hindu kush strain history

Sensi Seeds strain story by Green Born Identity – G.B.I.: Hindu Kush

The Hindu Kush genetics, 100% indica, have been possessed by Sensi Seeds since the 1980s and preserved in their pure form ever since then. It’s one of the most fundamental cannabis strains to be found on this planet. The Doc put this legend to a cultivation test about the outcome of which you can read in this grow report…

There are cannabis strains that spread such a strong breeze of history that they’re almost shrouded in legend. Such a strain is Hindu Kush from Sensi Seeds, a true bedrock in the world of cannabis varieties.

Introducing the grower

The Doc is a highly skilled and experienced grow veteran who, blessed with a huge green thumb, has been cultivating the Mary Jane plant for about 40 years. Widely admired for his extraordinarily stately plants with big buds from the bottom to the top, he has gained himself a worldwide reputation as a top-notch marijuana grower. He earned his nickname for his ability to always perfectly nurture his plants and generally fulfill their needs in any way, and in the rare case of a problem occurring, to make the correct diagnosis and fix it.

A hashy full-blooded indica with untypical effects

A bedrock that once rose out of the ancestral mist of cannabis strain breeding and until today has held its ground, with the sound of its name alone still making the eyes of grow veterans sparkle and their nostalgic hearts leap for joy. “Bedrock” has almost to be taken literally here as this evergreen has its roots in the same-named Hindu Kush mountain chain that runs through Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Given these proveniences, connoisseurs will instantly know what sort of cannabis Hindu Kush is – C. indica ssp. afghanica, commonly still referred to as indica. And it’s a full 100% indica gene count that leaves its marks on this strain, making her a true full-blooded indica with respective characteristics.

The Hindu Kush genetics have been possessed by Sensi Seeds since the 1980s and never been hybridised, but preserved in their pure form ever since then, inbred and selected within its own gene pool over countless generations. The result is a very stable uniform variety with consistent growth and blooming behaviour. That’s why Hindu Kush also is a very popular breeding partner for other strains, Sensi Seeds for example created another classic from her by marrying it to Skunk #1 which resulted in Skunk Kush. Hindu Kush makes no secret of her indica nature, displaying it through a compact growth pattern with short strong branches and dark green wide-fingered leaves. Also typical is its quick flowering stage – she requires as little as 45-50 days to produce dense heavyweight buds drenched in resin, including a head bud of stately size.

Over thousands of years, this landrace hardened itself in its native habitat, on windswept mountainsides at high altitudes it became a hardy frugal plant. A real benefit for growers all over the world because Hindu Kush is blessed with an accordingly high mould and pest resistance and thanks to its robustness has a forgiving nature when it comes to cultivation, delivering good yields even under non-optimum growth conditions. Which makes her an excellent choice for grow novices and experts alike. She can also be cultivated outdoors, but requires a warm sunny climate for proper results, thriving below about 42°N.

In terms of aroma, Sensi Seeds makes a special promise, claiming that there is no other variety with such a pronounced aniseed and sandalwood flavour released when the buds are handled or consumed. While the plants give off a predominantly sweet odour early in flowering, it becomes increasingly condimental and pungent whilst ripening, reminding of Charas or Afghani hashish. Effect-wise, Hindu Kush deviates from the usual indica stupefaction norm, not sending the user to the mat with a heavy knockout, but providing a more sort of contemplative tranquil stoned effect that causes deep inner calmness and gives a sense of clarity. In addition to mental recreation, Hindu Kush also leads to physical relaxation, making users feel warm and easy. Thanks to all these effects, this strain also qualifies as potent medical marijuana, alleviating stress, nausea and pains for example.

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The Doc gets to work

Bedrock encounters bedrock: Veteran master grower The Doc wanted to check how good the Hindu Kush genetics still are after all those decades. Two feminised seeds were germinated and after about 2.5 days, the two seedlings popped through the surface. The Doc was surprised about the high degree of vigour displayed by them in spite of their inbreed genetics: During the three weeks veggie stage, they vigorously grew into strong bushy young plants furnished with a lot of solid side branches. The second surprise was that the shade leaves weren’t wide, but relatively narrow, with indica-typical dark green colouration though.

When The Doc moved the two very uniform plants into the flowering stage, they measured 30 and 32 cm in height. The two Hindu Kushs quickly changed over to flowering, already one week after The Doc had dialled the light cycle back to 12/12, female pre-flowers began to show. Reported The Doc, “that was the starting signal for a strong flowering impulse to set in very soon after, merely one week later the plants exhibited knobbly flowerets at the shoot tips and in the axises, densely filled with flower primordia.

