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Philippines Sagada

I would like to share with all the community a small preservation project with a very special line I received from a good friend, the infamous Philippines Sagada. This strain cames from Overgrow. A philippino grower shared the seeds from several lines, Sagada, Kalinga and others with the community many years ago and after all this time, a few ended in my hands.

Beautiful landscape of Sagada:

The hanging tombs. seen them so many times in documentaries!

I think this strain it’s specially interesting due to the harsh drug laws in Philippines, where you can even be condemned to death penalty for cannabis possession. So growing weed is a very high risk there! That’s the reason I don’t think many traditional farmers will preserve old pinoy strains and probably the smugglers growing pot are already running hybrids to improve crops and profits. There isn’t many info on Philippines strains either but it seems cannabis growing operations are still common there, besides the risk:

The seeds were gifted by the great Rahan, a great inspiration who spread also lots of information on rare and native lines from all over the word and did a great landrace list in the past that could be found in Overgrow and the Ultimate Sativa Thread. He and other friends and great growers from the community also inspired me to contribute filling that list and keep gaining and sharing knowledge about landraces and cannabis diversity all over the globe.

Seeds were made around 2005, so they were quite old already. Unfortunately, from the 15 seeds I got only 5 sprouted properly and at the end, just 4 made it. This it’s been always a great issue for all of us, germinating very old seeds that have a very special value is such a challenge, but at the end there is not much we can do when they get old or weak to open and survive. It’s a very big fucking pressure when you expect them to sprout and you don’t have any more seeds plus you know they are super rare.

I tried desperately with different techniques with the beans, even home made surgery with them, helping them out as much as I could and always trying to make them moist and warm enough, while keeping everything sterilised with H2O2 and so on to avoid fungus and damage… but not much success so at the end I couldn’t get any other to come to life. It’s really disappointing and sad but it’s how it is. So guys, better sprout those special seeds you have been storing for years and keep them fresh each few years, otherwise they will get lost for ever!

I really hope to get at least one nice male and stable females to do a seed run and have fresh seeds to keep studying the line.

There isn’t many info on them. Rahan told me they were very much like the other SE Asian lines, but faster flowering than thais and maybe not so many hermies among them.

The Sagada comes straight from Filipinos, I still may have the stamp of the package. I received them from a member of overgrow that was not very active. It was the same source than those of Dubi (ACE seeds) who received also both Sagada and Kalinga and preferred the Kalinga, more south asian electric sativa. We preferred the Sagada, more “quiet and zen” thai style. There were some hermies in the line but not as many as with classical thais and they were discarded from the reproduction. It was the time when people living in exotic countries were visiting forums like overgrow to exchange native lines with modern hybrid lines. Most probably, weed dealers who had strong interest (due to harsh law) to enhance productivity and lower flowering time so that to avoid risk exposure and enhance money.

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Let’s see how they behave. I will keep this thread updated with some pictures and information regularly so anyone can enjoy as I will.

P.S: There is some info on the Philippines Kalinga in this thread as well. but nothing about Sagadas I’m afraid:

Cannabis in the Philippines

It is not surprising that there is cannabis in the Philippines, the country is a humid tropical, sovereign island country located in the Southeast part of Asia situated on the western side of the Pacific Ocean. It boasts a climate perfect for growing cannabis and is widely available on most of its islands… but yet it is, and has always been an illegal substance.

This country has fought many battles for its own independence against foreign conquerors, who sought out its rich natural resources and its tactical military positioning in the globe. Its history is filled with foreign influences stemming from the Chinese, Americans and Spaniards, who had colonized and shaped the country to what its culture is today.

Which is why in this article we need to explore how it is that cannabis came to this country and when or who banned it. We will also look at what is the future for cannabis in the Philippines.

History of Cannabis in the Philippines

It is not clear as to which foreign entity introduced cannabis to the Philippines. There were several influences over time all of which dealt with hemp and cannabis one way or another.

We also don’t know if cannabis was used for food, shelter, clothing and medicine by Philippine ancestors known as the Negritos and the Aeta, during their time. Unlike other countries that use cannabis hemp in making native ancestral clothes and garments, the Philippines and its people utilized Manila hemp or Abaca. Abaca is a textile that was produced using a species of banana leaves native to the Philippine Islands.

But what we do know is the following historical findings which may help us understand how it came to the country…


We can start to trace back its history as far as 2000 BCE, where India during this time, was already cultivating Cannabis for food, oil, fiber and medicine. Although India was not one of the Philippines colonizers, a recent discovery of the Laguna Copperplate inscription, says that the Hindu had made contact with the Philippines and its people in 900 AD.

