Rare cannabis strains
Most interesting and curious cannabis strains
Throughout the history of marijuana, breeders have strived to find the best possible specimens of each strain in order to get hold of the highest quality plants, refine their lineages, and obtain new hybrids that are as solid as impressive. But the truth is that Mother Nature is unpredictable and sometimes she surprises and delights us with some unique and out of the ordinary plants, which stand out for their morphology or ability to adapt, developing very different traits to what we commonly consider as marijuana.
Botanical inquisitiveness has led some breeders who have encountered these “mutant strains” to investigate whether they possess interesting features that could be used in cannabis breeding, thus popularizing these hybrids’ peculiarities, pros, and cons.
Outdoor marijuana plants
Dr. Grinspoon, stringy and slender
One of the most popular unusual strains is Dr. Grinspoon, a pure heirloom Sativa which stands out for its vigorous, stringy and slender growth, reaching considerable heights even with a short vegetative period.
This super Sativa produces very airy buds with thin and separated calyxes that look like a weird bud that never compacted, developing independent and far from each other, in the shape of small, hairy, and resinous turrets. This is a very unusual trait, for the plant hardly resembles a cannabis specimen until one smells some of its aromatic “buds”, which will reveal the true nature of this singular plant.
Dr. Grinspoon plants grown indoors
As already stated, at first glance it may not look like a marijuana plant, resembling a hairy bush or some type of stringy vine rather than the usual plants found in our gardens.
Even so, her strange appearance, long flowering period (95 days), and modest productivity are compensated by the strong psychedelic and uplifting high, on a par with the best Sativas, very similar to that of Haze strains. a long-lasting, stimulating effect that sends you straight to the stars after only a few puffs. Highly recommended to improve low mood and for all types of creative and even physical activities. there’s nothing like a nice Dr. Grinspoon joint for some hiking!
Dr. Grinspoon almost ready to harvest
DucksFoot, leaves that look a duck’s foot?
Ducksfoot originates from Australia and has a rare mutation that makes it develop furled, webbed leaves with attached leaflets, instead of separated and spear-like ones. These leaves really look like a duck’s foot, as if the leaflets were interdigital membranes.
This is due to a recessive gene usually found in Sativa-dominant strains; so if you ever come across a phenotype with this particular gene, you can keep it and do some breeding, as actually did the original creator of the strain, Wally Duck. The cross of a DucksFoot with an ordinary strain will result in about 25% of the offspring with this rare trait.
This unique aspect and the fact that its scent is milder than most strains, makes it go unnoticed more easily, hiding among other plants without drawing attention. It is then an ideal strain for guerrilla and discreet balcony growing.
Ducksfoot is an unusual specimen in every sense since the aroma is a mixture of pepper and incense notes which resembles an aromatic plant rather than a commercial cannabis strain. Last but not least, it must be said that it has a wonderful, relaxing effect.
Ducksfoot by USC
Frisian Duck, a hybrid of Ducksfoot
Frisian Duck, a Frisian Dew (Super Skunk x Purple Star) x Ducksfoot hybrid, was created so people could enjoy the legendary Ducksfoot. Frisian Dew is a hybrid especially created for outdoor growers with high resistance to cold and pests, inherited from the Ducksfoot parent. As you can see in the picture, it also develops beautiful purple buds with awesome scent.
Frisian Duck also inherits the Ducksfoot’s webbed leaves, which makes it even more discreet; it’s an ideal strain for low-profile gardening and guerrilla growing, also for inexperienced growers who wish to learn the basics without neighbours and visits noticing about it.
Spectacular Frisian Duck plant by Dutch Passion
Bindi Buds or ABC (Australian Bastard Cannabis)
Cannabis Australis is a phenotype discovered in Australia in the 70’s that stands out for its weird morphology, which as you can see resembles cannabis Sativa.
Some argue that it is an Australian landrace strain derived from the first cannabis sativa introduced into the area, due to its huge genetic differences, but the truth is that there is no conclusive evidence to support this; it could also be an extravagant mutation of an unusual strain which has remained stable over time.
ABC, Australian bastard cannabis (Cannabisculture.com)
ABC plants grow as a bushy shrub with small, crowded and glossy leaves of smooth edges and a maximum length of 5cm, grouped in small clusters of chaotic appearance.
