The code of conduct in Iran is notorious for its harsh measures (re: whip lashes for alcohol consumption) and has waged a war against drug trafficking so most locals are now turning to cannabis as an easy way to obtain and enjoy the least penalized drug of choice. MERRY JANE has put together some interesting facts about marijuana use in Iran:
Marijuana Possession in Iran
While alcohol is illegal in Iran with a penalty of 99 lashes, most people get off with a fine. Marijuana on the other hand carries no penalty for carrying small amounts, which has fueled the sales of, “Gol”, the term used for marijuana in Iran. The abundant smell of marijuana now lingers throughout Iran’s capital of Tehran where one local describes how he smelled it inside a café once.
Where the Gol is Coming From
Most seeds are smuggled in from Amsterdam with many of them being genetically enhanced to produce stronger cannabis. Local dealers are just a phone call away and as common as people who sell illicit DVDs or alcoholic drinks. Smoking cannabis in Iran is fairly common from college students to local party-goers, and is usually preferred over alcohol.
What types of strains are available?
With seeds imported from Amsterdam you’ll likely find the same strains in Iran with one dealer’s menu consisting of strains called Royal Queen, DNA, and Nirvana. Most strains can be found year-round, and locals see it skyrocket during the winter months where young skiers and snowboarders can be seen casually rolling joints riding the chairlift up the mountain.
Marijuana use rises in Iran with little government interference.
Genetics: Iranian Landrace
Sourcing: The Real Seed Company, Khorasan, Iran, 2019 Harvest
Purpose: Charas (sieved resin)
Latitude: 35° N
Harvest: late-September to October
Classification: C. sativa subsp. indica var. afghanica x C. sativa subsp. indica var. indica
Grow Type: Outdoors, greenhouse, or indoors
An Iranian landrace from the Khorasan region of northeastern Iran, neighboring Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
This is a high-yielding landrace with immense bud production. It was sourced through a long-term resident of Khorasan with deep knowledge of the area. Seeds are direct from local farmers.
Khorasan is an ancient centre of cannabis culture. Most famously, it was the site of the khanqah of Qutb ad-Dīn Haydar, a Muslim mystic legendarily said to have discovered hashish. Best known to the West as Sheikh Haydar, his followers, the Haydaris, were famed for their extreme practices and chronic cannabis use.
Iranian landraces exhibit characteristics like those of Hindu Kush and Middle Eastern strains.
NOTE: This is a new accession from the 2019 harvest. Seeds are testing at close to 100% germination.
Pure Iranian landrace strain Cannabis seeds sourced direct from the hashish heartlands of Khorasan, Iran by The Real Seed Company