What is Kush?
With the rise in the amount of states approving medical marijuana, strains such as Orange Kush and Purple Kush are becoming more prevalent. This particular strain of marijuana is particularly known for its potency, and gains its name for the Hindu Kush mountain range of Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan where it originated. Both Orange Kush and Purple Kush have been the topic of conversation in many clubs and bars across the nation as well as featured in many songs of artists such as Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, and many other rap and rock artists of past and present. Orange Kush and Purple Kush both derive their preceding names for the color of the hairs, called follicles, of THC that protrude from the leaf buds. These hairs are what give this strain , and marijuana strains in general, its potency and is also the reason it is prescribed by both the dr and Snoop Dogg. Originally cultivated from wild land strains of Afghanistan by the British government for its use in the medical field, Orange Kush and Purple Kush would eventually make its way to the US where it is now legally and illegally cultivated in a number of states. The strains of Orange Kush and Purple Kush made it to the shores of the US in the mid to late 1970s, long before Snoop Dogg or Dr Dre was smoking marijuana. However, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, and a host of other artists and musicians have championed the cause of high potency marijuana, such as the Kush strains, during the present. Snoop Dogg has worked on a number of legalization campaigns along with Dr Dre to promote recreational use of marijuana. However, not all people are sympathetic with Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg’s cause. As recently as 2009, high potency marijuana would come under fire from a republican senator from Illinois.
Orange Kush and Purple Kush
A strain of Cannabis indica, which has a broader vegetative leaf than those of the sativa strain , Orange Kush and Purple Kush have been a topic in books, songs, movies, and other forms of media and highly praised by Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre. However, there are a few myths that can be scientifically expelled about this strain , some of them possibly propagated by Snoop . Many people believe that the differences between Orange Kush and Purple Kush lie in the difference of the strain . However, the purple hairs present on Purple Kush and the orange hairs on the Orange Kush are simply indicators of the maturity level and curing processed used before the strain goes to market, a scientific lesson Snoop may have missed. Orange hairs indicate that the Orange Kush strain has been dried faster and under heated or warm conditions, which makes the THC hairs or follicles appear orange or sometimes even a rusty colored red. However, when the THC follicles are dried in a slower process, sometimes under cool conditions, the THC follicles on the Purple Kush will turn a deep purple or bluish gray. This has no effect on the potency of the individual buds as either strain of Orange Kush or Purple Kush will have comparable potency levels depending on how it was handled during processing. A dr may prescribe this particular form of marijuana for an appetite enhancer as well as a relaxant.
The strain of Orange Kush and Purple Kush has created a number of offshoots and hybrids. A very popular strain of marijuana derived from the Orange Kush or Purple Kush plant often prescribed by many a dr and talked about by Snoop Dogg is Northern Lights. Northern Lights may be one of the most popular strains that many consider to be a derivative of the Kush strain and is equally as potent. Snoop Dogg appeared on a “WEEDS” episode where he talked about “MILF Weed”, which was a strand of Northern Lights. Snoop Dogg actually wrote a song about the particular form of weed although it did not take off as a single on the music charts. The smell is very similar, and the red follicles present on the Northern Lights strains look almost exactly like that of the Orange Kush strain and if dried properly may look like the Purple Kush strand. Northern Lights is one of the most prevalent strains in medicinal marijuana and coffee shops in Amsterdam. If a dr were to prescribe this strand, it would be for appetite enhancement with side effects of euphoria.
Skunk 1, 2, and 3
The strain of Skunk, which most likely derived its name from its pungent smell, is a sativa that is the base strain for almost every type of sativa that is still grown although it has no real connection to Orange Kush or Purple Kush . The sativa strain appears on a Dr . Dre album, and Snoop Dogg praises its pungent odor. It has a number of derivatives and hybrid forms, which have metamorphasized into any number of names given to them by those who sell that particular strain . Skunk is one of the most popular strains ever grown and has been used by commercial growers who grow quantity as well as quality growers who grow for potency. A dr would most likely not prescribe this particular strand due to it being mainly for mood enhancement.
Perhaps the most important strain of the twenty-first century and winner of the 1995 Cannabis Cup, White Widow may be the most well known strain by people under the age of thirty years old. This strain is a cross between a sativa and indica, which gives it unique properties of both a euphoric feeling as well as a relaxant. Although Snoop Dogg or Dr Dre never rapped about this particular strain , it is a dr favorite because of its biological effects, of which Snoop could attest. It is sold in almost every medical marijuana dispensary in the US as well as almost all coffee shops in The Netherlands. This strain is also been said to have been partly derived from the Orange Kush or Purple Kush strain as its follicles may turn both purple, red, or orange depending on the curing process. It has also been featured in many movies and books making it one of the most recognizable strains of marijuana in the world. If a dr prescribed White Widow, it would act as a mood enhancer, appetite stimulant, and a relaxant.