Genetics: Highland Thai Landrace (Thai – Burmese or Yunnanese x Thai)
Sourcing: The Real Seed Company, through collectors at source in northern Thailand
Latitude: 19° N
Regional Harvest: December
Height: 3 – 6 metres
Characteristics: Tall, green and purple, unusual aromas, centred high
Classification: C. sativa subsp. indica var. indica x C. sativa subsp. sativa var. sativa
Grow Type: Greenhouse or outdoors
This is an unusual Thai landrace from the highlands of Northern Thailand and the nearby border regions of Burma. It may have resulted through hybridisation of Yunnanese ‘chinensis’ and Thai ganja landraces. This is a process through which some Indochinese strains are believed to have originated.
This landrace is cultivated by various ethnic groups in this highland border region, including the Lahu, a trans-border hilltribe living in northern Thailand, northern Laos, Burma and Yunnan. The appearance and effect of this strain are markedly different from those of the Thai – Lao ganja genepool of the Mekong region of Isan, Northeast Thailand.
Highland Thai can grow exceptionally tall outdoors, given space, potentially reaching over 4 metres. Plants can have notably broader leaflets than typical Sativa-type Thai ganja landraces. Seeds are large and stems are hollow, also suggesting a genetic connection to Yunnanese seed and fibre landraces. Planted close or in restricted areas, plants grow to a single stem.
Bracts are large and resinous, with denser bud formation than is usual for ganja cultigens. There are two phenotypes, namely green and purple. Green types often have a musky, citrus aroma, and purple-blue phenotypes can exhibit mango – carrot scents.
The high has been described by a grower in Hawaii as ‘potent but unique in providing a clear conscious expansion with a calm quality.’ This is distinct from the fierce intensity of classic Isan – Lao ganja.
An unusual and rare landrace that’s recommended to collectors and breeders.
NOTE: These seeds are second-generation, reproduced through open-pollination outside Thailand.
Pure Highland Thai landrace strain cannabis seeds sourced from the Burmese border highlands of northern Thailand by The Real Seed Company
Genetics: Lao – Thai Landrace
Sourcing: The Real Seed Company, Laos, Southeast Asia, 2020
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
Classification: C. sativa subsp. indica var. indica
Grow Type: Greenhouse or outdoors
A classic Lao – Thai landrace 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. The richer, more tobacco-scented forms typically have darker-coloured bracts, a trait that’s enhanced on curing. Buds are resinous and will coat 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 cultivated 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 regions on both sides of the river collectively as ‘Meuang Lao’.
Highly recommended to breeders, essential for collectors.
NOTE: This is a new accession of Mango Thai. The current seeds are from a farmer in the main growing region of Vientiane Province.
Pure Lao – Thai landrace strain Cannabis seeds directly sourced from the historic ganja heartlands of Thailand and Laos by The Real Seed Company