The Hindu Kush strain is one of the most historic and classically sedative landrace strains in existence. This pure indica hitter gets its name from the mountain range between Pakistan and Afghanistan where it naturally grew. Landrace strains are cannabis strains that are indigenous to a specific area. As a result, they usually get their name from the region they were found. Two other examples include Afghani and Acapulco Gold. Hindu Kush lives in infamy as one of the originators of blissfully relaxing highs.

A proper specimen of the Hindu Kush strain will be notoriously dense. The nugs will have dark green coloration with dull purple intertwining sneakily. This strain comes from an extremely harsh climate and has found a way to combat it—the trichomes. Coating its entire surface almost as a stinky protective layer are the thick, crystally trichomes. These lend to more of a slightly sweet and piney smell on the nose. Some say this strain smells like a gassy sandalwood. Breaking a nug apart, you’ll smell the musky pepper and piney outdoor smells. These are the kind of aromatic notes that let you know this may make you sleep.

The dominant terpenes in the Hindu Kush strain include limonene, beta-caryophyllene, and alpha-pinene. This explains the crazy array of earthy, sour, sweet, and peppery terps that this strain gives off.

Hindu Kush Strain by Soulshine

Hindu Kush
Hindu Kush from Soulshine Cannabis

Limonene is a common terpene that may produce the sweet lemon zest present in the strain and might help with anxiety and stress. The beta-caryophyllene adds the spice that creates more of the sandalwood aroma and may offer anti-inflammatory effects. Alpha-pinene actually exists in the trichomes of the plant and may create more fresh pine notes on the initial whiff as a result. Alpha-pinene is another terpene that may offer pain relief and stress-relieving qualities.

Smoking on some of the Hindu Kush strain, the effects will be felt immediately. The high may wrap around you like a coat to heat up your chest and ligaments. The smoke will be a lot more earthy than the slightly sweet aromas you pick up when first smelling it. You might notice a deep calming sensation wash over your body to potentially help with body pain. It may even quell nausea. This is the kind of strain that will never go out of style. It’s known globally for its potential to give the body some well-deserved rest.

Other Relaxing Strains: Pink Champagne, Grape Pie, Khalifa Kush, Wedding Pie, Sour Cookies, & Chocolate Diesel.