Top 5 most popular Kush strains
There are many different types of cannabis from Skunk strains to Haze, from Indica to Sativa. You can grow strains rich in THC, CBD or other cannabinoids. But one firm favourite among cannabis growers are Kush strains. They combine a special combination of great taste, firm buds, heavy yields and an unbeatably enjoyable effects. Read on to find out more on Dutch Passion’s top 5 Kush strains and what makes them so memorable.
What are Kush cannabis strains?
What are Kush strains? Kush strains are defined as those with genetic origins from the Hindu Kush mountains which are found along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. This is one of those special geographic regions where cannabis still grows naturally in the wild. There are many different strains of Kush, but they often share some/all of the characteristics shown below:
• A deep aroma. A top Kush strain often has a deep and rich scent. The aroma can be penetrating and pungent. A good OG Kush or Mazar will often have an aroma which will leak out unless it is kept in tight jars or double bagged in plastic sleeves. The scent can be quite complexed with notes of hash, pepper, earthy/floral, sweet pine, incense, herbal and fuel.
• Powerfully sedating effects. A good quality Kush strain will often have a heavy and deeply relaxing effect on both mind and body. The term ‘couch lock’ is often used when describing a good Kush strain. As well as delivering powerfully relaxing effects (which are popular with medical cannabis growers), Kush strains also provide a euphoric initial high with strong psychoactive effects and meditative qualities. All in all a good Kush strain is synonymous with high quality and highly enjoyable relaxation.
• Rich taste. The flavour is as smooth as the vape/smoke experience on a quality Kush strain. The earthy taste is often accompanied by notes of flowers, citrus/diesel and often hints of sweet grape.
• Appearance. A Kush strain often has a striking appearance. The blooms/buds can be dark green. Flashes of blue or purple may be seen in the leaves, especially if cooler bloom conditions were used. The plants are often short and bushy with chunky and dense buds. Pistils may have a rusty orange or bronze appearance. Kush plants are often notably resinous, this ensures they are rated amongst the most potent strains you can grow. The buds feel firm but also very sticky.
One of the most famous Kush strains is OG Kush. There are several different versions available, but they tend to be indica dominant. The flash of sativa genetics in some OG Kush strains may amplify the uplifting euphoric aspects to the initial high.
Many growers want to know what strains compare to OG Kush. It’s a tough question to answer. For Kush connoisseurs, few strains really compare to a top-quality Kush strain. The deeply relaxing effects can make a Kush strain the perfect choice for simply stopping at home and enjoying a cozy night in, indulging your passion for fine food and entertainment. Afterwards, especially with a last vape before bed, you will usually enjoy a particularly restful night's sleep. The powerful physical effects make the best Kush strains a particularly popular choice with medical marijuana growers.
The popularity of OG Kush has given her an iconic reputation among those that grow Kush strains. But it’s important to say that there are many other top Kush strains with superb genetics. OG Kush may be the most well-known Kush strain, but there are now some top-quality Kush strains which are every bit as good as OG Kush. You can read more about them below.
For all of them you can expect very high THC levels, incredibly powerful and enjoyable highs and an easy growing experience with heavy yields. If you’re looking to grow the strongest strains of Kush, any of the options listed below come with Dutch Passion’s highest recommendations.
Most popular Kush strains by Dutch Passion
Dutch Passion’s presence as a leading cannabis seed company since the 1980’s has allowed the team to collect some of the best Kush strains from around the world. They stand for heavy yielding, compact and highly powerful genetics. Like many landrace genetics, Kush strains are tough and resilient. They have evolved naturally to cope with a broad range of growing conditions often in harsh, cold and unforgiving environments. For modern cannabis growers, the best Kush strains have all the necessary qualities to make them some of the most popular, easy to grow and rewarding strains.
Mazar (Skunk#1 X Afghani)
Mazar has got to be one of the most celebrated and most popular Kush strains. She has been in the Dutch Passion collection for several decades. The heavy yields and very high THC levels (expect around 20% THC in good conditions) make Mazar a timeless classic.
The genetics were created by crossing Skunk #1 with an elite Afghan Kush. The Kush genetics are dominant but the Skunk ensures consistently XL harvests after around 8 weeks of indoor bloom.
There are many strains of Kush, but few have won more cannabis cups or had more repeat growers than original Dutch Passion Mazar. High yielding Kush strains simply don't get much better, or much easier to grow! Mazar is one of the most popular Kush strains thanks to the all-round package which combines ease of growth with very high THC levels, heavy harvests and a superb taste/aroma.
