The strain is legendary worldwide and also part of many heated debates as to whether its a folk tale or legend. In the following article, we will discuss the history and genetics of Durban Poison, putting facts on the table for you to digest.

When we talk about Durban Poison we are referring to cannabis that originated from South Africa and is a Sativa landrace. It is easy to grow for any gardener and a pure Sativa that can grow in harsh climates or under bad weather. It forms high-quality buds, that are fruity to smell and sticky to the touch. A very psychoactive strain due to its high THC content, after being smoked it will leave with a cerebral uplifting feeling for hours.


Durban Poison ( DP ) is synonymous as a cannabis strain that is potent and popular. The name Durban Poison originated in the 1970s to distinguish high-grade cannabis from the usual low-grade herb found in South Africa. Naming conventions of cannabis usually describe the location of the cultivated cannabis such as Afghani Indica, Colombian Red or Malawi Gold. Durban is no exception, and it originates from the city of Durban, located in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

Many cannabis tourists were dumbfounded on the strength of our locally grown Durban when smoked. And obviously, many of them collected seeds and went back home and cultivated those seeds. There have been many cannabis breeders who have got their hands on original African Durban poison genetics and cross-bred the strain into other varieties of cannabis for different reasons. It is usually a long flowering plant due to the temperate sub-tropical African climates that have long summers and short winters. Some breeders crossed with other strains to shorten the flowering times and others crossed DP for different flavours and aromas.

Sensi Seeds is one of the oldest seed banks in the world and was one of the first major players to get their hands on DP. Interbred and crossbred in Europe they stabilised the strain through their breeding projects and then made it available to cannabis cultivators in the 1990s for purchase.


Whether you are in a coffee shop in Amsterdam or the beaches of Cali mostly all cannabis connoisseurs would know about Durban Poison or have even grown it themselves. Although the original strain of DP has been worked on during prohibition days, these genetics are still alive and kicking. With over 3000 positive reviews on cannabis culture website Leafly, DP is a strain that has ground its roots as a top cannabis strain in our era.

GreenSmokeRoom has several varieties of DP available for sale, including regular, feminized and auto-flowering seeds. They also have a large range of hybrid DP genetics including and not limited to Durban Punch, Durban Kush, Black Poison and Durban x C99. These amazing hybrids are African American bred genetics, perfect for either indoor, greenhouse or outdoor growing.


Recently news published about “South Africa’s heritage is in foreigners hands”. I think we should thank these foreign seedbanks and breeders for keeping our genetics alive and look at amicable ways at bringing them back to South Africa in their original form. With 2020 looking very promising for cannabis legalisation, we need to look at ways at recouping what we have lost over the decades and for the good part of the last century. I am sure, with the right attitude, we will be seeing landrace genetics growing in most gardens and fields around the country very soon, especially with pioneering cannabis companies like GreenSmokeRoom pushing the genetics forward.