ORUZGAN “ZALA” – AFGHANISTAN

Genetics: Afghani Landrace
Region: Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan
Sourcing: Chora agricultural district, Oruzgan Province, in situ
Latitude: 32° N
Altitude: 1750 m.a.s.l.
Height: 1 – 2 meters
Sowing: March – April // Indoor: Veg. 30-40 days 4-5 ft. tall (120-150cm) 24hrs constant
Harvest: September – October  // Indoor: 72 days in flower at 12/12
Aromas: spices,hashy,onion/garlic,incense,earthy,pine,diesel
Taste: Hashy, earthy, sugar, pepper.  Similar to White Widow or Bruce Banner
Effects: Immediately uplifting without being edgy, soothing, relaxing without being narcotic. Release of mental and physical tensions. Meditative at low dose,lucid-dreaming at higher dose. Lasts for two from just a few hits.
Characteristics: Very resinous, vigorous,resilient, tight internode spacing.  Several phenotypical expressions have been observed, high level of genetic variation and genetic novelty thanks to the open pollination practices of Oruzgan farmers.
Grow Type: Outdoor, greenhouse, indoor

 

Banghi (cannabis) has a rich, storied history in Oruzgan Province.  These seeds come from the original harvest from the Chora agricultural District. Oruzgan has long been one of the more isolated provinces in Afghanistan, both geographically and politically.  These seeds carry a storied genetic history, protected proudly by the farmers that sow them year after year.  Ideal for pheno-hunters, these seeds display a beautiful selection of genetic variation and novelty thanks to the local farmers traditional open-pollination growing practice.

Ranging in height from 1 to 2 meters.  The Oruzgan plants display a blend of indica and sativa traits but leaning more towards indica in effect and plant structure.  Broad leaves frequently displaying purpling color change in cooler temperatures approaching harvest. Short internode spacing and girthy long cola buds.  Strong lateral branching with thick stems.

These plants grow under very rigorous conditions in their native habitat, having a bamboo-like trunk and meristems that resist wind breakage.  Wildly resilient, the Oruzgan behaves like she’s been surviving in Afghanistan for years, don’t spoil her! She does not respond well to over-watering or over-fertilization, being particularly sensitive to nitrogen heavy fertilizers.  She shows considerable cold hardiness, thriving outdoors throughout the duration of a temperate stateside winter. She develops heavy trichomes, even on the water leaves to an extent.  A very resinous plant ideal for hash or chars (hand-rolled). Pistils show pure white and magenta until they mature to amber and violet at harvest.

Her smoke is truly unique, clearing and calming without being overly sedating.  She has an uplifting cerebral tingle, followed by a release of Ajna chakra tension that melts away stress and worries followed by the same melting away sensation of physical stress and tension.  Not overly narcotic, great for meditation, the day’s end or socializing with friends.  Her scent is like sweet herbs, lemon, saffron, with a hint of skunky garlicy aromas.  Her taste is reminiscent of temple incense, pine, spices and hash,with an earthy finish.

Here’s a Phylos report on the Oruzgan:  Phylos genotype report: https://phylos.bio/g-feihq

 

INDOOR GROW INFO:

Oruzgan is a delicate, multi-branched plant exhibiting pretty typical Afghani leaf structure and growth patterns. Oruzgan takes about 30-40 days in veg. after emergence to grow about 4-5 ft. tall and prepare itself for flower. Led lights were run at 24hrs constant.

Two main types are noted; one with tighter, shorter nodes and the second, showing more stretch and distance between nodes. The second type is the overall winner, as type one is definitely more wild and unruly in veg. even though staying shorter.

Oruzgan requires more water than most domestic Afghani usually seen. Not heavy feeders, but use more water than one would usually use. Sensitive dry soil conditions. As with all landrace strains, best grown in soil using organic methods. Overall a vigorous and unusual plant to grow. She took about 72 days in flower at 12/12 light cycle under led lights. Grown in soil with natural amendments.

The buds are generally small, rock solid nuggets shaped like bullets. Very frosty for a landrace, very suitable for cross breeding. The aromas are sweet, spicy and pungent. The Oruzgan is comparable to any modern strain for potency and bud appearance. If anything, it could benefit from crossing if only to increase bud size. It doesn’t appear to have been selected or previously worked on in any organized sense.

 

SMOKE REPORT:

Oruzgan number 2 is a special find among most landrace specimens. She produces a distinctive bud and quality of smoking not found amongst semi-wild and semi-domestic examples.

The taste ranges from hashy, earthy to sugar and pepper. Very distinctive and pretty potent. We would guess between 15-20% THC. Overall a most unusual find. As far as the smoke effects, it’s immediately uplifting while not being edgy. Lasts for an hour or two from just a few hits. Approved by twenty connoisseurs for potency. It is a bit of both indica and sativa. Uplifting, yet also a good body high. Definitely a candidate about possible crosses

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