Cannabis Chaotician


Genetics: Traditional Afghan Domesticate (“Landrace”)
Sourcing: Landrace Genetics, Balkh, Northern Afghanistan, 2018
Purpose: Charas (sieved cannabis resin)
Latitude: 36° N
Harvest: October
Height: 1 – 3 metres
Characteristics: Intense aromas, heavy branching, medium leaflet width
Classification: C. sativa subsp. indica var. afghanica (x C. sativa subsp. indica var. indica?)
Grow Type: Outdoor, greenhouse, or indoor

A traditional domesticate from Balkh, the hashish heartland of northern Afghanistan, a crucial centre of cannabis culture and biodiversity.

This is a resinous and heavily branched strain with intense aromas ranging from citrus and lime to pine, sandlewood, and burnt rubber. Semi-dwarf, often with almost spherical architecture.

As with all resin cultigens, expect to find chemotypes ranging from THC- to CBD-dominant, as well as other cannabinoids such as THCV.

This accession differs from the very large north Afghan strain sold by Real Seed Co as Mazar-i-Sharif.

Highly recommend to breeders. Essential for collectors.

NOTE: A recent test on three exceptional plants from a small grow of this accession in New England showed alleged THC levels ranging from 14% to 24%. This would be unusual for a pristine first-generation Afghan plant. It’s not yet clear what explains these results, but most likely an unreliable lab. Nevertheless, collectors should be aware that a potential explanation for such high THC levels is that this population may have been affected by introduced hybrids. That said, more likely this is simply an exceptionally potent Afghan domesticate.

Afghan first garda
Afghan first garda, the highest grade of Afghan charas (hashish), made from the Mazari landrace strain in Balkh Province, northern Afghanistan

Preparing Balkhi charas in an Afghan chillum, northern Afghanistan, Balkh Province, 2018. Photo by Lucas Strazerri

Smoking Balkhi charas in an Afghan chillum, Balkh Province, northern Afghanistan, 2018. Photo by Lucas Strazerri.

Balkhi landrace strain, northern Afghanistan, 2018
Afghan landrace
Balkhi indoors at c. 70 days, intense lime aromas, grown by The Baked Nurse
Afghan landrace
Balkhi outdoors early October, East Coast USA – no mold, intense citrus peel aroma, grown by 555 Genetics
Afghan landrace
Balkhi outdoors early October, East Coast USA – no mold, intense citrus peel aroma – grown by 555 Genetics

Citation: Balkhi - Kwik Seeds - Landrace Seeds - The Real Seed Company

This information is also available from @Deebs elsewhere in the forum but I figured I'd drop it here for easy access.


Cannabis Chaotician
I dropped all 5 seeds in rapid rooters last night. They're chilling on the heat pad so hopefully we will see some tap roots soon!

A quick run down of why I chose this strain for my first preservation run for the site here...

Ive been looking for a nice, compact bit high yielding Indica for a while now. Bahlki is recorded as sativa dominant, but otherwise it hits all the notes I'm looking for. Compact plant, highly resinous, mold/mildew resistance and dense round nugs. Also, I thought it was cool that it has a history of being grown in the New England region, where I reside.

What challenges do I forsee for this run?

The biggest is obviously that there are only 5 seeds. Not only does that limit the genetic variations that were working with, it leaves very little margin for error. Any seed that doesn't germinate, or plant that doesn't make it, is a loss of 20% of our genetic material here. Also, we run a greater risk of getting skunked (all males or all females) although that's still statistically pretty unlikely.

Otherwise I'm hoping for a pretty straightforward run. I plan to veg for at least 4 weeks before flipping but will really decide based off their size. My understanding isn't we shouldn't see a ton of stretch so I can let them get some decent size before going to 12/12.

But for now, we're just hoping they all germ!


The Sentient Naturewalker
Staff member
Hell yeah @Gentlemancorpse, good luck man
hip hop dance GIF by Chris Timmons


In Bloom
Looking forward to this run.
Wishing you the best of luck and an ass ton of seeds.
(ass ton is a unit of measure that you may or may not be familiar with...might be a Mid-Western thing. Similar to a shit-pot-full.)



Cannabis Chaotician
Cool project, looking forward to seeing how these come out. Are you going to make hash out of the plant matter?
Yeah, for certain. I make hash out of all my seeded plants anyways but I'm really excited to see what these put out. Assuming we get some gals of course. Unless the straggler makes a remarkable turnaround it looks like we'll only have 4 plants for this run
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