Strain review: Durban Poison

by DGO Pufnstuf

Cannabis is so fascinating, you guys. How can one plant vary so much from strain to strain?

Last week, we reviewed an indica strain called Jolene, which was dank, chill, and probably (maybe) named after a Dolly Parton song.

This week, we moved on to a little sativa known as Durban Poison. Durban Poison is nothing like Jolene. It’s a pure sativa – no hybrid anything with this one – with genetics that can be traced back to African Landrace. Its name is a nod to the strain’s origins in the South African port city of Durban.

When I first popped the lid off of my quarter ounce of Durban Poison – a feat all in itself, as those things are apparently childproof AND adult-proof – I was initially surprised at the how pleasant the strain’s sweet, earthy smell was. There’s nothing poisonous about the strain’s citrus-y, woodsy notes. Twas a nice surprise. There are strains with such a skunky stench (ahem, Jolene…) that even the industrial-strength dispensary container can’t contain, but Durban Poison is not one of them.

Another super nice surprise came via the strain’s effects. Durban Poison is known for leaving people with a cerebral, happy high, but it isn’t the kind of strain that pushes you into giggle-bitch territory. To me, that’s a good thing. While I certainly like being so stoned I laugh uncontrollably, that level isn’t exactly a recipe for productivity. Adulting is the pits.

I smoked two bowls of Durban Poison after work one night, and was expecting to feel, well … more stoned afterward. Normally if I smoke a couple of bowls all by my lonesome – especially on top of post-work exhaustion – I end up pretty darn stoned. In this case, I probably could have tossed in another bowl without pushing myself over the ledge. You’ll have to try that one out for yourself, though. I’m not that brave.

And in reality, those two bowls were enough for Durban Poison to leave me in a creative, chatty mood. The stresses of the day melted away, and it wasn’t long before story ideas were popping into my brain left and right. It’s nice to be slightly blazed and still productive, and that happy middle ground is precisely where Durban Poison landed me.

I was left feeling like I could conquer any task at hand with a smile on my face, whether it was writing … or cleaning the house … or doing some math problems … or (insert some other unpleasant task you’d normally put off in lieu of interesting things here). I didn’t actually do any work or math problems, of course, because I’m not a glutton for punishment. I shoveled some leftover fried rice into my mouth during an “Archer” marathon instead. But the point is, I COULD have done all of those things, and I just opted for the latter. Durban Poison is magic like that.

If you’re looking for a strain that will leave you mega-blazed and fascinated by “Blue Planet II,” this is probably not your jam. But if you want something that will make unpleasant tasks a bit more palatable, or you’d like to hone in on your creative side (while eating fried rice and watching “Archer,” of course), Durban Poison will fix ya right the hell up.

DGO Pufnstuf


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