Afghan Kush Strain Review
Generation after generation of strains, and still, the pure landrace strains remain among the best in the world. Granted that there are different pure breeds in many parts of the world, it seems that none can match the Mazari Sharif region near the Amu Darya River. Here in this harsh climate, cannabis plants grow wild and free. One of them is the Afghan Kush.
As nature would have it, the marijuana plants in the mountain range of Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan may have bred naturally for centuries. Hence, it is likely that our featured strain can trace its lineage to the pure Afghani Indica. The chances are high, too, that it is a result of countless backcrossing between the native breed.
Fortunately for the growers, White Label Seeds Company made the seeds of Afghan Kush available. No doubt that has contributed significantly to its propagation and ever-increasing popularity not only in Amsterdam where the seed bank is located, but also worldwide.
|Afghan Kush Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Afghani Indica|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||0% / 100%|
|CBD %||6% to 7.4%|
|Climate||Cool to warm climate|
|Flowering Period||7 to 8 weeks / Late September to early October|
|Average Yield||450 g/m2 / 500 to 600 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
Enjoy the reinvigorating earthy freshness and rejuvenating scent of the forest with the Afghan Kush. The pungent aroma it emits is reminiscent of being in a flower field on the edge of the wood. A sweet and spicy note accompanying its fragrance makes it all the more irresistible. Smooth and easy on the lungs, much of its aroma carries over to its smoke. Accentuating the floral flavors is a mild herbal note.
First of all, Afghan Kush is a very potent cannabis. With an insane 21% THC, it should never be underestimated. Even with moderate use, it can prove to be quite overwhelming.
Being almost 100% Indica, much of the psychoactive is on the physical side. Still, the numbing body buzz it generates is too intense that many users are likely to have a foggy mind. In other words, the Afghan Kush can leave users heavily stoned. Not that it is a bad thing. After all, It is in that dreamy state that there is nothing else but bliss.
Often used at the end of a long and tiring day when there is nothing else to do, it is possible that users find themselves giggly at the onset. Nevertheless, the sheer raw power of Afghan Kush soon takes over and induce a complete state of relaxation. At this point, it is not likely that users will even be willing to get off the couch. Also, if one were to feel hungry, the chances are high that most people will end up sleeping.
Some common reactions associated with using cannabis include having a cottonmouth sensation alongside with dry eyes. There are no surprises here. But because of the intense body buzz, it may cause some people to feel dizzy.
Users may want to be cautious if an individual is predisposed to anxieties and paranoia. At the height of the ebbing physical high, a few people may feel more anxious or even paranoid. These are mostly temporary and should not cause any harm, though. At any rate, think of it as an internal tug-of-war between complete bliss and the egging negative feelings.
Medical Use and Benefits
At up to 7.4% CBD, the Afghan Kush may already have enough to help control seizures. Hence, with regards to medical benefits, that is the most striking use of this strain.
Because of its ability to induce relaxation, not that users can resist it, then it becomes a potent stress-reliever. A side benefit of this is that people with depression and other mental health disorders will find it easier to fight off the negative thoughts and emotion.
At the same time, the Afghan Kush also delivers sedative-like effects. It is the same trait that not only helps calm the muscles leading to physical relaxation, but it also provides comfort from mild pains and aches. Hence, it is of significant benefit to patients suffering from illnesses including migraines and PMS.
As alluded to, using Afghan Kush can induce drowsiness and hunger. Depending on the willpower of individuals, some may be able to get up and eat while most others go on to sleep. At any rate, users tend to feel starving once they wake up. In this manner, the strain can be useful to insomniacs and people who have a poor appetite.
Growing Afghan Kush
The plant has thrived in harsh climates for a long time. Hence, it is quite resilient. For growers, that means it is easy to cultivate regardless if planted indoor or outdoor.
Indoor, growers will want to keep the plant short and instead, encourage bushier growth. Hence, cultivating it using hydroponics and combining it with the Sea of Green training method is highly recommended. Besides faster and more explosive growth, it also helps improve its yield. Flowering time begins in seven to eight weeks. Also, keep the indoor temperature between 18 to 28 degrees Celsius as well as maintain proper humidity. During harvest, growers can expect around 450 grams per square meter.
Outdoor, the plant will thrive in a warm climate, but it is tolerant of lower temperatures. Flowering time usually occurs at the start of October, and each plant can produce 500 to 600 grams of buds.
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