The Afghan Auto-Flowering strain of cannabis can trace its genetic roots back to the original Kush plants in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush region. These seeds were produced by breeding a strain of cannabis with another strain known as ruderalis. Due to its origins in Russia, where summers are shorter, ruderalis has evolved to bloom without human intervention after only a few weeks, regardless of the length of day or the intensity of sunlight.
Afghan is a stocky strain with an earthy-sweet, citrusy flavor that induces deep body relaxation; this calm state can progress to sleepiness and even lethargy depending on the amount consumed and the user’s tolerance. In general, it’s best to ease into things rather than rush. Despite its reputation for producing the “couch-lock” effect, this particular strain is also lauded for its ability to make users feel joyful or euphoric. Afghan Auto-Flowering is best used in the evenings or overnight because of its sedative effects.
Since Afghan has such a profound sedative effect, it has been successfully used to treat insomnia. Those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, or struggling with an eating disorder, may find the strain appealing because it stimulates appetite. If you have trouble falling asleep at the end of the day due to stress and anxiety, try some Afghan. If pain is keeping you up at night, this may help.
Afghan is an auto-flowering variety, but it takes 70–80 days to bloom. Afghan cannabis seeds take a while to germinate, but the end result is worth the wait because the plants are large and beautiful. In addition, the sugar leaves and smaller sun leaves store a lot of resin that is rich in indica. To that end, those who want to harvest hashish in addition to the marijuana flowers should look to Afghan cannabis seeds.