Over the 2 decades, Franco Loja and Arjan Roskam, have become known as the “Kings of Cannabis”. They have roamed the world for unique strains of cannabis to breed, sell and study. Their influence on modern cannabis strains is remarkable as they have created some of the best strains ever!

The Kings of Cannabis built their global powerhouse on inbred strains of cannabis called “landraces” that they’ve collected from all over the world — Argentina, Australia, and Brazil, just to name a few spots. Without these strains, the King’s various breeding enterprises, Amsterdam’s coffee shops, and even distribution centers wouldn’t exist.

They are off to the unpredictable land and people in Equatorial Africa, right into the heart of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as they hunt for their next landrace target, an undisturbed strain of Sativa.

Why Africa? “Equatorial Africa is one the best preserved because of the wars, the lack of infrastructure, political unrest. All these situations created isolation there,” Loja explained. “So that’s where we’re going.”

VICE News met up with the “Kings of Cannabis” for a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to hunt for one of the rarest species of Cannabis yet, the original Congolese landrace.

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