Genetics: Pure Indica
Area: Helmand / Nad Ali District
Clima: very hot summer, winter temperatures are moderate and warm
Yield: Medium to Hight 1 m – 2,5 m
Cultivation /Grow: March – April
Harvest: late November
Taste & Smell: fruty, sweet, fresh, like watermelon
Effect: Strong hash, relaxing, calming, a very good and nice high
Grow: Indoor & Outdoor
Helmand also known as Hillmand, in ancient times, as Hermand and Hethumand, is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan, in the south of the country. It is the largest province by area, covering 58,584 square kilometres (20,000 sq mi) area. The province contains 13 districts, encompassing over 1,000 villages, and roughly 1,446,230 settled people. Lashkargah serves as the provincial capital. Helmand was part of the Greater Kandahar region until made into a separate province by the Afghan government in the 20th century.
The Helmand River flows through the mainly desert region of the province, providing water used for irrigation. The Kajaki Dam, which is one of Afghanistan's major reservoirs, is located in the Kajaki district. Helmand is believed to be one of the world's largest opium producing regions, responsible for around 42% of the world's total production. This is believed to be more than the whole of Myanmar, which is the second-largest producing nation after Afghanistan. The region also produces tobacco, sugar beets, cotton, sesame, wheat, mung beans, maize, nuts, sunflowers, onions, potato, tomato, cauliflower, peanut, apricot, grape, and melon.
Located at an elevation of 762.75 meters (2502.46 feet) above sea level, Helmand has a Subtropical desert climate (Classification: BWh). The city's yearly temperature is 24.65ºC (76.37ºF) and it is 8.95% higher than Afghanistan's averages.
Howe to Grow afghan cannabis seeds?
Afghan farmers have been growing cannabis for centuries. The history of Afghan cannabis dates back to 559 BC.
Afghans have not changed their cultivation methods for centuries. The war of the last decades has completely isolated afghanistan. Thus, neither pesticides nor fertilizers have reached Afghanistan. So everything is 100% organic cultivation.
The cultivation methods of Afghan farmers are the same throughout Afghanistan. There are few exceptions.
How is cannabis grown in Afghanistan?
Winter already, Afghan farmers start preparations. The fields are pre-riced for the spring. Then the seeds are grown.
The seeds are evenly distributed by hand at a distance of 50cm. After one week, cannabis cuttings are already out. During this time it rains occasionally and the fields get a good irrigation.
Summer starts early and the hot days become more and more in Afghanistan. The temperatures rise in many parts of the country up to 50 degrees celsius. Then the dry season begins. In this time the fields are irrigated weekly by wells or rivers. The cultivation areas are mostly close to rivers or lakes.
The plants get three times fertilizer in the form of horse manure. The first time the cannabis plants get horse manure is when the cuttings are big enough. The second time before flowering and the third time at the beginning of flowering.
The weekly watering remains.
Once the plants are mature, the male plants are removed and discarded.
The cannabis is harvested only in late summer. In groups, the farmers go and harvest all the cannabis plants. The plants are dried on house roofs or in so-called drying houses (especially for drying fruits, vegetables, cannabis).
After the cannabis is dry, the plants are beaten on a sieve. This causes the pollen to fall and the so-called Garda (pure hash) is obtained. The first time the plants are lightly tapped so that only the pollen falls.
Then the plants are tapped a second time and the pollen is collected. In Afghanistan, this is usually mixed and then sold.
Some farmers do not separate the plants and want only the seeds.
The cannabis seeds are also roasted and eaten in Afghanistan.
What makes Afghan cannabis so special?
Afghanistan is the country of origin of cannabis. The motherland! The best strains grow in Afghanistan. The name Kush comes from Afghanistan and refers to the HinduKush mountains in northern Afghanistan.