Kush is a strain of Cannabis indica. The origins of Kush Cannabis are from landrace plants mainly in Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and North-Western India with the name coming from the Hindu Kush mountain range. “Hindu Kush” strains of Cannabis were taken to the United States in the mid-to-late 1970s and continue to be available there to the present day.
Kush strains were among those cultivated by the British firm GW Pharmaceuticals for its legally licensed commercial trial of medicinal cannabis.
Cannabis strains are either pure or hybrid varieties of the plant genus Cannabis, which encompasses the species C. Sativa, C. indica, and C. ruderalis
Varieties are developed to intensify specific characteristics of the plant or to differentiate the strain for the purposes of marketing or to make it more effective as a drug. Variety names are typically chosen by their growers, and often reflect properties of the plant such as taste, color, smell, or the origin of the variety. Cannabis strains commonly refer to those varieties with recreational and medicinal use. These varieties have been cultivated to contain a high percentage of cannabinoids. Several varieties of cannabis, known as hemp, have a very low cannabinoid content and are instead grown for their fiber and seed.
Main article: List of names for cannabis strains
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In a retail market that is decriminalised such as in The Netherlands, where wholesale production is illegal but prosecutions are not always enforced because of the contradiction of the law that is recognized by the courts, competition puts pressure on breeders to create increasingly attractive varieties to maintain market share. Breeders give their strains distinct and memorable names in order to help differentiate them from their competitors’ strains, although they may in fact be very similar.
Popular strains are incorporated into new hybrids, which often bear a similar name to their parent. This phenomenon has occurred with Haze and Sour varieties, among others.
Acapulco Gold is a golden-leafed Cannabis sativa strain originally from the Acapulco area of southwest Mexico.
Bedrocan is a medicinal cannabis variety cultivated from a Dutch medical marijuana Cannabis sativa L. strain, having a standardized content of THC (22%) and CBD (1%). It is currently cultivated by Bedrocan Nederland, Bedrocan Canada and Bedrocan Česká Republika. It was first introduced in 2003 and is dispensed through pharmacies after a prescription from a physician.
Blue Dream is a hybrid cannabis strain widely used for both medical and recreational purposes first developed in 2003.
Charlotte’s Web is a high-cannabidiol (CBD), low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis variety and extracts marketed as a dietary supplement under federal law of the United States. It is produced by the Stanley brothers in Colorado. It does not induce the psychoactive “high” typically associated with recreational marijuana strains that are high in THC. In September 2014, the Stanleys announced that they would ensure that the product consistently contained less than 0.3% THC. Charlotte’s Web gained national attention when it was used to treat Charlotte Figi’s epileptic seizures. Her story has led to her being described as “the girl who is changing medical marijuana laws across America,” as well as the “most famous example of medicinal hemp use”.
A head of Purple Kush
Purple Kush is a 100% Indica strain of cannabis. This plant “forms a short squat bush with very dense internodes and large fan leaves, staying in the 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 ft) height range while grown indoors. Purple Kush’s foliage exhibits a classic Indica growth pattern: a sturdy bush with dark green hues and sometimes hints of purple toward ripeness.
Skunk refers to cannabis strains that are strong-smelling and have been likened to the smell of the spray from a skunk. These strains of cannabis are believed to have originated during the early 1990s in the United States prior to larger-scale development and popularization by Dutch growers. Just as with other strains of cannabis, skunk is commonly grown in controlled indoor environments under specialized grow lights, or in a greenhouse when full outdoor conditions are not suitable; skunk strains are hybrids of Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica.
Sour Diesel is a Sativa dominant hybrid strain having Chemdog 91 and Super Skunk ancestry. Sour Diesel has an earthy aroma and is attributed to having euphoric, stress-relieving and pain-relieving properties. Originally developed in 1990, this strain contains a Sativa/Indica ratio of 90:10, making it suitable for usage during the day.
Super Lemon Haze
Super Lemon Haze is a Cannabis sativa-dominant hybrid strain that was originally bred by Arjan Roskam from Green House Seed Co. in the late 1990s. Super Lemon Haze is an award-winning cultivar, having been recognized as a two-time Amsterdam High Times Cannabis Cup winner from 2008 and 2009, Medical Cannabis Cup, and Spannabis Cup winner.
Tom Cruise Purple
Tom Cruise Purple is a strain of cannabis sold in California by select licensed cannabis clubs. The strain is potent and is packaged with a picture of the actor Tom Cruise laughing. Tom Cruise Purple is sold by cannabis suppliers in Northern California. Cruise sought out legal advice regarding the product, and considered a lawsuit against its manufacturers.