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Cannabis in Jamaica

Ganja, Collie, Kiki, Sinsemilla. cannabis has plenty of different names, especially in Jamaica, a small Caribbean island known around the world for its long relationship with this plant.

Indeed, Jamaica is a true place of reference with regard to cannabis cultivation for smokers worldwide. Its tropical climate and fertile soil are ideal for the cultivation of cannabis plants, especially Sativas. Moreover, it is also the place where the Rastafari movement was born, which promotes a religious use of ganja and has a large number of followers in the island. Still, the use of cannabis is widely spread among all social classes – not only Rastafarians – and is doubtless one of the most popular crops in the island. In this article we’ll tell you more about the relation of cannabis with this small Caribbean paradise.

7-mile Beach, Jamaica

Introduction of cannabis in Jamaica

Being British colony until 1962, Jamaica is a traditional producer of sugar, also cotton during the slavery period. The indigenous people from the island – the Arawak tribe – were exterminated before the arrival of the British by the Spanish colonizers, while the Commonwealth government forced thousands of slaves to move from Western Africa to Jamaica to work on plantations.

After the abolition of slavery in 1838, and while many slaves abandoned their work in Jamaica, the Brisitsh Empire used manpower from other colonies to substitute them, as is the case of India. Around 33.000 workers from India left their country during the XIX century to work in Jamaica. This migration is likely to be the cause of the introduction of cannabis seeds into the island, between 1850 and 1860.

Thus, the different techniques to grow cannabis and process it were taught to local Jamaican farmers by these migrant workers from Asia, who also gave them the first seeds to grow. The influence from India can also be seen in terms like “ganja”, which comes from the word ?g?ñj?? (which means cannabis or cannabis resin) and that is widely used by the Jamaican community.

Strain Hunters in Jamaica

Prohibition of cannabis in Jamaica dates back from 1913 with the Dangerous Drug Act – also known as The Ganja Law – which prohibited possession, cultivation and sale of cannabis (under penalty of imprisonment). Still, things have changed considerably during the past years, and actually both the medical and spiritual uses are legal since 2015.

Jamaican cannabis genetics

Cannabis prohibition, globalisation, Internet and many other factors play a role in the fact that landrace strains from Jamaica have been gradually replaced by modern feminised seeds, mostly hybrids. Actually, some of the traditional Jamaican strains that can be found today, as the legendary Lambs Bread, have Skunk genes in them since the 80’s.

To find true, pure Jamaican genetics can be a very tough goal, as we could see during our trip in 2016 for the Steppin High Festival. Sadly, most weed available today in the island is miles away from the famous Jamaican weed praised by Reggae artists in the 70’s. In contrast, we were regularly offered some of the, supposedly, most renowned hybrids of the cannabis seed market: White Widow, Amnesia. even Girl Scout Cookies!

Jamaican Sativas are still being grown by some farmers

However, and if you know the right people, you can still find some traditional cannabis crops in the island, especially in the Blue Mountains area and the parish of Santa Ana, where locals go to get the best weed in the island!

The Orange Hill area also gathers many ganja farmers, although modern European or American hybrids are mainly grown there, obviously looking for better profit. You can actually book a guided tour through the plantations with other tourists!

Popularity of cannabis in Jamaica

While the traditional use of cannabis in Jamaica dates back from more than 150 years, it was not until the decade of 1970 when both the Rastafarian movement from the island and Reggae music – and thus, weed – skyrocketed in popularity. The international success of some Jamaican reggae artists also democratized in some way the use of cannabis around the world and out of the Rasta community. People like Bob Marley or Peter Tosh claimed their love for the plant in many of their songs, as well as the medicinal properties of cannabis. As we mentioned, ganja is widely used across the territory by people from all types of social context.

After the legalisation of cannabis in other countries like Uruguay or some of the states of the USA, and after years of debate with the pro cannabis local associations, the Jamaican government finally decided to allow possession of smal amounts (around 50g) for medical or religious use in 2015. The new law also allows the government to issue licenses to develop the medical cannabis industry in the island, also scientific research. Last but not least, every person is allowed to grow up to 5 plants at home.

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Weed, Jamaica. and Alchimia!

Soon after the law was endorsed, a number of cannabis-related festivals and events were announced. Mainly held at the Negril region, which offers a unique space for tourists and locals to enjoy the beautiful beaches and white sands, they’re events as prestigious as Rootzfest, Steppin High Festival, Dab-a-Doo or the legendary High Times Cannabis Cup.

Cannabis clubs have also flourished across the country, which – as proven in Barcelona – highly improve the growing and processing techniques and thus the final product, also for resin extracts. Other independent associations, like Scarce Commodity, are focused on quality control of the cultivation, processing and distribution practices, which in turn increases the quality of the weed produced in the territory.

