King Kush Strain Review
In the world of cannabis, names often have a backstory. If not, then it is at least suggestive of its lineage or traits. With King Kush, the reference to royalty is striking in that it suggests it is one of the best ever.
The original breeder of King Kush is Apothecary Genetics. They used a strain developed in partnership with Barney’s Farm called Grape Ape as one of the parent strains. Name after its scent, this mostly Indica hybrid is known for its full-body relaxing high.
Apothecary Genetics then crossed Grape Ape with the legendary OG Kush, a strain that has led to countless others on the West Coast of the USA. As such, it is considered as the backbone of the region. What makes it notable is its delightful scent as well as its ability to eliminate stress.
After breeding King Kush, Apothecary Genetics then partnered with Green House Seeds to distribute its seeds.
One thing to note, too, is that there is another strain that goes by the same name. A cross between Hindu Kush and Pot of Gold, this hybrid bred by Seedism Seeds is not the same as our featured strain in this article.
|King Kush Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Grape Ape x OG Kush|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||30% / 70%|
|THC %||16% to 20%|
|CBD %||0.1% to 0.17%|
|Flowering Period||7 to 9 weeks / Late September to early October|
|Average Yield||800 g/m2 / 1,000 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
King Kush has inherited most of its aroma from Grape Ape. It emits a dank, earthy smell with a strong hint of grape. As the bud is broken, a more delicious aroma fills the room. Hence, it is only natural that users feel the urge to lit one up as soon as possible.
Smoking King Kush, the OG lineage of the strain becomes evident. A fresh, earthy taste passes the tongue with a little spice upon inhaling. A fruity taste of grape with woody undertones lingers in the throat upon the exhaling. A pleasant experience for users indeed.
Just like the real-life royalties, King Kush possess the strength to turn every session into a one of a kind experience. It is perfect for people who seek a gentle cerebral high followed by deep relaxation. For most people, the best time to use this strain is at the end of the day, or during times when there is nothing to do.
The onset of the strain starts with a mild but uplifting head high. It soon intensifies into cerebral euphoria. Users often feel more energetic and generally in a good mood. Shortly, the Indica side of King Kush creeps into the body. Not only does it blend in with the cerebral high, but it also induces a full-body deep relaxation.
Using a very small amount, the energetic boost should be enough to keep users productive. In reality, most people tend to slow down and prefer to sit back and chill. Possessing up to 20% THC, it is also possible that many users may reach their limits and end up in a couch-lock.
Cannabis users are aware of the common adverse reactions that come with using marijuana. For instance, dry mouth and eyes are considered as normal. But there are others that may also occur and often when one uses a little too much.
As mentioned, King Kush is very potent. Once it starts to get a little overwhelming, some users may feel dizzy. Furthermore, a few may also end up feeling a tad bit more anxious or paranoid.
While these may seem to be uncomfortable, most users tend to ignore such symptoms and focus instead on the mental and body high.
Medical Use and Benefits
King Kush is not only in-demand with recreational users. It is also sought after by medical cannabis users. Although it cannot be used as a treatment for illnesses that responds to CBD due to its low level, its mental and body high has benefits.
The potent cerebral high this strain delivers helps patients who are suffering from depression, anxiety, and PSTD. King Kush helps by elevating their mood. In turn, it becomes easier to manage emotion. Instead of dwelling on negativity, happiness sets in.
Once the Indica traits kick into the body, the sedating effects it has leading to full-body relaxation can act as a pain reliever. People with chronic pains and aches, a migraine, and menstrual cramps should find some degree of comfort.
People with trouble sleeping and those who need to sleep should also find a good use for this strain. That is because drowsiness comes as a result of the body relaxation.
Growing King Kush
Growing King Kush definitely requires specific methods of planting. Thus, it is recommended that it should only be cultivated by experienced growers. Under expert hands and care, it will deliver an abundant yield regardless if it is planted indoors or outdoors. To have purplish hues, try moving the plant to an area with cooler temperature before it starts flowering.
Growers who decide to plant it indoors should ensure that they have adequate lighting. 600 watts grow light is a good start. The plant is highly adaptable to training such as Screen of Green. Using hydroponics, it should be ready for flowering in 7 to 9 weeks. Instead of triggering it earlier, a better option is to wait a week more to let it grow sturdier. During harvest, be prepared to harvest up to 800 grams of buds.
Outdoors, King Kush will thrive in a warm climate, but it can be tolerant of cooler environment. Growing like typical Indica plants, it should not be taller than 200cm and will be bushy. Flowering time occurs between September and October with each plant producing up to 1,000 grams of buds.
Have you grown or used King Kush? If not, would you like to get your hands on this strain? Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. We want to hear from you.