Tangerine Kush is a mostly indica variety that offers a dreamy, relaxing high. This strain gets its bold citrus flavor from sativa hybrid Tangerine Haze and its stoney effects from breeder Rare Dankness' flagship indica Rare Darkness. With a healthy dose of sativa effects as well, this strain is a great choice for indica fans who'd like to maintain some measure of energy and productivity. Its THC content has been measured at between 14% and 20%.
Tangerine Kush sets itself apart with exceptionally large flowers. These buds usually have tapered shape, narrowing down from a broad base into a pointed tip, like mini Christmas trees. The leaves cling together, overlapping as they spiral inward toward their central stems in an indica-typical bud structure. The leaves themselves are a dark shade of forest green and are set off by curly orange and brown hairs -- which are actually pistils, botanical structure meant to catch pollen from fertilizing male plants. Cloudy white trichomes top off these already-colorful buds and account for their very sticky texture.
If Tangerine Kush is notable for anything, it's the show-stopping flavor and aroma. Floating on top is an unmistakable, mouth-puckering orange flavor. There's also a sweet and sugary undertone. Meanwhile, grinding up these large buds yield some earthy, hash notes, evidence of the strain's Kush backbone. When combusted in a pipe or a joint, Tangerine Kush burns with a sweet and easily palatable smoke. This smoke has a tropical citrus flavor on the exhale with an herbal aftertaste.
Tangerine Kush hits quickly for an indica -- shortly after savoring the strain's citrus-tinged smoke, consumers may feel some cerebral stimulation. Thoughts may flow in a loud, freely-associative inner monologue and may temporarily cause smokers to tune out from their immediate surroundings. Some physical effects may be present as well, like a concerted pressure around the eyes and temples and, sometimes, an increase in salivation. Some may find that they're creatively inspired or compelled to take on complex, analytical tasks. Within a short time, however, this mental energy slips into a more mellow and soothing body high. Users may find that they're able to breathe more deeply and easily and may notice that any lingering muscular tension is somewhat relieved. At this point, any previously cerebral mindset begins to take a backseat to a more pleasantly cloudy and distracted headspace. As smokers being to melt into their surroundings and feel the outside world recede into the background, they may want to immerse themselves in a purely sensory atmosphere. Moody music or visually-engaging movies may help to set the right tone for enjoying Tangerine Kush's spacey, psychedelic high. Unfortunately, this strain's effects are said to last shorter than average. Because of its sedative character, Tangerine kush is best reserved for evening or nighttime use.
Tangerine Kush's versatile properties can also have value for medical cannabis patients. Its early sativa focus can briefly aid concentration for those with attention deficit disorder. Its mood-altering effects also temporarily take the edge off of stress and depression. More frequently, Tangerine Kush's body high can serve as an analgesic for aches and pains, whether they're the result of chronic illness or simply due to everyday irritations like headaches and nausea. Patients who are prone to panic or anxiety may want to consume this strain with caution, as its early "mindrace" effects can lead to paranoia in the wrong circumstances.
Rare Dankness has made seeds of Tangerine Kush available for sale online. Once obtained, it can be grown indoors or out, although successful outdoor cultivation requires a semi-humid, Mediterranean-like climate. Plants tend to grow short and bushy and growers may need to trim away any broad fan leaves that can prevent light and air from penetrating through the dense layer and reaching any low-growing nodes. Tangerine Kush flowers within 9 to 10 weeks when grown indoors and offers growers an average yield of flowers.
Tangerine Kush's mellow, easygoing energy can be a great way to connect with friends or simply to claim some alone time. Regardless of your company, though, it's an excellent and fragrant way to kick back after a long day or week.