What are Kush Strains and Where Do They Come From?


If you’ve ever browsed the strain selection at your local cannabis dispensary, chances are you’ve come across a kush strain or two. What is a ‘kush’ strain? Here’s a quick breakdown to help you better understand kush strains and what they’re all about.

What Are Kush Strains

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With so many different cannabis strains out there, it streamlines our understanding of a strain’s effects if we classify them. Grouping strains together by their effects into categories such as sativa, indica, and hybrid is the main way cannabis enthusiasts differentiate, but we can go even deeper than that.

We can also classify them by their genetic lineage as well, by “family” to borrow a scientific term, if you will. For example, you may see many different strains that have ‘haze’ or ‘diesel’ in their name. The strains in these families have some similar overlap regarding their effects and physical characteristics.

Another example of a genetic family of cannabis is kush strains. Kush is a specific variety of cannabis whose genes can be traced back to the landrace strains that grow naturally in the Hindu Kush mountain range near the borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Just like with haze or diesel strains, these strains are prized for their consistent and distinct characteristics which set them apart from most other cannabis strains.

How many kush strains are there? It’s hard to say since new kush strains are being bred the world over, but you’re likely to find at least a few Kush descendants every time you visit your local dispensary.

The Characteristics of Kush Strains

Kush, by definition, is an indica-dominant strain known for its potent physical effects that can be relaxing, sedating, and euphoric all at the same time. You can typically expect a strong body high accompanied by a stoney and spaced out head high. Generally, these strains also have an earthy and grassy aroma and a very distinct, herbal flavor. When it comes to appearance, kush buds are typically very dense and thick, with a deep green color that may also feature some purple.

Identifying the classic kush signs gets easier with practice! Observe your senses. All kush strains feature these characteristics—effect, scent, and visual—but just how much will depend on the predominance of kush genetics in a particular cross strain. For example, hybrid strains that are made by crossing another strain with a kush strain may have less pronounced kush characteristics, while a pure kush strain like Afghan Kush or Hindu Kush will exemplify the kush family.

Kush Strains At Medcare Farms

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You’ll find many different kinds of kush on our shelves at Medcare farms. Here are just a few of our favorite types of kush that you can likely find at our dispensary today.

OG Kush

OG Kush is a legendary West Coast strain, having earned a reputation for hard-hitting effects and bold flavor. OG Kush tends to produce a robust blend of mental stimulation and physical euphoria that combine to deliver a great all-around high.

Platinum Kush

Platinum Kush is a 90/10 indica strain that usually produces a heavily sedating buzz that makes it the perfect strain for enjoying a relaxing and stress-free evening. Its sweet, earthy, and fruity flavor make it a treat for the taste buds.

Medcare Kush (Kimbo Kush)

Our Medcare Kush is a Kimbo Kush phenotype that is loaded with THC and bursting with flavor. This strain is known for its deeply relaxing and sedating effects that can bring on a serious couch-lock. Super flavorful and super potent, this one is a must-try for any indica lover.

Ready to try out some kush cannabis for yourself? Then drop by our dispensary today or check out our online menu right now to browse a top-shelf selection of cannabis buds, including many varieties of kush and kush hybrids. We’re open seven days a week to serve recreational cannabis customers. Can’t find the time to make it down and see us? Just place an online order for delivery and we’ll come see you!


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