Critical Kush is a potent indica strain known for its powerful full-body relaxation and soothing mental effects. This strain was developed by Barney's Farm, the Amsterdam-based growers famous for strains like LSD and Liberty Haze.
Critical Kush stands out with its medium to large-sized buds that are densely packed with resin. The bright green leaves are covered in deep orange pistils and covered in a layer of shiny trichomes, making them challenging to break apart without a grinder.
When properly cured, Critical Kush flowers have a dank, earthy aroma with hints of citrus. The odor becomes even more pronounced when ground. When burned, Critical Kush has a harsh and acrid smoke that can sting the eyes and sinuses. The smoke tastes like pine with a slight spicy kick on the exhale. This strain can be quite pungent, so those looking to keep their consumption discreet should take precautions.
Critical Kush has a slow-acting high, so users should wait a while before increasing the dosage. Around 15 minutes after smoking, users start to feel a wave of relaxation spread throughout their body and limbs. Many also report a decreased heart rate and reduced muscle tension.
While the mental effects of Critical Kush are subtle, some users report visual or auditory distortion. This strain is more likely to leave users feeling contentedly dopey rather than delivering an intense cerebral experience. It is a great option for a relaxing evening spent working on mindless tasks, binge-watching, or listening to calming music. However, in higher doses, Critical Kush can trigger couchlock and make users less inclined to interact with others. Due to its sedative effects, this strain is best used in the evening rather than during the day.
Medical cannabis patients can also benefit from the therapeutic properties of Critical Kush. It can relieve deep-seated aches and pains, both temporary and chronic, and has anti-inflammatory effects that can help with headaches and nausea. This strain can also temporarily relieve stress, depression, and anxiety and may even help insomniacs get a good night's sleep. Because it does not usually cause paranoid or cerebral thinking, Critical Kush is a good choice for those with low THC tolerance or a tendency to panic.
Critical Kush seeds are available for purchase online from Barney's Farm and Royal Queen Seeds. This strain can be grown indoors or outdoors and requires a semi-humid climate with temperatures between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for successful outdoor cultivation. Critical Kush flowers within 7 to 8 weeks when grown indoors and is ready for harvest in late September when grown outdoors. When grown properly, it can yield up to 56 grams (about 2 ounces) of flower per square foot of plant. Note that, like its pungent smoke, this strain can be quite stinky to grow and indoor growers may need to invest in odor control measures like carbon air filters.
Whether for a night at home or a camping trip, Critical Kush's dank and piney aroma adds an extra layer of enjoyment to any experience.