Mazar seeds are available as photoperiod regular seeds as well as photoperiod feminised cannabis seeds. Lovers of autoflower seeds can also buy Auto Mazar. Auto Mazar grows from seed to harvest in around 11 weeks indoors with incredible yields. The seeds are part of the Dutch Passion Afghani Kush collection of cannabis seeds.
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Master Kush (Hindu Kush genetics)
Master Kush is an old-school Kush strain famed for the powerful, resin-soaked buds. She delivers an incredibly enjoyable anti-anxiety high which has to be felt to be believed. Stress melts away and your soul smiles after sampling this blissfully enjoyable top Kush strain. You don't have to take Dutch Passion’s word for it, Master Kush was crowned overall winner at the 2017 Highlife Cup.
Master Kush seeds are easy to grow, taking around 8 weeks of indoor bloom. This is a top-quality indoor Kush strain which can also grow outdoors where she is ready in October (northern hemisphere) or April (southern hemisphere).
All Kush strains tend to deliver comforting, soothing effects, but Master Kush is particularly effective. Find out for yourself how good and enjoyable a top Kush strain can be and try Master Kush for yourself!
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Auto Night Queen ([Night Queen X Mazar i Sharif] X Auto Mazar)
Auto Night Queen is an autoflowering Kush strain with very high THC levels of around 20%. Like all Dutch Passion autoflower seeds she grows from seed to harvest in around 10-11 weeks.
Auto Night Queen seeds produce short, stocky plants with numerous side blooms. These prize winning indica genetics took 1st Place in the 2016 Highlife Cup. Outdoors, this top Kush strain usually takes an extra few weeks to finish due to the cooler temperatures and reduced daily light hours.
Autoflowering Kush seeds are perhaps the easiest and fastest way to grow Kush indoors. This makes them a great way for less experienced Kush growers to enjoy the many benefits of Kush strains. The powerful physical effects make this one of the more popular medical Kush strains. As well as assisting with a restful night's sleep, Auto Night Queen stimulates a healthy appetite and soothes aching muscles.
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Bubba Island Kush (Bubba Kush X [Grandaddy Purple x OG Kush])
If photoperiod feminised Kush seeds are more your style, then Bubba Island Kush is one of the best Kush strains you can grow and boasts a great genetic heritage.
The genetics come from pre ‘98 Bubba Kush X (Grandaddy Purple x OG Kush). These multiple cannabis cup winning genetics ensure highly consistent results from Bubba Island Kush. The indica dominant Kush plants tend to stay very short, often less than a metre tall at harvest with lots of side growth.
The leaves can turn very dark, almost black, towards the end of bloom. If you enjoy purple Kush strains then you are in luck. Bubba Island Kush often shows flashes of colour in the leaves and buds in late bloom, especially in cooler conditions.
Bubba Island Kush is also one of the fastest feminised Kush strains you can grow. She can be ready to harvest after just 7 - 7.5 weeks of growth with a unique terpene profile and a sour fruity and very pungent Kush aroma.
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Glueberry O.G. ([Gorilla Glue #4 X OG Kush] x Blueberry)
All Kush strains contain proven and powerful genetics. But Glueberry O.G. has some particularly illustrious genetics. Parent genetics come from original OG Kush combined with Gorilla Glue #4 and the world famous Blueberry. All the parent genetics are very high THC and this ensures great stability in Glueberry O.G.
Sativa Kush strains are those that combine authentic Kush heritage with sativa genetics. Although Glueberry O.G. isn't a pure sativa she is classed as a hybrid, with both indica and sativa characteristics. She takes around 8 weeks in bloom and can produce large, heavy yielding plants. She is part of the Dutch Passion USA Special Seeds collection.
Glueberry O.G. is one of Dutch Passion’s best selling cannabis seeds with numerous repeat buyers. The genetics are so popular and reliable that Auto Glueberry O.G. was released. This uses the same cannabis cup winning genetics but in an autoflowering format.
Auto Glueberry O.G. has slightly longer life cycle than many autoflower seeds. She can take 12 weeks or so to complete bloom. But the wait ensures spectacular yields of rock-hard sticky buds. Auto Glueberry O.G. is a tough and resilient outdoor Kush strain too.
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Browse our Afghani Kush seed collection
Some people grow nothing else but top Kush strains. It’s easy to understand the appeal of compact plants that are easy to grow and care for, alongside fast bloom times, heavy yields and a uniquely pleasurable and satisfying high. The hard, frosty buds and deep hashy Kush aroma make it a hard combination to ignore. Many serious growers have a pack of Kush seeds in their collection.
If you want to know more about Kush strains please take a look at the Dutch Passion Afghani Kush cannabis seed collection, where you can find out more about some of the best Kush strains.