Bob Marley is no longer with us, same with his legendary, favorite strain of cannabis. But now it appears that a reggae resurrection could occur…
Dr. Machel Emanuel is growing a field of landrace cannabis that is considered the “supreme” flower that Marley enjoyed prior to it going extinct in America’s war on drugs in the 80s.
A supreme ganja, smoked by Rastas and even Bob Marley himself in the 1970s?
This pipe dream of every self-respecting ganja aficionado is becoming reality again thanks to the horticultural talents of this scientist in Jamaica.
This cannabis was one of best strains in the country before the United States came through and began destroying the easily identifiable plant with its unusually tall stalks.
Amid mangos, lychees and other jackfruit, Dr. Machel Emanuel has planted a field of cannabis plants measuring dozens of square meters — cannabis cultivated in the open, in greenhouses or in his lab in the botanical garden of the Biology Department at the University of the West Indies in Kingston.
His specialty: landrace cannabis, which grew naturally in Jamaica before it disappeared as a result of human intervention.
Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailers — founding members of the celebrated reggae group The Wailers — used landrace cannabis, he assures, amid the soothing, tropical ambience of his little garden of Eden — or Jah, the Rastafarian word for God.
The reggae legends’ ganja, he says, would not have been as strong as modern, artificially created cannabis, which has higher levels of THC — the plant’s main psychoactive ingredient.
But in the 1980s, during the US war on drugs, landrace cannabis was easily spotted because of its height and destroyed, and cultivation of the plant was abandoned.
Over time, easier-to-hide hybrids replaced the landrace cultivars that were similar to that of Bob Marley’s.
Seeds of the landrace are not easy to find as the Dr. says he once went on a six-hour hike to obtain just ONE of these ultra-rare seeds.