Remember, new strains are continuously being introduced as the world of cannabis and plant science continues to evolve and mature.
Taste: Again, there are a few varieties of Kush, and each of them has a distinct flavor. But, for the most part, Kush strains should be smooth. You can certainly find one that has a taste that suits you, as some taste of ripe strawberries and others of flowers and earthiness.
To accurately describe Kush cannabis, we need to separate Kush into two categories — the actual strain of cannabis and the classification.
However, almost all Kush plants do share some commonalities (after all, they are landrace strains), especially when it comes to their genetic resistance. Since Kush originates from the harsh mountainous climates of the Hindu Kush mountains, where the climate is harsh and frigid and water sources vary from area-to-area, most Kush plants have incredible resistance to the elements and require only moderate water intake. This makes them particularly valuable to breeders since they can be bred rather easily in most climates.
As a classification, Kush (probably due to the specific strains that were being smuggled to the U.S.) refers to a particular suite of smells, textures, and appearances. You can classify cannabis in a few different ways. Some people refer to cannabis specifically by the strain. Some people choose to identify cannabis by its effect or morphology — like Sativa or Indica. And, others choose to classify cannabis by its characteristics using words like Kush, Purple, Haze, etc. that have spawned from popular culture.
But, what exactly is Kush? Is it a strain of marijuana or is it a slang word for potency? The answer lies somewhere in between the two, and the term Kush has taken on multiple meanings over the years.
- Afghan Kush
- Hindu Kush
- Bubba Kush
- OG Kush
- Critical Kush
- Master Kush
- Skywalker OG
The tricky part is identifying what those characteristics are. Since the term Kush is so widespread — from Canada to the US to the UK — it can mean different things to different cultural regions. To some, Kush is potent and skunky. To others, Kush may be mellow and sweet.
As a strain of cannabis, Kush originates from the Hindu Kush mountains — a mountain range that spans Afghanistan and Pakistan. Not only are the Hindu Kush mountains a center of cultural and religious significance to Buddhists, but it was a significant source of Cannabis during the height of the “war on drugs” in the 1970s. Hindu Kush strains were shipped and smuggled throughout the United States from the early 70s, and these same strains continue to permeate cannabis culture in almost every state in the U.S.
Today, we're going to demystify Kush and talk about what Kush means, where it comes from, and what kinds of strains of cannabis make up Kush.