Lemon Kush is a term used to describe several different strains of cannabis that are similar in nature. Alien Genetics, the creator of the well-known indica Alien Kush, claims to have developed a Lemon Kush strain through the crossbreeding of Lemon G and Afghan Kush. Another popular variant of Lemon Kush is created through the crossbreeding of Master Kush and Lemon Joy. According to cannabis testing lab Analytics 360, strains labeled as Lemon Kush have THC levels that range from 15% to 26%, making it a moderate to potent psychoactive agent.
The buds of Lemon Kush are small, dense, and nugget-like, with a structure that is more commonly seen in indica strains. Its leaves are light green in color, made lighter by the heavy trichome coating that covers them. This abundant resin makes the buds sticky, making it difficult to break them apart without a grinder. However, when they are broken, they emit a sweet and smooth lemon aroma, along with Kush-like notes of earthy dankness and musk.
When smoked, Lemon Kush has a harsh and expanding quality within the lungs, often causing coughing. Its aftertaste is tangy and citrusy, without the unpleasant ammonia or diesel flavors often associated with other lemon-infused strains. The lemony scent and taste of Lemon Kush is due to the terpene D-Limonene, which also naturally occurs in citrus fruits and is used in perfumes and lotions for its fragrant properties. D-Limonene has been found to have anti-inflammatory and potential cancer-fighting properties in animal and test-tube trials, although these results were not replicated in a later study on women with breast cancer. Additionally, it may also help to relieve acid reflux.
The effects of Lemon Kush can take up to 5 to 10 minutes to fully take hold, but when they do, they offer a slow-creeping high that enhances cerebral focus. This high also often leads to increased creativity and free-association of thoughts, making it a great strain for artistic pursuits or for enjoying music or movies. The effects of Lemon Kush are clearheaded, allowing users to perform errands or household chores without feeling spacey. The body buzz from this strain provides deep relaxation without the feeling of couchlock or apathy. Physically, it has been reported to offer relief from headaches and anxiety, although it can also cause cottonmouth as a less desirable effect.
Lemon Kush can be grown by novice cannabis cultivators, although an indoor environment is recommended. When grown outdoors, it thrives in warm, Mediterranean climates, but may struggle in regions with inconsistent warmth and sunlight. Under high-watt bulbs indoors, Lemon Kush plants grow between 4 to 6 feet tall, with a standard, bushy indica shape. They should be grown in organic soil and supplemented with nutrient treatments like humic acid, vitamin B, and various enzymes. Lemon Kush plants will flower indoors between 8 to 10 weeks and are ready for harvest between late September and mid-October when grown outdoors. The plants provide an average yield.
Despite its ambiguous origins, Lemon Kush is a delightful and effective strain for those who desire the best of both indica and sativa effects. Its cerebral focus and creative energy can be mood-altering and motivating, while its body stone provides deep relaxation without the inconvenience of couchlock or apathy. With its unique citrus and peppery taste, Lemon Kush is also an ideal strain to share in social settings, making for a fun and conversation-starting experience.