Genetics: Pure Lao–Thai Landrace Strain
Sourcing: The Real Seed Company, personally collected at source in Laos, Southeast Asia, 2019
Purpose: Ganja (seedless or lightly seeded buds)
Latitude: 18° N
Regional Harvest: late December to early January
Height: 2 – 4 metres
Characteristics: Mango, tobacco, earthiness, musk; intense, luminous high; Sativa-type architecture
Grow Type: Greenhouse or outdoors
A classic Lao–Thai landrace strain that’s powerfully aromatic and can exhibit intense potency. There are two main variants, one with strong fruit scents redolent of mango and papaya, the other with ‘darker’ and earthier aromas akin to tobacco, leather, spices, and musk.
The mango plants tend to be lighter and softer green in colour, whereas the richer, more tobacco-scented forms typically have darker-coloured bracts, a trait that’s enhanced on curing. Buds are resinous and streak a joint in oil during smoking. Smoke is thick, flavourful, and smooth.
This particular ganja landrace is most closely associated with Central Laos, particularly Vientiane Province, though it can be found under cultivation in Isan, Northeast Thailand. Whether it’s Thai or Lao is open to interpretation. Northern Isan and Central Laos face each other on opposite banks of the Mekong River, which functions to connect the the two regions economically and culturally. The language of northern Isan is Lao, and local people often refer to the region collectively as ‘Meuang Lao’.
This particular accession was in fact made further north in Laos, where an ethnic minority village had been contracted to raise the crop by Thais. These Thai ganja smugglers had provided the farmers with seed. They also instructed them in key techniques such as the correct spacing of plants, when to harvest, and how to identify and rogue out males. Buds were skillfully grown, only very lightly seeded, and correctly cured.
Highly recommended to breeders, essential for collectors.