Cannabis can be categorized in several various ways. Typically, this resinous flower is categorized as sativa, hybrid, or indica, based on the morphology of this plant. But cannabis can be further categorized via a vernacular defined by the popular culture, including Kush, Haze, and Purple. These terms refer to types of cannabis characterized by distinct smells, flavors, effects, and/or geographic areas.
What Characterizes ‘Kush’ Cannabis?
Kush is a specific variety of cannabis that descends from the Hindu Kush mountains. This mountain range spans the Afghanistan-Pakistan boundary and is one of those few geographical regions where the cannabis plant grows natively.
Possessing powerful Kush genetics usually means a breed will have a few of the following attributes:
Appearance: Your breed may exhibit deep green colas and leaves hints of purple. Pistils (hairs) can seem orange, pink, or rust colored. Buds are dense, chunky, and knotted, thick plants.
Smell: Aroma may fluctuate between earthy, floral, pungent, walnut, incense, sweet fruit, hash spice, pungent, citrus, gasoline, and herbaceous plants.
Taste: Smoke or vapor ought to be smooth and herbaceous, tasting of flowers, avocado, citrus, and earthiness.
Effects: The consequences are typically heavy and stimulant. OG crosses are often coupled with a glowing euphoria that puts a smile on the couch-locked consumer. Introspection or inner reflection is a common effect of Kush too. These cerebral effects make a strong case for Kush as a meditative variety of cannabis.
Bear in mind that these characteristics can differ from strain to strain. The way the strain is increased and its own unique genetic expression (referred to as a”phenotyoe”) obviously affect a breed’s attributes.
Among pressure breeders, Kush forms are popular candidates for backcrossing and subsequently, stabilizing hybrid genetics. Much like many landrace strains, its genetics present natural immunity to particular elements native to their territory of origin. Including hardy stocks and plant which may survive colder, harsher climates and medium water intake, allowing the plant to survive somewhat parched terrain. In addition to their normal resilience, many growers choose to develop these strains due to their hefty returns and manageable elevation.
What Are the Most Popular Kush Cannabis Strains?
A simple search of “Kush” will give hundreds of breeds with an Afghani ancestor, but let’s start with the five most popular:
1. OG Kush
The most famous of Kush varieties, OG Kush hits the sweet spot on the indica-dominant hybrid scale. This breed’s comfortable yet powerful sedation coupled with an uplifting euphoria make it the ideal strain to just feel good with.
2. Bubba Kush
This strain is what usually comes to mind when people think of indica-dominant effects. This strain is stoney and sedative, weighing the consumer to sofa like they had been wearing cement boots with a matching cement tracksuit and stately cement trench coat. This popular strain can also ignite your appetite; just try not to fall asleep before the fridge while spooning a box of Eggo waffles.
3. Purple Kush
Purple Kush is an excellent example of indica-dominant attributes. This strain has purple foliage and will generally have an earthy, grape-like flavor, as well as sleepy effects.
4. Skywalker OG
Skywalker OG takes the classic hybrid ramifications of OG Kush and deepens its sedating effects with the addition of Skywalker. This strain develops a fruit-rich, diesel-driven taste and odor while mimicking the joyful, uplifted mental features of its paternal genetics. The creeping, sedative effects melt over the body, taking the user from the light side of day to the dark side of nighttime (and sleep.)
5. Master Kush
Master Kush is another classic which inherits features directly from Hindu Kush. With a mixture of sleepy, happy, and calming effects, this popular strain earns its title.
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