Everything You Need to Know About the Durban Poison Weed Strain

Can’t tell the difference between Blue Dream and Purple Urkle? Wondering what exactly’s in the Girl Scout Cookies you just smoked? We've created detailed profiles for each of the most popular, sought-after weed strains, in order to help cannabis users everywhere understand the different plants they’re smoking, eating, or otherwise consuming. Up next: Durban Poison.


South African “Landrace” variety

Place of origin

Though it originated in South Africa, Durban Poison made its way through Amsterdam in the hands of some cannabis legends, where it was likely hybridized with local Skunk varieties to improve commercial value.

Approximate THC content

High (20%-25%)

What to expect

Known for being one of the most energetic and cerebral varieties around, Durban Poison is said to contain high levels of THC-V, the cannabinoid that is thought to have appetite suppression and weight loss properties. Expect a buzzy, social experience with boundless energy. Those who struggle with anxiety and paranoia should probably steer clear, however; at times, Durban is known to send people down a weird, winding road mentally.

micro closeup of durban poison cannabis strain, marijuana trichomes
Ry Prichard

How to spot it

Durban is almost always made up of large, rounded buds with a silvery-green coloration and lots of peach-colored hairs. The strain’s signature aroma is the easiest way to pick it out of the pack, though, as it is truly unique and cannot be mistaken for many other strains.


The intoxicating profile of Durban is a combination of candied lemons and anise. Even the smoke smells sweet and crisp hanging in the air. Durban’s flavor lingers in the mouth and sinuses in the best possible way, seeming almost to freshen the breath with its minty, clean finish.

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Ry Prichard is a Denver-based cannabis photographer and researcher who smells strongly of the strain you just read about at least twice a week. Follow him deep into the weed jungles of Colorado @cannabisencyclo.