Everything You Need to Know About Hindu Kush

Mar 01, 2021

Have you ever wondered where the cannabis term, “kush” came from? The origins of the strain Hindu Kush have a lot to do with it. 

The Hindu Kush strain is a pure indica strain revered for its earthy, sandalwood aroma mixed with a subtly sweet, citrusy taste upon the inhale. Cannasseurs often describe Hindu Kush as calming, making it the perfect strain to ease pain, nausea, and stress-related ailments. 

Hindu Kush is one of the original landrace strains that accelerated the global popularity of cannabis, and its birthplace explains why; it is named after the 500-mile mountain range between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Hindu Kush range has a harsh climate that’s responsible for the strain’s thick coats of crystal trichomes and stickiness, making it a favourite of hash makers around the world. 

Let’s take a closer look at the history and celebrated effects of the Hindu Kush strain.

A Brief History of Hindu Kush

The first seeds of Hindu Kush, along with other Asian landrace types, were brought to the United States in the ‘60s and ‘70s by cannabis explorers who travelled the infamous “hippie trail” route. It quickly became popular in California, particularly in Oakland, because of its medicinal properties and potency.

An image of a flowering cannabis plant

Over the years, Hindu Kush has been cultivated and crossed with other strains for stability and adaptation to a completely different climate compared to the mountain range where it originated. Nevertheless, Hindu Kush is considered a pure, potent strain that even crossbreeds continue to be in demand in the competitive cannabis market. 

Its famous direct offshoots are the OG Kush and Purple Kush, and its THC composition is measured between 15% and 20% with little to no CBD content. 

While the meaning of the term “kush” is contested, it is traced back to a Persian term that means “Hindu killer” (referencing the dangerous consequences of crossing the mountain range). While that historical reference can be somewhat hawkish or harsh, the overall effect of smoking the Hindu Kush strain is the exact opposite of that. 

Let’s examine the calming properties of the Hindu Kush strain.

The Effects of Hindu Kush

Hindu Kush is popular among cannabis enthusiasts looking for sedating, calming effects, all thanks to its 100% indica composition. Users describe its effects as focus-inducing and stress-relieving, making it ideal for individuals who wish to remain calm and productive during stressful tasks. 

Hindu Kush gives off a gradually evolving feeling that usually begins with relaxation, which then progresses towards a state of mental tranquility. This effect can lead to lots of contemplation, with an opportunity to explore your creative thinking. 

Some users have reported feeling psychedelic effects, such as visual distortions or colourful patterns when the eyes are closed. Because of its sedative properties, Hindu Kush is not recommended during physical activity. Regardless, its reviews remain consistently positive, and the strain is highly regarded for those looking for some time to sit back and relax.

Emotional Effects:

  • Relaxed
  • Creative
  • Happy
  • Calm
  • Euphoric

The Strain is Known to Help With:

  • Stress relief
  • Pain relief
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and depression

Like most strains, smoking large amounts of Hindu Kush can cause nausea and dryness of the mouth. If you’re a cannabis beginner, you might want to limit your Hindu Kush tokes to a minimum. You can always opt for more once you find yourself comfortable with its initial effects. 

Cultivating Hindu Kush

Indica plants are stockier and shorter compared to sativa counterparts, and the Hindu Kush is a perfect example. It grows at 5 feet on average, making it ideal for indoor growing as long as plants are spaced accordingly to accommodate the strain’s wide lateral branches. 

Growers are advised to trim low-lying branches that can be used to grow clones. It is also recommended to trim fan leaves to allow light to enter flowering nodes throughout the length of the plant. This specific process allows air circulation, as well.

a cannabis plant growing indoors

Outdoor cultivation can be more challenging, as its native climate is harsh and highly variable. Certain types or varieties of Hindu Kush have been developed through crossbreeding and as a result, some phenotypes could grow well outdoors. 

When cultivated in controlled, indoor areas, the Hindu Kush strain can flower anytime between 7 to 10 weeks. The plant can yield up to 1.5 ounces per square foot, with THC levels of up to 20%.

An Overview of the Hindu Kush Strain

Hindu Kush remains to be a favourite among cannabis novices and cannasseurs because of its specific, consistent effects combined with its flavourful properties. Its aromatic flowers not only provide a pleasantly relaxing high but also gives insight into the general history of landraces and where our beloved flowers came from. 

If you’re looking for something to motivate you for an active day’s work, then the Hindu Kush is not the strain for that. However, it is an ideal choice for imaginative minds as it inspires creativity during the downtime of your high. 

The Hindu Kush is considered as an ideal choice for a “nighttime toke,” as you can expect to feel breezy and serene with this strain. While enjoying its relaxing effects, you may choose to jot down notes in your journal, paint a picture, listen to your favourite album, or even create music.

Looking for Some Hindu Kush?

Smokey’s has you covered. Browse through our selection of dried flowers and convenient offerings, such as Hindu Kush Pre-Rolls. We also have edibles, vapes, and other accessories to make it easier for you. 

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