Strains of cannabis are typically placed in one of three groups – Indica, Sativa or Hybrid. Indica plants are typically short and broad-leafed, and they tend to deliver a more mellow, relaxed effect. Sativas are generally taller plants, with narrow leaves and give a more energizing, uplifting effect. It’s been said that Sativa is more “head high,” and better used while physically active. On the other hand, with its more sedating effect, Indica tends to calm the body. But effects of either Indica or Sativa can vary, depending on each plant’s genetic make-up, the dose, consumption method, and the tolerance of the user. Hybrids combine elements of Indica and Sativa to produce both mind and body effects.
What is Kush?
People used to refer to any exceptionally good cannabis as Kush, but Kush is a very specific variety. And its origins are just as mind-blowing as its effects. The original strain originated from the Hindu Kush mountains, which range along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Legend has it that the earliest origins of Buddhism began in this mountain range.
With a naturally present 20% THC, Hindu Kush has been classified as one of the purest Indicas on the planet. Like other Indicas, the Hindu Kush plant is short, and has dark green buds with orange hairs. The plant gives off a strong, floral aroma. There are many strains of the original Hindu Kush, each delivering its own unique appearance, aroma, flavor, and effect.
One of the best know strains is Purple Kush, a cross of Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani. With an earthy aroma, Purple Kush calms and relaxes the mind and body, relieving pain and stress. According to Leafly, other best loved strains of Kush include:
- OG Kush – Perhaps the overall favorite, delivers potent sedation coupled with an uplifting euphoria
- Bubba Kush – This strain is highly sedative
- Skywalker OG -Takes the sedating effects of OG Kush to a deeper level
- Master Kush – With attributes directly from Hindu Kush, provides a mixture of sleepy, happy, and relaxing effects
There are many other Kush strains, each with varying levels of Indica traits, and each is prized and appreciated for what it has to offer.