Cannabis can be classified in many different ways. Typically, this resinous flower is classified as a sativa, hybrid or indica, based on the morphology of the plant. But cannabis can be further classified through popular lingo, such as Kush, Haze, and Purple. These terms refer to types of cannabis with distinct odors, flavors, effects and/or geographic regions.
What is “Kush” cannabis characterized by?
This particular cannabis strain is descended from the Hindu-Kush mountains. This mountain range covers the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan and is one of the few geographic regions where the cannabis plant grows natively.
Having strong “Kush” genetics usually means that a strain will have some of the following attributes:
- Appearance: Your strain may feature deep green colas and leaves with shades of purple. Pistils (hairs) may appear orange, bronze, or rust-colored. The buds are dense, large and knotted, coming from squat and dense plants.
- Smell: Aroma can range from earthy, floral, pungent, pine, incense, sweet fruit, hash spices, pepper, citrus, gas and herbs.
- Taste: Smoke or vapors should be smooth and herbaceous, with tasting of flowers, grapes, diesel, citrus and earth.
- Effects: The effects are typically heavy and sedative. They are usually accompanied by a bright euphoria that puts a smile on the consumer in bed. Introspection or internal reflection is also a common effect of this strain.
Keep in mind that these attributes can vary from strain to strain. How a strain grows is its only genetic expression (referred to as a “phenotype”) naturally affects the attributes of a strain.
Moreover, among strain breeders, this strain is popular for its crossing by establishing hybrid genetics. As with many terrestrial strains, Kush genetics exhibit a natural resistance to certain elements originating from their homeland. This includes hardy stocks and vegetation that can survive colder, colder climates and moderate water consumption, allowing the plant to withstand somewhat arid soil. In addition to their natural resilience, many growers choose to grow this strain for their heavy yields and manageable height.
What are the most popular Kush Cannabis strains?
A simple search for “Kush” will yield hundreds of strains with an Afghan ancestry, but let’s start with the five most popular:
– OG Kush
Most famous of all strains, OG Kush hits the sweet spot of the Indica-dominant hybrid scale. The comfortable yet powerful sedation of this strain coupled with an uplifting euphoria make it the perfect effort to stay healthy. Also available in a cannabis light version on our site.
– Bubba Kush
Bubba Kush is what you’d usually think of when people think about Indica-dominant effects. This strain is mushy and sedative, weighing the consumer down on the sofa as if they were wearing concrete boots with a tight concrete jumpsuit and a massive concrete trench coat. Bubba can also whet your appetite; try not to fall asleep in front of the fridge while putting in a box of egg waffles.
– Purple Kush
Purple Kush is an excellent example of indica dominant attributes. This strain has purple foliage and will generally have an earthy, grapey flavor, as well as sleepy effects.
– Skywalker OG
Skywalker OG takes the classic hybrid effects of OG and deepens its sedative effects with the addition of Skywalker. This strain develops a fruit-rich, diesel-rich flavor and aroma, mimicking the happy, uplifted mental characteristics of her paternal genetics. The creeping and sedative effects melt on the body, taking the consumer from the light side of the day to the dark side of the night (and sleep).
– Melon Kush
Melon Kush is another classic that inherits attributes directly from Hindu. With a blend of sleepy, happy and relaxing effects, Master Kush earns its title. This strain is an excellent alternative to Bubba. This cannabis strain is also available in our catalog in a cannabis light version.