As a medical cannabis patient, you’ve probably purchased or seen a cannabis product with the strain name Kush Hemp on the menu. Have you ever wondered what the term “Kush” means? In this article, I’ll define Kush, talk about its origins and history, look at what makes it unique, and explain why it’s so popular among medical and recreational users.
What exactly is Kush Hemp?
Kush Hemp is the name given to a group of indica-dominant hybrid cannabis strains descended from Hindu Kush. Its origins can be traced back to the Hindu Kush region, which is located north of Jammu and Kashmir in the Himalayan mountain range between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. It is a volatile, India-controlled area rife with political unrest. Fortunately, the political situation has not had an impact on cannabis cultivation. It is an ideal location for cannabis cultivation due to the fertility of the soil, its location in deep valleys, and the presence of hillsides. Hindu Kush cannabis is a landrace strain, meaning it has never been crossed with another strain and is grown in its natural environment. However, it is very likely that the original Hindu Kush strain no longer exists and that its genetics have been lost.
How Kush Hemp Arrived in the West
Hippies from the 1960s and 1970s are responsible for the spread of Kush Hemp cannabis seeds to Europe and, eventually, the Americas. The Hippie Trail was a route taken by hippies from the United States, Canada, and Europe that began in London and Amsterdam. It travelled through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, and Nepal before arriving in Bangkok. They were in their twenties and travelled by bus, train, and car hitchhiking. They were looking for low-cost adventure, spiritual enlightenment, and marijuana. Many of them brought Hindu Kush seeds back to the West.
Afghanistan’s political unrest
During this time, Afghanistan’s King, Mohammed Zahir Shah, had no objections to the cultivation of cannabis plants in his country. Unfortunately, he was deposed in 1973 by his first cousin, Mohammed Daoud Khan, who outlawed cannabis in response to pressure from American President Richard Nixon. Khan was assassinated in April 1978, and the country has since been engulfed in a bloody civil war. Because of the political turmoil, getting Hindu Kush seeds out of the region became much more difficult. Fortunately, the hippies had brought back enough seeds to grow a large number of Kush plants in the West. Kush Plantation The Hindu Kush indica strains were far more adaptable than any existing sativa strains. This resulted in a radical shift in the growing methods that were in use at the time. The flowering cycle of Hindu Kush seeds is significantly shorter than that of sativas. As a result, more cannabis products were produced than ever before. The plants could survive colder, harsher climates with moderate water consumption in partially dry ground due to their high yield, shorter size, and natural resistance to certain conditions native to their origin. Furthermore, Kush strains are popular among breeders looking to stabilise hybrid genetics. All of these qualities have made Kush varieties very appealing to growers.
Typical Kush Hemp Characteristics
- Dark green colas and leaves with a tinge of purple
- As harvest time approaches, pistil hairs turn orange, bronze, or rust-colored.
- Dense, chunky buds are small, thick, hardy, and long-lasting.
- Plants are squat and dense.
- Earthy, floral, pungent, pine, incense, sweet fruit, hash spice, pepper, citrus, gas, and herbal notes are all present.
- Smooth and herbaceous smoke or vapour, with floral, grape, diesel, citrus, and earthy flavours.
It’s heavy and calming. Varieties crossed with OG Kush produce a couch-locked euphoria that leads to internal reflection and a meditative state in the consumer. Some medical patients report that it aids sleep and relieves symptoms of anxiety and depression. Because of its total body relaxation effects, it is only recommended for consumption in the evening. Many customers describe it as a smooth and satisfying smoking experience.
These characteristics may differ from one Kush Hemp strain to the next due to how the strain is grown and its phenotype; its unique genetic expression. Backcrossing is a technique used by strain breeders to produce offspring genetically similar to the parent by crossing a hybrid with one of its parents or genetically similar to its parent. As a result, the hybrid’s genetics become more stable.
The Definition of the Slang Kush Hemp
Kush Hemp has not only come to refer to premium cannabis strains over the last decade, but it has also entered the vernacular of users to mean high-quality black market cannabis. It is now the preferred term in the United States to describe high-quality cannabis.