Durban Poison Strain

May 26, 2021

Durban Poison has earned the crown it carries as one of the most wanted sativas out there. Its intense yet clean happy-high is famed, guaranteeing you an upbeat time full of laughter. This African flower from the port town of Durban knows how to have a good time, and isn’t afraid to show it.

Sativa/Indica % Indoor Yield Outdoor Yield Flowering Period
100% Sativa 13oz/ m2 16oz/ plant 9 weeks indoors, late September to early October outdoors.

ORIGIN: A purist’s dream, this pure sativa is the ultimate African flower. Durban Poison is a 100% sativa strain, and has gained and kept its popularity through the years. Durban Poison was originally discovered by an American cannabis activist, and brought into the United States in the 1970’s.

This strain is great for an uplifting, energetic high that is guaranteed to keep you going through a lof day of having to accomplish tasks. It is famous for the supreme sweetness of its bud, making it a savory and aromatic experience to smoke.

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This landrace strain with a potentially high THC level, this one isn’t like other pure strains. One of its trademarks is that it is perfect for gaining focus – a helpful tool for those who suffer from debilitating ADD or ADHD symptoms.

At A Glance

ORIGIN Pure South African Sativa
EFFECTS Uplifted – 10
Energetic – 10
Happy – 9
Euphoric – 8
Creative – 8
FRAGRANCE Earthy, pine, pungent, spicy, sweet
FLAVORS Earthy, pine, sweet, citrus, herbal
Dry eyes – 5
Anxious – 3
Paranoid – 3
Headache – 2
MEDICAL Stress – 10
Depression – 9
Pain – 6
Fatigue – 6
Nausea – 3
FLOWERING TIME OUTDOOR Late September to early October
THC CONTENT % 16%-20%
CBD % 0.02%
INDICA/SATIVA % 100% Sativa
INDOOR YIELD 13 ounces per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELD 16 ounces or more per plant
CLIMATE Temperate to sunny climates, away from frost
RESISTANCE TO DISEASE Resistant to mold and pests

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest

This one’s a real mood-booster and has been said to be a great replacement for your morning coffee, without the caffeine jitters.

The happy euphoria experienced with Durban Poison is stimulating. This strain can encourage you to explore, be it in the great outdoors or other settings. It will create a sudden curiosity in the things that surround you, and provide you with a clear-headed high that can last for a few hours.

Durban Poison Strain Fragrance

This strain carries a very obvious and strong scent. Its sweetness in fragrance is what Durban Poison is distinguished by, and the piney accents further underline its pungent presence. An earthy undertone can be observed, with a hint of spice, breaking up all the sweetness.

Durban Poison Strain Flavors

If you lack energy in the morning and need a bit of a push to get up and out there, Durban Poison might be the right choice for you!


When smoked, Durban Poison expands in the lungs and the pine flavor makes itself known instantly. An earthy aroma translates into an equal taste, mixed a bit of a herbal note. It then leaves a pleasantly sweet, citrus-like aftertaste in your mouth, that sticks to your tongue.

Adverse Reactions

Durban Poison is a strong sativa so perhaps this isn’t the best strain to smoke before a family gathering. This is of course, if you consider uncontrollable laughter a side-effect.

As is usual, a sensation of feeling cotton-mouthed can occur, with dry eyes and the impression of being dehydrated. Other than these effects, Durban Poison can occasionally make you feel a little anxious and paranoid, which can also result in a slight headache.


Durban Poison Medical
Durban Poison Medical

Yes another famed healer, Durban Poison is a successful way to treat mood-altering conditions, due to its ability to create a feeling of happiness. Depression and anxiety are both conditions that have reportedly improved because of the regular use of this very special strain.

Due to the fact that it delivers a light-body high, and a surge of energy, Durban Poison is great at curbing the stress-levels associated to a toxic lifestyle. It rids the users of unhappy and low thoughts, and relaxes, without making him sleepy or lethargic.

Nausea has also been successfully treated using Durban Poison, and because of this, it has become a vital weapon in the fight against cancer. Often, cancer patients may experience a lack of appetite due to chemical treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. Durban Poison can help restore their appetite by eliminating nausea and migraines.

Growing Durban Poison Strain

Growing Durban Poison Strain
Growing Durban Poison Strain

This tall sativa prefers to be outside, which is where it delivers the highest yield possible for this strain. Durban Poison likes it in the sun, the sunnier the better, although it can grow and flower in slightly cooler environments, the best yield for this African strain is when it stays in warm and sunny climates.

