Cannabis Q&A: What Are Kush Strains?

In the world of cannabis, there are many different categories of products available for purchase at just about any typical dispensary. Among cannabis flower, consumers can choose between indicas, sativas, and hybrids, as well as strains specially developed to express substances like CBD. One curious aspect of flower products is the labeling of certain strains with the word “Kush,” a practice that has persisted in the industry since before the advent of legalization in the United States. Here’s everything you need to know about these strains and their unique status within the cannabis market.

The Origin of the Strain

Kush strains, like cannabis itself, have a long history that traces them all the way to another continent. Cannabis has been smoked for millennia and across many different cultures, and one place where it has long been found to grow naturally is in the Hindu Kush mountains of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. 

The strain derives its name from this very mountain range. As the story goes, cannabis enthusiasts in the 1970s traveled the globe in search of new strains and knowledge to accentuate their repertoire of consumables. Modern-day strains bearing this name descend from those brought back from the mountain range, hence the nomenclature. 

Today, the descendants of these strains can be found in virtually any location where cannabis is sold. Astute cannabis consumers will likely be familiar with the many famous strains appended with Kush. They’ve cemented themselves as staples of the culture for decades.

Qualities of Kush Strains

Each Kush variant possesses its own distinct traits. On the cannabis market, one will likely be able to find at least dozens of strains that carry the same name. There are, though, qualities that are considered common to this family of strains reported by those who have smoked or otherwise ingested them. 

Often, Kush strains are remarked upon for their deep, vivid coloration typically characterized by dark, lush green flower. They don’t possess a standard aroma, though almost all of them will carry some degree of earthiness and herbal sensations. The exact qualities of a Kush strain will also be dependent on the other strains that comprise their genetics.

Generally, Kush strains have a penchant for inducing strong relaxation for those who use them. Most are indicas, or they possess hybrid genetics that elicit a mixture of different effects. Regardless, cannabis consumers looking for a strain that invokes tranquility will probably be satisfied by their purchase.

Popular Kush Strains

Some of the most popular Kush strains are synonymous with modern cannabis culture. For example, Bubba Kush towers over the cannabis industry as a commonly smoked strain. Its DNA can be found interwoven into many other classics of cannabis that stand out in their own right.

Afghan Kush, which hearkens back to its original lineage, is also a worthy addition to any gathering of cannabis consumers. Ultimately, it’s hard to go wrong with these strains, and the label itself is one denotation of cannabis quality.

You can find new and exciting Kush strains as well as old favorites on our Venice Beach dispensary menu.

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