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Though strains are often categorized as a sativa, indica, or hybrid, there are further categorizations that have come to be defined by cannabis culture. Much like purple and haze strains, the category of kush is known for a specific set of characteristics related to their effects, aromas, tastes, and even their geographic origins (kush comes from from the Hindu Kush mountains which span the Afghanistan-Pakistan border).
Though kush strain attributes can very from one to the next depending how they’re grown, they typically include most of the following characteristics:
Flowering time: Typically 8 weeks
Yield: Typically moderate to heavy yields
Appearance: Thick plant with dense buds. Dark green leaves with hints of purple. Pistils can be any mix of bronze/orange/rust colors.
Effects: strong cerebral effect, can be both sedative and euphoric. Classified by some as a meditative strain.
The ideal temperatures for growing Kush falls between 65 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. While it can typically handle cooler temperatures at night, it will require low humidity levels when flowering. It is known to be a solid indoor growing strain and with the right methods, you can expect an increase in yield and bud size. A hydroponic setup is recommended to keep the buds healthy, as they grow dense and become susceptible to diseases.
Kush can be grown outdoors, but keep in mind that humidity can cause bud rot due to their density. For this reason, it is recommended to only grow outdoors in dry climates.