This strain is relatively easy to grow, as it is resistant to many common molds and pests. When given lots of space to grow horizontally, Durban Poison will spread its roots and make itself comfortable.

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Durban Poison is best grown in hydroponic settings, should you choose to keep her indoors. This 100% sativa can take an average of 9 weeks to grow, yielding an estimated 13 ounces per square meter.


This outdoorsy plant likes her space in the great outdoors. Durban Poison can grow up to 90” in height and produces a yield of an average of 16 ounces per plant. This strain is usually ready for harvest around late September to early October.

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  1. South African Sativa

FAQ About Durban Poison Strain

What is the Durban Poison strain yield?

Durban Poison yields 13oz per square meter indoors and 16oz or more per plant outdoors.

How much THC does Durban Poison strain have?

From 16% to 20%

What are the origins of the Durban Poison strain?

It was originally discovered in the South African port city of Durban, and brought to America in the 1970s.

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Have you ever smoked or grown your own Durban Poison? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.

Happy growing!


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  1. By Wallace singh ,16 May 2017
    cool man can't wait to smoke your durban poison take care enjoy the mellow feeling .
  2. By J ,13 Sep 2017
    On my second grow. First grow went well until flowering then I think I over fed them and tried to alter ph and upset them. Still got a good yield and partner said was the best he had ever smoked. […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,20 Sep 2017
      Jon, Here is my advice. Join out forum at We are set up to help members like you to grow successfully. See you there. :)
  3. By Al simmonds ,21 Sep 2017
    Ive been trying for 6 years to grow outdoor weed ,each year has a learning kerb but this year is looking good 😊.Ive got 1durban 1frisian and 1hollands hope growing outdoors.Nice looking buds with I think with still a few […]Read More
  4. By Brent Messina ,29 Jan 2018
    I grew your Durban Poison, and it grew beautiful & potent. I had no problems in any way. It truly is perfect for the beginner because it repels pests, and does not need much TLC. I never go out on […]Read More
  5. By MIKEY JONES ,06 Jun 2018
    1. By chris ,21 Aug 2018
      after cutting limb off main plant stick branch under water and cut adain about a half in you maybe getting a dry socket like effect on clone
  6. By Stephen ,15 Mar 2019
    got your seeds. Selected for pure strain and medicinal uplift. East Coast OZ. 300m ASL volcanic soil mountain stream water. 5 in 3 up. 2 x F, 1 x M. Wasnt sure how it would grow so had it outside […]Read More
  7. By Pam ,13 May 2019
    I just started growing 1 Durban poison plant and I don't want to mess it up. I am a new grower. I hope to make a mother plant out of her. And start my own personal supply.. I am excited […]Read More
  8. By RB,Jr. ,27 Jul 2019
    Yes I have smoked Durban poison! It has a clear upbeat stone that stays with you for awhile! No let down what so ever. I would like to able to get a feminine seed of this wonderful sativa!!!!! I give […]Read More
  9. By Fred ,04 Oct 2019
    wow, 4 seeds (normal) popped, growing fast and strong. one male suspect taller than the other 3. ~3weeks. Looking forward to some quick buds. SSHaze, BlueHaze Looking good too! Thanks iLGM!
  10. By Brian ,06 Feb 2020
    Greetings, I will be growing durban poison indoors, and i am wondering how much ‘Stretch’ i should plan floor following switch to flowering cycle? Kind thanks for any Info. :)’
  11. By Purple Haze Cannabis Strain Information & Review – ILGM ,29 Apr 2020
    […] | Blue Dream | Blueberry | Bubba Kush | Cheese | Chemdawg | Cherry Pie | Chocolope | Death Star | Durban Poison | G13 | Girl Scout Cookies | God’s Gift | Golden Goat | Gorilla Glue #4 […]Read More
  12. By %title% ,04 Feb 2021
    […] from the strain Granddaddy Purple, but there’s also a noticeable sativa influence from Durban Poison. Unsurprisingly, the primary flavors in Cherry Pie are sweet and fruity, with just a hint of […]
  13. By tippy ,09 Apr 2021
    I have been growing this for awhile at least 6 harvest cycles. I kept one plant going its a heavy influenced indica short, strong branched plant. I flower it until i get some good looking amber going. nice! you need […]Read More
  14. By Stevie ,06 May 2021
    First time grow of Durban and yes so far ticking all boxes had 5 non starters out of 20 but the girls that popped have certainly progressed to full potential I started late in Southern Hemisphere season but beautiful buds […]Read More

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