heirloom cannabis seeds

Cannabis strains whose seeds or genetics have been preserved and passed down for generations. Heirloom strains differ from landraces in that they have been brought from their place of origin and cultivated by humans in a new environment.

An heirloom strain is a cannabis strain that is cultivated in a geographically distinct location from where it originated, and has genetics that have been preserved over an extended period of time, often for generations or longer.

“I prefer the genetics of an old school heirloom strain to a modern hybrid any day.”

What is an heirloom strain?

Heirloom strains have not been crossbred and usually display characteristics of pure indica or sativa plants rather than a hybrid of both. Heirloom strains have not been genetically manipulated and are meant to be pollinated openly without direct human interference.

No; landraces are wild cannabis strains that grow throughout the world free of contact with humans, so they retain their genetics and characteristics specific to that environment. Heirloom strains have not been genetically crossed or pollinated in a specific way, but have been brought from their place of origin and cultivated by humans in a new environment, which may alter it. Heirlooms are landraces grown in a non-native enviroment.

Are heirloom and landrace strains the same?

Alchimiaweb.com 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 [. ]

Mota Khan Afghana was born in the area of Mazar-i Sharif. This exceptional Afghani indica marijuana is very tasty. Spiced with a touch of liquor. The smoke from combustion leaves a distinctive trail, white, dense and heavy as the best hash does. Mo [. ]

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 [. ]

Early Maroc – Philosopher Seeds.

Now in the Alchimia seed catalogue: Coffee Gold from Seeds of Africa, regular seeds of a landrace Sativa variety from the heart of the “Wild Coast” in the Coffee Bay area of South Africa. This area is nicknamed for having once been home to countless [. ]

Now available at Alchimiaweb.com, Malawi Gold from Seeds of Africa, 100% Sativa landrace genetics that are extremely resistant and highly productive, both in indoor grows and outdoors under the sun. Now on sale in our online feminised cannabis seed s [. ]

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.

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The mythical Pakistan Chitral Kush by Ace Seeds is now available on Alchimiaweb.com, so you can enjoy the virtues of this exotic and tremendously resinous Indica landrace from a legendary hash-producing region. This is a pure landrace variety native [. ]

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 [. ]

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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 [. ]

Swami Organic Seed is the embodiment of “pura vida” in organically produced cannabis seed. Utilizing the Living Organic Soil methodology we helped establish in cannabis gardening along with Brotherhood of Eternal Love genetics we were gifted by a former BOEL member/associate, we breed for various outcomes in cannabis.

Sensi Seeds is happy to present the feminised version of the legendary regular strain Afghani #1, a true cannabis classic appreciated for its fast and abundant flowering, as well as its first class organoleptic and psychoactive properties. Available [. ]

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 [. ]

Mangu Karot – French Touch Seeds.

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.).

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 [. ]

Seeds Of Africa presents its Swazi Gold variety, a 100% Sativa line from Swaziland, characterised by its generous production, its fruity aroma of mango and its soaring high effect, now in the regular seed collection at Alchimia! Swazi Gold is native [. ]

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.

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.

Skunk strains have a combination of indica and sativa genetics, although the ever-popular Skunk #1 is slightly indica-dominant at 65%. These varieties, best-known for their pungent aroma, also originated in the 1970s. The first skunk strain resulted from crossing Acapulco Gold and Colombian Gold with an Afghani landrace. Some notable modern-day strains with Skunk genetics include:

Most of the cannabis strains that are available today are hybrids. These hybrids have been bred over and over again to produce specific qualities. Whether it be astronomical THC levels, hefty yields, fast flowering times, or increased resistance to pests and mold; all of these qualities have come about as a result of selective breeding.

There is a finite amount of space in each cannabinoid-laden trichome. The more THC you try to cram in, the less there will be of everything else. This potentially means reduced levels of CBD and other cannabinoids, as well as beneficial compounds like terpenes. It could mean missing out on some of the most useful aspects of the herb for medicinal users.

An heirloom is defined as something valuable, which is passed down through the generations. But when we talk about heirloom weed strains, we aren’t referring to some dusty old bag of pot handed to you by your granny. What we mean when we talk about heirloom strains is that these cultivars have been around for a long time.

