smoking what was often referred to as “sativa.” These plants were tall, had narrow leaves, and produced wispy flowers. From its original home around India, this cannabis species moved east. It also made its way down the eastern coast of Africa and eventually hitched a ride to the Americas.
A landrace marijuana strain is one of these original strains, and they regularly carry the name of the place they were developed: Thai , Durban Poison , Acapulco Gold , etc. Over the generations, the growing practices and environments particular to each of those locations imparted unique characteristics to each strain’s appearance and chemistry—the fancy word for this is “ terroir .”
Whereas sativa landrace strains moved across the globe, indica landraces were isolated in the arid, mountainous regions around Afghanistan and Pakistan. This cannabis is known for its broad leaves, short stature, dense flowers, and the hash that is created from its flowers. These strains also carry the names of places they were developed: Afghani , Hindu Kush , etc.
Are landrace strains still around?
It wasn’t until the late ‘70s that people decided to intentionally breed these two kinds of cannabis together. Eventually, breeders were able to produce offspring that consistently carried the desired characteristics from each type, and perhaps even more importantly, avoid unwanted characteristics that could weaken the plant’s health and production.
These hybrids have now taken over the cannabis market, and this, my ‘60s cannabis smoking friends, is the big difference between what you smoked then and what you smoke now: Today, you are smoking a hybrid of cannabis as opposed to a pure landrace strain.
Today, you are smoking a hybrid of cannabis as opposed to a pure landrace strain.
Are landraces more potent than regular strains?
It really depends on the specific strain and where and how it was grown. If you get your hands on a true landrace, it will most likely be less potent than a strain you find today, as current strains have typically been bred for a higher potency.
Is it hard to find landrace strains?
Those landrace strains from the ‘60s are not grown on a large scale today, but there are a few that carry a big enough following to keep them available in our current market. These are commonly referred to as “heirloom” strains, and they are produced in small batches and carry genetics of the landrace, but lack the original terroir.
There might come a day when the world cannabis markets open up, giving us direct access to landrace strains from around the world, however, until that day, here are a few heirloom strains you can find in your local shop to hold you over.
List of landrace marijuana strains
Hailing from the port city of Durban in South Africa, Durban Poison is an energizing strain best known for its unique smell, taste, and bud structure. It offers a bouquet of anise, earthy spiciness, and sweetness. Nothing else in the cannabis world is like it.
Unlike other narrow-leaf strains, this plant produces flowers that are round and fluffy as opposed to long and wispy. It’s like a round cheese puff … that tastes like a black jelly bean.
Afghani is a broad-leafed strain with dense buds that produces heavy resin perfect for hash production. This strain evolved in an arid climate, therefore its buds tend to mold if it is grown in climates with high humidity.
Its sweet and earthy smell translates to a dank sedation loved by those looking to relax.
Said to be Bob Marley’s strain of choice, Lamb’s Bread is a landrace from the island of Jamaica. Also known as Lamb’s Breath, this strain is great for creative endeavors and introspection, as it provides an uplifting feeling and a sense of intense clarity.
Like many landrace strains, it offers a taste and smell that separates it from the rest. It’s like my favorite cheeses—funky, grassy, and herbal, with a little kick of spice. It smells loud!
An uplifting landrace strain from Mexico, Acapulco Gold once held the reputation for being the standard in cannabis production. A lot of this had to do with the plant’s beautiful appearance and its ability to produce an abundance of THC—a unique characteristic at the time of its creation.
It offers a unique aroma of toffee and you get a bit of funky cheese in the taste.
Also referred to as Thai Stick (for the way it was dried and cured), Thai is regarded for its potency and intense cerebral high. It smells like tropical fruit with a hint of diesel, and it gives a subtle floral taste on the exhale.
This is a parent to many of the more popular uplifting and energizing strains we love today, like the original Haze .
Marijuana Seeds: Amsterdam Seed Supply
At Amsterdam Seed Supply we make sure to have only the best strains from the best breeders and Barney’s Farm is no stranger to that. With more than 30 years of experience, the classic Amsterdam brand has dropped legends for their stable genetics, great success rates, THC to CBD ratios in their strains and high amount of resin and terpenes in their flowers, indoors and outdoors genetics, such as the Barneys Farm G13 Haze seeds, Barney’s Farm Cookie Kush seeds, Barneys Farm Triple Cheese seeds, Barneys Farm Laughing Buddha seeds and Barneys Farm Liberty Haze seeds just to name a few.
Barneys Farm seeds also has some of the best Auto Flowering cannabis seeds in the market, with cult classics under their belt such as Barneys Farm Pineapple Express seeds, Barneys Farm Blue Cheese Auto seeds and Barneys Farm NYC Diesel Auto seeds, just to name a few. The genetic stability and high germination rate of Barneys Farm weed seeds are second to none and their strains are great for beginners as well as seasoned growers.
