Hindu Kush Strain

(4 customer reviews)


Hindu Kush Strain

Strain Name: Hindu Kush Strain : A Type: Indica Looks: Dark green with orange hairs. Smell: Dank pine Taste: not a significant taste, burns lungs and throat even with small hit. Effects: Trippy high, made me see in frames and become VERY silly. Potency: 8.8/10



Hindu Kush Strain is a pure indica strain named after the mountain range stretching 500 miles between Pakistan and Afghanistan where it originated. The harsh climate of its homeland has conditioned this strain to express a thick, protective coat of crystal trichomes cherished by hash makers worldwide. With a subtle sweet and earthy sandalwood aroma, Hindu Kush induces a deep sense of calm that helps bring relief to those suffering pain, nausea, and stress disorders.


This sample was pretty standard-looking, with a collection of strong greens, orange-red pistils, and a moderate covering of clear/white trichomes.  We felt that the harvest time was a little early on this one, but perhaps it was intentional on the part of the grower to limit the heaviness of Hindu Kush as a strain.  It was nicely dense, appeared to have a good cure, and was at a great dryness level for consumption.  While we didn’t have a ton of things to say about this one, we also didn’t have any real negatives — this was well-grown medicine.  Hindu Kush Strain


The aroma in the bag was an understated combination of lightly fruity, musky, and earthy smells that blended together into an almost indecipherable mix.  Once it was ground up, it took on a strong earthy element that reminded us of expensive soil — behind that lurked a slightly acrid and musky smell with a tinge of lemons.  This one was a bit confusing to us, but enjoyable and pungent enough to please the staff.


While one reviewer (using an IncrediBowl) experienced no real issues when smoking, two other reviewers disliked the flavor simply because the quality of the smoke seemed to burn the throat slightly and cause immediate coughing.  The flavor itself was unremarkable regardless, and was mostly earthy/musky with a hint of sweetness present.  We aren’t sure what caused the throat irritation in some of the staff, but it wasn’t unanimous, and the final ash was a light gray/white, indicating that the flush wasn’t to blame.  Hindu Kush tends to be rather harsh as a strain, but this one seemed a little more “hot” going down into the lungs than normal. Hindu Kush Strain


(We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  Strong body relaxation, mental relaxation, mood elevation, ocular effects, light pain relief, and some sleep aid properties late in the duration.


While we weren’t impressed with the flavor and smell of this one at all really, it was a well cared-for sample that had lots of perfectly-preserved trichomes, sound structure, and a wonderful dryness level.  This med shined most in its effects, which is really what’s most important — the most unique part about it was how quickly and directly the body relaxation was noticed.  We also appreciated how the initial mental potency faded away and left behind all the good body relaxation we desired, converting what was a little heavy at first into an effect that felt very clear-headed and functional.  We like this Hindu Kush as a daytime type of Indica that will help ease the aches and pains of a day both physically and mentally, while not being overbearing at all and retaining function.

Hindu Kush Cannabis Strain Review


Hindu Kush is a 100% indica strain, with high levels of THC and little to no CBD. It originates from the Hindu Kush mountain range, on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and made its way to the US in the 60s. This strain is earthy in terms of flavor, and has magnificent notes of pine, lemon, and citrus. It’s perfect for an evening smoke as it relaxes and sedates.

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.  Hindu Kush Strain

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.  Hindu Kush Strain

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.

Bred from authentic landrace indica genetics, Hindu Kush is believed to have been circulating among U.S. marijuana users as early as the 1960’s.

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 Strain

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.  Hindu Kush Strain

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. Hindu Kush Strain

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. Hindu Kush Strain

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. Hindu Kush Strain

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.

About Hindu Kush

One of the original landrace strains that precipitated the popularization of cannabis throughout the world, Hindu Kush is a potent pure indica. It is indigenous to the Hindu Kush mountain chain that forms the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The meaning of the word “Kush” is disputed, and has been traced back to a Persian term for “Hindu killer” (in reference to the danger of crossing the inhospitable mountains) as well as to Avestan words meaning simply “water mountain.” In any case, Kush has become a byword for weed and is often used a suffix in the names of different strains, regardless of whether those strains have Hindu Kush in their lineage.  Hindu Kush Strain

Seeds of Hindu Kush — along with seeds of other Asian landrace varieties like Afghani — were brought to the U.S. in the 1960s and 70s by cannabis enthusiasts and explorers who traveled along a route that has come to be known as the “hippie trail.” In time, Hindu Kush has, perhaps inevitably, been crossed with other strains to allow for stability and adaptation to a radically different climate than its mountainous point of origin; as such, “true” Hindu Kush may not be widely available in the Western Hemisphere. Nevertheless, Hindu Kush is a relatively pure strain, simpler and often more potent that the novelty crossbreeds that continue to multiply in today’s competitive cannabis market. It is prized for its heavily sedative, almost narcotic properties and its highly resinous flowers. The THC composition of Hindu Kush is typically measured at between 15% and 20%.

