By Miguel Ordoñez

We have a soft spot for Kush strains here at Royal Queen Seeds. Researching the best strains around the world, we have seen Kush genetics as a mark of quality time and time again. They are named after the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan, where they have been growing in the wild for at least 1,300 years.

Breeding seeds from these landraces has led to a diverse range of wonderful variations on Kush. Such strains are prized for their relaxing indica effects, earthy pine aromas, and superior ease of cultivation for growers of all experience levels. Whether you're growing indoors or outdoors, you'll want some Kush in your collection. In no particular order, here are 10 of the best Kush strains from the RQS catalogue that you can get growing right now!

Hindú Kush Mountains And Cannabis

1. OG Kush

Where better to begin our list than with the classic OG Kush? This ocean-grown legend has many iterations around the world, and has been infused into numerous Kush hybrids. But there’s just something about experiencing the unaltered classic. The THC content of this strain has been known to reach as high as 26%. This leads to a powerfully relaxing high which banishes pain, stress, and symptoms of depression. The rich pine-wood aroma here is spicy with the faintest hint of citrus. This smell will be quite strong when the plant finishes flowering after 7–9 weeks. At that point, you will see OG Kush in all its rich, green glory. Break off some nuggets and enjoy a new-school icon.

OG Kush
23_genetic background_1 Chemdawg x Lemon Thai x Pakistani Kush
33_Yield indoors_1 425 - 475 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 90 - 160 cm
25_flowering time_1 7 - 9 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 19%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 25% Indica 75%
34_yield outdoor_1 500 - 550 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 180 - 220 cm
27_harvest period_1 October
22_Effect_1 Calming, Uplifting

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2. Candy Kush

One thing that’s great about breeding cannabis is getting to experiment with different flavours. Certain terpenes are treasured for the particular taste they lend a strain. Royal Queen Seeds watches industry developments closely, and when it comes to Kush, we want to see if any fruity, sweet, or savoury strains catch our eye. Having a specific flavour profile to your smoke makes for a more sensuous experience. In this case, Candy Kush delivers a sweet, floral taste reminiscent of candy floss. The aroma is very nice to breathe in, leaving a rich aftertaste in its wake. It’s a suitable accompaniment for dessert, and not just because of its taste; this indica-dominant cultivar will induce uplifting sensations before relaxing your body with a soothing, narcotic effect.

3. Bubble Kush

If sweet-tasting cannabis is your thing, you should also try Bubble Kush, a very sweet hybrid indeed. Here, OG Kush has been mixed with Bubble Gum, which was named for its distinctive taste. This sweet flavour skews more towards minty, and accompanies a very strong body stone. The THC content of this indica-dominant powerhouse is around 19%. However, sativa qualities still shine through in the full body buzz Bubble Kush brings. It will flower over 7–8 weeks, delivering bud that will make for one chill evening.

4. Pineapple Kush

If you have a taste for the tropics when it comes to cannabis, there are numerous varieties of Kush to consider. Let's say you're one of those freaks who puts pineapple on pizza. A pineapple-flavoured cannabis strain isn't going to phase you. If anything, this could become a new favourite strain of yours. Such a strain exists in Pineapple Kush, an indica-dominant hybrid that gets it flavour from the Pineapple strain. That mouth-wateringly sweet pineapple taste has a tinge of sour diesel to it, making for a well-balanced profile. The THC content can reach up to 17% for a happy, mellow high.

5. Fat Banana

Banana is another sweet tropical fruit that has its own strain. Chiquita Banana has been crossed with OG Kush to create Fat Banana. After 7–8 weeks of flowering, suitably yellow-tinged buds emerge. These pack a wild THC content surpassing 25%, so caution is advised before riding this high. That's where the Kush genetics come in, creating another potent strain with an unforgettable aroma. This is a perfectly balanced hybrid too; indica and sativa properties will both be felt in this very psychedelic experience.

