Afghan Mazar Sharif Hash
Afghan Mazar Sharif Hash. Grown around the desert towns of Balkh, Mazar-i-Sharif and Sheberghan in the far north of Afghanistan, close to the modern borders of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. This Mazar-i-Sharif strain produces the legendary hashish known as “Shirak-i-Mazar” and “Milk of Mazar”. The people of these regions are a patchwork of Turkic, Tajik, Afghan and Pashtun tribes, and the history of Mazar-i-Sharif strains is likely to be equally complex. In fertile and well-irrigated soils these vigorous giants are capable of reaching 4 metres in height or more, and will produce a similarly immense yield of intensely resinous flowers.
Traditionally harvested in the first half of December with the onset of the brutal Central Asian winter, Mazar-i-Sharif plants will enjoy cold conditions, including snow, and will turn a deep blood red in low temperatures. Growers favour leaving harvest as late as possible, sometimes into early January. Sieved “Milk of Mazar” garda is very resinous and so can be hand-pressed to make charas; it has a distinctively pungent, sweet aroma and a dreamily mellow high. Over-indulgence produces a mind-warping, immobilising and narcotic effect.
Mazar, a mostly Indica strain created by Dutch Passion, takes its name from Maza-I-Shariff, a growing center for cannabis in Afghanistan. Originally called simply “Afghan Skunk” after its parents, a landrace Afghanistan Indica and the well loved Skunk #1, it was renamed Mazar in 1997.
The smoke of this strain tastes of hash, fruit, citrus, and flowers. Its THC count reaches nearly 20% when the strain is grown properly. Users can experience the world in a bright and psychedelic light after using this strain, or they can fall into a deep sleep.
For most, this strain can be good for nighttime relief of insomnia as well as stimulation of appetite and easing of chronic pain. Mazar may also be prescribed for anxiety, stress, depression, bipolar disorder, and ADD/ADHD. Some find that it helps mitigate the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, migraines, and headaches.
Since Mazar usually finishes flowering around the first week of November, the strain is better suited for an indoor grow. Inside, the strain will flower between eight and nine weeks and reach about a meter in height. Particularly well suited for the Screen of Green method, these plants will need to be supported during the flowering period.