Hindu Kush is marked by large, clustered green buds that adhere due to their incredibly sticky consistency. Some phenotypes have shades of purple in the leaves, the result of high concentrations of plant pigments called anthocyanins being activated by cold weather during the vegetative stage. The densely-packed flowers are famous for their resin (Hindu Kush may have been one of the first strains used to produce hash) and have a heavy coating of silver-white trichomes. The aroma of this strain is very complex, with a simultaneously sweet and musky scent, redolent of spice, sandalwood, pine, and wet earth. The musky odor intensifies when flowers are combusted and smoked. The resulting smoke is harsh and cough-inducing; when exhaled, smoke tastes vaguely like pine. The overall flavor impression of Hindu Kush is one of incense and herbs.  Hindu Kush Strain

Hindu Kush boasts a slowlymounting high that begins as a sense of physical relaxation and then progresses toward a state of mental fogginess. Users will feel a heavy sensation in the limbs and head and may not want to be especially active. The feeling of couchlock is commonly reported: users may have thoughts or intentions of getting up to perform a task, but will just as happily remain motionless. This immobilization can free up the mind for lazy contemplation and meandering creative thinking. Some psychedelic effects like visual distortions and strange tactile sensations may also be present. Because of its heavy body stone, Hindu Kush is not recommended for active daytime use. Instead, it works well as a numbing agent for chronic pain, an anti-nausea treatment, and as a way to relieve stress and anxiety. Negative effects include dry mouth and eyes, occasionally accompanied by paranoia and dizziness. A few users have also reported experiencing anxiety from larger doses of this strain. Hindu Kush is particularly helpful for users with insomnia, as large enough doses can induce sleep.

The purely indica lineage of Hindu Kush is evident in its stature. Indica plants are much shorter and stockier than their sativa counterparts, and the Hindu Kush strain epitomizes this, hardly ever growing taller than 5 feet. As such, it can be grown indoors, provided that multiple plants are spaced to allow for the strain’s wide lateral branches. Outdoor cultivation tends to be more difficult, as the strain’s native climate is highly variable. However, as noted, certain varieties of Hindu Kush have been stabilized through minor crossbreeding, so some phenotypes may grow well outdoors. Growers may want to trim low-lying branches (which can later be used to grow clones) to allow for easy air circulation. Growers should also trim broad fan leaves to allow light to penetrate to flowering nodes up and down the length of the plant. When cultivated indoors, Hindu Kush flowers anywhere between 7 to 10 weeks. If grown outside, plants are usually ready for harvest in late October. Hindu Kush can yield up to 1.5 oz per square foot and reach a THC count of up to 20%. Hindu Kush Strain

Procuring Hindu Kush is a unique encounter for the cannabis novice and connoisseur alike. Shaped over countless generations of natural selection, its aromatic flowers offer a way to experience a piece of botanical and cultural history. The strain’s powerful knockout high may introduce a new kind of respect for nature — or at the very least, an understanding of why this plant has been selectively bred by humans for centuries. A true nighttime smoke, Hindu Kush is well-suited to solo use or to small intimate gatherings.

General info

The famed Hindu Kush has been one of the most praised indica strains throughout cannabis-history and culture, for as long as humans have been consuming and processing this sacred plant. Her resinous flowers have been cherished for millennia as one of the best sources for hash or ‘Charas’. The landrace genetics of Hindu Kush are the starting point for numerous descendants that carry the ‘Kush’ moniker, like the immensely popular OG Kush.

As most of you undoubtedly know, the name of this landrace strain references to the Hindu Kush Mountain range that forms a natural, 800-kilometre-long (500 mi) border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where she was first discovered many thousands of years ago. Nowadays, we can still enjoy her pure, unadulterated indica genetics thanks to the efforts of the many ‘Strain Hunters’ that have travelled to the Kush region to collect and preserve the seeds so that future generations can enjoy and cultivate this legendary strain. Hindu Kush Strain

Grow info

Even though indica plants are typically known for their stocky physical attributes, Hindu Kush can grow fairly tall outdoors in warmer climates. Due to the harsh climate of her home turf, Hindu Kush can even grow in colder climates. However, it is recommended that you cultivate her indoors for the best yield. During the vegetative stage, this particular strain tends to put most of her growing energy into the main or central cola, making her ideal for ”lollipopping”.

