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What is ‘Kush’ cannabis?

February 1, 2017
Cannabis can be classified in many different ways. Typically, this resinous flower is categorized as sativa, hybrid, or indica, based on the morphology of the plant. But cannabis can be further categorized through a vernacular defined by the popular culture, such as Kush, Haze, and Purple. These terms refer to types of cannabis characterized by distinct smells, flavors, effects, and/or geographic regions.

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What characterizes ‘Kush’ cannabis?

Kush is a particular variety of cannabis that descends from the Hindu Kush mountains. This mountain range spans the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and is one of the few geographic regions where the cannabis plant grows natively.

Having strong Kush genetics usually means a strain will have a few of the following attributes:

  • Appearance: Your strain may exhibit deep green colas and leaves with hints of purple. Pistils (hairs) can look orange, bronze, or rust colored.  Buds are dense, chunky, and knotted, coming from squat, thick plants.
  • Smell: Aroma can vary between earthy, floral, pungent, pine, incense, sweet fruit, hash spice, pepper, citrus, gas, and herbs.
  • Flavor: Smoke or vapor should be smooth and herbaceous, tasting of flowers, grape, diesel, citrus, and earth.
  • Effects: The effects are typically heavy and sedative. OG Kush crosses are usually coupled with a bright euphoria that puts a smile on the couch-locked consumer. Introspection or internal reflection is a common effect of Kush as well. These cerebral effects make a strong case for Kush as a meditative variety of cannabis.

Keep in mind that these attributes can vary from Kush strain to Kush strain. How a strain is grown and its unique genetic expression (referred to as a “phenotype”) naturally affect a strain’s attributes.

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Among strain breeders, Kush varieties are popular candidates for backcrossing and in turn, stabilizing hybrid genetics. As with many landrace strains, Kush genetics present natural resistance to certain elements native to their land of origin. This includes hardy stocks and vegetation that can survive colder, harsher climates and moderate water consumption, allowing the plant to endure somewhat parched terrain. In addition to their natural resilience, many growers choose to grow Kush strains for their heavy yields and manageable height.

What are the most popular Kush cannabis strains?

A simple search of “Kush” will yield hundreds of strains with an Afghani ancestor, but let’s start with the five most popular:

1. OG Kush

og kush cannabis strain

The most famous of all Kush varieties, OG Kush hits the sweet spot on the indica-dominant hybrid scale. This strain’s comfortable yet potent sedation coupled with an uplifting euphoria make it the perfect strain to just feel good with.

2. Bubba Kush

bubba kush cannabis strain

Bubba Kush is stoney and sedative, weighing the consumer to couch as though they were wearing cement boots with a matching cement tracksuit and stately cement trench coat. Bubba Kush may also ignite your appetite; just try not to fall asleep in front of the fridge while spooning a box of Eggo waffles.

3. Purple Kush

purple kush cannabis strain

Purple Kush has purple foliage and will generally have an earthy, grape flavor, as well as sleepy effects.

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4. Master Kush

master kush cannabis strain

Master Kush is another Kush classic that inherits attributes directly from Hindu Kush. With a mixture of sleepy, happy, and relaxing effects, Master Kush earns its title. This strain is an excellent alternative to Bubba Kush.

Which Kush varieties are your favorite? Share them in the comments section below!

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  • Barbara H
    • Sharon

      You asked about our favorite kush. I would have to say it’s a blueberry kush.

      • Michelle Lollis Parks

        Oh my, yes! Blk is wonderful….it’s my go-to for bedtime.

      • Sharon

        I have figured out by the answers that of course I’ve had kush before
        Thank you. My favorite is blueberry. You really do get that blueberry after taste.

  • Alf_vin

    I would say colloquially that in order for it to be a true kush it needs to have that kush fuel skunkiness to some degree. Some would describe it as caramel/burnt caramel skunk or earthy/woody/cedar skunk, but a ‘kush’ taste is always skunky to some degree. Imo. That said, my favourite kushes are holy grail kush, blueberry kush and really whatever one stinks the strongest with skunk funk fuel

    • Not true whatsoever. Also take this L for trying to use “colloquially” on the internet…

      • Sharon

        Lol

      • Uberdankness

        Afghan Kush is a top favorite, on it right now feeling great!!

      • Uberdankness

        Yah maybe but you don’t gotta be a dick about it…

    • Sharon

      Thanks for the info. Yours was one of the answers that was explained intelligently.

    • Sharon

      My favorite is also blueberry. I hear that across the board.