As the name suggests, the Afghan strain is, in fact, indigenous to the foothills of the Afghanistan mountains. Westerners came across it during the ‘hippie trail’ days of the 1960s and 1970s. The travelers consumed this cannabis strain and then brought the seeds back with them to grow in America and Europe. It’s a 100% pure Indica strain with moderate THC levels around 16 to 17%.
Since Afghan is an Indica thoroughbred, users get full-body coverage, creating one intense high. But, it’s not just a strain that puts you on the couch, it goes even deeper by acting as a potent sleep aid. Because of its ability to help with sleep, those with insomnia love and rely on Afghan for these specific effects. Besides insomnia, this strain works to lower stress, pain, and depression. It gets the body into a state of relaxed euphoria while quieting the mind.
This plant produces excellent yields and has a high resistance to molds and pests. It’s a tough strain because it had to adapt to the harsh conditions of the Afghan mountains. The ease of cultivating this plan is a huge perk for those who don’t have a lot of growing experience. It grows equally well outdoors and indoors. Because of its Indica genetics, the plants don’t get very tall and they tend to stay busy and compact. The average flowering time is somewhere between 8 and 10 weeks. Harvest usually occurs around late September, and yields come in at 450 to 600 grams per M2.
Afghan has a sensational appearance. The fat, dense buds are covered in hairs and a mind-blowing number of frosty trichomes. Its heavy resin production is the reason it creates a deep and heavy stone. This strain is divinely aromatic with sweet, earthy notes. It’s impossible not to smile with joy when inhaling this perfect plant specimen.
As one of the best Indica strains on the planet, Afghan makes loyal fans of all who smoke it. One of the reasons this plant promotes calming properties in the body and mind is due to its Myrcene content. This terpene is also what gives Afghan a sweet flavour and taste. The body buzz is reminiscent of still waters, while the heady effects are blissful and euphoric.
The earthy and sweet tasting notes of Afghan are dominant in this strain. Yet, as you continue to smoke your joint or take hits from the pipe, you’ll notice spicy hints that manifest as cinnamon and incense. Also, it has a hash-like smoke, that’s strong and lingering.