For this reason, a group of old school Moroccan growers have offered us ancient heirloom Moroccan seeds for their reproduction and preservation, before the unstoppable genetic contamination completely wipes out the old Moroccan strains in their original state.
Traditional hash plant from the Rif area near to Ketama and Chefchaouen, famous for producing kif (the traditional blend of cannabis flowers with tobacco) and the famous Moroccan blond hash.
Moroccan plants are small/medium sized. They start with fairly wide leaves, but when they reach their sexual maturity and flowering they develop as a pure sativa with foxtail floral structures, quickly accumulating to form good sized buds. There are 2 main phenotypes according to their structure. The most common phenotype grows very columnar and tall, with the second phenotype being smaller, shorter and more branched.
While this has been achieved on certain farms where these foreign genetics are cultivated with more care, the genetic contamination has also meant that Moroccan hashish has gradually lost its characteristic psychoactivity and distinctive ‘golden’ and mellow terpenes, which made Moroccan hashish a world reference in the cannabis scene of the 20th century.
This variety is grown at a very high plant density in its native land, with very little fertilizer and water, which means it has developed excellent resistance against heat and drought, performing perfectly with little care and low levels of nutrients, which makes it an ideal strain for outdoor guerrilla growing in hot and dry climates.
Certain Moroccan growers have now realized that these new foreign genetics require much more care, water and fertilizers, are harvested much later than traditional Moroccan strains, and do not have the same resistance against heat and outdoor pests. The old Moroccan strains are still the most suitable for growing in large remote plots with poor irrigation resources that cannot be tended with as much care.
This pure Moroccan strain is one of the fastest psychoactive sativa landraces on the planet, due to its semi autoflowering traits and its very short flowering time. Traditionally, this strain is sown at the beginning of spring, starting to bloom in June, and being harvested as early as August, when it begins to be processed and beaten by hand to produce the traditional Moroccan hashish, which varies in quality depending on the size of the sieve and the amount of time the flowers are beaten.
Once dried and curred, Ketama’s buds show a large resin layer that spreads intense hashish and noble wood scents. Its effect is relaxing, suitable for medicinal use of marijuana to treat pains and insomnia.
Ketama is a 100% indica feminized cannabis strain from the Chef Chaouen zone – a town in Morocco famous for its high quality hashish – acclimated to the European climate since the 90’s. Get it now among Alchimia’s landrace marijuana seed collection.
The north part of Moroccan Rif is rich of cannabis resin producers, where towns like Ketama or Chef Chaouen are seen as references in the production of a golden and sandy hashish with complex, floral and spicy aroma and relaxing, positive effect. World of Seeds breeding team collected, selected and reproduced the best marijuana strains from the Rif zone, before acclimating them to European crops.
Ketama’s flowering period takes from 55 to 70 days indoors, being harvested at mid October when grown outdoors, yielding 400-500 gr/plant. This indica variety is not resistant to molds, so protecting its big and resinous flowers in a greenhouse can be helpful. Actually, its compact structure makes Ketama suitable for being grown in this kind of environment.
Ketama enjoys a dry and rocky soil, similar than that where it naturally grows, and has few watering and nutrititional needs: this strain achieves great results in guerilla crops, where plants receive irregular and infrequent care.
Due to its typical hashplant characteristics, Ketama is a perfect strain to make cannabis concentrates.