After four weeks of flowering, the plants boasted a lot of thick flower heads adorned with large quantities of white hairs. Stem elongation during the first weeks of flowering was more distinct than expected, with the two Hindu Kushs gaining a height and spread of twice as much than before. Commented The Doc, “Looks great so far! The time-honoured Hindu Kush strain apparently has retained an amazing deal of vitality. Which is also expressed through a formidable resin gland production that set in remarkably early and already now has generated pretty trichome carpets on the calyxes and young sugar leaves. Also, the two plants are more and more spreading a sweet and spicy, hash-y scent that gives me a real old-school feeling.”

Rock-hard, highly aromatic buds with spectacular resin incrustations

In the period that followed, the trichome carpets developed into spectacular multi-layer resin incrustations. Which made The Doc go into rhapsodies when the plants approached maturity: “Looks as if they’d drape themselves in an opulent silvery white fur, wouldn’t have thought that they’d become that insanely rich in trichomes! And also structurally, these flower formations are most impressive, with plenty of side buds so massive that they could be passed off as head buds after having been dried. What adds to their superbness is their surprisingly high calyx-to-leaf ratio that becomes manifest through vast amounts of gaudy orange hairs, especially with one of the plants. Plus the fact that they’re as hard as stones, when gently being squeezed, they don’t shrink a single millimetre. And then there’s this stunning smell… back in the days, I often had access to fantastic black Nepalese hashish… well, Hindu Kush’s rich spicy cocktail blending earthy, woody and sweet notes strongly reminds me of that beloved kind of hash.”

Until the very end, the two plants remained uniform and attained final heights of 72 and 76 cm. “Now that’s what I call homogeneous”, lauded The Doc, “and this is also true for the ripening time, because I could harvest both plants after 54 days. Formally four days beyond the official harvest window, however, I could have taken action half a week earlier also (but didn’t find time to do so) as already then, 80% of the flower hairs were withered.

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Heavyweight class: Champions weigh-in

Once the buds had been dried, the „Champions weigh-in“ was due: “I’ve called it so because these are definitely true champion buds, super-crystalline and when gently being pinched, as odoriferous as freshly hand-rubbed black hashish. Yes, if you close your eyes and sniff at it, this magic aroma tells of cannabis farmers in the Himalaya mountains sitting on the rooftop of an archaic stone house and pressing fresh pieces of hashish into temple balls.

While my Hindu Kush buds don’t smell like aniseed specifically, they are exuding that classic deeply spicy and heavy hashish scent which gives me a nice nostalgic feeling and sends me on a mental journey into remote Himalaya regions.” The champions weigh-in resulted in ample dry yields of 95 and 108 grams, i.e. more than a 100 grams per plant on the average – that magic mark was once again passed which made The Doc chuckle: “Welcome back to the heavyweight class of cannabis!”

Consuming Hindu Kush: The Doc turns into a Zen Buddhist

Since Hindu Kush had evoked such a strong nostalgic feeling in him, The Doc hit on the idea to reactivate his old pure pipe for a smoking test. A nice bud, coarsely grinded, went into his pipe and The Doc sparked the lighter. The smoke appeared enormously dense and concentrated to him (“I almost involuntarily made masticatory movements”) and ignited a flavour fireworks in his mouth: “Much to my surprise, there it suddenly was – a strong hint of aniseed-like sweetness that together with woody notes and a pinch of cinnamon created a complex play on the palate. A full-mouth flavour experience with a long presence, something for the real cannasseur”, swooned The Doc.

Hindu Kush proved to be a fast-hitter, right after he had blown out the first toke, there was a “big bang” in his head, but he quickly sensed that this kind of indica stone, indeed, was more sort of meditative and enlightening his mind and then hard-hitting and numbing. A warm wave of euphoria came over him, it was as if anything unpleasant and burdening was filtered out of his world of thoughts, leaving nothing else than the sunny side of life. Reported The Doc, “after two or three more hits, I started to feel like a Zen Buddhist, so well internally balanced, full of peace and focused on the good.” His “meditation session” lasted more than two hours. Along with mental recreation soon came physical relaxation, his previously painfully hardened shoulder muscles started to feel lithe again and he made himself wonderfully comfortable on his couch.

