The cannabis plant comes in a number of different strains. Depending on the morphology of the weed, a typical resinous flower could be classified as sativa, Kush indica or hybrid. Popular terms like Kush, Haze, and Purple are also used to further define cannabis varieties with each strain producing a unique flavor, smell, and effect. In the cannabis industry, the majority of strains can be traced to one original plant.
So, what is Kush weed? It is one of the most commonly grown families of cannabis weeds. Originating in the Middle East, Kush has a vast world of cannabis strains that consumers cannot do without. Thanks to the rapid expansion of the weed industry and legal amendments, today’s consumers can smoke hundreds of cannabis strains.
Characteristics of ‘Kush’ cannabis
The Kush cannabis variety traces its origins to the Hindu Kush mountain range spanning the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. This area is one of the few places where the cannabis plant grows natively. In general, Kush strains may exhibit the following peculiar attributes.
- The aroma varies between incense, sweet fruit, pungent, and citrus.
- Strains may have deep green colas, purple leaves, dense buds, and orange pistils
- The vapor or smoke is smooth and herbaceous with a flower flavor.
The potential effects are usually sedative and heavy. If you use the OG Kush strain, for instance, you will realize that the crosses induce a bright euphoria that will bring a smile to your face. Introspection/internal reflection is another common effect of taking Kush. It’s thought that the cerebral effects of Kush strains make them ideal for meditative cannabis.
However, you need to understand that the characteristics can vary from one Kush strain to another. A strain’s unique genetic makeup accounts for its attributes.
Most common Kush strains in the world today
OG Kush is a household name for cannabis users. It has a rather controversial history and genetics. In the early 1990s, one breeder Matt “Bubba” Berger worked on an unnamed Kush strain in Florida. He later sent it to California, where Josh D perfected the strain into the modern OG Kush we know.
OG is well recognized for its mix of gassy and earthy aromas and its potent effects.
This world-acclaimed Kush strain takes its name from Matt “Bubba” Berger; Bubba Kush strain has a history dating back to the 90s. The story goes that Bubba Kush was born out of the accidental pollination of the Afghan Kush phenotype with the Northern Lights strain. It tastes sweet with an earthy flavor. The effects tend to be calming and comforting.
As you can rightly guess, the Banana Kush strain has a mild banana aroma. Like other strains, it has a story behind its origin. A couple of breeders have produced genetics using this moniker. For example, Cali Kush Farms breed their Banana Kush by crossing OG Kush with Banana.
Irrespective of the genetics, Banana Kush strands contain a complex terpene profile rich in earthy, nutty, and citrus flavors. While some users think that Banana Kush has a slight high, other consumers say the strain makes them feel relaxed and happy.