There are hundreds of different strains available today. However, there are three primary ‘families’ of marijuana with which every pot lover is likely to be familiar. These are the Kush, Haze, and Skunk, families. These classic strains have passed their genetics on to many modern-day hybrids.

Haze Strains.

So, is it worth the extra hassle to try and find one of these traditional varieties of weed? Or should you stick with what you know? Let’s take a closer look.

There is some variation in how botanists define heirloom plants. Generally speaking, they are cultivars that have remained unchanged for at least 50 years. The seeds of heirloom strains are passed down through generations of gardeners, and both the offspring and parent plants display very similar features.

Another potential benefit of heirloom cannabis is that it may be better than many hybrids in terms of quality and cannabinoid content. People who cultivate other heirloom fruit and vegetables swear that their produce tastes better than intensively farmed, genetically-modified crops. They may be even more nutritious too.

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Landrace strains occur naturally in a specific region (for example, the mountains of Afghanistan or the tropical forests of Thailand). Heirloom weed comes from seeds that were taken away from these regions and grown elsewhere.

Heirloom weed strains have genetics that are closer to landrace varieties and are therefore far more stable. As we previously mentioned, heirloom seeds produce offspring that are usually very similar to their parents. As a result, the results are more predictable.

Heirloom weed strains may not have funny names or THC levels that are guaranteed to send you into a tailspin. Nonetheless, there is no denying that these classic cultivars have a certain charm of their own.

Combining the best of both wor…

Kush strains are probably one of the closest things you will find to a landrace strain today. These plants are direct descendants of the Hindu Kush strain, native to the Afghani/Pakistani border. This strain was imported during the 1970s and quickly soared in popularity due to its relaxing, sedative effects. There are plenty to choose from, including:

Kush Strains.

For obvious reasons, there aren’t as many heirloom weed strains as there are heirloom tomatoes or pears, for example. If you want to try heirloom marijuana, you could have a real task on your hands.

Meanwhile, Northern California, with its slightly cooler climate, provided the perfect conditions for other landrace strains. More specifically, landraces originating from the high altitudes of the Hindu Kush mountain range.

It is becoming more and more challenging to find weed that is just the way nature intended.

The seeds of heirloom strains are passed down through generations of gardeners.

Similarly, some believe that landrace and heirloom weed strains contain more beneficial compounds than strains repeatedly bred over several generations. While it is hard to either prove or disprove this theory, there is some logic behind it. For example, many new strains are bred specifically to have an insanely high level of THC. While this is great if all you want is to get completely high, it does come at a price.

Cannabis breeders developed most heirloom weed strains in the states of Hawaii and California. They found that Hawaii’s tropical climate and fertile soil was ideal for growing strains originating from Thailand and India.

Heirloom Weed May Have Higher Cannabinoid Content Than Other Hybrids.

One problem with cross-breeding marijuana is that the results can be unpredictable. For example, you might cross an indica-dominant female with a sativa-dominant male in the hope that you would get a perfectly balanced 50/50 offspring. Unfortunately, what’s far more likely is that you would get some offspring with indica-like qualities and others with sativa-like qualities.

At the other end of the spectrum, Haze strains are famous for their uplifting, energizing effects. These strains also originate from the 1970s. Breeders combined the genetics of landrace strains such as Acapulco Gold and Colombian Gold with Thai and Indian sativas. The original Haze, sometimes known as Neville’s Haze, has also given birth to many well-respected strains. Some of these include:

We recognize that it is human nature to want to try new things and have as much variety as possible. However, by creating so many hybrids, we could be sacrificing part of what made marijuana great in the first place!

Today we’ll discuss what heirloom cannabis strains are and whether they are worth hunting down in your local dispensary.

Heirloom cannabis strains are ‘open-pollinated,’ meaning that they are pollinated naturally. Pollination could be due to the wind, birds, or insects, and in some cases, even by human hands. However, heirloom weed differs from ‘landrace’ cannabis strains. Landraces are marijuana plants that grow in the wild with no interference from humans.

This situation can be prevented somewhat by backcrossing offspring with your desired properties with one of its parent strains. However, it can take several generations of backcrossing and a lot of patience to stabilize a new strain fully.

These days, brand new cannabis strains are springing up all the time. Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more challenging to find weed that is just the way nature intended. Although there is no denying the appeal of these new creations, there is also something to be said for keeping it simple.