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Hindu Kush

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.

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.


  • Cannabis Strain


    Av. Cannabinoid Composition

    THC 12.00/20.00%
    CBD 0.2%
    CBN 0.01%

    Terpenes Composition

    Caryophyllene - Pepper
    Humulene - Hops
    Limonene - Lemon
    Pinene - Pine




  • Effect(s)

    Pain Relief

    Negative Effect(s)

    Dry Eyes
    Dry Mouth



    May Help

    Gastrointestinal Disorder
    Lack Of Appetite
    Multiple Sclerosis
  • Flowering Period

    45 to 70 days

    Average Yield

    High: 450 g/mindoors

    Outdoor Harvest Date

    Late September

    Average Height

    Short: 3 to 5 feet max

    Grow Difficulty


    Growing Tips

    If you want to grow this strain outdoors, it's best if you live in a warmer climate. Afghan Kush thrives in latitudes below 42°N. While this plant is usually short, it can gain some height outside. Growers concerned about this should remove the primary cola early on. For growers in cooler climates, you'll want to take this strain indoors. This indica tends to create very uniform seedlings, making this a good choice for breeders looking to add some indica into a new mix. Hindu Kush also has good nodal spacing, allowing for plenty of air flow. This also makes pruning and shaping a little easier.


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