Bummer you didn't like it -- it's not for everyone, that's for sure. Most of the criticism I hear about it is that it's gimmicky (I guess the weed note?). I don't find it challenging at all, though -- very easy to wear compared to some others that I own. (But then again, I'm the kind of person who'd also love to try out the "funky Indian oud oil" you align it with.)
It's super dense, over the top, a bit tacky/garish, and borderline oppressive -- which is exactly what I love about it. It lasts an extremely long time on me, too. I also find it hard to pin down exactly what it's doing: an odd mix of sweet (the anise?), woody, incense type notes that's dark but also a little playful and irreverent. It's about as garish as I like to go, but when used sparingly, I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I find this and Duro to be Gualtieri's best for the brand.
I should add that I disliked it the first few times I smelled it, but it grew on me.
I find 95% of the Sephora/Macy's line more challenging than Black Afgano.