Jamaican Cannabis Landraces: History and Importance
Amanda Feilding, Huffington Post and the Beckley Foundation February 12, 2016
The movement to recover and investigate endemic cannabis strains started in the 1960s. Expeditions were embarked upon along the “Hippie Trail”, and enthusiasts collected seeds to grow in their gardens around the world. The strains like Acapulco Gold, Pure Afghan and Chocolate Thai gained huge popularity at the time, but have subsequently faded away, and have been eclipsed by the modern cross-bred varieties.
Now there is a second wave of interest in these indigenous strains of cannabis. Strain hunters, as they call themselves, travel around the world visiting countries with rich cannabis cultures such as Jamaica, India, Thailand, Malawi, Morocco and others to collect seeds and investigate the cannabis landraces – ancient cultivated varieties of the plant, endemic to a particular region.