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Afghan Kush is a strain of marijuana that is entirely Indica. It’s a high yielding strain of marijuana that remains fairly small, making it an excellent choice for people who don’t have as much space to work with but want as much product as possible when they harvest. It is used for smoking, consuming in other ways, and making honey oil out of it.
Afghan Kush has roughly 17% THC content (although it has been measured as high as 21.6%), but its CBD content is quite low. That being said, it is still often used to treat (especially self-medicate) a variety of ailments and has still received plenty of awards.
It’s important to note that there is more than just one Afghani strain. The original strain is called the Afghan Kush. There is also Afghani #1, which has similar qualities and is worth considering when purchasing seeds. Afghani #1 is supposed to be more cost effective and sometimes more reliable than the original Afghan Kush.
However, many growers have a distinct fondness for the Afghan Kush strains. It serves both the new and experienced well, given that it is easy grow and is high yield, and most consider the taste to be highly delightful. Plus, it isn’t too difficult to find Afghan Kush seeds, even though their origins are from so far away.
Afghan Kush originally comes from the Hindu Kush mountains. The entire point of growing this strain to begin with was to harvest the most resin possible. Black Afghani hashish is often made from Afghan Kush, as is North Indian charas.
Afghan Kush originates from the area near the Amu Darya River in Mazari Sharif, which is a northern region of Afghanistan. The wild strains of marijuana that grew there were taken and domesticated until a potent and hardy strain evolved, perfect for growers — the Afghan Kush.
Consuming experience & smoking effect
The harvested product from Afghan Kush is distinctive in appearance, given its many orange or brown hairs that are interspersed with a less intense green color of the weed. It also has a distinctive smell — the scent resembles a mango or an orange, with a little bit of a musty or funky smell mixed in. There is a smell that is characteristic of Kush strains, but Afghan Kush marijuana does not have that particular smell.
When you smoke (or consume in some other way) Afghan Kush weed, you can expect to feel an energetic buzz almost immediately. It’s important to take Afghan Kush slow if you haven’t tried it before or especially if you don’t smoke marijuana often (or haven’t been doing it for long). After the initial burst of energy, it relaxes the user in a way that they remained mentally focused, somewhere between filled with energy and locked to the couch. Many people prefer to smoke Afghan Kush for its anxiety-easing and relaxation properties.
Smoking Afghan Kush is described as a very smooth experience, especially when compared to smoking other strains of marijuana. Its “body buzz” is associated with Indica.
The main effects of Afghan Kush are a relaxed feeling as well as feeling sleepy, but also feeling happy, euphoric, and hungry. The key flavors associated with Afghan Kush are earthy, woody, and pungent.
Afghan Kush plants are small in stature (until the beginning of the flowering phase, when their height takes a big leap). The leaves of the Afghan Kush plant are broad and dark in color, and the buds of the Afghan Kush are generally huge (especially in comparison with the size of the plant overall). The buds will become absolutely soaked in resin, and they are dense and blunt-topped, making them extremely popular among much of the marijuana growing community.
Although many people use Afghan Kush to relax, it’s not actually recommended to be used for treating anxiety because of how potent it is. Of course, that can be fixed via the dosing. It is recommended for and commonly used by people who have trouble sleeping, however, due to its sedating properties.
Besides stress and insomnia, Afghan Kush can also be used to treat pain, a lack of appetite, and even depression. Some negative feelings associated with it should be acknowledged, however: dry mouth, dry eyes, dizziness, paranoia, and headache have all been described as potential negative side effects of smoking Afghan Kush.
Growing Afghan Kush is a piece of cake for experienced growers. It does well in an indoor setting, whether you’re growing it in soil or a hydroponics setup. It generally is hardy, with a strong resistance to things like diseases or pests, so that makes it low maintenance in terms of the grower’s workload.
If you’re growing it outdoors, it’s even easier because it does well in warm or cool climates and is hardy when it comes to climate, weather, or pests.
For the most effective germination of Afghan Kush, make sure the shell has cracked by checking our germination instructions. Then use soil (that has been sterilized) or else rockwool or vermiculite (both of which are hydroponics mediums). Using a jiffy cube is not recommended as it can damage the plant’s growth. The seeds should stay moist and kept in cups (16 ounces) that have holes at their base and are filled with vermiculite (or whatever medium you are choosing).
If using rockwool, the germination process will be particularly simple. You simply need to move the rockwool cube the plant germinated in into a bigger rockwool cube — without transplanting, repotting, or mixing soil.
As with any marijuana strain, it’s a good idea to keep the transplanting down to a minimum. Transplant only once or twice before harvest time — this will not only make it easier on your Afghan Kush plants but also easier on yourself (since transplanting is such a process). As long as you do it quickly and carefully and only once or twice, it shouldn’t give your plants too much of a shock.
The vegetative stage of the Afghan Kush is much like any other marijuana strain, except that it won’t grow to be as tall as many other high yielding marijuana plants. Its height can be described as “medium” or “average,” but it often accomplishes the yield of an “extra tall” or “monster” plant.
The flowering time for Afghan Kush is generally between 65 and 76 days, making it an average flowering time. Despite this shortness of time, the Afghan Kush experiences a sudden burst of upward growth during the flowering phase so you can expect the height to reach its fullest potential at that point.
You will notice a potent, spicy smell during the flowering phase. If it’s not the type of smell you typically associate with Afghan Kush, don’t worry! This smell will change during the drying and curing process and will end up turning into the Afghan Kush scent that you know and love.
Harvesting Afghan Kush is the best part because you’ll end up with so much of it. You can generally expect to get 400 grams per (indoors) square meter or more (or 500 to 600 grams per plant range outdoors). You should plan on harvesting the plants towards the end of September or beginning of October, after a flowering period of between seven and eight weeks.
During the curing process, you can expect the smell of the marijuana to change from spicy to sweet and mild. This is an important part of the process, as it’s giving the end product the flavor and smell that consumers expect when they choose to smoke Afghan Kush.
Looking to grow some Afghan Kush? We’ve got you covered! Get your seeds here and start growing your own Afghani!