Ethiopian 5, 4 and E4-2 cannabinoid and terpene analysis
We have been exploring lately old reproductions from African Seeds' Ethiopian Highland sativa.
We started with 3 different pure ethiopian lines from seed. The 3 lines produced pure landrace tropical sativa phenotypes without indica or western influence.
The 3rd line produced compact 'main cola' plants with shorter flowering time (12-13 weeks), but the quality was poor and had hermie tendencies so we discard all the plants from this line.
Lines 1 and 2 produced plants of similar growing traits, flowering times and behaviour: tall tropical sativa plants with strong columnar and lanky branching. Aromas are mainly earthy like many african landraces. The ethiopians with more interesting terpene profiles have more refined lemony aromas, others are sweeter, slightly musky.
The effect in all the plants is top quality: very clean, uplifting, energetic, well focused, positive, without body stone or hangover after the effect.
Of course, some plants were more powerful, the effect was longer lasting, had more refined terpenes and better indoor adaptability, while others while still having very good effects were mild in potency, duration of the effect or had poor indoor adaptability. All the females from these 2 lines yielded very well indoors. Flowering time is long (around 14-16 weeks), but the flowers have very good flower leaf ratio, and good density and good indoor adaptability in some females. Resin production is average-low in the strain.
We only found 1 female from these 2 lines with hermie traits (just a few nanners in late flowering), but the rest were completly firm, without hermie traits even indoors.
As we speak we are starting a reproduction of the ethiopian sativa with the best plants we found out in this initial selection.
We end up selecting 1 female from first line (E1-5) and 1 female from the second line (E4-2). These 2 females are clearly the best ones we have found by far from each line, and the ones we will focus the breeding. There also other 6 interesting females that don't reach the quality of the 2 females commented previously, but they are enough interesting to reproduce them and keep some decent genetic diversity in seed form for the future.
E1-5 is the best yielding female, most powerful ethiopian, with the best effects, longer duration of the effect (3 hours), best flowering traits (high flower/leaf ratio, dense flowers, good resin production for the average of the strain), good indoor adaptability ... so she was clearly the winner of the lot. E4-2 comes close in all the traits.
The aromas in these 2 best females are earthy in flowering, but after a good curing there are refined and pleasant sweet and sour lemony aromas, among the most complex terpenes within the line. The high comes quick, producing a positive, energetic, expansive, well focused sativa effect of good strenght and without hangover.
The ethiopian has moderate THC content (between 6-10 % THC), nule CBD content and slight amounts of CBG.
Ethiopian 5 parental plant:
Total THC= 9,47 %
Total CBD= 0,07 %
Aprox Ratio THC/CBD= Pure THC chemotype
The main terpenes in the line are: alpha pinene, beta pineno, beta myrcene, trans ocimene, beta cariofileno, alpha humelene, and some variations in d limonene and trans nerolidol.
Last edited by dubi; 02-03-2017 at 12:04 PM..
Reason: Update of Ethiopian 5 cannabinoid result with newer analysis