While innocent men, women and children’s souls have been crushed, bodies destroyed and minds lost forever to terrorism, there is another victim of the Syrian conflict between the multi-faction rebel forces that would love to see Bashar al-Assad’s head skewed on a pole, in the center of Damascus; marijuana genetics.
In this ominously foretelling video posted to YouTube in late 2012 one of Syria’s more militant rebel fractions, the Farouq brigade, set this sticky crop of Syrian Hash strain plants ablaze. The perceived ultimate goal of attacking Syria’s marijuana fields is to first deny competing rebels the financial gain of allowing this cash crop of chronic cannabis from being made into high quality Hash. Secondly, these somewhat secular, though highly media savvy militia exist on a second-tier within the ‘terrorism world’ and hope to gain favor within the extremely militant Islamic groups.
Bordering Turkey, Iraq and Israel, Syria throughout history has enjoyed a strong connection with many heirloom cannabis genetics, as they traveled the once busy trade routes which connected these known cultivators of the earliest Indica strains.
Hash Plant’s genetics are typical of the ancient Ottoman Empire. A short, stocky and sturdy strain, producing fat yields of sticky, THC encrusted flower in a relatively short period of time. Generating a dense, trichome enveloped nug which develops dark green clusters of ripe calyx’s.
As US policymakers, Bashar al-Assad and a dizzying number of militia groups, all with different political agendas converge on the historic cultivation region, once a crown jewel in the Persian Empire – all will suffer. While I mourn the loss of any life, ultimately the human species will reproduce. The cannabis strains that are being exterminated under the guise of politics and policy may soon become extinct. Potentially losing some of the greatest cannabinoids and flavonoids ever to grace ancient pharmacopeia.