ABC leaf (Cannabiculture.com)
In fact, this structure (and its citrus and spicy aroma, distinctively Sativa) is very similar to that of Dr Grinspoon, previously seen, and even to that of a hop, a cannabis relative, making it quite clear that it’s a strain like no other.
This unusual structure ensures a high resistance to cold and moulds, as well as total discretion, which is the reason why some breeders have tried to cross it with other strains in order to enhance its cannabinoid levels (its average THC content is around 5%) and thus make it more attractive for the commercial market.
But no stable hybrid has been developed yet, due to the fact that the gene responsible for this trait is recessive and it is not easily found in the offspring, which makes it a very difficult characteristic to fix.
Deep Chunk, the ultimate Afghan Indica
Also back in the 70’s, cannabis breeder Tom Hill launched a new strain for the Californian cannabis market, Deep Chunk, a pure Indica landrace from Afghanistan, which quickly gained recognition for its impressive traits.
It grows strong and robust, developing thick and resistant stems, and it’s ready after a relatively short flowering period, offering medium yields of buds packed with trichomes. The high is intense, relaxing, fun, and long-lasting. The size and thickness of its leaves are awesome, which is one of this strain’s main characteristics taking into account its pure Indica genetic background.
Deep Chunk #10 by Tom Hill
For these reasons – because it transmits its best traits, compact structure, and chocolate, citrus and coffee aroma with earthy and leathery notes – Deep Chunk is highly appreciated by growers who love traditional and high-quality strains. The bad news is that you’ll have to get it in the form of clones or seeds produced by other breeders, since the original Deep Chunk is no longer available in the market.
Without a doubt, these are some of the most interesting and weird strains that the cannabis world have to offer, but you can bet Mother Nature will surprise us with other mysterious strains in the future.
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Named in honour of cannabis researcher Harvard MD Lester Grinspoon, author of 1993’s prescient Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine, Dr. Grinspoon is pure sativa and an excellent choice for any activity requiring extended concentration–barring driving, of course. Ryan Lee, founder of Chimera Genetic Resource Management, says that Dr. Grinspoon is often sold in Dutch coffee shops under the name “Grinspoon”, but is often referred to as “Quaze” or “Quaze Haze” for reasons unknown.
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What makes it special: Grinspoon is a heady strain; offering an uplifted, cerebral clarity and an unusual “spicy” flavour when smoked or vapourized.
Approx. cost: Unlike many strains, Grinspoon is only available for purchase in the form of seeds, meaning you’ll have to grow your own if you want to try it in Canada at $19.42 per seed.
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Bred to cope with back pain by secretive grower Shadrock in 2006, Jamaican Lion was one of the first strains to showcase CBD expression, making it a perfect blend for those who want the headiness of a sativa with the relaxation of an indica. “It came in second place in the 2011 San Francisco Cannabis Cup,” says Kevin McKernan, CSO at Medicinal Genomics Corporation, adding that it’s also at the center of a genetic patent fight between several research parties due to its complex composition. It’s a cross between “Mountain Lion” and “Jamaican Yarder”, hence its current name.
What makes it special: With its 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, this strain upholds a perfect blend of powerful pain-relief properties and light euphoria.
Approx. cost: $9 per g
If you grew up in the 60s, you might’ve come across Panama Red. Bright red in hue, this pure sativa plant was in keeping with the counterculture of its era; its heady properties are mostly psychedelic in nature. “Pure” strains like this one are going extinct due to increasing demand for hybrid strains.
What makes it special: Consumed mostly to evoke the 60s nostalgia, this strain’s attributes are its fiery appearance and the speed with which its mind-altering effects kicks in.
Approx. cost: $20 per 3.5 g
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Lovingly referred to as “Lasqueti Sweetie”, this strain is super rare, and maybe even extinct. On its origin, Lee notes: “It was grown by an older hippie on Lasqueti Island in the 90s.” Lasqueti’s powerful cerebral effects aren’t for the faint of heart, with many consumers recalling an invigorating boost of energy and focus that can be intimidating. Connoisseurs report a “sweet” and “herbal” flavour, in tandem with a strong, pungent aroma.
What makes it special: Like Panama Red, Lasqueti gives an intense boost of energy that can provide symptomatic relief against fatigue.
Approx. cost:The extreme rarity of this strain makes it essentially unavailable online, so consumers will just have to be lucky to stumble upon it.
