Kush is a potent Indica with a pungent, earthy scent and flavor. However, if the typical Kush aroma doesn’t quite delight your tastebuds, the following should come as good news. There are at least 59 other Kush seeds to choose from. (And that’s when I stopped counting.)
Kush cannabis is one of the most important marijuana strains used by medical marijuana patients. It is a native plant to Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern India and was named after the beautiful Hindu Kush mountains.
These descending strains all have some of the pure Indica Hindu Kush or Afghani in their genetic background. There are even more strains that carry some Kush genetic material, without being named after their ancestor, but this list is limited to those that do. It is long enough already!
Kush, a landrace cannabis strain
Hindu Kush cannabis is what they call a landrace: a very pure strain with distinct and consistent properties. The guys from Greenhouse Seeds’ TV show Strain Hunters love to track down landrace marijuana strains.
Landraces “happen” when plants have naturally evolved over a lengthy amount of time, without the introduction of any new genetics, into strains that are very well adapted to their surroundings.
Allegedly, the cluster of modern-day countries surrounding the Hindu Kush mountain range is also the place where the very first cannabis plants originated. From there, they were introduced to other parts of the ancient world, such as Europe, Asia, and the Americas. You’ve guessed it – often in the form of Kush seeds.
While helpful for medical use or for fun, cannabis strains are not standardized
Kush is without a doubt a classic strain, much sought after by recreational and medical marijuana users alike. But here’s an interesting caveat.
Experts point out that the attempt to group cannabis strains according to distinct characteristics and properties is not as accurate as we’d like to think. One OG Kush can be quite different from the next. Depending on the location, and even per batch from the same grower.
There is currently no standardization for strains across all dispensaries. In the not too distant future, hopefully, customers will be able to choose not just by strain name or type, but also have information on the chemical makeup of any given batch.
The chemical profile of a strain is important for medical users, because one specific combination of terpene levels may work much better than others.
Standardization would definitely not be a bad thing for the insights it can provide. With that said, I don’t find it very surprising that the chemical values can vary, even within the same strain. It is a plant we’re talking about, after all, a living and breathing organism, not a robot.
Now even though the cannabinoids and terpene levels could potentially be a tad less consistent than exact science would deem ideal, in the meantime, you may still want to grow yourself some nice buds with these Kush seeds. And the result will most likely be more than satisfying.
There’s a Kush for that!
In this article, we’re exploring different Kush seeds with ‘Kush’ in their name. Also included are tips on the best places to find every strain.
While all these cannabis strains have some kind of Kush ancestry, they are also different enough from each other to merit a closer look. Fruity flavors are very well represented among the Kush strains with banana, cherry, pineapple, various citrus fruits and all sorts of berries. No matter which scent and taste you prefer, or which Indica:Sativa ratio floats your boat, there’s probably a Kush to match those preferences.
Seven Kush marijuana strains in the spotlight
1. Hindu Kush
Hindu Kush is the original cannabis strain found in Afghanistan/Pakistan and the Hindu Kush region. It is an Indica plant with naturally high THC content. Medicinal marijuana users appreciate its effects on pain, nausea and may experience an increased appetite. Due to the strong relaxing effects of Hindu Kush, it may help with depression and anxiety, or simply provide relief after a long and stressful day. It is perfect for a long, relaxing couch session or a great night sleep. As a classic Indica strain, it has a deeply soothing effect on the body and increases sleepiness. You can also expect some feelings of euphoria alongside the sedation.
Find feminized Hindu Kush seeds on ilgm. This strain is relatively easy to grow and well adapted to small spaces.
2. Banana Kush
Banana Kush sets you up for a relaxed and happy feeling, which makes it a good medicinal fit for those suffering from stress or depression. And for everyone who loves bananas, of course! The strain originates from the United States’ West Coast. “Parents” of this Indica-dominant hybrid are Ghost OG and Skunk Haze. Skunk Haze is responsible for the Sativa side of Banana Kush with its slightly euphoric effects. Check out seeds (with free shipping) and more strain information at ilgm.
3. Blackberry Kush
Blackberry Kush is a popular medical marijuana strain with around eighty percent Indica and twenty percent Sativa genetics. Predominantly it gives you a couch-lock body high, though the Sativa part does stir in some happy vibes and an overall elevated mood. Its origins are unclear and depending on who you talk to, potential ancestors may include Afghan Kush, Blackberry, DJ Short Blueberry or Bubba Kush.
Stress, anxiety, pain, and insomnia are the main symptoms alleviated by Blackberry Kush. Medicinal users report how it not only helps them to fall asleep easily but also sleep through the night instead of waking up multiple times. It should do well when grown indoors. Read more on this strain and find Blackberry Kush seeds at ilgm.
4. Candy Kush
Candy Kush is about a quarter Sativa with the remaining seventy-five percent Indica. Its ancestors are OG Kush and Blue Dream. The Candy Kush high starts out in the head, before it gradually sinks down into the body, dissipating pain, stress and nervous tension.
