Afghani cannabis genetics are famed for their lush, broad leaves and short, stocky structure as well as their impressive resin production, relaxing effect and sweet, earthy terpene profile. Originating from the highland valleys of the Afghan Hindu Kush, a mountain range in the most westerly part of the Himalayas, Afghani cannabis genetics had a huge impact on cannabis breeding when they arrived in the USA some time in the 1970s, having first been brought home by those travelling the Hippie Trail between Europe to Asia.
Until this point, most of the cannabis being grown in the states were long-flowering tropical Sativas of south or Central American origin, as well as some southeast Asian genetics brought home by soldiers returning from Vietnam. The introduction of Afghani genetics meant that plants could now be bred towards faster flowering times and shorter, more compact growth patterns, both characteristics that lent themselves perfectly to indoor cultivation, which was at this time still in its infancy but was on the verge of experiencing a boom due to the increased police pressure on outdoor growing in the cannabis-producing areas of Northern California.
Afghani cannabis genetics are themselves perfectly suited to indoor growing, staying short in stature, flowering quickly and producing good yields off dense and resinous flowers. The flavour and aroma are much appreciated by lovers of traditional Afghan hash, with a dense and complex terpene profile that can range from spices, sweet pine and citrus to shoe rubber and moist earth, among others.
Since their introduction to the west, Afghan genetics have become a mainstay of modern cannabis breeding, as well as the famous Afghani #1, these genetics form part of such legendary strains as Bubba Kush, Skunk #1, Northern Lights, Blueberry, S.A.G.E, Sweet Tooth and many, many more. In fact, these days it's hard to find a hybrid that doesn't contain at least some degree of Afghani heritage but to help you choose, in this tag we've included the seed varieties from our catalogue that have 50% or more Afghani genetics.