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Named for its condensed, deep black-purple buds, McKernan cites Black Beauty as a contender for one of the most interesting strains–its fascinating appearance is matched by its exotic cannabinoid profile. Though THC values are relatively standard, it holds an almost unheard-of 4 percent THC-V (tetrahydrocannabivarin). Despite being psychoactive, THC-V is often the answer to “couch lock”, the tendency to be immobilized by particularly potent bud. It also curbs the voracious “munchies” appetite characteristic of the “stoner” stereotype.
What makes it special: Its black buds alone make this strain instantly recognizable–you’ll know it when you see it. Appearances aside, its unique THC-V profile means it relieves pain and stress without leaving you glued to your couch.
Approx. cost:Another finder’s gem, the rarity of this strain means you won’t easily find it online.
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McKernan makes a point to mention Doug’s Varin in the same breath as Black Beauty; a strain whose background is as much a mystery as its name. All sources point to California as its origin, but its story has been lost to time. What is recorded, however, is monumental: Like Black Beauty, its THC-V value is one of the highest in recorded history; almost completely alleviating the “burnout” effect by keeping certain THC side effects at bay.
What makes it special: Zero couch-lock, an energy rush, and suppression of panic attacks are just a few reasons to give this strain a try… should it cross your path.
Approx. cost: $280 per ounce
If relaxation is your top priority, then Hindu Kush is the solution—a powerful, pure Indica. Indigenous to the Hindu Kush mountain region, you might’ve heard “Kush” used to describe various breeds of cannabis. The buds are typically thick and dense, much like their resulting full-body effects.
What makes it special: Few strains embody the “indica” spirit more than Hindu Kush. Its consumption is known to result in a deep state of tranquility, highly useful for both stress and pain relief.
How much it approx. costs: $6.75 to $10 per g
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Lime & Pine
For those who demand flavour, Lee says he’s found a winner in the enigmatic Lime & Pine strain. “It’s a plant found from imported seeds, with a terpene profile of limonene and pinene–a rare combination. Both terpenes are known for their mind-focusing properties.” You can avoid the all too common haziness of most high-THC strains as well. “Pinene has been shown to counter some of the negative effects of THC, such as short-term memory loss and the ‘weed hangover’,” he points out.
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What makes it special: Its flavourful profile makes it the ideal choice for consumers who value taste as much as the effect, and the lack of consequent burnout is particularly enticing.
Approx. cost: Like most good things, you’ll have to wait to see this one; while its availability is too limited for mainstream purchase at the moment, Lee says he expects to see it in a select few dispensaries following legalization.
“Any strain that makes cannabigerol (CBG), a lesser known cannabinoid, is worthwhile,” says McKernan. Although one of the most prominent cannabinoids in the plant (alongside THC and CBD), McKernan says consumers are unlikely to come across strains producing in this non-psychoactive, anti-inflammatory, pain-killing compound. “They are unique and medically differentiated.” One of the biggest names in CBG-generating cannabis is Colorado Seed Inc.’s Magic Jordan. Though its name and genetic heritage are an enigma, its effects are not: This is a mellow indica, highly useful for alleviating chronic pain and inflammation.
What makes it special:Relaxation is the name of the game with this plant, as its indica lineage suggests its part of the Kush family of strains. The few lucky enough to have tried it describe a profound release of bodily tension; inducing such a sense of calm that it could help treat insomnia.
Approx. cost: Consumers will have to apply this strain’s relaxed attitude to acquiring it—its scarcity means it’s not accessible for online purchase.
Malawi Gold was traditionally grown by native Malawi tribes and is considered one of the strongest sativas produced in Southeast Africa. It’s also one of the region’s largest cash crops with effects described by consumers as exceptionally cerebral and euphoric.
What makes it special: Its golden strands make it easy to spot, as does its sweet, earthy aroma. A pure sativa, its effects are those of most high-THC plants (uplifting, energetic and stimulating)–only stronger.
Approx. cost: $15 per 3.5 g
Purported to be the favourite strain of iconic songwriter and cannabis enthusiast Bob Marley, this highbrow sativa, as you might’ve guessed, is notable for its efficacy in creative pursuits. Also called “Lamb’s Breath”, the origin of its whimsical name is shrouded in mystery.
What makes it special: This sativa’s cerebral buzz makes it the perfect companion for creative activities. Consumers have also reported feelings of great introspection.
Approx. cost: $8.28 per g
Here’s what experts had to say about the most sought-after, seldom-found strains