It is a very medicinal strain used for many different issues and best used at night unless you have a high tolerance for cannabinoids. Its sweet taste makes it an exceptionally good pick for beginners, or anyone who isn’t a fan of the typical pungent cannabis flavor. None of that here – Candy Kush smells and tastes lighter and (as some would say) more pleasant, with some citrus, berry, or other fruit candy you might think of. Candy Kush feminized seeds have rave reviews at ilgm.
5. Dutch Kush
Dutch Kush – another Indica dominant hybrid and a great strain for medical use. It can help with pain management, insomnia, or stress. Dutch Kush is a great strain for beginning growers with very good yields. It’s strong, compact in size and relatively easy to maintain. Dutch Kush does enjoy warm and sunny weather if grown outdoors but would be a great choice for indoor or greenhouse growing too. And if all that isn’t enough yet, it’s supposed to smell and taste somewhat like coffee and caramel, atop the typical pungent Kush flavor. Seeds can be found at True North (not always in stock), Seedsman or Seedsupreme (usually in stock).
6. Indigo Berry Kush
Indigo Berry Kush is a sixty percent Indica forty percent Sativa with complex, layered flavors. Sweet Seeds developed this strain with an intricate genealogy and it is said to be a powerhouse of positive vibes.
Taste-wise, the blend of earthiness, spice, pepper, and sweetness is sure to please lovers of the classic OG Kush aroma while being different enough to simultaneously surprise with hints of cypress and something more exotic. Indigo Berry Kush can produce a high yield of up to 600g/m2 indoor, and even more – up to 700g/plant – outdoor. Find Indigo Berry Kush seeds at True North.
7. Purple Kush
Purple Kush is a sweet flavored pure Indica that does best outdoors. Its leaves are bitter, which makes Purple Kush resistant to pests and parasites. Being an Indica strain all the way, you can expect that typical heavy and very relaxing body high from Purple Kush, which makes it a great choice for evening/nighttime use. Purple Kush seeds from ilgm come with free shipping to the US and Europe.
A whole lot more Kush seeds
Here are a ton more Kush cannabis strains, including the best places to get seeds. There must be a least some strains here you haven’t heard of before! Aside from the appropriate Kush seeds, these links also lead to some great descriptions and growing tips.
More often than not a marijuana strain’s name gives away crucial tidbits about the plant’s flavor or effect. These Kush varieties are no different in that a pineapple or raspberry Kush definitely tips us off on the strain’s scent and taste.
Other cannabis strains go by more mysterious names. Biker Kush, rainbow Kush or holy grail Kush don’t really give away anything right off the bat, but are definitely colorful and incite curiosity. If some of these strains entice you in any way, check out the links for more info.
I love growing marijuana
At I love growing marijuana, you can find seeds of:
- Candy Kush
- Strawberry Kush
- Mango Kush
- Banana Kush
- Master Kush
- OG Kush (feminized or autoflower seeds)
- Hindu Kush
- Bubba Kush
- Purple Kush
- Blackberry Kush
- Afghan Kush, and…
- All sorts of fun mixpacks featuring various Kush strains.
These all come with guaranteed delivery and are shipped for free to the USA and Europe.
At True North, one the best Canadian seed banks:
- Sour Orange Diesel Kush
- Pink Kush
- Grizzly Purple Kush
- Desconocida Kush
- Super OG Kush
- Mazar Kush
- Bubba Island Kush (at the moment of writing this one as well as a few others are out of stock at True North, but not at Seedsupreme, see further down)
- Biker Kush
- Critical Kush
- Royal Purple Kush CBD
- Snow Fire Isis Kush
- Fruity Cristal Kush
- Jedi Kush
- Indigo Berry Kush
- San Fernando Lemon Kush
- Killer Kush
- Kush Bomb, and…
- A nice selection of cross-breeds that are part Kush – part something else.
At Seedsupreme, another trusted supplier with worldwide shipping, the Kush party just keeps getting bigger. Check it out:
- Critical Kush
- Bubba Island Kush
- 8 Ball Kush
- Afghan Kush
- A little Kushy
- Afghan Kush Ryder
- Afghani Dream
- AK Kush
- American Kush
- Amnesia Kush
- BC Kush
- Bad Azz Kush
- BC Shiatsu Kush
- Big Kush
- Black Afghani Kush
- Blue Medi Kush
- Blueberry Kush
- Buddha Kush
- Bubblegum Kush OG
- Burmese Kush
- California Kush
- Caramel Kush
- Candy Kush Express
- CBD Cherry Kush
- Ceres Kush
- Cheese Kush
- …and that’s just for the first three letters of the alphabet.
They have a whole page with different Bubba Kush seeds. Lots of choices when it comes to Auto Kush seeds, for those of you who don’t care for the whole light-cycle-thing.
Holy Kush – that’s a lot of strains!
Nope, Holy Kush is not actually an existing strain. There is a Holy Grail Kush, though… but the reviews aren’t totally unanimous on that one.