I was diagnosed with ADD last year at the age of 19 and my life completely changed; unfortunately that included my ability to sleep. I’ve tried a number of pharmaceuticals to combat the late night effects of vyvanse (xanax and ambien to name a few), but they all just seemed to mess me up and still not do anything.
I’ve been smoking for about 5 years but I never considered it as a sleep aid until about a month ago.
After trying green crack, jack herer, bubba kush, cherry kush, and cheese (yes, I did figure out the difference between an indica and a sativa), I am completely settled on og kush. It’s fast, hits hard, and leaves a unique numbness for hours. Absolutely perfect as a sleep aid. However, I would definitely recommed some sort of smell killer if you live with parents or un-apperciating peers. It can be quite…skunky.
OG Kush is one of the most beloved marijuana varieties in the world. There are a few reasons for that, although “Reefer Man” by Cypress Hill probably does have a lot to do with it. Not only does it boast fresh, sweet aromas and flavors with hints of citrus, spice, and everything nice, but the high is also intense and euphoric, both mentally and physically, thanks to OG Kush’s high THC and low CBD percentage.
Between the taste and the effects, and the cool name, it’s no wonder why rappers love OG Kush, along with the rest of the cannabis community. But you can’t just throw the word Kush in with another word to make a great strain. The proof is in the bud, which often comes at a high cost due to high demand and (of course) its ability to get you stoned like no other. To lead you to the best cannabis featuring the most famous modern genetics of them all, here are the top 10 strains with OG Kush in their genetic lineage.
CRITICAL KUSH: AWARD-WINNER WITH MEDICAL POTENTIAL
There’s something quite special about an indica that really does its job. Critical Kush is one such example where the most desirable traits of an indica are heightened, without sending smokers into eternal couch-lock. Hailing from famed parents Critical Mass and OG Kush, this 90-100% indica is simultaneously perfect for growers and consumers looking for a high yield and equally staggering THC content.
SMELL, TASTE AND EFFECT OF CRITICAL KUSH
Critical Kush is frequently described as one of the more pungent, earthy smelling strains and the same goes for her taste. Other aromatic notes include lemon and lime citrus, with evident spice. Critical Kush maintains a classic kush taste with a focus on earthy and woody notes and a lingering sweetness throughout. The effects of Critical Kush manifest in powerful body highs that are excellent for those seeking deep relaxation and destressing.
This strain is recommended for nighttime use and is especially helpful in treating symptoms of insomnia, depression and anxiety. The high culminates in an overall feeling of well-being with noticeable euphoria. Smokers have also reported on this strain’s potency in managing chronic pain.
Despite a high THC content, maxing out at around 25%, Critical Kush doesn’t generate any anxiety or paranoia. Additionally, the strain contains around 2% CBD, which only enhances its medical potential. The only noticeable “drawbacks” of the smoking experience are possible cottonmouth and dizziness.
HOW TO GROW CRITICAL KUSH
Critical Kush is a uniquely vigorous strain that holds up well in both indoor and outdoor environments, making it ideal for novice growers. It grows especially fierce in temperate and hot climates. Cultivators can use feminized seeds or clones that flower anywhere between 55 and 60 days with buds that vary in colour and highlight deep amber trichomes. Critical Kush boasts an impressive yield with giant, sticky, resin-covered colas abounding throughout the bushy, medium height plant.
Since this indica rarely grows much higher than 100-110cm, she is ideal for smaller indoor grow operations. Harvest dates are run of the mill, with THC levels topping out anytime from mid to late September into early October. The average yield for a crop raised in fair conditions is between 550-600g/m² and above.
CRITICAL KUSH AT THE CUPS
The success of Critical Kush cannot be overstated as more and more growers begin to recognize the plant’s potential. The strain won first place in the Indoors/Hydroponics category at the Spannabis Champions Cup in 2015, highlighting its heavy stone and warming euphoria effect.
Critical Kush has become an instant classic and a textbook example of the qualities that comprise a perfect indica. As its popularity surges, Critical Kush will continue to dominate its field.
Bubble Kush is yet another relaxing OG Kush strain, except this one will put you out, no doubt. If you’ve been trying to play catch up with your zzzs lately, this indica-dominant strain and its 19% THC content will restore your broken sleep schedule once and for all. Bubble Kush, if not burned for that purpose, is also an excellent nighttime strain for just cheering you up after a bad day. Its sweet and earthy flavors, along with its euphoric effect, can erase a sour mood from the very first hit.
If you’re looking to grow Bubble Kush, then you won’t be disappointed. Regardless of the climate, whether it be indoors or outdoors, you can expect heavy yields and a decent height from this indica. But for the tallest, most massive plant possible with Bubble Kush, you might want to take her outside, where she can reach as high as 200cm.
