Hindu Kush

Hindu Kush

One of the original landrace strains that precipitated the popularization of cannabis throughout the world, Hindu Kush is a potent pure indica. It is indigenous to the Hindu Kush mountain chain that forms the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The meaning of the word “Kush” is disputed, and has been traced back to a Persian term for “Hindu killer” (in reference to the danger of crossing the inhospitable mountains) as well as to Avestan words meaning simply “water mountain.” In any case, Kush has become a byword for weed and is often used a suffix in the names of different strains, regardless of whether those strains have Hindu Kush in their lineage.

Seeds of Hindu Kush -- along with seeds of other Asian landrace varieties like Afghani -- were brought to the U.S. in the 1960s and 70s by cannabis enthusiasts and explorers who traveled along a route that has come to be known as the “hippie trail.” In time, Hindu Kush has, perhaps inevitably, been crossed with other strains to allow for stability and adaptation to a radically different climate than its mountainous point of origin; as such, “true” Hindu Kush may not be widely available in the Western Hemisphere. Nevertheless, Hindu Kush is a relatively pure strain, simpler and often more potent that the novelty crossbreeds that continue to multiply in today’s competitive cannabis market. It is prized for its heavily sedative, almost narcotic properties and its highly resinous flowers. The THC composition of Hindu Kush is typically measured at between 15% and 20%.

Typical Effects

Common Usage

THC Content


Hindu Kush is marked by large, clustered green buds that adhere due to their incredibly sticky consistency. Some phenotypes have shades of purple in the leaves, the result of high concentrations of plant pigments called anthocyanins being activated by cold weather during the vegetative stage. The densely-packed flowers are famous for their resin (Hindu Kush may have been one of the first strains used to produce hash) and have a heavy coating of silver-white trichomes. The aroma of this strain is very complex, with a simultaneously sweet and musky scent, redolent of spice, sandalwood, pine, and wet earth. The musky odor intensifies when flowers are combusted and smoked. The resulting smoke is harsh and cough-inducing; when exhaled, smoke tastes vaguely like pine. The overall flavor impression of Hindu Kush is one of incense and herbs.

Hindu Kush boasts a slowly-mounting high that begins as a sense of physical relaxation and then progresses toward a state of mental fogginess. Users will feel a heavy sensation in the limbs and head and may not want to be especially active. The feeling of couchlock is commonly reported: users may have thoughts or intentions of getting up to perform a task, but will just as happily remain motionless. This immobilization can free up the mind for lazy contemplation and meandering creative thinking. Some psychedelic effects like visual distortions and strange tactile sensations may also be present. Because of its heavy body stone, Hindu Kush is not recommended for active daytime use. Instead, it works well as a numbing agent for chronic pain, an anti-nausea treatment, and as a way to relieve stress and anxiety. Negative effects include dry mouth and eyes, occasionally accompanied by paranoia and dizziness. A few users have also reported experiencing anxiety from larger doses of this strain. Hindu Kush is particularly helpful for users with insomnia, as large enough doses can induce sleep.

The purely indica lineage of Hindu Kush is evident in its stature. Indica plants are much shorter and stockier than their sativa counterparts, and the Hindu Kush strain epitomizes this, hardly ever growing taller than 5 feet. As such, it can be grown indoors, provided that multiple plants are spaced to allow for the strain’s wide lateral branches. Outdoor cultivation tends to be more difficult, as the strain’s native climate is highly variable. However, as noted, certain varieties of Hindu Kush have been stabilized through minor crossbreeding, so some phenotypes may grow well outdoors. Growers may want to trim low-lying branches (which can later be used to grow clones) to allow for easy air circulation. Growers should also trim broad fan leaves to allow light to penetrate to flowering nodes up and down the length of the plant. When cultivated indoors, Hindu Kush flowers anywhere between 7 to 10 weeks. If grown outside, plants are usually ready for harvest in late October. Hindu Kush can yield up to 1.5 oz per square foot and reach a THC count of up to 20%.

Procuring Hindu Kush is a unique encounter for the cannabis novice and connoisseur alike. Shaped over countless generations of natural selection, its aromatic flowers offer a way to experience a piece of botanical and cultural history. The strain’s powerful knockout high may introduce a new kind of respect for nature -- or at the very least, an understanding of why this plant has been selectively bred by humans for centuries. A true nighttime smoke, Hindu Kush is well-suited to solo use or to small intimate gatherings.

Recent Customer Reviews

This review is for a batch of "Hindu Kush" obtained from Good Chemistry in December, 2020. The two eighths I enjoyed over the holiday were consistently made up of medium-sized, aesthetically appealing nugs having a distinctively "Kush" appearance i.e., some nugs are short and thick while some are more elongated; with a somewhat loose, shaggy appearance. The overall color is foresty green. The smell is pleasant and herbal. like Weed (this variety does not seem especially pungent or have any particular aroma of note.) The calyxes are reddish and uniform. The trichomes and resin are visible with some "twinkling" in the active parts of the flower, but there is no real frostiness (this can be said for most commercial weed.) The best parts of the flower for smoking seemed to be the inner parts of the larger buds, where the trichomes are really showing and there is a noticeable sparkle. Some nugs seemed to be more at-peak than others; I was fortunate to have a couple of the nugs with the Stickyness i.e. near-peak resin production that made it through cure intact. The smoking was especially enjoyable with this batch. The nugs break up easily, especially if you let them dry out a bit, and you can smoke these with very little preparation i.e. put the nug in the pipe and smoke it. This is the ideal way, if the nug quality permits, to lose zero terpenes to preparation and get a really nice hit. I noticed a consistent flavor I would describe as "spearmint". I don't have the THC numbers but it isn't particularly high with this batch, my guess would be 15-20%. And you know what? It doesn't need to be high-THC to enjoy your weed. You can buy it at a store; this is not Prohibition where you need to get the most THC-per-gram you can. If you're not high enough, smoke more (and enjoy it because it's quality medicine!) I won't use this review to proceed to try to describe the effects of this smoke, only to write a paragraph about what it's like to be High. I'm assuming the reader has some experience with the basic effects, which were certainly present here. What's important is 1) I noticed a very consistent wonderful "neck warming" and overall body effect; 2) the euphoria was long-lasting; and 3) This was definitely NOT a super-cognitive or chatty experience. What could have been better? Not much. Just more nugs at peak production, please! Otherwise this producer nailed it for a really nice Kush experience. I also had another OG Kush variety from same source, right alongside the Hindu, but that one was distinctively purple but also really nice aesthetically and pharmacologically. Cheers

Disappointing high, didn't feel anything but good for falling asleep easy. Use it if you have insomnia.

I find this indica plant's best use is for night time because I would not recommend a vehicle or operating heavy machinery because it does have very much sedating effects. This is one of my favorite strains because it really help relieves stress, and also has good pain relief properties

Yeah, Hindu Kush means Slaughter of Hindus and it refers to a mass slaughter of Hindus during the Islamic occupation of ancient India. see: 'Hindu Holocaust'

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