Along with THC, CBD is one of the miracle components of cannabis. Short for cannabidiol, CBD provides all the physical relaxation of a potent indica, but with less of the psychedelic high that comes with higher concentrations of THC. CBD Kush, created by the prolific Dutch Passion Seeds, is a strain specifically bred to yield a balance between THC and CBD effects. It is a cross between an unspecified, CBD-rich strain and the citrusy Kandy Kush. CBD Kush has between 1% to 8% THC and as much as 7% to 11% CBD.
CBD Kush impresses with large bud that are almost spherical in shape. The chunky flowers adhere in an indica-typical bud structure, with leaves coiled tightly inward toward their central stems. The leaves themselves are a bright shade of emerald green and are twisted through with rust-colored pistils. Because it's genetically geared for low amounts of THC, this strain has a low volume of resin; any trichomes that are present are amber-colored, giving the flowers a slightly yellow sheen.
When properly cured, CBD Kush has an aroma that is simultaneously sweet and dank, like overripe fruit. On closer inspection, the woodsy scent of pine hangs underneath. Meanwhile, breaking open the buds yields rich notes of hash and incense, possibly passed on from the Afghani landrace in this strain's background. When burnt in a pipe or a joint, CBD Kush gives off a harsh and acrid smoke that may smell unpleasant for many, agitating the palate and causing eyes to water. Anyone intent on enjoying this bud in public should note that it can be a particularly pungent and indiscreet smoke.
To the extent that CBD Kush has any kind of high to speak of, this high creeps up slowly, sometimes taking as much as 15 minutes after smokers have exhaled before making itself apparent. Then again, the bud's psychoactivity is so subtle that users may have to wait even longer in order to detect its effects. Eventually, a subtle tingle of relaxation spreads from the neck down through the core and limbs. This mildly sedative feeling characterizes the strain's effects; rather than a traditional high, smokers are more likely to feel a pervasive sense of physical ease and fluidity. While slightly disorienting for some, this intense relaxation can contribute to full-on euphoria in the right set and setting. CBD Kush can be a great way to unwind alone or with a small group of friends. Although the CBD in this bud may ease tension and free up mental energy for complex tasks, the strain is not cerebral per se. Additionally, even though it may not pin users to the couch, CBD Kush can set the stage for a good night's sleep. Because its effects are so versatile and subtle, this strain is appropriate for use at any time of day.
CBD Kush's medical uses may be more highly valued than its recreational ones. Primarily, this strain can offer relief from deep-seated aches and pains, whether temporary or chronic. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also soothe everyday annoyances like headaches and nausea. As noted, the high concentration of CBD can allow for fewer distractions, allowing those with attention deficit disorders to concentrate on a single task. Finally, CBD Kush can elevate mood, providing temporary refuge from stress, depression, and anxiety. Because it carries little to no risk of recursive, cerebral thought patterns, CBD Kush is a good option for users who are prone to panic; it's also of use to patients who want to take advantage of its therapeutic value without getting uncomfortable stoned.
Dutch Passion has made seeds of this potent strain available for sale online. Once obtained, it can be grown indoors or out, although outdoor growing calls for a semi-humid climate with daytime temperatures between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Plants typically grow short and bushy; as such, growers should periodically trim away any broad fan leaves that can stop light and air from reaching low-growing flowering nodes. CBD Kush flowers within a long 9 weeks when grown indoors and offers patient growers a high yield for their efforts. Finally, just as this strain can be a pungent smoke, it can be a very pungent grow; those looking to keep their indoor cultivation discreet should invest in odor control measures like carbon air filters.
Medically effective strains like CBD Kush can help to shatter some of the stigma that still surrounds cannabis use. Although somewhat difficult to come by, this strain should be snatched up if spotted on dispensary shelves for its mellow and therapeutic effects.