Ciskei is a 100% Sativa landrace that originates from the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa. This area was one of the regions that declared itself independent from South Africa in the years 1981 to 1994, at the height of apartheid. This heirloom Sativa was traditionally grown in small patches along the mountainsides and along the valleys at altitudes ranging from 4900- 6500 ft. Ciskei seeds have been made available commercially thanks to Tropical Seeds Company. Some time ago they fortunately found themselves in possession of forty ancient seeds that were the work of a now no longer in business seed company, Herbaria.
Herbaria was a Swiss enterprise of good standing that had worked extensively with the Ciskei Landrace, selecting and breeding and tightening the line. The original forty seeds of Ciskei landrace that were popped by Tropical Seeds Company were eventually narrowed down to four plants, two males, two females. From this selection, seeds were made and offered to the public.
TASTE & SMELL –
Ciskei buds have an exotic spicy aroma reminiscent of ripe fruits and citrus. Once blazed, a complex blend of flavors erupt, combining sour apple with pine!
Regarding effects, expect a powerful Sativa high that’s mentally stimulating and uplifting. She has a way of easing tensions and lightening up moods, a good smoke for social occasions. Medically, those with mild to chronic fatigue and experiencing lingering tiredness can often find relief and improvement in day-to-day life from Ciskei’s powerful energizing qualities.
MEDICAL USES –
Those who suffer from social anxiety may also benefit from her ability to ease interactions and seemingly heighten self-esteem.
GROW INFO –
Ciskei is considered a relatively difficult strain to grow and perhaps not the best choice for the novice grower. She grows medium-height and displays a classic compact Indica shape and structure despite being 100% Sativa! She has a high calyx to leaf ratio, producing super dense buds that finish flowering in 9 to 11 weeks. Outdoors, she is ready for harvest in October when grown in the Northern Hemisphere. Ciskei also responds well to topping and training making her an ideal strain for those with limited grow space.
SEED AVAILABILITY –
For those interested in acquiring Ciskei genetics, regular seeds are available and can be purchased directly from Tropical Seeds’ website and through several authorized vendors online.