Sinai Domesticate


Genetics: Sinai Domesticate (“Landrace”)
Sourcing: The Real Seed Company, Sinai, Egypt, 1990 – 1997
Purpose: Hashish (sieved resin) or bud
Latitude: 29° N
Regional Harvest: September
Height: 0.6 – 1.8 metres
Aroma: Unique tangy rose, hashy Indica notes

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Characteristics: Early maturing, semi-autoflowering, hardy, unique terpenes, Indica- and Sativa-type morphology
Classification: C. sativa subsp. indica var. afghanica x C. sativa subsp. indica var. indica
Grow Type: Outdoors, greenhouse, or indoors

Accessions of this Sinai strain were collected in the mountains of Egypt between 1990 and 1997. This domesticate exhibits unique terpenes, a special high, and sought-after Indica-type plants. This is a fast-flowering plant that can show day-neutral (‘semi-autoflowering’) traits.

Indica-type expressions range from 0.6 to 1.5 metres and have a compact Christmas-tree profile. Sativa-type plants range 1.3 to 1.8 metres and have a trainable ‘vine’ habit with prolific branching. Both types express a unique rose scent, with Indica types intensely pungent during vegetative growth but developing tangy ‘Turkish delight’ aromas during flower. Buds grow in a foxtail structure, are reasonably airy, and are resinous. Buds of Indica-type plants are less leafy and more dense.

This Sinai domesticate is very hardy due to the demanding conditions in Egypt’s mountains, which range from 50°c and high humidity in summer to dry, freezing conditions in winter. Cultivation by Bedouin in the wadi is basic, occasionally using mud brought in from the Nile, but usually only camel dung.

The high from Sinai is distinctive, with a medicating and blissful effect. A customer writes, “the Sinai strain is wonderful, nothing in the local dispensaries can compare. Very good for depression / anxiety and pain.”

Domesticates native to Sinai share more traits with strains found to the north in the Middle East, which is the direction from which they originally diffused out of Central Asia, than with those found to the south in Sub-Saharan Africa.

A proportion of plants will exhibit CBD. A standout specimen tested in Holland exhibited 16% THC and 1.5% CBD.