Fat Banana

Fat Banana

Genetic background Banana x OG Kush
Yield indoor 350 - 400 gr/m2
Height indoor 80 - 140 cm
Flowering time 7 - 8 weeks
THC strength THC: 25% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 30% Sativa, 70% Indica
Yield outdoor 450 - 500 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 170 - 200 cm
Harvest time Late September
Effect Relaxing and full of flavour

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6. Hulkberry

Bruce Banner strains are named after the iconic Marvel character who turns into the Incredible Hulk. These monster varieties grow into vivid green plants that pack a jaw-dropping THC content. Our variation boosts the Kush properties with HulkBerry. This strain still has some influence from parent plant Strawberry Diesel, from which its sweet flavour is derived. The OG Kush in the mix manages to boost the THC content as high as 28%! This makes for one mind-blowing experience—perhaps not advised for the novice smoker.

23_genetic background_1 OG Kush x Strawberry Diesel
33_Yield indoors_1 400 - 450 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 80 - 140 cm
25_flowering time_1 9 - 11 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 27%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 65% Indica 35%
34_yield outdoor_1 650 - 700 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 160 - 200 cm
27_harvest period_1 Late September
22_Effect_1 Clear, Uplifting

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7. Purple Queen

Some strains grow with a purple hue. This is due to natural chemicals called anthocyanins, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They appear in many dark-tinged fruits such as blueberries. Purple strains of cannabis have similar properties. Purple Queen is the reigning monarch; Purple Afghan landraces have been bred with Hindu Kush genetics here. Sativa landraces from as far afield as Mexico, Colombia, and Thailand were also thrown in for good measure. The resulting plant surpasses a THC content of 22%, and induces an unparalleled sensation of euphoria.

8. Critical Kush

The indica Critical Mass has a calming sensation that relaxes the body. Combining this cultivar with OG Kush creates a sativa-dominant hybrid that brings consumers the best of both worlds. Critical Kush has a THC content of around 19%, as well as boosted CBD content. This leads to a sedating effect where insomnia, pain, and even spasmodic conditions could be relieved upon toking. The soothing sensation and spicy aroma of Critical Kush make it a great after-work strain and one of the most pleasant Kush experiences out there.

9. Royal Kush Automatic

By blending the potency, vigour, and flavour of OG Kush with hardy ruderalis genetics, Royal Kush Automatic boasts a pungent skunk aroma and a lighting-fast life cycle. Nevertheless, this autoflowering variety features all the sought-after qualities of a photoperiod Kush. Royal Kush Automatic is every bit as profound as the name suggests. The gradual onset of its high can surprise you with how dreamlike yet stimulating it is. It has been reported to induce giggles, dizziness, and an arresting couchlock. This plant grows dark and frosty with trichomes, and churns out very respectable yields for an autoflower.

Royal Kush Auto
23_genetic background_1 OG Kush x Ruderalis
33_Yield indoors_1 300 - 350 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 60 - 90 cm
25_flowering time_1 7 - 8 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 13%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 20% Indica 50% Ruderalis 30%
34_yield outdoor_1 120 - 170 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 120 - 150 cm
27_harvest period_1 11 - 12 weeks after sprouting
22_Effect_1 Clear, Physically Relaxing

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10. Special Kush

Special Kush is named for its distinctiveness. There's no better word to sum up this strain than “special”. Royal Queen Seeds has combined some of the purest, strongest landraces of Kush into the next-gen Special Kush. This is an easy-to-grow plant for cultivators of all experience levels, flowering over 7–9 weeks in a warm environment. This strain has all the earthy qualities you'd expect from a potent Kush, but with a tang of sweetness. Special Kush is particularly recommended for those who want to relax and achieve a good night’s sleep. This is the narcotic, indica-dominant strain of your fantasies. Sweet dreams!

Special Kush 1
23_genetic background_1 Afghan x Kush
33_Yield indoors_1 425 - 475 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 60 - 100 cm
25_flowering time_1 7 - 8 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 17%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 20% Indica 80%
34_yield outdoor_1 500 - 550 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 200 - 270 cm
27_harvest period_1 Late September
22_Effect_1 Heavy, Physically Relaxing, Stoned

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