The Doc’s conclusion: “Congratulations to Sensi Seeds for having managed to keep this cannabis strain bedrock that supremely vigorous, productive and potent. If I didn’t know better, I’d believe this variety is a dew-fresh hybrid just been created by cross-breeding. Hindu Kush is a most remarkable fine example of everlasting elementary power, pure ancient cannabis magic from the Himalaya region!”

The Doc wanted to check how good Sensi Seeds‘ strain classic Hindu Kush still is after all those decades. Here you can join him in his grow adventure with this legendary indica bedrock.

Hindu Kush Cannabis Strain Review

Along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan lies a vivid, grand, exotic mountain range; they call her Hindu Kush. She is around 800 kilometers long, stretching far and wide across this region. Beyond just being a geological phenomena, however, this range is also historically significant – said to be some of the earliest origins of Buddhism.

During ancient times, nestled in the mountains one could find small and shrubby, densely-packed Christmas tree looking plants. People began to discover them, harvesting their flowers for various purposes.

Eventually, these shrubby plants within the mystical Kush mountain range would become a new type of global phenomena- the iconic Hindu Kush marijuana strain.

The genetic origins of Hindu Kush weed today are as pure as its smoke; offering immense, natural potency and a direct connection with Mother Earth herself. In this informative Hindu Kush review, you’ll learn everything you need to know about this timeless, iconic marijuana strain from one of the most striking geographic locales on earth…

What Is the Hindu Kush Marijuana Strain?

Classified and referred to as one of the absolute purest indicas on the planet, Hindu Kush’s genetics have been tested to show that the results do, indeed, backup the exquisite claims made.

Ranking in with a 100% indica content, if you are choosing to consume the Hindu Kush marijuana strain, you know exactly what you are getting yourself into (at least if you’re familiar with what an indica can do to the mind and body).

Just a little bit of Hindu Kush can go an extremely long way, because of its naturally present 20% THC content.

The steady presence of this compound throughout legal MMJ dispensaries is also partially what makes Hindu Kush so medicinal. Although its origins are from landrace strains present in Afghanistan and Pakistan, this ancient marijuana strain was actually brought to America during the 1960s and 1970s, when many exploring parts of the Middle East on what became referred to as “the hippie trail” began bringing cannabis seeds back to the Western world.

Hindu Kush was one of the specimens brought back from this ‘enlightened’ period of travel, beginning its journey towards globalization in the progressive California city of Oakland, where it continued to spread and gain popularity because of how much consumers were benefitting from both its medicinal qualities, and untouched, bona fide effects.

Many of the Hindu Kush seeds sold today have been crossed with other Kush types (mostly for genetic stability), but still these variations are almost exactly like the original, and produce exemplary effects in most instances.

Hindu Kush Review: Aroma, Flavor and Appearance:

From the first sniff, the potency and pungent nature of Hindu Kush is apparent, filling the room it’s in with the aroma of earth, pine and flowers followed by hints of sweetness.

Its flavor is best described as creamy, offering a smooth and velvet-like smoke for the throat and mouth, covering the taste buds with hints of spicy-sweet pine and lemony citrus. Appearance wise, as mentioned earlier Hindu Kush is a short and densely-packed crop, much like a miniature Christmas tree.

The crop color is a rich, forest green, with lighter shaded green buds that feature a prominent, thick coating of trichomes, or glistening, THC crystals, that are reminiscent of the first frost of the year. In between the green colored frosted sugar leaves is a blend of brassy and bright orangish-red pistils , which are those tiny hairs that curl and twist throughout the bud. The buds themselves are pop-corn like, with densely packed herb.

Hindu Kush Marijuana Strain: Grow Info

Since Hindu Kush is an indica , its vegetative appearance mimics what is typical of this category; featuring a short and shrubby crop with densely packed and stacked upwards colas (collections of buds). It virtually looks like a miniature Christmas tree, albeit with those leafy, “classic cannabis” shaped leaves in place of evergreen pine needles.

Due to its short stature, those thinking about growing Hindu Kush indoors can do so in a smaller-than-average space as long as proper ventilation, lighting and temperature control are present, in addition to proficient care (if you want your end result to be a successful, hearty harvest).

All marijuana crops in premise are high maintenance when compared with other plants, but Hindu Kush can grow with independence, if the correct conditions are met. In particular, climate seems to have a heavy impact on the quality of crop, with the Hindu Kush strain naturally preferring warm and dry locations (conditions that mimic its Middle Eastern, mountainous beginnings).