Cannabis in India was mentioned as early as 2000 BCE in the Hindu text Atharvaveda, as “Sacred Grass”, one of the five sacred plants in India and was used as medicine. This posts a huge possibility that the Hindus who visited the Philippines, may have introduced cannabis in the country. But there is no concrete data to prove such a claim.

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Europe, during the time of the famous 1521 Spanish colonization of the Philippines, have had its fair share of the trade and use of Cannabis in its country. The oldest monograph of Hashish was actually found in Spain during the 13th century, it provided a description of the psychoactive properties of cannabis.

The Spanish colonization over the Philippines is the most popular of all its foreign invasions because the Spaniards had reigned over the Philippines for over 300 years. This then was cut short with the help of the foreign American allies.


The Chinese also utilized cannabis for oil, food, and medicine, dating as far back as 1500 BCE. Chinese traders in the Philippines, who were hiding in the country from their enemies in the brink of war, introduced opium to the Philippines. It is also likely that they introduced cannabis to the Philippines since its use was prominent in their country.

Different Strains of Cannabis Found in the Philippines

Cannabis in the Philippines is called by different names, Ganja, Juts, Baguio Gold, Ubec and Sagada, to name a few. Usually, names are dubbed specifically within the different islands all across the Philippines where it is grown.

The cannabis has always been Sativa dominant and is grown naturally in mountainous areas in different provinces across many islands. Seldom can you find strains that are Indica and high-grade cannabis which is grown indoors, hydroponically.

A few top strains circulate the cannabis market in the Philippines, usually award winning strains, that may have been grown locally or imported from other countries.

Examples of these strains are:

Although circulation of high-grade and top quality bud can be bought through a reliable source within some islands, the most common locally grown cannabis is what most people tend to have. These plants are grown naturally and usually give you the same effect but have different tastes depending on which island you get it from. Examples of cannabis from different islands are as follows:


Cannabis in Manila is usually golden and is said to have come from the mountainous areas of Baguio. That is why the majority of Filipinos call this specific strain as Baguio Gold . It is musky and strong and usually smoked as a spliff with tobacco.


The island of Cebu is said to have the freshest bud you can smoke in the county. This is due to the mountain area being so close to the city so you can easily get the freshest cannabis given that you have a reliable source. It has a citrus aroma, that usually smells like mangoes when really fresh. Its taste is bittersweet and can get you the buzz you need almost instantly in the first hit (although it may vary depending on your tolerance).


Cannabis in Sagada reaps out huge buds because of the cold climate in the province. Although the buzz you get from it is the same as that of Cebu’s and Manila’s, it is almost tasteless and easy to smoke. Sagada is also known for the hashish which some local farmers in the province produce. This hashish involves burying burnt cannabis into the ground and is also locally known as Charas.

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Current Situation and Attitude Towards Cannabis in the Philippines

The acceptance of the use of cannabis in the Philippines is unlike that of the west and other countries that recognize the positive and potential use of cannabis for food, shelter, clothing and medicine.

The Philippines’ outlook on cannabis is that it is still a schedule-1 drug and an illegal substance which is harmful to the body. If one is caught with the possession of cannabis, it could lead to jail time or in serious consequences like the death penalty, which is currently suspended under the Philippines’ recent laws .

In observance of the views towards cannabis in the country, a lot of organizations have stepped up to bring out a change in the Philippine government’s outlook towards medical cannabis.

One of the leading groups in this movement is the “ Philippine Cannabis Compassion Society ”. They aim to promote the medical use of cannabis for seizure patients and to protect those who seek the use of medical cannabis as an alternative to conventional medicines. The group had lobbied for a bill, entitled House Bill No. 04477, which aims to provide the use of medical cannabis to seizure patients.

The bill was disapproved by a group of doctors who fear the potential abuse of the drug if the bill was to pass. They added, that the use of medical cannabis lacked further research in its effectiveness and safety, and is still undergoing clinical trials.

Despite the rigorous research of foreign countries towards cannabis and its numerous medicinal applications, the Philippine Senate rejected the bill, stating that the law is not necessary for the country.

The decision of the house came about by comparing statistics made by Denver, Colorado ( the first state to legalize cannabis in a recreational standpoint in the U.S.). They said, although the crime rate in Colorado has dropped, trips to the emergency room have increased due to the accidental ingestion of cannabis in food and other edibles. Furthermore, the house is looking into a wider scope as to how the drug can be regulated and policed in the country if it was to pass.

Ray of Hope

With the recent presidential elections in conclusion and in light of a president who supports the medical use of cannabis, advocates and patients are hoping for the possibility of passing another bill which will legalize the medical use of cannabis in the Philippines.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, in an interview, stated that although he supports the medical use of cannabis, he disapproves the recreational use of it. He verbalized that he is a witness to the destructive capabilities of the drug when abused, stating an experience with a colleague he had in the past.