What Does Kush Really Mean?

By Macey Wolfer

With a name like Kush21, we feel it’s appropriate to dive into the terminology behind our brand. Some people mistakenly think the term “kush” refers to weed in general, but this is not true. Kush is a specific term for plants originating from the Hindu Kush mountains.

The history of kush

The Hindu Kush mountains are a range that spans 500 miles from central Afghanistan to northern Pakistan. When you hear the word “kush”, you can be sure that it originated from this area.

Over time, strains native to specific areas can adapt and evolve to survive in a variety of rough conditions, from diseases and insects to a lack of water. These strains are never bred with others, making them an original plant. They’re referred to landrace strains. Hindu Kush is a landrace strain and a purebred Indica. It’s known for its sweet scent and sedative effects and is now used to make a number of different hybrid strains. Since plants sourced from original environments have strong genetics, they are hardy and resilient, making for a strong parent strain that can adapt to many conditions. Cultivators like to use Hindu Kush because it can help stabilize plants that otherwise wouldn’t survive.

On its own, Hindu Kush can be hard to find. You’re more likely to find hybrids with a Hindu Kush parent if you’re shopping around. Some strains tied to Hindu Kush include:

OG Kush

OG Kush is a very popular strain for its relaxing effects as an indica-dominant hybrid. It tends to have high THC levels and can be grown in both indoor and outdoor settings thanks to the resiliency of its Hindu Kush genetics.

Obama Kush by Naked

Obama Kush

This variety comes from the pairing of OG Kush and Afghani. It’s a strong relaxant with some pleasant cerebral effects. This strain also grows well both inside and outside due to its strong genetics.

Basically, if you see kush in the name, it’s safe to say Hindu Kush played a part in the genetics somewhere down the line.

The characteristics of a kush strain

There are many kush-derived strains out there so the effects will not be the same across the board. However, there are some features of kush strains that are exhibited throughout most varieties.

Kush causing sedetive

Sedative effects

One thing is true of most kush strains: they’ll knock you out if you’re not careful. Heavy sedative effects are one of the most commonly reported experiences with kush. These strains are typically best for evening use, though they can be cerebral enough to spark creativity or motivate some. Others may find themselves kush-ed out on the couch.

Purple and green kush cannabis

Green and purple

Kush strains are typically covered in frosty trichomes, letting users know they’re in for a potent treat. They’re also usually dark green or purple, with orange-colored pistils. If you see kush strains in their growth stages, you’ll notice the plants are stocky and shorter than other varieties.

Sweet and natural

Kush varieties tend to have a very sweet and natural, earthy scent. Some compare the smell to pine. When smoked, it smells earthy with hints of sweetness.

Not just any weed

There you have it. Kush is not just a term referring to weed. It is a landrace strain from the Hindu Kush mountains that has made its way into our lives mostly through hybrid strains, including kush genetics.

We’ve got plenty of kush varieties at Kush 21, so come check it out.

*All information, content, and material of this website is for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.
Macey Wolfer

Macey Wolfer

Cannabis Culture

Macey is a freelance writer from Seattle. She is passionate about music, dogs, and the world of cannabis.

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