What is Kush?

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Kush is a premium cannabis strain that is an Indica-dominant hybrid. Kush is known for its unique flavors, aroma, taste, and origin.

…but what exactly is kush?

Framing the mind

Water, soil, and climate play a very crucial role in determining the flavor, smell, and taste of a plant. Be it a vegetable, or a fruit. The division in the human race and animal species is also because of this simple reason. 

According to Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, he classified the human race into five variations in 1779 as Ethiopian, Caucasian, Mongolian, American and Malayan. Keeping aside racial thoughts that divide us, we all belong to the same human species. Just the place that we live, food, and water that we consume, make us different in configuration although our biological system is the same. 

This same principle holds good for the food that we eat. For example, a simple bowl of salad made in Europe might have a different taste from the one made in Asia. Even if the same set of ingredients are used. The taste would be different. Why?

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The answer is simple. Soil, water, and climate change play an important role in the variety and flavor that mother nature has bestowed upon the earth.

Cannabis plant in a pot
Cannabis plant in a pot

Why the name Kush?

Kush is a strain of Cannabis indica, a specific variety that was selectively bred descending from the Hindu Kush mountains. These mountain ranges are located mainly in Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan, and North-Western India. 

The peak of the Hindu Kush mountain ranges from 14,500 and 17,000 ft or even higher that is notoriously known for its harsh weather, heavy snowfall, and blizzards. Although the Hindu Kush range stretches about 966 Km, the mountains that belong to the Hindu Kush region spreads about 600Km while the remaining are smaller mountains. 

There is yet another interesting perspective associated with understanding this natural wonder. In the Persian language, the word ‘kush’ means death. The mountain range proudly bears this name because of its dangerous passes, historical significance to the Indian subcontinent, China and Afghanistan, Buddhism, metamorphic rocks including granite, lapis lazuli, gem-grade emeralds, and of course ‘kush’.

Kush Mountain range
Kush Mountain range

More about Kush

Broadly speaking, cultivators segregate Cannabis according to their shape and structure into four major categories, which are indicas, sativas, hybrids, and ruderalis. However, Botanics cannot be restricted to a few varieties, since landrace, modernity, and the hippies made it possible to crossbreed and create new combinations. Hence further categories came to be popular for its explicit flavors, aroma, taste, and geographical region of origin.

Related article: 5 Strains of Cannabis to Help you Relax

Kush, Haze, and Purple are some categories defined under this which own their own individualistic effect. 

‘Kush’ is the Cannabis strain that originates from the mountainous ‘Hindu Kush’ region. The nature and fertility of the soil, the hillsides, constitutes to the growth of this cannabis family breed. The United States took this from here in the late 1970s, and British Pharmaceutical companies took the kush strains from here to cultivate them for experimenting with medical cannabis to gain legalized commercial ventures.

Bubba Kush, Purple Kush, Master Kush, Hindu Kush, and Skywalker OG are some more varieties of Kush strains. Their very distinct characteristics and traits make them more notable and these Kush flavors are Grape, Diesel, Citrus, Floral, and Earthy. Some of the popular Kush aromas include Floral, Citrus, Sweet fruit, Pepper, Pungent, Pine, Herbs, etc.

Kush seeds from the Hindu Kush region have significant characteristics. It is an indica or indica-dominant hybrids as indicas are known for its wide leaves, short and bushy structure. They grow faster and also yield better than sativas.

Their flowering time is shorter, shows strong durability to sustain in coldest temperatures, deep green color buds with purple or rust color hair like nodes popping out. They are densely packed, thicker, dominant earthy smells, and a mild flowery taste.

The Pink Kush, contains a sweet smell, smaller in size, dominant flowery taste, and a milder earthy taste.

Blue Kush
Blue Kush

In contrast, the Sativa variety impressively grows to 20 feet in height and takes a longer time for the buds to mature. Studies report that the “medical benefits of the Sativa strain are very preferable, effective, and could in some cases be safer than some primary pharmaceutical medications”.

The Indica landrace variety exhibits varying levels of THC and CBD. Numerous combinations have been formed mixing one or two on account of the European and American influence on the growth of the plant. And these varieties are cultivated to contain a high percentage of Cannabinoids for medicinal and recreational purposes depending on the demand. 

Kush Cannabis strains provide a sedative experience which most informed consumers use it for pain alleviation and relaxation. However, there does exist a knowledge gap in terms of a scientific evidence-based case study to prove the medicinal benefits of Kush for Insomnia, anxiety, and depression. The Kush Indica strains are popular amongst users who seek cannabis for medicinal use as Indicas tend to have higher percentages of CBD, rather than THC.

Conclusive remarks: PI strains on Cannabis research

Have you heard about the PI Strains of Cannabis?!

According to Dr.Ethan Russo, “It is the Political and Institutional opposition that exists on Cannabis research that strains the growth of the therapeutic values of Cannabis”

Dr.Ethan Russo is a Psychopharmacology researcher, devoted to research and development of disruptive technologies affecting the endocannabinoid system (ECS). 

Despite:

  • archeological, historical and written history and facts on Cannabis that dates back to at least the 3rd millennium BC, for its medicinal, recreational as well as various other uses of its fiber,
  • the discovery of the endocannabinoid system in the year 1992, by Dr.Lumir Hanus and American researcher Dr.William Devane along with the long history of work surrounding the cannabinoids receptors in the ’70s
  • successful clinical trials of cannabis-based medicines,

What does it take to wash off the controversial outlook and embrace the potential therapeutic values of Cannabis?! 

Nordic Oil, not only serves quality CBD products but also is working with a vision to make CBD accessible to everyone who could gain from its countless health benefits. 

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Published by Lewis J. Wootten

Originally from the UK, Lewis has a BA Honours in European Studies and Languages from The University of Bath and has been with Nordic Oil for almost 2 years. He is a long term user of CBD and an advocate of following a plant-based diet. He shares Nordic’s passion for keeping things as nature intended and has a creative, yet highly analytical writing style.

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