Rare 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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Rare Cannabis Strains 2022
Cannabis cultivation isn’t a modern concept. Many civilizations have been doing it for centuries.
Thanks to many pro-cannabis movements across various periods of time, cannabis and certain cannabis strains have enjoyed various phases and bursts of popularity.
Rare Cannabis Strains
For some strains, the popularity comes from their lack of availability. There are some strains that are considered to be the rarest of rare and that’s what makes regular consumers pursue them more.
Not just that, these strains are well known for their unique high – some so sought after, they’ve shot to instant popularity thus pushing them to the verge of extinction.
There are many different reasons as to why these certain strains are rare and difficult to obtain.
However, it is a well-known fact that these strains have stood the test of time and continue to be the object of desire for many ents around the world. Here’s our guide at a Pot for Pot for the rarest cannabis strains of 2020.
The 20 Rarest Cannabis Strains in 2022
Cannabis strains are continuously evolving, and thanks to selective breeding, many of the previously enjoyed strains are disappearing at an alarming rate. In addition, some strains are going away due to conflicts in their originating countries, hybridization, genetic mixing, and more.
This list contains strains from around the world that are challenging to find in 2022; hopefully, you’ll get to try them all one day!
1. Malawi Gold
Grown by the Malawi tribes in Africa, Malawi Gold is often touted as one of the strongest Sativa strains in the world. The effects of this strain easily outshine any modern cannabis strain with high THC levels. Malawi Gold delivers a highly energetic and stimulating high that lasts longer and feels stronger than other modern cannabis strains.
It has a 4-month cultivating timeline. The taste is a combination of sweet and savory, and it’s easily recognizable because of its golden strands.
2. Oaxacan Highland
This strain is from the Oaxacan area of Mexico and was extremely popular in the US during the ‘60s and ‘70s. As a 12-foot tall Sativa strain, Oaxacan Highland buds are known for their sweet and spicy aroma and potent psychedelic effects.
Unfortunately, this strain is quite rare and has disappeared from international markets due to rising levels of violence in Oaxaca areas and hybridization. As a result, Oaxacan Highland is endangered and rare to find for sale these days. However, offshoots like Eldorado contain some of the same original Highland genetics.
3. Jamaican Lion
Bred by Shadrock in 2006 to help with back pain, Jamaican Lion has a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, which makes it the perfect strain to alleviate pain while giving a relaxed and euphoric high. The strain placed second in the 2011 San Francisco Cannabis Cup . The highly precise mixture of Indica and Sativa has increased the value and thus the rarity of this strain, mostly because it is also stuck in a highly publicized legal dispute.
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4. Angola Roja
This strain is an African landrace bud that few are lucky enough to enjoy. It’s an ancient Sativa strain ; it’s history dates back before the Portuguese occupation of the area, which started in 1575.
Once the Portuguese successfully colonized Angola, the Angol Roja cannabis plant was cultivated and sent to other world areas. It’s believed that many Central and South American red strains descended from this bud. However, cannabis is illegal in that region these days, and little of these strains get into or out of the area. Angola Roja is one of the most popular (and rare) red strains.
5. Sweet Tooth
What’s better than strong cannabis? Strong cannabis that tastes like candy. This Indica strain smells like flowers and berries, tastes like candy, and provides almost instant relaxation. Although hard to come by, it’s blown up in popularity over the past few years.
Some of the finest buds in the world come from Lebanon. However, exceptional Lebanese Indica varieties are difficult to find. Lebanese hash comes in two types: red and yellow. The red strains are high in CBN, which is less psychoactive than THC. The yellow strains are more rare and high in THC.
While some heritage seed companies are doing their best to preserve the cannabis lineage from this area, it’s unlikely that you’ll see any Lebanese strains at your local dispensary.
7. Panama Red
Known as the laughing gas of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Panama Red has a nostalgic element attached to its value.
This Sativa has bright red accents and was included in the list of the highest THC strains of that period. This strain is mostly psychedelic in nature and is well-known for its quick mind-altering effects.
This “pure’’ strain is now a rarity thanks to the increase in demand of hybrid strains and a long flowering time and moderate yield, all of which have contributed to its rarity in cultivation.
8. Colombian Red
Colombian Gold, a famous landrace, has been coming back into circulation recently, but what about the Colombian Red variety? In the ‘70s, this strain was one of the best available. However, these days it’s rare to see.
Some seed companies are attempting to bring back this Sativa strain by stabilizing its genetics. However, since it’s a true landrace bud, it’s challenging to cultivate and highly prone to hermaphroditism.
9. Lasqueti Haze
Many believe that ‘Lasqueti Haze’ is now extinct, or at least almost impossible to find in 2020. Also known as “Lasqueti Sweetie”, this strain is said to be grown on Lasqueti island in the 90’s.
The effects of this strain are fairly similar to Panama Red. It provides an instant boost of energy that is often difficult for many people to process and is said to be a great way to get rid of fatigue.
The strain is also reported to have a sweet and herbal flavor along with a pungent aroma. There is almost no way of acquiring it, especially online – one just has to be lucky enough to come across it.
