Let’s be real, we love Kush so much at our Everett dispensary, that our store incorporated it into our brand name: KushMart South. Historically, early cannabis pioneers studied and categorized the original landraces of the plant by naming it for the characterizations it was most commonly associated with. This includes genetic lineage, color, aroma and effect. Consequently, Kush references a classification of cannabis that originated in the Hindu “Kush” Mountains of Central Asia.

How does Kush differ from other strains?

For decades Kush strains have ranked extremely high amongst consumers. While these strains have been smoked for centuries, if not longer in the countries where it geographically descends from, they first gained wide-spread popularity in the U.S. during the 90s.

Furthermore, these genetics produce notably bulky buds that may appear deep green but are also accompanied by bursts of purple coloring. These plants are usually shorter and bushier than other cannabis plants. Moreover, the buds also produce vibrant hairs (pistils) that range in orange and rust tones.

If you crack open a bag of the flower, you’ll likely smell its potent earthy aroma where notes of different spices linger. Given that it’s one of the original landraces, most of the strain’s flavors are not manufactured. Therefore, don’t expect it to taste like Strawberry Fields or a Lemon Haze. However, because it has been cross-bred into so many other strains, you can likely find one with a solid fruit forward flavor profile–ask one of our budtenders about this!

Consequently, the smoke is typically described as “smooth and herbaceous”. Nevertheless, cannabis consumers tend to love the potent effects. After all, in Afghanistan and Pakistan where these plants grow natively, they typically convert these flowers into even more potent and beloved varieties of cannabis concentrate called hash.

Most Kush strains are classified as hybrid strains. However, many varieties produce potent uplifting cerebral effects. Additionally, it’s commonly known for its relaxing and calming effects, which make it a great option for a night cap.

What are some well-known Kush strains?

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  • Hindu Kush: Considered an indica-dominant strain for its sedating effects. Found in the Hindu Kush Mountain range sandwiched between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Additionally, cannabis connoisseurs note that “The harsh climate of its homeland has conditioned this strain to express a thick, protective coat of crystal trichomes cherished by hash makers worldwide.” Like a great strain to help ease symptoms of stress, pain and anxiety.
  • OG Kush: Commonly referenced for its “heavy tranquilizing effects,” most cannabis experts say this is not actually a Kush strain. That’s because it wasn’t found abroad in the region, but instead the OG strain took the Hindu and crossed it with another strain in Florida. Nonetheless, this strain serves as the derivative for more well-known strains like Bubba Kush, Master Kush, Purple Kush and more.

Stop by our KushMart South location in Everett and ask us about all the different varieties!