Jamaica was, is and – we hope – will be a true paradise for any lover of the cannabis plant.

Finally, Jamaica seems to offer cannabis a bright and sunny future!

Articles and publications used for the writing of this article:

    . Amsterdams Drug Tijdschrift, nr 2, December 1996, pp. 11-14.

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Comments in “Cannabis in Jamaica” (1)

Tallistgenetics 2021-05-15
As someone who is a native to jamaica, the narrative that our original sativa strains are now hybridized is a complete lie. If a tourist visits the island your mostly going to find buzz strains so that you buy the weed. The real genetics are presserved by the same farmers who sell the popular stuff, they are afraid of capitalism which is why you would never get a old man to show u his 15 foot landrace, stop saying we are over run by western strains, its only for consumption that we grow those. The most dominant genetic line in jamaica contrary to belief is between 90’s skunk #1 and afghani. The most popular native strains among locals is the Purple Skunk (a seed created by dutch passion which has been discontinued ) and White I.C.E. ( indica crystal extreme).

Tim Alchimia 2021-05-19
Hi, thanks for your comment and contribution to our blog, it’s fascinating to hear the perspective of a native Jamaican. However, I think you must have misread our article because we clearly state that it’s not very easy but “if you know the right people, you can still find some traditional cannabis crops in the island, especially in the Blue Mountains area and the parish of Santa Ana, where locals go to. “. It’s also interesting to see the varieties that you name as being the most dominant and popular genetic lines in Jamaica, a selection of strains that definitely lend weight to the claim that the island is “over run by western strains”, although that’s not really what we wrote, we simply said the more or less the same as you, that what most people grow to sell is some form of Dutch or US hybridized variety and not, as a general rule, the traditional Jamaican landrace sativas! It’s widely accepted that prohibition and police pressure led to Jamaican growers using shorter-flowering hybrids to increase their chances of harvesting before potentially being raided. Hopefully, with legalization, these old long flowering time varieties will be able to come out from hiding and start to be enjoyed by everyone soon. All the best and happy growing!

JAMAICA

Genetics: Jamaican
Region: Caribbean
Strain: Jamaican Sativa, “Longtime Weed”
Latitude: 18° N
Harvest: January
Height: 2 – 3 metres
Flowering: 18 – 24 weeks
Aromas: Pineapple, tropical fruit juice, wood, old-school
Flavours: grilled lamb kebab, woody, herby ‘Old School’ sativa
Effects: Electric, euphoric, soaring, take-your-breath-away, potent, spiritual, introspective in larger doses, great higher thoughts, joyful, clear, energetic, profound
Characteristics: tall plants
Grow Type: Outdoors in tropical climates only. Greenhouse for Mediterranean climates.
Light deprivation greenhouse for all other climates
Breeder: Grover Sativa

This is probably the world’s best marijuana. Growing up in Tottenham, London, I experienced smoking Jamaican weed earlier and in larger quantities than any other type of marijuana. There are more Jamaicans living in London than any other city in Jamaica, except Kingston and if they don’t live in Brixton then they probably live in Tottenham. For us, if you went to Finchley or West ways it was Thai, if it was hash it was Pakistani from Howard (RIP) and it was fantastic hash
but if it was from Tottenham or South of the river then it was Jamaican flat press and I loved it.

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In fact, Jamaican was the first weed I ever smoked. I had already smoked plenty of hashish from Petticoat Lane Market but this was something different, a weird green little ‘brick’ of sticky, buttery smelling grass. I picked it apart and put it in a rizla. I spent the next four hours bunking off school, laughing my head off for no reason whatsoever, ever – tears streaming down my face, on the floor of a living room in North London with the most beautiful girl I ever met in my life. Everything was just perfect, exactly as it should be and it was some of the best hours of my life. I would give up all my money to have those four hours again. In the end, I would spend my weekends just wasting time smoking Jamaican weed, listening to Dub on my mixing decks and drinking beer with my mates.

The plant itself?
This is a true, pure tropical Landrace sativa. It is called ‘Longtime weed’ on the island because it takes so much time to flower.

It is an ‘Old School’ tropical sativa of utterly magnificent effects. Clear, euphoric, energetic and utterly electric.The effect is powerful and in larger doses it can be a bit introspective or thought provoking but it is not in that confusing and twisted way that you get with pure haze. It is much nicer than that. The energy is quite shocking but it is hard to actually do too much at first because you are just so high. Everything is awe-inspiring. The world is just this magnificent place that must be contemplated. It really is a thing to experience. Once you have got a grip on things (and the electricity can be overwhelming) you really get waves of heavy euphoria.This is how things should be.

