As we’ve written before, some strains of cannabis are so famous that their names have become a part of pop culture. That’s the case with Kush, a fabled variety of cannabis originating from the Hindu Kush, a mountain range straddling present-day Afghanistan and Pakistan.
As you might expect, Kush has been crossed with countless other strains to produce innumerable hybrids. Only a few of these have proved sticky enough—pun intended—to rise to the top and become stars on their own merits. Lemon Kush, a heavy-hitting THC powerhouse packed with mood-enhancing limonene, is, without doubt, one of them.
Lemon Kush: What Does It Do For Us?
As with many cannabis strains—even famous ones—the origins of Lemon Kush are debated. Some claim it’s a cross between Master Kush and Lemon Joy, while some growers call their Lemon G x Afghani Kush cross “Lemon Kush.” Regardless of how its bred, there are some common characteristics that define a true Lemon Kush.
While original Kush is an indica, Lemon Kush is nearly 50-50 indica-sativa hybrid. This means that Kush’s deeply meditative and quietly reflective tendencies are crossed with a notable sativa uplift and cerebral boost. This uplift isn’t an accident. As we shared in a previous blog, limonene—a terpene most commonly found in citrus—has a marked positive effect on our mood. That’s just one reason it finds wide use in cosmetics, foods, and cleaning products.
One other thing to note about Lemon Kush: It is a very potent strain, with THC levels typically running in the 20% – 26% range. It’s known for exhibiting the infamous couch-lock phenomenon, so be sure to approach it with caution and respect.
Lemon Kush: What Does It Taste and Smell Like?
No surprise that Lemon Kush exhibits a powerful lemony aroma; if it doesn’t, there’s an excellent chance it’s not actually Lemon Kush! Visually, this strain tends towards a pale green with a dusting of pale crystals that should alert you to this strain’s potency.
Lemon Kush’s lemon side isn’t the whole story. Even without the pleasing wafts of limonene, Kush on its own is famous for its intensely aromatic bud. Inhale deeply and you may detect whiffs of pungent, damp earth, the moist resin of pine trees, and more elusive flavors as well: spicy incense, pepper, and even gasoline.
When it comes to cannabis, everyone has their own personal favorites. But if we had to break down Lemon Kush’s wide and enduring popularity, we’d call out its defining characteristics.
- Potent, high-THC content for addressing bodily aches and pains
- Appealing blend of typical indica body high and relaxation, crossed with sativa uplift and cerebral stimulation
- Mood-enhancing effects thanks to high limonene content
- Not ideal for physical activities; some users report that overindulgence can lead to dry mouth or even paranoia in extreme cases
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