Royal Kush Strain Review
Royal Kush brings together the genes of two legends – and Afghani Indica and Skunk #1. Its fusion is an Indica-dominant hybrid that is well capable of delivering a short burst of energy followed by absolute bliss.
Royal Kush is among the most potent strains to reign supreme in the cannabis scene. Possessing up to 25% THC, it is well capable of unleashing intense and arresting effects. This royalty though is not ruthless – and rewards responsible people with a dreamy, euphoric high and absolute bliss.
The reference to royalty is not without merit. For all intents and purposes, its lineage goes back to two of the most significant strains in the world. Serving as its genetic base is a landrace Afghani. Found in the mountainous slopes and valleys in the Hindu Kush region, it is accustomed to harsh weather conditions. More importantly, it is deemed by many as the best Indica plant known to men.
Skunk #1, on the other hand, is better known for its high-octane cerebral buzz. Not to mention, it also boasts of a distinct aroma that some people might need time to get used to.
Both the Afghani Indica and Skunk #1, for many decades, has not merely brought delight and relief but also spawned numerous hybrids, many of which went to become elite strains as well. These are the genes that make up the Royal Kush.
|Royal Kush Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Afghani x Skunk #1|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||20/80|
|THC %||23% to 25%|
|CBD %||0.1% to 0.21%|
|Flowering Period||8 to 9 weeks / Late September to early October|
|Average Yield||550 g/sqm / 1000 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
Boasting of a rather subtle odor of pine, Royal Kush is still able to capture the air of a classic, attention-grabbing Kush. The best of its parent strains is evident as it exudes an exotic earthy and skunky blend with a spicy note.
During the onset, Royal Kush delivers a refreshing burst of energetic high that quickly changes the mood to that of upbeat. Not only does it clear the head but it also heightens the senses especially the ability to focus. Gradually, the ebbing, mild euphoria starts to spread to the rest of the body. As tingling sensation travels down the spine from the back of the head, tensions leave and muscles relax.
Even with a somewhat moderate dosage, the effects of Royal Kush continue to intensify. As the soothing and uplifting sensation completely overwhelms the body, the mental stimulation starts to take on a hypnotic quality. Amidst the pleasantness and teeming with happiness, most people ultimately get lost in introspection.
The best use of Royal Kush is during the late afternoon. The initial surge of energy and mental clarity helps in the completion of final tasks of the day. Once the full physical effects manifest, it brings close to a tiring day by putting the body at ease and utterly free of tension. In most cases, the heaviness of the limbs slows down physical activities as laziness sets in making it difficult to get up from the couch.
When used beyond individual capability and tolerance for THC, the psychedelic high might take on a narcotic-like quality – one in which the senses are distorted. The soothing body buzz could feel numbing or sedating. In some instances, it could also make some people feel lethargic.
Cottonmouth and dry eyes are two reactions that are normal with the moderate use of cannabis. Abrupt movements could also cause bouts of dizziness.
Once the limits are exceeded, the strain might cause paranoia or anxiety to set in although it does not pose long-term harm. Still, these conditions are, at the very least, uncomfortable.
Medical Use and Benefits
Royal Kush grants mercy by taking away the sorrows and the pains. A small dose, whether smoked or ingested, does not merely offer psychoactive high. Along with it comes the therapeutic benefits.
Its initial uplifting quality not only acts as a pick-me-upper but also blunts the head-piercing symptoms of fatigue. Restoring one’s zest for life is its rush of happiness which temporarily manages symptoms of depression and PTSD. Feeling reinvigorated, the calm euphoria irons out anxious thoughts.
Its powerful analgesic properties, which can be attributed to its high levels of THC, delivers a soothing body high that aids in the battle against entrenched ailments such as fibromyalgia, backaches, headaches, migraines, muscle spasms, and cramps. Additionally, its sedative-like quality acts like a comforting blanket that tucks people into a deep sleep.
Growing Royal Kush
Royal Kush is genuinely a magnificent plant to behold. Its buds are dense, heavy, and striking with its flashes of purple, green, and royal gold hairs. In the palm of one’s hand, its frosted coat of trichomes and resin leave a sticky residue. Adding to its appeal is its ease of growth.
Stretching up to 150 cm, Royal Kush is a relatively short plant that fits most growing spaces. However, its density may become a problem. Moisture easily seeps into its crevices and, when left unaired, will attract mold or mildew. As such, thinning it out through pruning and trimming will help air it out. This will also provide lower nodes with enough light.
Meanwhile, growing it outdoors requires merely a warm and semi-humid environment with daytime temperatures of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. And, to coax out its exotic color, shock the plants by exposing it to colder temperatures late in the vegetative stage up to the flowering phase.
Its indoor flowering time takes about 8 to 9 weeks with a yield of up to 550 per square meter. Meanwhile, the outdoor harvest is usually in the first two weeks of October. So much has been said about the reason behind naming this strain as a royalty. As far as the original breeders are concerned, it is mainly attributed to one thing – the massive yields. In the open, it could produce up to 1000 grams per plant.
While it can be bought from its breeders G13, some also have the option of taking clippings from mature plants to grow their own genetically identical clones.
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