Hindu Kush weed can be grown either indoors or outdoors , and it has a high resistance to diseases, pests, molds and mildews, making it fairly easy to cultivate.

Indoors, Hindu Kush might be best to use soil growth methods rather than hydroponics , because the water involved in hydro can cause an increase in humidity, generating a greater need for humidity control in order to keep the environment dry.

If you grow Hindu Kush outdoors in a more spacious location, its branches will reach wider and you could end up with a bigger plant. All in all, this is a personal choice and dependent on the type of plant you’d like to end up with.

The typical flowering period of Hindu Kush is around 7-9 weeks, meaning it is quick to be ready for harvest. And best of all, it offers a substantial yield at around 14 ounces per meter squared indoors, and 16 ounces per plant outdoors.

All of these factors combined, makes Hindu Kush a brilliant, choice crop for those who desire a pure indica with profound effects, that also won’t be a grave challenge regarding cultivation.

Hindu Kush Marijuana Strain: Effects

Due to its 100% indica genetics, it is no surprise that Hindu Kush weed affects the mind and body exactly as a very strong indica strain would.

Immediately bringing complete, all-over body and mind relaxation, this strain melts you into a puddle of euphoric bliss. It is heavily sedative, which makes it an essential night time or evening strain, but therefore it can also bring about the munchies and couch-lock.

Mentally, the Hindu Kush marijuana strain creates good vibes and a positive attitude, allowing you to feel safe and comfortable enough to release and express the inner joy, gratitude and giggles from within – without all the mind loops and negative internal commentaries.

Furthermore, Hind Kush cannabis can make even those with a complete lack of appetite very hungry. The effects of Hindu Kush are long lasting and will typically be felt for at least 3 hours after consumption, but probably more like 6-8 hours.

Medical Benefits of the Hindu Kush Marijuana Strain

Hindu Kush is so suitable at relaxing the mind and body that it has many applicable uses in the medical world and for patients of medical marijuana.

This cannabis strain generates quite a body high, allowing those with chronic stress, chronic pain , migraines, insomnia , lack of appetite, muscle cramping and more to experience relief. Essentially, any possible tensions can release with the aid of this plant.

Those seeking physical release should opt for a larger potency of THC, in order for the effects to do their job to the full extent. Concentrates, edibles, extracts, candies and hash, are all methods of consumption that can provide the system with more THC, while requiring less of the actual act of consuming.

Hindu Kush weed can also act as an aid for those with mental disabilities, conditions, ailments or disorders. Anxiety and depression can become calmer and more manageable, as well as other mood disorders. Those seeking assistance with a condition of the mind should be careful not to over consume any marijuana, especially those with high THC contents, because it can lead to greater anxiety and sometimes even paranoia.

You can generally avoid these uncomfortable circumstances by starting out small and increasing the dose as necessary. Having clear boundaries and limits is vital, and sticking to those guidelines is just as important.

Hindu Kush Strain Review: Possible Negative Side Effects

It is not typical of Hindu Kush to cause extreme negative side effects. For example, it is rarely reported that paranoia or greater anxiety was experienced after the consumption of this cannabis. Cottonmouth (dry mouth) and dry eyes, however, are quite frequently mentioned, but should not be a cause for alarm as both can be easily managed with a little extra planning and preparation.

Cottonmouth, for instance, simply requires the consumption of more fluids, because dehydration is a common issue amongst all walks of life, so the smoking can make it even stronger. Have a bottle of water or other hydrating fluid close by at all times, and even prepare something before hand so that if you get overly relaxed and don’t want to get up, you won’t have any excuses.

By purchasing moisturizing eye drops, which are sold for affordable prices at most drug stores, you can avoid the discomforts from having dry eyes. All in all, the pros of Hindu Kush greatly outweigh the cons.

Hindu Kush Marijuana Strain Review: Final Thoughts

If you are an individual dealing with chronic stress, pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, or lack of appetite and are searching for an alternative to conventional medicine, then Hindu Kush cannabis may just be the right marijuana strain for you.

In fact, Hindu Kush is one of the most classic indicas of all time, and if you are serious about your marijuana consumption, it is an absolute must-try — period.

We hope you found this Hindu Kush strain review to not only be informative, but also educational. Cannabis has been used as a powerful medicinal tool for generations, and this Middle Eastern strain certainly is one of the greatest forces to be reckoned with for a variety of medical ailments.

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