Before the existence of hybrids, there were landrace strains. Undisturbed in their wild habitats, these were pure Indicas, Sativas, or Rudelalis. Before being harvested and cultivated, these herbs grew indigenously in various regions all over the world including Nepal in the southern Himalayan mountains.
Information about Nepalese:
Marijuana plays a religious role in Nepal. For over hundreds of years, it was used as a medium of spirituality. Such is the importance of cannabis that the Nepalese have created various hybrids that only grew in the mountainous country. Abundant in the region, it has since reached the rest of the world for its premium Sativa effects.
Today’s marijuana industry is filled with hybrids that owe its genes to the native Nepalese landraces. Not to mention, it has also spawned legends such as Chemdawg.
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Information about Nepalese:
|EFFECTS||Happy – 10|
Euphoric – 9
Creative – 9
Uplifted – 9
Relaxed – 8
|ADVERSE REACTIONS (NEGATIVE)||Dry eyes – 10|
Dry eouth – 5
Anxious – 4
Dizzy – 5
Headache – 1
|FRAGRANCE||Citrus, sweet, lemon, lavender, woody|
|FLAVORS||Lemon, sweet, citric, floral, earthy|
|MEDICAL||Stress – 10|
Lack of appetite – 9
Depression – 9
Headaches – 8
Nausea – 7
|FLOWERING TIME INDOORS||8-9 weeks|
|FLOWERING TIME OUTDOORS||Late September to early October|
|PLANT HEIGHT||4 to 9 feet|
|THC CONTENT %||14% to 17%|
|CBD %||Less than 1%|
|INDICA / SATIVA %||0%/100%|
|INDOOR YIELD||Up to 35 ounces per square meter|
|OUTDOOR YIELD||Up to 35 ounces per plant|
|CLIMATE||Cold to warm climate|
|GROWTH LEVEL||Easy to grow|
|RESISTANCE TO DISEASE||resistant to common molds|
* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest
With regard to effects, landrace strains like Nepalese set the bar high. Its THC levels average between 14% to 17%, with tests showing it climbing to 22%. It also has a quick onset in that it can induce a head rush in no time at all.
As a pure Sativa, its mental effects are euphoric and quite outstanding in doing so. It leaves users cheery and happy on the inside. Not only that, but it also elevates low energy levels. Usually, this stimulates the mind. Feeling reinvigorated, many users feel motivated to get creative.
During the comedown, the Nepalese strain’s body effects become pronounced. The initial uplifting buzz gradually rolls down to the muscles and relieves users of stress. But, instead of overpowering the mental high, it complements it. That is why it is an excellent wake-and-bake strain.
There are many popular strains that are direct descendants of the Nepalese. Read our full review on Willie Nelson Strain that was created by fusing Nepalese and South Asian
Although, the Nepalese can be quite overwhelming. As such, it can potentially cripple users who indulge too much. Besides putting one on a couch-lock, its mental stimulation can also lead to racy thoughts.
Nepalese landraces are generally pleasant in nature. It has a citric aroma that is reminiscent of sweet lemons with lavender undertones. Once the buds are grinded, it releases a floral and woody scent.
Like its smell, Nepalese strains tastes like lemons. Sweet and citric, it has the herbaceous, floral flavor of lavender. Once its smoke is drawn in, subtle earthy flavors explode in the palate.
There are always adverse reactions to smoking marijuana, including the indigenous landraces like the Nepalese strains. One of the effects is dehydration, which is usually evident in the drying of the eyes and the mouth. Besides that, it may also cause slight dizziness and, possibly, a headache. Thankfully, these are mild and may even go unnoticed during the psychedelic ride.
As pure Sativas, Nepalese strains induce intense mental effects. As such, it may make some users feel paranoid when overindulging in the strain. There is one way to avoid paranoia, and that is to use the strain in moderation.
Sativas often induce intensely uplifting and euphoric. And, Nepalese strains are no different. Thus, this landrace makes for perfect stress killer. Its uplifting high can also comfort those going through depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Nepalese strains have exceptional levels of psychoactive compounds. As it elevates the mind, it stimulates the appetite and urges people to eat or give in to their cravings. Either way, those having trouble eating can benefit from using the strain. Moreover, these psychedelic properties also relieve headaches and nausea.
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Despite being a pure Sativa, indigenous Nepalese cannabis has an Indica structure. This means it is a sturdy plant with strong branches and resinous buds. Moreover, it does not grow as tall as other Sativas. Instead, it is medium in height and has short internodes. Usually, Indica growers looking to add a touch of Sativa choose Nepalese.
Because it has been grown in high altitudes (1000m to 3000m above sea level), Nepalese strains have acquired resistance to molds brought about by humidity and cold weathers. Other than that, it can also withstand dipping temperatures.
While cultivating a landrace strain may seem intimidating, the plant is actually quite easy to grow. It grows firm because of its Indica like structure. The hundreds of years it has been exposed to harsh weather conditions also contribute to its sturdiness.
After a week or two into the blooming phase, buds of the Nepalese landraces develop a dark green color. Popcorn-like in shape, the nugs are typically fluffy with amber hairs surrounding it. By the time it flowers, the buds would have been covered with crystal trichomes and sweet resin.
Nepalese landraces flower in 8 to 9 weeks indoors. With temperatures matching its homeland, it can produce up to 35 ounces per square meter.
The native Nepalese strains perform best in extremely cold but dry regions. In these conditions, growers can expect the landrace to flower by October. Cultivators can get as much as 35 ounces per plant, an exceptional yield.
Have you ever smoked or grown your own Nepalese? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.