With the advent of medicinal strains, Barneys Farm has teamed up with the legendary CBD Crew to create high-quality medical marijuana seeds, high in THC and CBD content, low in THC high in CBD, High in THC low in CBD medical seeds with quick flowering times and excellent genetics. Shanti Baba from the CBD Crew was personally involved in the development of these Medical cannabis seeds and CBD seeds so you can expect nothing less than the best in terms of therapeutic properties when harvested.
Barney’s Farm Seeds Origins
From its humble beginnings back in the 1970’s in India, Derry would never have thought that the small expedition to find rare Indica and Sativa landraces in and around the Himalayas would lead him to become one of the most influential names in cannabis genetics from the Netherlands.
Armed to the teeth with genetics from every corner of the Middle-East and Asia, Derry and his group perfected the strains and genetics during 3 years in the 1980’s to return to Amsterdam in 1992 to set up the Barney’s Coffee Shop.
While in Amsterdam, Barney’s was always full of visitors from all around the world eager to try his ‘new and exciting’ strains, so Barney’s Farm was born from these legendary strains and soon after, the demand for Barney’s Farm genetics would reach every corner of the world, all 66 strains and counting.
Barney’s Farm Seeds – Special Strains
Barney’s Farm can also attribute its special status due to strains like Dr. Grinspoon (which has been since discontinued) and Derry claims;
“I always say this to everybody, my favorite of all my strains,[. ] is Dr. Grinspoon. But it’s a nightmare to grow. I believe it’s 110 days flowering, so do the maths on that. It’s very sensitive; so if you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t bother with it. [..] It’s 100% Sativa, there is nothing else like it anymore. [. ]”
When it comes to other strains that are more productive, Derry recommends the Critical Mass, an all-around great strain that has quite an exotic story;
“[. ]One of my oldest friends, Shanti Baba from Mister Nice Seeds, gave me Critical Mass, [. ] many many years ago. And we developed that. And we did many crosses with it and we crossed it with an OG Kush 6 or 7 years ago, developed that and it was incredible. It took this huge, high THC level from our OG Kush, into this beautiful, short flowering Critical Mass and we developed this new strain, Critical Kush. [. ], by 8 weeks it’s fully mature with a huge volume, it gives so much marijuana. We’ve seen ‘em outdoors; 3 to 4 kilo’s a plant. Indoors a kilo per meter. [. ] It’s got everything, it’s got everything you need; it’s easy to grow, huge yields, very tasty, very powerful, very forgiving for beginning growers as well, which is very important. Basically, you grow it in soil and you cannot make a mistake with it. That’s why.“
With such a status comes recognition and it is no surprise that Barney’s Farm has been awarded more than 21 cups from different organizations, amongst those are the coveted High Times Cannabis Cup and the Amsterdam Unity Cup, making Barneys Farm seeds Cannabis Cup Winners even more prized and valuable.
Important strains to highlight from Barneys Farm seeds are:
Barneys Farm 8 Ball Kush: Afghanistan and Pakistan are not really places that have been giving good news up until recently, thanks to the cross between genetics, 8 Ball Kush marijuana seeds are a hit with seasoned growers looking for densely packed crystals which are high in THC and CBD content to have the best smoke and to make the best hash. This classic Kush is great for low stress and SCROG growth techniques and is very hardy. The middle-eastern inspired spiced flavor will carry your head on a trip through 1001 Arabian nights, while the high CBD content keeps you glued to your seat. Click here to buy Barneys Farm 8 Ball Kush cannabis seeds
Barneys Farm Amnesia Lemon: The classic go-to haze from Amsterdam. Slow flowering time is rewarded with big dank buds, sometimes having a hint of citrus but very strong and straight to the head. They call it Amnesia because you usually don’t remember what you were doing afterwards. Amnesia Lemon seeds are an essential part of any growers collection due to the high content of THC and CBD found in their crystals. Was it Lemon Amnesia or Amnesia Lemon. Click here to buy Barneys Farm Amnesia Lemon marijuana Seeds
Barneys Farm Red Dragon: We won’t necessarily say that this is the strain that Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons smokes, but it comes really close. The mix of an Afghan Kush and a Brazilian Haze make this hybrid pack quite a punch when it comes to the ratio of THC and CBD. The high is quick and to the head like a true dragon spitting flames and the body effect will leave you stuck to your seat, ideal to enjoy a long and epic series or for medicinal relief while calming the mind. Barneys Farm Red Dragon seeds’ red and green colas have an amazing ruby guava flavor reminiscent of the Amazonian jungles it originated and will definitely bring a tropical breeze to even the coldest winters when grown indoors. Click here to buy Barneys Farm Red Dragon weed seeds
Barneys Farm Cookies Kush: A legend from the Barneys Farm lineup, don’t just take our word for it, this cross between OG Kush and Girl Scout Cookies won the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup for best overall strain and has been the go-to seed of choice for all kind of growers. A minty chocolate flavor and strong high have cemented Cookies Kush seeds as a legend. You can buy Barneys Farm Cookies Kush cannabis seeds
Barneys Farm Chronic Thunder: Exactly what the doctor ordered, Dr Chronic that is, mixed with Alaskan Thunder to provide this hybrid that is Indica dominant, with short flowering times and vigorous hardy growth, this strain provides the best of both worlds with a subtle cinnamon flavor that is sure to pack a million watts thanks to its high high CBD low THC ratio, assuring physical relaxation and comfortable buzz. In eight and a half weeks, you will be able to get a plant that grows over a meter tall indoors but responds very well to low stress techniques and SCROG. Barneys Farm Chronic Thunder seeds are a great addition to the collection of those people interested in a hardy plant for extreme conditions or any indoor setup. You can buy Barneys Farm Chronic Thunder marijuana seeds
Barneys Farm Vanilla Kush: This award-winning weed seed comes from the landraces that began the Barneys Farm legend. A quick flowering Afghan crossed with a Kashmir landrace collected by Derry in one of the first expeditions to Asia. Within the white vanilla and pine aromas, this strain also packs quite a punch of THC and makes this a great strain to unwind and relax with. Vanilla Kush seeds have the genetics of champions too, winning overall second place during the 2009 Cannabis Cup. You can buy Barneys Farm Vanilla Kush weed seeds here.
