Cannabis landrace history
Landrace strains are cannabis strains but are little known around the world due to their unique genotype. Thus, this is why landrace strains are not found in every part of the world. Some examples of landrace strains are Hindu Kush, Swazi Gold, and Lamb’s bread. These strains are indigenous to some countries, but where exactly did they grow the first time?
The first discovery
Landrace strains date way back in time than other cannabis. Botanists believe that these strains were mostly grown in the Hindu Kush several years ago. Later, the inbreeding and cross-breeding of strains resulted in a quality drop in production. It wasn’t until the late 60s and early 70s when America and Europe bough original landrace strains.
The genetic constitutions of landrace strains are not only restricted to their CBD and THC level. Scientists are amazed by the ability of growth of these strains, especially in their natural habitat. The development of these strains is not limited by the atmosphere as they can be cultivated in several different environments, whether it is warm, cold, or humid.
Native areas for growth
Research has proven that landrace strains can be grown anywhere up to 50 degrees latitude North and South. To be precise, France, Belgium, Czechia, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia, China, Canada, and the UK are covered in the 50 degrees North latitude. On the Southern side, South America, Africa, and Australia, and New Zealand are covered. Landrace strains are still grown in their homeland where they were discovered; however, their quantity and quality is much reduced.
Major countries for growth
At present, six countries are contributing to the growth of landrace strains:
- Central Asia
- Southeast Asia
- South-Central Africa
- North Africa
- Central America
- Middle East
The exploration and growth of landrace strains are still under research. Scientists believe that these strains can be of utmost assistance in various fields. Several strains are discovered, and several will be discovered in the coming years.