Indica Weed Strain Review: Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush is one of the most popular strains out there, and for good reason. This luxurious bud has a robust scent reminiscent of chocolate and is considered to be one of the best-tasting strains on the market, making it perfect for first timers who want something a little less harsh than other indica weed strains. Bubba Kush is a very aesthetically pleasing flower too, and you’ll admire its purple hues, thick orange hairs, and dark, frosted leaves.

Genetics of Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush has a mysterious lineage shrouded in rumor and guesswork, but some believe that this bud is the descendant of a cross between OG Kush and another indica. Afghani Kush could also be in the mix somewhere.

This is a heavy indica weed strain and has 18% THC content, intended as a potent relaxant and night-time sleep aid. If you suffer from insomnia, you’ll definitely want to check out Bubba, as it’s known as one of the better strains for inducing drowsiness and giving you a great night’s rest. Bubba Kush is also considered one of the easier plants to grow, as it yields bountiful harvests, producing a lot of flower while maintaining a relatively shorter height compared to other strains. Furthermore, this is a plant that grows much faster than average, making it an ideal choice for amateur growers.

Effects of Bubba Kush

As a high-quality indica weed strain, Bubba Kush will put you out of commission for a while, so don’t smoke before attempting any intensive activity. You’ll ideally want to pass around a bowl with some friends, wading in the heady glow you’ll feel immediately upon inhaling some of this wonderful kush for the first time.

This is a strain that will build an appetite in you, and you should prepare for the munchies by stocking up on snacks before you dive in. The sweetness of the bud seems to seep into your mind, enhancing your taste buds and making even simple endeavors, like eating, rich with positive sensations. Soon, you will feel a pleasant melting sensation that wraps around your entire body like a warm hug and prepares you for an extended period of relaxation and cerebral enjoyment.

While you might not be able to operate heavy machinery, you can certainly pick up a pen or any other creative instrument and benefit from enhanced powers of imagination gleaned from this special bud. If you’re an artist or any other inventive type who uses marijuana for inspiration, Bubba Kush is an excellent choice. Its delicious taste also makes this strain ideal for cooking with, as the distinct, earthy flavor will prevent your edible from tasting too much like marijuana.

Bubba Kush is also great for healing anxiety, as its buoyant, mellow high soothes nerves and creates a headspace of good vibes. Pain and nausea will also ease themselves away not long after taking your first toke, making it an all-around remedy that will hold your hand through the worst physical conditions. Medical users should inquire about this wonderful kush and consider incorporating it into their herbal treatment.

Kush: The Rich History (And Origin) of Kush Strains

Cali Kush, Pure Kush, Master Kush, Bubba Kush, Purple Kush, and of course, the legendary strain that inspired the Kush revolution, OG Kush. To say Kush strains are loved and revered would be an understatement! Kush strains consistently rank as some of the most popular strains, with numerous varieties taking top honors at cannabis cups across the globe (including the revered HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup). Let's dig into the history of kush.

While Haze varieties have long had a commanding influence among Sativa-dominant strains, Kush varieties have occupied a similar position among Indica-dominants. So what’s the history behind this beloved lineage? Kush strains trace their heritage to the Hindu Kush region, an area with disputed boundaries shouldering India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Hindu Kush is located north of Jammu and Kashmir, currently controlled by India — which Pakistan argues belongs to them. The area has a rich history, not just because of its long history of cannabis and hashish production, but for its volatility and political instability.

Nestled comfortably along stunningly gorgeous Himalayas mountain range, the environment (with its lush hillsides, fertile soil and deep valleys) is ideal for cultivating cannabis. The region has long grown some of the world’s most epic herb. To the delight of cannasseurs all over the world, the marriage of human and natural selection have consistently yielded some of the tastiest, most resinous bud known to mankind.

Hindu Kush: An Epic Landrace Strain

Not only is Hindu Kush a region made famous by its popular crop, Hindu Kush is an eponymously named landrace strain. In fact, it’s because of landrace strain that the words “Kush” and “Indica” are used interchangeably. What’s a landrace strain you ask? According to the well-known seed bank, Seed Supreme:

“A landrace strain is pure, never crossed and always grown in its natural environment: this isolation and the resulting inbreeding means these varieties are highly stable and extremely vigorous. It was only a generation or two ago that, were you talking about marijuana at all, it was one of these pure strains; you might know them from family stories of the travelling days, sampling all there was to be had on the hippy trail.”

All popular Kush strains — like Bubba Kush, Purple Kush, and Cali Kush — trace their lineage directly to Hindu Kush. Likewise, Master Kush and OG Kush, two of the most beloved Kush strains, were originally bred by legendary seed bank, Sensi Seeds. In fact, many of the best strains — including cannabis royalty AK-47 and White Widow — are grandchildren to Hindu Kush. Of course, Hindu Kush’s offspring have been genetically and commercially crossbred (so they aren’t technically landrace strains). Nonetheless, boasting a royal lineage, it should be no surprise why Kush varieties are so popular.

The Hippie Trail

How did Kush strains make their way to Europe and the New World? You may have heard about the Hippie Trail. The Hippie Trail was made famous by subculture seekers in the mid-1960s through the late 1970s. Many a beatnik and hippie made the overland journey, traversing Europe to South Asia (specifically Pakistan, India, and Nepal). A popular alt-tourist destination, North Americans and Europeans (particularly members of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love) made the pilgrimage bringing back with them Hindu Kush seeds.

Ultimately (and quite tragically), in 1973, Afghanistan’s self-installed president assumed power from the previously hash-friendly King, and conceded to pressure by the Nixon Administration. That same year, the new president outlawed hash and cannabis. Ultimately, the president was overthrown by communists in 1978. Not long after, the Soviets invaded, and the region has been in turmoil ever since (with a succession of long and bloody conflicts).

Ask an aging hippie about pre-war Afghani hash, and you’ll be in for a trip down memory lane. The profound impact of Hindu Kush on Western cannabis cultivation can’t be understated. The Kush strains from this region revolutionized production. Indica strains are more versatile (from a growing perspective) than Sativa strains. By introducing these marvels of nature to the genetic pool, growers were able to dramatically shorten flowering times, while being able to be cultivated in cold and remote areas, like Alaska.

Unfortunately, because many Kush strains have specially bred to be as potent as possible, the term “Kush” isn’t always associated with its rich heritage. More often, they’re known for having sky high THC (which is not always true). Consequently, in Europe and the U.S, many legislators have pushed for harsher penalties for possession (or sale) of Kush strains. (Ironically, with the blessing of the British government, “baby-pharma” company, GW Pharmaceuticals, have been legally cultivating Kush strains for medicinal purposes for years.) Nonetheless, Kush strains will continue to occupy a special place in cannabis culture. So next time you enjoy a nice Kush (and its accompanying “couch lock”), don’t forget to hug a hippie!


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