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Durban Poison Cannabis Strain Review



With its dangerous-sounding name that leads you to think it packs a powerful punch, Durban Poison is a bold and sticky strain of cannabis with origins in the port city of Durban, South Africa. This strain of cannabis boasts having a THC content of between 15% and 25% which is indeed substantial.


The Aroma of Durban Poison

Durban Poison possesses a very distinct blend of sweet and spicy aromas with hints of fennel, orange, lemon with a creamy sweetness. The sweet and spicy smell of this strain is pleasing to the senses but offensive or overpowering. The sweet, earthy aroma of Durban Poison is primarily due to the terpene D-Limonene which is a terpene that’s also commonly found in citrus fruits.

How Does Durban Poison Taste?

The taste of Durban Poison is sweet and intoxicatingly complex. This strain offers a variety of pleasant flavors ranging from sweet lemon candy (just as Orange Slush strain) to spicy anise. Because it has such an interesting and pleasant taste, Durban Poison is a favorite strain to smoke among novices and experienced tokers alike.

Effects & High of Durban Poison


Often called “productive poison”, once the effects of Durban Poison kick in, your mind tends to click into overdrive causing you to get busy doing something useful. Your mind becomes clearer, you’re filled with mental energy, and you’re ready to take on your day with ease. This strain gives you an uplifting high that boosts your mood and makes you happy (compare it to London Sour Tangie) and focused.

Durban Poison is often called the “coffee” of cannabis because it provides a stimulating effect much like coffee, similarly to the Jaffa Berry strain. You don’t get ‘brain fog’ or feel groggy when you smoke this strain. Instead, it gives you energy so you want to take on the world. It makes you feel like you can conquer any task you decide to undertake, which is awesome for your productivity levels!

Durban Poison: Common Medical Uses

Since Durban Poison produces an uplifting effect, it’s often used to combat depression. People with anxiety use Durban Poison to help clear their minds of worry. Instead of focusing on ‘what ifs’ and negative thoughts as many anxiety sufferers do, Durban Poison helps the brain focus on other things like the depth of how beautiful a piece of music is.

This strain can take your mind away from what worries you and help you focus. It’s a strain that can also give you clarity in your thinking, help you concentrate, and feel a sense of relaxation.

Because it helps with concentration, this strain is often used by people who suffer from ADD/ADHD, just like the Headband OG strain. Instead of bouncing all over the place with racing thoughts, Durban Poison provides a calming effect that makes it easier to concentrate.

Is Durban Poison a Sativa or Indica?


While Durban Poison may look like an Indica when it starts growing with its wide leaves, at the end of the flowering period, it becomes obvious this is a Sativa dominant strain.

Durban Poison is 100% Sativa and 0% Indica. As it grows, this cannabis strain develops bright, icy-green buds and orange pistils that emerge from the crystal-coated leaves, as you’d expect from a pure Sativa.

There are very few weed strains in existence that have maintained their genetic lineage over time like Durban Poison. This is a ‘landrace strain’, which means it hasn’t been crossbred with any other cannabis strains. It’s pure Sativa at its very best, which is why this strain is so popular among cannabis connoisseurs the world over.

Where to Buy Durban Poison

If you live in an area where cannabis is legal, you should be able to easily find a dispensary that sells Durban Poison. The quickest way to find dispensaries near you is to conduct a geo-targeted search online which includes your specific location. Once you get a few dispensaries to check out, visit each dispensary’s website to view amounts of Durban Poison for sale, prices, open hours, etc.

How to Grow this Strain


If you’d like to grow Durban Poison, the growing difficulty is classified as ‘easy’ or ‘moderate”. This should come as great news, whether you’re a beginner grower or someone with experience. Since this strain is resilient to all weather types, you can grow it indoors or outdoors.

If you want to grow Durban Poison indoors, use a hydroponic system for the best results. It will take approximately 9 to 10 weeks to grow indoors and the hydroponic system will give you an estimated 13 ounces of weed per square meter.

You should know that this strain prefers being grown outdoors where it can thrive and reach for the sky. A healthy Durban Poison plant can grow very tall, reaching heights of around 7 feet tall. You can expect an outdoor yield of about 16 ounces of weed per square meter.

Indoor Growing

Growing Durban Poison indoors using a hydroponic method means there’s no soil used. Instead of soil, a hydroponic garden uses a soil substitute like Rockwool. This soil substitute, which is also called a growing medium, doesn’t provide any nutrition for the plant because its only purpose is to support the roots.

In addition to a soil substitute, a hydroponic system also requires nutrients aka plant food, and growing light. While this review of Durban Poison isn’t a growing guide per se, we can tell you that you need to plant the seeds in the soil substitute, submerge the bottom 70 percent or so of the soil substitute in water, and provide the growing plants with nutrients and light.

When the conditions in your hydroponic garden are ideal, the Durban Poison plant can grow 5 to 6 inches each day once the seeds have sprouted. From the seedling stage to full growth, Durban Poison can be ready for harvest in about 3 months.

We recommend doing some research online to learn all the steps involved with growing Durban Poison hydroponically indoors. There are several hydroponic systems to choose from and many different methods to explore so take your time so you can choose the right method for you.

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t do everything right on your first try. Just give it another shot because the reward is pure awesomeness. You’ll enjoy your Durban Poison so much more when you’ve grown it on your own!

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Outdoor Growing

Things are much simpler when you choose to grow Durban Poison outdoors. Simply choose a sunny location that consists of rich soil and plant the seeds at the depth of about 2 inches. In just a few days, you should see the sprouts emerging from the ground. All weed strains including Durban Poison need to be watered regularly so if it doesn’t rain much, water your growing plants every 5 to 7 days.

Since Durban Poison is a very tall variety, you can top the growing plant off by trimming away the top section of the plant to stunt its growth. This will not affect the health of your plant or reduce the number of buds you get. It will simply prevent the plant from growing sky-high.

If you plant your seeds outdoors in mid-May, you can expect your Durban Poison plant to be fully grown and ready for harvest by early to mid-October.


With the status of a 100% pure Sativa and an average THC content of around 20%, Durban Poison is definitely a strain to try. It smells wonderful, tastes great, and gives you an uplifting high you’ll love.

Once you smoke this strain, you won’t have to wait long to feel its effects. Within a few short minutes, Durban Poison hits you with energy and motivation. It’s the perfect strain to smoke every day to boost your productivity and to make your day more fun and interesting.

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