Barneys Farm G13 Haze: After having won the Cannabis Cup consecutively in 2006 and 2007, the legendary G13 Haze cannabis seeds are available for your collection. G13 Haze cannabis seeds, an Amsterdam purebred legend that is still found in coffee shops today. The dense flowers and resin production will leave your mouth watering from the fruit and spice aromas, as well as leave your head floating above the clouds. This plant is great for SCROG and other low-stress growth techniques since it is short and bushy. You can buy Barneys Farm G13 Haze cannabis seeds here.
Barneys Farm Liberty Haze: This is another cross of the G13, this time with a Chemdawg 91. The mix is so popular that it even won Barneys Farm the Best Overall in the 2011 High Times Cannabis Cup and then runner-up for best Sativa in the Amsterdam Unity Cup 2015. With a strong lime smell and flavor, Liberty Haze seeds are sure to be a great addition to your collection. After an 8-9 week wait, the chunky red flowers will be a great reward for the effort, with a quick and euphoric effect that will keep your head in the clouds. You can buy Barneys Farm Liberty Haze marijuana seeds here.
Barneys Farm Pineapple Chunk: Born a champion and a hit among indoor growers thanks to its mould and disease resistant qualities, this Indica dominant cross of Barney’s Sweet Pineapple and Cheese/Skunk #1 is high in both THC and CBD. It is no surprise that the first place for Best Indica in the 2009 High Times Cannabis Cup is delightful to grow. Pineapple Chunk seeds flowering time is 55 to 60 days and it is an incredibly vigorous and healthy plant. Its flavor is difficult to describe, it has earthy aromas mixed with a sweet aftertaste of pineapple and thanks to its medical properties, it provides a nice couch-lock effect, great for unwinding after a busy day. You can buy Barneys Farm Pineapple Chunk weed seeds here.
Barneys Farm Red Diesel: Reminiscent of the great orange farms in California, Barneys Farm Red Diesel seeds will have you coming back for more freshly squeezed greatness from the cross of a Californian Orange Bud and Barneys Farm NYC Diesel. This orange-haired hybrid has a strong cerebral high as well as a medicinal tranquillity induced by the high CBD content found in this weed seed. Red Diesel seeds have a short flowering time of 60 to 65 days. If you’re looking for an even shorter flowering time NYC Diesel, why not try Barneys Farm NYC Diesel Auto seeds? You can buy Barneys Farm Red Diesel marijuana seeds.
The Future of Barney’s Farm seeds
Recently, Barney’s Farm seeds has also contributed to the medical cannabis movement and developed strains rich in CBD for patients that are already familiar with Barney’s Farm seeds strains but require that extra dose of CBD in their medicine. With a wide variety of strains to choose from, Barneys Farm seeds CBD seeds are a great option for those who are interested in growing their own medicinal strains in
Barney’s Farm seeds keeps on evolving and improving their strains, constantly releasing new genetics. The highlight this year is for their Peyote line of genetics that includes Peyote Purple seeds and Peyote Cookies seeds, as well as a special edition release of Peyote Amnesia seed and Peyote Critical seeds Limited Edition, available with select distributors for a limited release, once stocks are depleted that’s all folks;
“We never stop. This year we are releasing just one solid, permanent strain. It’s a new line of our Peyote Purple strain. It’s Peyote Cookies. It’s been a couple of years in the making. And what’s so lovely is that we create and we find, new tastes, new flavors, new smells, new colors, new experiences. Like this year with Peyote Cookies. Which is interesting though because our lab has allowed us to do a lot of work quicker and it has also allowed us to do sort of sideline experimentation, which now, this year we start to release limited edition strains. We start next week, we are releasing two lines from the Peyote. One is Peyote Amnesia and the other one is Peyote Critical. Again, they are really limited editions, available only in certain outlets.“