Kush strains get their name from the Hindu Kush Mountains, which run between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The most popular Kush strains also tend to have similar scent and flavor profiles. Kush weed strains date back to the 1970’s when the legendary land race strain was discovered in the Hindu Kush mountain range of Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and North Western India.
The selection of kush strains available in medical dispensaries and through kush seeds retailers shows just how popular the genetics have become. A simple search of “Kush” will yield hundreds of strains with an Afghani ancestor, but let’s take a look at the five most popular:
As a pure Indica strain, expect some great body highs. Hindu Kush is known for its pungent notes of sweetness followed by hints of sandalwood, which distinguish it from the Kush we know and love in the USA. This is the one that got the whole thing started. The more you puff Hindu Kush, the more relaxed and calm you’ll feel.
OG Kush is actually a hybrid strain. And it does an incredible job of delivering Indica-style body highs while also tapping into the joys of Sativa-inspired head highs. And since this strain averages impressive THC levels of anywhere from 22% to 27%, it always delivers a potent buzz. This strain has gained an almost mythical status as the foundation of West Coast genetics.
This is another kush hybrid that successfully taps into the best of both Sativas and Indicas. Sour Kush is best known for giving users a fun, pleasant, smooth high. You’ll be both energized and relaxed, and your physical senses will be stimulated. That’s actually why a lot of people like using this strain in social settings or while listening to music.
Purple Kush is a pure indica strain that emerged from the Oakland area of California as the result of a Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani cross. Its short, squat stature and heavy harvests don’t hurt either. Beyond the color, this strain has the usual earthy smells and flavors of a kush bud, but it also adds a hint of berries. Purple Kush has a fairly high THC content and t never fails to deliver just the perfect amount of body melting into the couch effect.
Bubba Kush is a great nighttime strain. It can also be used to treat chronic aches and pains, and if you have trouble sleeping. Sweet hashish flavors with subtle notes of chocolate and coffee come through on the exhale, delighting the palate as powerful relaxation takes over. The abundance of trichomes makes this strain almost as sticky as bubblegum itself.