As we’ve discussed before, marijuana experts, growers and users have diverse opinions on Kush origins and history. Wise Kush marijuana historians make the case that Kush is not Cannabis Indica, but is actually its own branch of the cannabis family, Cannabis Afghanica.
Landrace Kush varieties are said to come from the Pakistan-Afghanistan inter-region, making Kush a distinct type of cannabis. So when you see most people describing Kush as “Indica,” you have to wonder if that’s accurate, unless they mean that the Kush genetics have been inter-bred with indica genetics.
Whatever Kush is historically, you can almost always recognize a Kush plant when you see it. Dark, green, phat, large leaves, short stature, short flowering time, hard gooey nugs, piney scent, hungry for nutrients…that’s Kush.
Now let’s look at lesser-known but fantastic Kush and near-Kush varieties, including Kind Kush strains you probably haven’t grown before…
Slyder, from Sagarmatha:
Many moons ago, a Dutchman traveling in remote regions of Afghanistan gathered landrace seeds. Most of the genetics were for “hashplant” varieties, the kind of marijuana that survives the terribly harsh conditions of the Afghan high desert and mountain regions. Dutch marijuana breeder Sagarmatha Seeds combined those Afghan genetics with Northern Lights to make the genetics more manageable for hydroponics and temperate climate growing. The result is a fast-finishing high-yielding plant that’s best used by people who have pain, or insomnia.
Kushage, from TH Seeds:
Combine pure Kush genetics with the legendary S.A.G.E., and you get a Sativa-Afghanica mix that provides a full-spectrum high and an easy, productive growing experience. This strain reminds me of the Kush 47 created by GrowDaddy, a cross between AK-47 and pure, old school, landrace Kush. The plant has a Sativa-esque finishing time (10-11 weeks in bloom), but it also produces rock nugs and very high potency. Because of the S.A.G.E. influence, Kushage doesn’t deliver the couchlock high people expect from Kush. The heaviness is still there, but the Sativa genetics give you an up feeling that allows you to do more than sit down and chill.
LA Confidential, from DNA Genetics:
The guys at DNA have gained a lot of respect in the last ten years, winning High Times Cannabis Cup awards and providing consistent genetics. LA Confidential hails from heritage OG Kush genetics and produces dark, THC-covered buds in a relatively fast 7-8 week flowering time. As with all varieties of Kush and Kush-like marijuana, use of Kushie Kush (the only bloom booster designed specifically for Kush) increases potency and size. Not known as a high-yielder, LA Confidential is nevertheless a connoisseur strain that commands top prices.
OG# 18, from DNA Genetics & Reserva Privada:
When people complain that many Kush marijuana varieties are clone-only, they can turn to DNA/Reserva Privada to get this true OG Kush. The breeders got hold of old school OG Kush strains and then worked them to bring out hints of Chem Dawg and pure Kush. This High Times Cannabis Cup Indica Cup winner is harder to grow than most Kush varieties. If spider mites have been a problem in your hydroponics room, don’t grow this strain. Or if you don’t have your room set at ideal temperatures and you’re seeing too much heat, OG #18 won’t work well for you. Top these plants around week three in veg and give them Kushie Kush in bloom and you’ll get a heavier harvest than most people get from Kush varieties.
Cocoa Kush, from DJ Short:
The man who created Blueberry is responsible for this delicious Kush with hints of chocolate Thai. Think “Chocolope Blueberry Kush” and you’re beginning to understand the all-star lineage of DJ Short’s Cocoa Kush. DJ Short has taken Blueberry genetics and pushed them towards the Kush and Thai sectors, producing a dark-foliage 50-50 Sativa-Indica split that commands top prices because of its taste, smell and high. When you grow this beauty, don’t trip out if some of the leaves look bizarre—it’s a trait built in to this fine, connoisseur Kush-Thai strain.
Master Kush, from Sensi Seeds:
Low-priced seeds from a heritage seed breeder that actually understands that Kush is Afghanica marijuna, in some cases with Indica mixed in. Master Kush is very easy to grow, making it ideal for newbies or growers who don’t nave a lot of time to spend on their crop. A heavy eater with a short 50-60 day flowering time, this one loves Kushie Kush and produces larger than average yields. Don’t expect this strain to stretch much, so if you have limited vertical space, you love these little THC monsters!