The smoke is physically light but extremely powerful, and if you have ever been to the Caribbean and tried to do something physical in the sun you realise why the weed they smoke is very clear and full of energy. Having said that it is not without physical properties. Blazing red eyes and a gormless grin, as if there are strings attaching the sides of your mouth to your eyes.

Just as the experience is full of energy but you are too overwhelmed to actually do anything, the effect can also be thought-provoking and introspective without you being capable of actually expressing yourself in any way that isn’t just unintelligible garbage. But in the best way. Just get laid back, laugh sing and enjoy the ride. The world is beautiful, the sun shines and everything is just wonderful for the next 4 hours. This is as fun, profound and colourful an experience as you can have with cannabis sativa. You know how, in the old days, you had the ones where you couldn’t stop laughing and you had no idea why? That is this one.

The plant itself? It is tall – very tall. I have tried to select some shorter, quicker to flower phenotypes amongst the females, so you can find something a bit more manageable if you are lucky but it is a bit of a beast, really. This is because of the weakness of the flowering response. It just takes ages to get going. Seven weeks from light reduction to first flowers is normal and it grows that whole time. This is because of where it is from and what the local farmers needed. In Jamaica, for most of the year anyway, once a seed sprouts the plant almost immediately goes into flowering. This means that only the plants with the weakest of flowering responses (ie they take an age to actually start flowering, even once their flowering response is stimulated..) get any time at all to actually grow.

The frame is very branchy and has that languid, stretchy, tropical stature. Small fluffy flowers that run all the way along huge branches, from the middle to the end. Great resin for this kind of plant and extremely strong and pleasant aromas which can be very tropical and fruity, like pineapple or tropical fruit juice or even juicy, fruity chewing gum and woody. These plants can be extremely pleasant and will quickly become your favourites and rightly so.

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The aromas translate well into flavours, especially the sweet, fruity ones and every now and again you can find definite grilled lamb and bread flavours, which are magnificent and will be smoked far too quickly. Of course the woody old-School flavours are also easy to find. The plants you can find are actually quite varied and you can really find yourself something you really like if you are willing to search but it takes a lot of skill and experience. The plants get really tall and take up huge space. They are not heavy feeders or drinkers but because they get so big they will still require regular maintenance, especially in pots. They take an age to get going and you won’t even know which are female and which are male before your kush plants start maturing.

This takes a really ‘old hand’ to be able to manage properly. Once you have identified the females you must identify the phenotypes. Some are shorter flowering and have a more commercial profile to the flowers. These are superb tropical sativa and great to smoke, but the real magic is in the tropical ones. They take far longer to get going and to finish. The flowers are not as dense and more fox-tailing. The branches are longer and can bend with the wind. The whole thing is just more ’tropical’ but the resins are superb and the aromas tend to be sweeter and less woody. If you have the patience for it then you can really fall in love here. Be careful!
To get the very best flavours, aromas and effects these plants want maximum sunshine and lots of space for their roots in organic soil. Feed lightly at first but large plants want more food. If you do well you will really taste the pineapple.

For breeders: there is a fair amount of genetic diversity in the overall population and the plants are actually very sexually stable (not 100% but all of the females I used were perfect so you should be fine). The plant does breed true and the very best examples are about as good for outcrossing as any tropical sativa I have ever grown (and I have grown a fair few).It does very well paired with Skunk and Kush type partners. The effects are very dominant in crosses but the physical traits, like height and flowering speed are easy to tame. Enjoy! Explore!

Jamaican Dream

Jamaican Dream from Eva Seeds come as the name suggests from the fabulous Jamaica.

The main trait of this marijuana strain is its short flowering period . just 6 weeks!

Jamaican Dream is a strong and stable plant very easy to grow. It presents a typical Christmas tree structure and produces large buds with abundant trichomes.

Aromas of pine and lime and a sweet mild with coffee undertones.

Clear active and energetic sativa effect.

Features of Jamaican Dream from Eva Seeds:

  • Cropping field: Indoor and outdoor
  • Sex: Feminised
  • Type: Sativa 90% – Indica 10%
  • Yield: Medium-High
  • Flowering time on indoos: 42 to 45 days
  • Harvest time on outdoor: End of September
  • THC level: 17%

We would like to remind our customers that cannabis seeds are not listed in the European Community catalogue. They are products intended for genetic conservation and collecting, in no case for cultivation. In some countries it is strictly forbidden to germinate cannabis seeds, other than those authorised by the European Union. We recommend our customers not to infringe the law in any way, we are not responsible for their use.

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