Bedrock encounters bedrock: Veteran master grower The Doc wanted to check how good the Hindu Kush genetics still are after all those decades. Two feminised seeds were germinated and after about 2.5 days, the two seedlings popped through the surface. The Doc was surprised about the high degree of vigour displayed by them in spite of their inbreed genetics: During the three weeks veggie stage, they vigorously grew into strong bushy young plants furnished with a lot of solid side branches. The second surprise was that the shade leaves weren’t wide, but relatively narrow, with indica-typical dark green colouration though.
After four weeks of flowering, the plants boasted a lot of thick flower heads adorned with large quantities of white hairs. Stem elongation during the first weeks of flowering was more distinct than expected, with the two Hindu Kushs gaining a height and spread of twice as much than before. Commented The Doc, “Looks great so far! The time-honoured Hindu Kush strain apparently has retained an amazing deal of vitality. Which is also expressed through a formidable resin gland production that set in remarkably early and already now has generated pretty trichome carpets on the calyxes and young sugar leaves. Also, the two plants are more and more spreading a sweet and spicy, hash-y scent that gives me a real old-school feeling.”
In terms of aroma, Sensi Seeds makes a special promise, claiming that there is no other variety with such a pronounced aniseed and sandalwood flavour released when the buds are handled or consumed. While the plants give off a predominantly sweet odour early in flowering, it becomes increasingly condimental and pungent whilst ripening, reminding of Charas or Afghani hashish. Effect-wise, Hindu Kush deviates from the usual indica stupefaction norm, not sending the user to the mat with a heavy knockout, but providing a more sort of contemplative tranquil stoned effect that causes deep inner calmness and gives a sense of clarity. In addition to mental recreation, Hindu Kush also leads to physical relaxation, making users feel warm and easy. Thanks to all these effects, this strain also qualifies as potent medical marijuana, alleviating stress, nausea and pains for example.
Once the buds had been dried, the „Champions weigh-in“ was due: “I’ve called it so because these are definitely true champion buds, super-crystalline and when gently being pinched, as odoriferous as freshly hand-rubbed black hashish. Yes, if you close your eyes and sniff at it, this magic aroma tells of cannabis farmers in the Himalaya mountains sitting on the rooftop of an archaic stone house and pressing fresh pieces of hashish into temple balls.
When The Doc moved the two very uniform plants into the flowering stage, they measured 30 and 32 cm in height. The two Hindu Kushs quickly changed over to flowering, already one week after The Doc had dialled the light cycle back to 12/12, female pre-flowers began to show. Reported The Doc, “that was the starting signal for a strong flowering impulse to set in very soon after, merely one week later the plants exhibited knobbly flowerets at the shoot tips and in the axises, densely filled with flower primordia.
While my Hindu Kush buds don’t smell like aniseed specifically, they are exuding that classic deeply spicy and heavy hashish scent which gives me a nice nostalgic feeling and sends me on a mental journey into remote Himalaya regions.” The champions weigh-in resulted in ample dry yields of 95 and 108 grams, i.e. more than a 100 grams per plant on the average – that magic mark was once again passed which made The Doc chuckle: “Welcome back to the heavyweight class of cannabis!”
The Doc is a highly skilled and experienced grow veteran who, blessed with a huge green thumb, has been cultivating the Mary Jane plant for about 40 years. Widely admired for his extraordinarily stately plants with big buds from the bottom to the top, he has gained himself a worldwide reputation as a top-notch marijuana grower. He earned his nickname for his ability to always perfectly nurture his plants and generally fulfill their needs in any way, and in the rare case of a problem occurring, to make the correct diagnosis and fix it.
There are cannabis strains that spread such a strong breeze of history that they’re almost shrouded in legend. Such a strain is Hindu Kush from Sensi Seeds, a true bedrock in the world of cannabis varieties.
In the period that followed, the trichome carpets developed into spectacular multi-layer resin incrustations. Which made The Doc go into rhapsodies when the plants approached maturity: “Looks as if they’d drape themselves in an opulent silvery white fur, wouldn’t have thought that they’d become that insanely rich in trichomes! And also structurally, these flower formations are most impressive, with plenty of side buds so massive that they could be passed off as head buds after having been dried. What adds to their superbness is their surprisingly high calyx-to-leaf ratio that becomes manifest through vast amounts of gaudy orange hairs, especially with one of the plants. Plus the fact that they’re as hard as stones, when gently being squeezed, they don’t shrink a single millimetre. And then there’s this stunning smell… back in the days, I often had access to fantastic black Nepalese hashish… well, Hindu Kush’s rich spicy cocktail blending earthy, woody and sweet notes strongly reminds me of that beloved kind of hash.”
The Doc wanted to check how good Sensi Seeds‘ strain classic Hindu Kush still is after all those decades. Here you can join him in his grow adventure with this legendary indica bedrock.