10. Roadkill Skunk
Anyone who remembers old-school cannabis likely knows the name Roadkill Skunk. It’s the most intense (read: stinkiest) skunk strain you’ll ever find. While it fell out of favor long ago, it’s making a solid comeback.
Roadkill Skunk is Indica-dominant and produces a THC content of 12-18%. However, don’t expect to find it at your typical shop. While finding the original strain is near impossible now, you can find similar varieties, like BC Roadkill and Privada RKS quite easily.
11. Hawaiian Snow
Hawaiian Snow is a combination of Neville’s Haze, Pure Haze, and Hawaiian Haze, which was bred in the late 1960’s. Hawaiian Snow has THC levels that have the potential of reaching up to 23% at peak potency. This Sativa strain is well-known for its spicy smell reminiscent of incense and a cerebral high.
12. Molokai Frost
While not quite as rare as other strains on this list, it is hard to find. Molokai Frost is a Hawaiian landrace Sativa strain with a high THC content. Levels top out at around 22%!
While popular in the hippie era, it hasn’t been around for a while, which is a shame. Molokai Frost has an enjoyable tropical flavor and provides an excellent cerebral high.
13. Bubba OG
Bubba OG or BOG is considered to be one of the go-to strains for pain relief. Bubba OG is a hybrid between Bubba Kush and OG Kush . It is known to help with chronic pain, muscle spasms, nausea, and insomnia. It is said to smell like the bed of a rose garden, with a heavy dose of skunk. It is a sleepy-headed strain, so for those who seek relaxation or suffer from insomnia, this strain is often nothing short of a miracle.
14. Greek Kalamata
You don’t typically hear about strains from Greece due to their domestic drug policies wiping out cultivation back in the ‘80s. Sadly, that means it’s almost impossible to find Greek Kalamata anymore.
The strain has old lineages; it’s Sativa-dominant with roots in East Asia dating back to 1,100 AD. It also has some African genetics, potent THC content and provides users with intense, racy effects. This strain can grow to be 15-feet tall and features a woody citrus aroma.
15. Hindu Kush
The Hindu Kush is an indica cannabis strain that gets its name from a mountain range between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which is where it was originally cultivated. This pure strain has THC levels in the high 20%.
It is said to provide a calm, euphoric high and is best consumed during evenings or at night. The high of this pure strain is said to last up to 8 hours. But unfortunately, thanks to mass hybridization, this strain is on the verge of extinction.
16. Thai Stick
Thai Stick is a unique strain, and no one’s seen it since 1977 when it was named one of the top strains. Some even believe that it’s not a strain; they say Thai Stick refers to a Thai bud combined with opium or served attached to a bamboo stick.
Although other Thai strains are commonly found among seed companies and dispensaries these days, the original Thai heritage is long gone (or at least quite polluted). A few companies have revived some Thai genetics, though, and now sell Thai Stick seeds that are 100% pure landrace Sativa.
17. Lamb’s Bread
Lamb’s Bread or Lamb’s Breath has no origin story when it comes to the name. This Sativa strain is great for relaxation and elevated cerebral activity along with stress relief, treating depression, pain, lack of appetite, and insomnia. It is said to be the favorite of both Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.
Thanks to its popularity, the strain is now almost extinct even though it takes just 7-9 weeks to cultivate. Try growing it yourself with our grow kits at a Pot for Pot .
18. Black African Magic
Another Sativa variety that was all over the place in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Black African Magic, is quite hard to find. However, there’s plenty of speculation about this herb. Many wonder if it was an actual strain or the characteristic black color came from the buds being exposed to certain conditions.
Those who know about this fabled bud probably also know how potent it is, boasting intense cerebral effects. In 2005, DJ Short stated that Black African Magic was the most potent strain he had ever tried. Unfortunately, it’s all but impossible to find seeds these days. Here’s to hoping they still exist somewhere so that we can all try it one day.
19. Amnesia Haze
Amnesia Haze is both intoxicating and highly psychedelic. This Sativa cannabis strain is said to be an Amsterdam favorite and has citrus/lemon fragrance with sweet floral undertones.
It was bred by Soma Seeds and First Medical Seeds using Afghani Hawaiian, Jamaican Sativa, and Laos Sativa or Super Silver Haze and Cambodia Sativa.
It is rarely found outside of Europe, particularly Amsterdam. Thanks to its long flowering time and sensitivity to pests, cultivating Amnesia Haze is not a walk in the park.
This potent landrace strain is native to the Parvati Valley, located in the Indian Himalayas. It’s a wispy Sativa bud known for being particularly resinous. Many people use it to make “charas,” a type of handmade hash found in Pakistan, Nepal, and India.
Parvati is only one of many indigenous landrace strains preserved by many companies. However, these ancient strains are almost always sold out, making it a challenge for anyone to get their hands on some seeds. The Parvati strain is excellent for anyone who loves hash; however, this particular strain‘s CBD and THC contents are widely unknown.
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And there you have it – a comprehensive list of some of the rarest cannabis strains to exist in 2022, and why they’re so difficult to find in today’s world.
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FAQ for Rare Cannabis Strains in 2022
Are there rare cannabis strains? And why are they rare?