Moving on to a sativa variety of OG Kush, Kush-N-Cheese is 60% sativa and features a high THC, low CBD content. With that being said, those who are new to sativas and smoking OG Kush in general should be wary of its notably mind-altering high. But if you know how to hit the Kush, then you’ll love Kush-N-Cheese’s talkative, happy-go-lucky, euphoric effects. And of course, you’ll immediately fall for its cheese and lemon diesel flavors that let you know you’ve got a Kush on your hands.
Growing Kush-N-Cheese requires a medium level of expertise, but is worth the added finesse. Inside, outside, and in greenhouses, this sativa strain is a sight to see. For the best view, you’ll want to stick to the great outdoors as Kush-N-Cheese will stretch higher and develop almost double the weight of an indoor yield.
KushBerry is an indica-dominant strain that produces an uplifting high like a sativa, but with more relaxing effects. KushBerry is said to provide a spark of creativity, combat insomnia, and relieve pain and stress. Moreover, it has sweet berry flavors that will have your lips smacking for a second taste. There is also a not-so-sweet side to KushBerry, though, and that’s dry mouth. While smoking, you’ll want to grab a glass of something hydrating to keep the experience delightful.
KushBerry isn’t too troublesome of an OG Kush strain to cultivate and maintain. It’s a relatively small plant, no matter if it’s grown inside or outside. But for the most abundant yields, it does better inside than out.
5. Cookies Kush
Combine the famous Girl Scout Cookies with the equally celebrated OG Kush and what do you get? A legend, aka Cookies Kush, an indica-dominant strain packed with THC. Smoking on Cookies Kush is like inhaling a mint chocolate chip cookie. It has the same flavors and aromas, and it lifts your spirits. Not to mention, it relaxes you and is said to offer sweet salvation to insomniacs.
From indoor grows to outdoor grows to greenhouse grows, Cookies Kush will only reach between 50–100cm in height, yet will generate large yields and dense, mega-potent buds. Indoors, however, the yields are the most substantial.
6. Exodus Kush
Cheesy, pungent strains are some of the best varieties of OG , especially Exodus Kush. Exodus Kush, high in THC, is an indica-dominant strain with some of the cheesiest and most acerbic flavors and aromas around. In fact, it might give you a craving for a cheese platter. Exodus Kush is known for inducing the munchies. Also, it’s quite relaxing and unleashes the social butterfly within.
Exodus is no towering plant, but its yields are significant, primarily when grown indoors. It can thrive outdoors too though, and still produce an above average amount of quality dry flower.
Chemdog doesn’t just come with 21% THC, but also 1.5% CBD for a broader range of effects, including relaxation and the giggles. Moreover, Chemdog is known for being narcotic-like and even altering one’s perception. She’s a strong one indeed, even for the most seasoned veteran, which is why she remains an all-time favorite amongst cannabis enthusiasts around the globe. But that’s not the only reason. Chemdog also produces a lot of sour, citrus, diesel-flavored buds for your buck, and your bag to boot.
Plus, in the grow room, this variety is very fond of some pruning and training. Even when left to her own devices, she only reaches a medium height and makes it to harvest after sauntering through 9–10 weeks of bloom.
8. King’s Kush
King’s Kush has intense grape flavors and aromas, and even stronger effects. The indica-dominant strain provides the perfect lazy day high with its couch-locking potential. And you can feel the dankness from puff number one.
Of all the Kush strains out there, King’s Kush knocks the most. Its THC levels often reach as high as 20%, which isn’t ideal for those who are sensitive to potency. But if you’re up for the hit, King’s Kush is semi-simple to grow, satisfactory in height, and develops plenty of bud. You won’t need to smoke a ton of King’s Kush to get incredibly baked, and that’s a guarantee.
9. Amnesia Kush
For an uplifting sativa bursting with THC (and a little CBD) meet Amnesia Kush, or rather, smoke it. Amnesia Kush is a sativa-dominant strain that features flavors and aromas of pine, sweetness, citrus, and lemon in addition to 20% THC and 0.1% CBD, to be precise. For being so full of energy, it’s also not rare for this ultra-relaxing OG Kush variety to sink you straight into the sofa after a few hits.
Although Amnesia Kush grows primarily outdoors, where it reaches its full potential in yield and height, it can be grown indoors too. It just won’t be as tall or produce nearly as much bud, but still more than enough to go around.
10. OG Kush Autoflowering
Last, but not least is the indica-dominant wonder OG Kush Autoflowering. Complete with a medium amount of THC, pungent citrus fuel aromas, and a pine taste, OG Kush Autoflowering is relaxing, euphoric, and the perfect dose of happy.
This autoflowering indica is super easy to cultivate if you’re an experienced grower. Novices will also feel confident sowing these seeds. Inside, plants grow to be compact but don’t rise as high as they would outside. On the other hand, the yields are lighter when growing OG Kush Autoflowering outdoors, meaning you won’t obtain as much dry flower as an indoor plant.
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