Afghan Kush is a strain grown naturally in the Hindu Kush mountain range that is almost one hundred percent Indica. The strain has a very earthy almost hash-like scent that can include a hint of something similar to Pinesol. It has sweet hash taste similar to its smell when smoked. Buds of this strain are very condensed and covered in a fair amount of trichomes (the THC making glands or “crystals”). The plant has the familiar broad leaves of other Indicas.
Because the strain is so purely Indica it effects the body much more than the mind. This results in a heavy feeling of laziness or sleepiness. It is also described as a very euphoric strain causing users to feel very happy. It serves as a great inducer of the munchies as well and many users report feeling very hungry after ingesting it. Many users warn caution that more than a few hits and users may be locked to their couch with an overwhelming lethargic feeling. The strain’s negative effects include the usual dry mouth and eyes, occasional paranoia and dizziness. A few users have also reported having headaches after using Afghan Kush. Due to the heavy effects of the Indica in Afghan it is most often used as a night time medication often used by insomniacs. It is also used to help cope with stress and anxiety disorders. Those with eating disorders such as anorexia use it because of its effect on their appetite. Thanks to its heavy body high it is an ideal strain for pain relief allowing users with chronic pain to relax. The strain was harvested traditionally to produce a very potent hashish – something the strain is still quite good at. Due to the sturdy nature of this wild strain it is recommended for amateur growers. Afghan Kush also has an unusually high THC content that can make up for the lower yields beginners might harvest. It is also fairly resistant to disease and molds (another big plus for beginners). Because of its natural hardiness Afghan Kush can be grown both indoors and out. The strain flowers for seven to eight weeks and is ready for harvest in October when grown outside. Being an Indica Afghan Kush plants are short but grow wide – filling out rather than up. A well grown plan can yield 400 grams per square meter inside or between 500 to 600 grams outside.