Kush is known as a landrace strain which means its genetics have never been tampered with and is also commonly used to develop hybrid plants. The varieties of kush are known to produce potent buds and widely smoked by veteran smokers. Cannabis strains are typically categorized as indica, sativa or hybrid, however some strains can be broken down by their genetics such as haze, purple and kush.
Kush has distinct characteristics that have become famous among medical marijuana users and has become popularized through association with hip-hop culture.
The Origin of Kush
The strain originates from the Hindu-Kush mountains in India which also spans across Afghanistan, Himalayas and Pakistan. This region was once used as the main route for South and Central slave markets where slaves would often die due to environmental conditions.
Its short/stocky plants produce stable and high quality yields. Since this flower was able to grow in such harsh climates with the ability to grow with a moderate water source and cold temperatures, which has made it an ideal cannabis strain for growers.
Kush was popularized in the 1970’s when it made its way to Europe and North America where it become widely used for both recreational and medicinal purposes. During that same time it also became extremely popular internationally amongst cannabis seed banks.
Kush cannabis reached the US and UK in the 1970s for consumption in the medical marijuana community and are extremely popular among cannabis seed banks around the world.
Today kush cannabis can be found in several strain variations including OG Kush, Master Kush and Bubba Kush to name a few. Each phenotype can produce drastically different traits, cannabinoid profile and effects when consumed.
Let’s take a look at the most popular forms of kush cannabis strains.
1. OG Kush
This is the most popular variety of kush strains. This indica-dominant strain has THC levels as high as 24%. In fact this strain carries just 1% less THC than the current record holder. OG Kush is comprised of a fairly balanced ratio of indica to sativa (55:45). This American classic originates from Southern California and is very potent. Medical marijuana users find tremendous benefit from this strain for combatting issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, pain and nausea. Paranoia and headaches can sometimes be experienced with this strain. If you’re looking for a sedative and euphoric strain, OG Kush is a perfect strain.