Durban Poison Strain

Medically reviewed by Alexander Tabibi, MD
September 13, 2020
Durban Poison Weed Flower
Durban Poison Weed Flower

Durban Poison is one of the few true sativa that remains a staple of the market, and despite the fact that it’s been around for ages, it remains one of the most sought-after cultivars of all time – not to mention the proud parent to many of the best-selling strains in the world.  So, what is it about this classic that makes it so appealing to this day?  Let’s find out.

What is Durban Poison?

Durban Poison sounds ominous, but let’s explore why: as a 100% Sativa line from South Africa, a continent with a centuries-long history of growing cannabis, or dagga, and its 25% THC, this is one of the most potent and powerful strains available, making it a top choice for recreational and medical users alike.  The uplifting aromatic strain is invigorating, focusing, and enhances the senses.

Think of the Durban Poison strain nugs as medium to large holiday ornaments, more tapered and elongated than round, but covered in glistening, sparkling glitter from the trichomes, which offset the green leaves and reflect the bright orange color of the pistils.  They’re pretty, and quite sticky.

What Does Durban Poison Taste and Smell Like?

The musky, skunky and earthy flavors expected from cannabis are accentuated in the Durban Poison strain, with hints of sweet minty citrus, and a bit of licorice.  The flowers in particular are skunky when they’re broken up or ground, and the smoke that the strain gives off is thick and noticeable, which is a trait that important to keep in mind if you’re seeking discretion when you partake.  You’ll smell and taste the licorice on exhaling, with a mix of pine.

Durban Poison Cannabis Strain Uses

Since this Sativa line is a heavy head buzz, the therapeutic uses are cerebral and focused on mental health and perceptions. This strain is effective in focusing the mind, and therefore is partially why it helps with physical pain in some instances, but for the most part, the medical uses of this strain is very effective for mood disorders, and helping with loss of appetite.


What are Durban Poison’s Effects?

Since this sativa strain is known for giving a heavy head buzz, the therapeutic uses are cerebral, and focused on mental health and perceptions.  This strain is effective in focusing the mind, and that can partially help with physical pain in some instances, but for the most part, the medical uses of this strain revolve mood disorders, as well as helping with loss of appetite.

In general, it’s wise to prepare for a heightened environment.  The Durban Poison strain is like taking in a big dose of caffeine, but it’s faster-acting, so you’ll see, hear, smell and feel more, in high definition in no time.  And since it’s a focusing high, you’ll truly get a sense of being “in the moment”.  If you’re a follower or practitioner of mindfulness. You can expect to feel energetic, euphoric, creatively stimulated, focused and in a state of utter, blissful awareness, from beginning to end.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects are typical, but for novice users, be alert to your reactions. The faster acting nature of this strain could take you by surprise and trigger reactions that can include increased paranoia or anxiety as the speed of the high can increase your sense of loss of control. Otherwise, stay hydrated to avoid the standard cannabis side effects.

  • Dry mouth
  • Dry eyes
  • Paranoia
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • “Mindrace”
  • Jittery

Growing the Durban Poison Cannabis Strain

The Durban Poison strain is an older strain, so it has been tested and improved by growers to deliver a potent high yield quickly. It’s an easy and favorite strain to grow, but you should  know it’s a tall strain, reaching up to 12 feet. It can easily be grown outdoors in warm (70-80oF), semi-human climates. If growing indoors, you 2ill need to consider its height and practice bending or pruning the branches in the vegetative stage.

  • Hearty strain
  • Can be grown indoors or outdoors
  • Reaches up to 12ft tall
  • Pruning indoors
  • Moderate climate
  • Flowers in 8-9 weeks indoors
  • Flowers in September outdoors
  • Yield: higher than average.

Durban Poison: Enjoy the Here and Now

The Durban Poison strain is not a strain known for relaxation.  It’s very much a “wide-awake” strain that focuses your mind and attention, and even energizes you quickly.  It’s known for a very potent cerebral high that is relentless, lasting for several hours, so it’s best used during the day.  It will make you chattier, introspective, and increase your creative thinking process, so be prepared.  It’s like a double – no, a triple espresso.  Overall, it’s definitely the choice to get any annoying chores done in no time, or to help get you through your workout!