Strain Review: Afghan Kush

Many great strains have been born in the mountainous region that spreads across the border shared by Afghanistan and Pakistan. This region of the world has given us some well-known landrace strains, most notably Indica strains. As time has passed, these landrace strains were used to breed new strains, most of which are found in today’s cannabis markets. One of those landrace strains that has helped do this is Afghan Kush.


Afghan Kush Bud

Born in the mountainous region of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Afghan Kush comes from the same area as the Hindu Kush, another well-known landrace strain. Since it was first created, Afghan Kush has been improved over and over throughout the years. This means that today’s version of the strain is technically not a pure landrace, however, today’s strain is more potent and grows better in various climates.

Since its creation, this strain has been a popular choice to use for making hash. But once the strain reached Amsterdam, it began to take off globally. Stoners around the world began to learn of Afghan Kush, and how wonderful of an Indica strain it is. One terpene, myrcene, is especially dominant in this strain.


As an Indica-dominant strain (leaning toward pure indica), Afghan Kush is more of a sedative strain. It is best to be used at night. THC levels in this strain hang around 15-20%.

Most of the effects of this strain include:

  • Relaxed
  • Happy
  • Euphoric
  • Sleepy
  • Sedated
  • Hungry

While most of the effects from this strain are desirable, one may not be. That is cottonmouth, and Afghan Kush is almost certain to give it to its users. If you plan on smoking it, keep some water with you!

Medical Benefits

You may have noticed that at the bottom of the effects list, “hungry” is listed. Yes, this strain is known to give its users munchies, so it certainly can help with a lack of appetite.

Conditions that this strain can help with include:

  • Lack of Appetite
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Many users have also claimed that Afghan Kush works well as a muscle relaxer.

Flavors and Scents

Afghan Kush is known to have a very earthy scent. The aroma from this strain smells similar to the hash, so there is no wonder why this strain is popularly used to make it. When buds from this strain are smoked, hints of pine can be smelled in the air.

FAQ: Strain Review: Afghan Kush

What are the effects of Afghan Kush?

Answer: Afghan Kush is known to have a calming, relaxing effect that often produces feelings of sedation and deep physical relaxation. It is also used to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as provide relief from physical pain.

Who is Afghan Kush best suited for?

Answer: Afghan Kush is best suited for experienced cannabis consumers, as its THC levels can be quite high (up to 20%). It is also recommended for those looking for a relaxing, calming high ideal for mellowing out and relief from physical and emotional stress.

What kind of tastes and aromas can be expected when smoking Afghan Kush?

Answer: Afghan Kush has a sweet and floral flavor, with earthy, woodsy tones. It is also known to have a pungent aroma, with hints of spice and incense.

Is Afghan Kush a good strain for medicinal purposes?

Answer: Yes, Afghan Kush is a good strain for medicinal purposes as it can help with reducing stress and anxiety, as well as providing relief from physical pain. It is also known to have an uplifting effect on mood.

If you are looking for strong Indica strains with sedative effects, Afghan Kush might be right for you. After a long day, this is a good one for relaxing and winding down. If you like this strain, share it with others! Thanks for reading!

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Evan Weston

Evan Weston is a contributor to Reefer Posts, a growing community for exploring the developing market of Cannabis and CBD-related products. He spends a lot of time researching the development of health-related products that utilize Cannabis and CBD oils. He also keeps tabs on the developing legal environment regarding medical, recreational cannabis use, and production.

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