If you’d rather grow numerous smaller and yet still dense buds, spread out the branches using the SOG method, by removing the main cola early on in the growing stage. Due to its sturdiness and short flowering period (as little as 45 days), Hindu Kush is an easy plant to grow for beginners.


Hindu Kush is easily distinguished by her densely clustered flowers, which are dark and light green in color; the leaves sometimes display a slightly purple hue. The main attribute, of this amazing landrace indica, however, is the heavy coating of extremely resinous trichomes that are perfect for making high-quality hash and other extracts. Cannaisseurs will instantly recognize the archetypical herbal aroma of sweet, fresh lemon and damp forest soil combined with a hint of sandalwood or pinewood.


Hindu Kush contains a high amount of the terpenes Caryophyllene (Pepper), Humulene (Hops), Limonene (Lemon) and Pinene (Pine). Her THC-level can reach as high as 22% and is usually accompanied by an average CBD-count of 0.1 to 0.3%. Analytical 360 had the following results:

  • THCa11.93%









Like the archetypical scent, the effects of Hindu Kush are indica in its purest form. The unmistakable full-body-stoned sensation you experience from smoking Hindu Kush is guaranteed to deliver both physical and mental relaxation. Switch off your worrying thoughts, let go of tension, and sink into the couch as the waves of sleepiness and sedation wash over you.

Hindu Kush has been used throughout the ages as an effective treatment against both mental and physical stress, bodily pains, and to help insomniacs get some much-deserved rest. Hindu Kush’s anti-inflammatory properties have been equally well documented. One other major application of this strain is its ability to stimulate appetite.

Like with most potent indica strains, some users experience a slight tingling sensation, occasionally accompanied by paranoia and dizziness. The most reported side-effects of this strain are numb or sluggish limbs and the common sensation of dry mouth and/or dry eyes.

Purple Hindu Kush Strain Review

For fans of indicas that seep deep into the body, one location consistently produces heavy hitters. Strains that hail from the mountains dividing the Indian subcontinent from Central Asia to West and China to the East are known for their heavy relaxation effects. From Burma to Bhutan to Nepal and Afghanistan, this is ground zero for the heavy stuff. This Purple Hindu Kush strain, a cross between Purple Afghan and Hindu Kush, is no exception.

The strain presents medium sized buds, sage in color, turning to lavender near the tips of the flower. The buds are coated in extremely fine white trichomes with an abundance of vivid orange hairs. The fragrance is distinct, but not overpowering with abundant sour grape teased by a high note of spicy pine, although these notes don’t transfer strongly to the flavor profile.

This is not some go out and kick it with some friends ganja. This isn’t a good weed to take along with you on a hike. This is some heavy indica, sit yourself down, gonna take a whole lot of effort to stand up and walk to the bathroom type of product. For those looking for anxiety relief and deep relaxation, we highly recommend Purple Hindu Kush. And while every individual reacts differently, we’ve had almost no problems with dryness in the mouth or eyes after consuming this Kush, nor did we experience significant hunger effects.

Indeed, despite the heavy medication, this product leaves the smoker relatively lucid, making it a good choice for a book or a movie. But take care if you let the lights fall too low; you may just find yourself slipping off into an easy sleep. Right now, we’ve got product in from Fine and Dandies, a cannabrand we more typically associate with edibles, coming in at 19.23% THC under the new OLCC testing guidelines.


4 reviews for Hindu Kush Strain

  1. Ron Moreno (verified owner)

    just love any indics strain of smoke, i have a brain tumor and am recieving kemo and radition treatments 3 times a week, this really helos my nausea and relaxes me also, kerp it coming

  2. John Deere (verified owner)

    extremely sticky strain and potent and helps with stress a ton i picked up 1/2 and it was gone within 2 weeks also very dense

  3. Gabriel VanDoren (verified owner)

    Only stuff that helps me sleep man

  4. Nicolas Titus (verified owner)

    This strain smokes very good.Its not harsh or overpowering on the lungs.I feel so relaxed and at ease on it.I have told my friends about it and they are going to try it.It helps me stay focused

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