Yes! Cannabis has been cultivated since time immemorial and some strains have become extinct or are on the verge of extinction. The lack of availability of some strains have made them even more popular. There are several explanations on why some strains are becoming rare. Nonetheless, cannabis has been there long enough and various communities have cultivated their own strains which soon become extinct due to passing generations, cross-breeding or changes in the environment.
What are some of the rarest cannabis strains that I try out?
There are over 20 rare cannabis strain each with different taste, appearance and level of THC and CBD composition. Some of the rare strains include Malawi Gold, Jamaican Lion, Sweet Tooth, Panama Red, Lasqueti Haze(extinct), Hawaiian Snow, Bubba OG, Hindu Kush, Lamb’s Bread and Amnesia Haze among others.
Which rare strain has the best high?
Rare strains have the capability of producing high feeling but this depends on the level of THC. Out of the rare strains listed above, the Hawaiian Snow produces the best high feeling thanks to THC levels reaching up to 23% at peak potency. The spicy smell also gives a feeling of reminiscence and also responsible for cerebral high.
The Rare Cut: 8 of the Rarest Cannabis Strains
Exclusivity and rare treasures make people feel special. Limited-edition merchandise often has a higher price tag because people are willing to pay more. To some extent, this also applies to cannabis strains. Connoisseurs and serious smokers have a dream: to be able to smoke legendary and hard-to-find strains.
Rare strains are often considered the premium stuff, a cut above the rest. We’ve rounded up 8 of the rarest cannabis strains that are hard to forget. Some of our selection sparks major throwback vibes while others you’ll want to grow before they become limited!
Flaunted as the rarest of the rare for cannabis strains in the world, Malawi Gold is one of the strongest sativas ever produced in Africa. Most modern-day cannabis strains with high THC levels deliver a strong energetic and stimulating high. Malawi Gold’s effects are stronger, even more exceptional and rumored only to be grown in Malawi. Sweet and spicy flavor, pretty golden strands, and pure sativa effects make the 4-month cultivating timeline worth the while.
Lamb’s Breath’s popularity soared so high that it almost got smoked off the face of the planet. This Jamaican sativa legend is the most popular strain in Rastafarianism. It is purported to be the favorite of both Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Classic reggae songs even mention this strain, which is also called Lamb’s Bread. It gives an introspective and cerebral buzz that is perfect for creative pursuits and social interactions. Growing the auto-flower version of this sought-after, hard-to-find strain only takes 7-9 weeks.
Known to bring a serious case of the giggles, Panama Red was regarded as the laughing gas of the ’60s and ’70s. Back in the day, it was included in the roster of highest THC strains. This superb sativa is easily recognized for its bright red accents. Due to the increasing demand for hybrids, pure strains such as Panama Red are becoming harder and harder to find. A long flowering time and moderate yield also contributes to the strain’s near annihilation.
This strain’s name is the total opposite of its effects. Amnesia Haze is intoxicating and highly psychedelic but it will not make you forget. Rather, it sparks creativity, gives bursts of energy, and puts you in a good mood. It’s a fixture of the Amsterdam cannabis scene but is rarely found in dispensaries outside of Europe. As with other Haze strains, Amnesia Haze has a long flowering time. Growing it also requires more care and attention as it can be sensitive to pests. Good thing an easy-to-grow version is available.
East Coast strains tend to be underrated. NYC Diesel is a multi-award winning cannabis strain that hails from the Big Apple and has an aroma and taste that is evocative of red grapefruit and diesel. NYC Diesel is ideal for social occasions providing a cerebral high with strong energy and waves of optimism. Despite these wonderful traits, many growers are put off by NYC Diesel’s difficult reputation for growing. It is one of the 21 st century favorites that seed companies turned it into an auto-flower.
Sweet Tooth smells like flowers and berries while tasting like candy. This yummy indica improves your mood and provides intense relaxation. Sweet Tooth disarms you but in the most pleasant of ways. Growing it is rated easy as the strong plant is resistant to pests, insects, mold, mildew, and temperature variations. Finding it in your local dispensary is very unlikely. Still, connoisseurs continue to find this elusive strain.
Reputedly among the world’s best, Hindu Kush is a 100% indica that brings a high that can last up to eight hours. Killing pain and delivering a deep state of tranquility makes Hindu Kush a top choice strain to grow. Its sharp pine and earthy aroma is reminiscent of the mountain range where it originates, growing and flourishing like a true weed. It is a parent of many Kush varieties; this legendary strain is on the verge of being hybridized out of existence.
This THC superhero packs a tremendous punch of THC. Expect a soaring creative and euphoric high before your body slowly melts into full-on relaxation. Users describe the Bruce Banner experience as “nicely stoned.” Its potency and relaxing properties make it a favorite medicinal strain. It will ‘Hulk smash’ your stress away with its enormous yield. When it does become available at a dispensary, act fast because this powerful sativa sells out quickly. In the meantime, you can order it online!
These strains are worth searching high and low for. Be sure to order your seeds from a reputable company, some even offer a germination guarantee and help-line for troubleshooting issues. Consider yourself lucky if you have smoked or grown even half of the strains on this list.