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Afghan Kush Afghani Kush
Hybrid 20% S, 80% I
Dominant terpene
Myrcene 0.21%

17 - 19.2%


1.37 - 1.98%


0.24 - 1.25%


Spicyherbal, Woody



Afghan Kush (also known as Afghani Kush or AK) is an 80% Indica dominant cannabis strain that originates from the Hindu Kush, a mountain range in Central Asia that stretches from central Afghanistan to northern Pakistan. The weed is famous for its potency and is suitable for “veteran” smokers. The amount of THC is average and ranges from 17% to 20%, while CBD concentration is high and varies between 4.94% and 7.28%. If you like this strain you can try to grow Afghan Kush seeds feminized in your garden.

Afghan Kush is my go-to for my chronic back pain, neuropathic pain in my legs (due to my bad back), fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, PTSD & insomnia. 5/5 stars. I would not recommend this strain for newbies due to its potent effects, but for us experienced cannabis patients, this strain is an absolute godsend!

Nick W 28.12.20

Afghan Kush Strain Information

Smell, Taste, and Major Terpenes

Afghan Kush is one of the oldest strains and comes with multiple terpenes that determine its aromatic profile and medical benefits. The prevailing terpenes are:

The weed boasts a unique flavor composition. Myrcene and Carene give pine, woody, and pungent aromas that are highly noticeable. These flavors are combined with sweet and flowery notes provided by Bisabolol and Geraniol.

Common Effects of Afghan Kush Strain

For centuries, the genetic profile of this marijuana has undergone repeated natural selection to become stabilized. Now, the weed is known for being effective in treating the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Anorexia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Hypertension
  • Pain
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

The Afghan Kush strain provides extremely powerful effects on the body, giving a potent high that easily turns consumers physically relaxed. Its iconic Indica high is also characterized by sedation. Also, AK induces euphoric sensations, makes smokers talkative, and prompts giggles. Some users report they have an uplifted mood and feel aroused.

In single cases, medical benefits of Afghan Kush may be accompanied by side effects such as:

  • Thirst and dry mouth
  • Low blood pressure
  • Concern
  • Panic attacks
  • Hunger

The negative reactions occur only if cannabis is consumed improperly.

Information for Growers

The growth traits of Afghan Kush are typical for Indica strains. They are medium-sized bushy plants with broad dark green leaves that reach 30-60 inches in height and can be bred in any type of environment. They develop massive and condensed buds, which are highly resinous.

Since the Afghan Kush strain is very famous, the seeds are available for sale online. It is easy to cultivate even for amateur growers. Highly resistant to pests and diseases, the plants give a generous yield, which amounts to 0.5-1 oz./ft2 for indoor environments and 1-2 oz./ft2 for outdoor gardens. 

In case inexperienced growers get low yields, the potency of the harvested buds will make up for lost volume. The flowering period is 63-77 days depending on the environment, and the harvest time is 86 days. It is a photoperiod cannabis type preferred by most old-school growers as having natural, original genetics. This means the plants are dependent on the changes in the light cycle to start flowering.


The strain is quite easy to grow both indoors and outside. It doesn’t need too much attention and it’s perfect if you’re looking to start your growing business because the plant is in high demand and has a relatively high price. Growing it inside is harder as it will require a high ceiling because it grows a bit tall while outside all it needs is Mediterranean climate to thrive.

User Reviews 6

Nick W

Afghan Kush is my go-to for my chronic back pain, neuropathic pain in my legs (due to my bad back), fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, PTSD & insomnia. 5/5 stars. I would not recommend this strain for newbies due to its potent effects, but for us experienced cannabis patients, this strain is an absolute godsend!

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Keeps me calm but awake…untill I burn the next stick, then its lights out

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Its all I ever smoke since I had my first puff mister afghan k.

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My first time with Afghan Kush was an out of body experience.

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The Supreme Lord of Cannabis

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Very informative

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Strain details

Afghan Kush Strain Cannabinoids

THC Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is a major cannabis chemical compound. It is a psychoactive element that stimulates dopamine release and induces euphoria or happiness. THC-rich strains may be helpful with such conditions as lack of appetite, chronic pains , etc. It is considered to be the primary active marijuana component. 17 - 19.2%
CBD Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a major compound in cannabis, which is non-psychoactive. It is also proved to counteract the side effects of the second major component THC. CBD is widely used for medicinal purposes in rubs, oils and so on. It is helpful in muscle pain cases, may treat arthritis and migraines. Even Greeks used it against pain, while Queen Victoria applied it to get rid of menstrual cramps. 1.37 - 1.98%
CBC Cannabichromene, or CBC, is a minor cannabinoid, meaning that its quantity in cannabis is quite little. Though it has the same origin as CBD and THC, it is different in functions. Without any psychoactive effects, it is an efficient cannabis compound in combating acne and depression. CBC produces analgesic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. 0.11 - 0.75%
CBG Cannabigerol, or CBG, is one of the minor cannabis compounds in adult plants. On the other hand, young ones contain a lot of this antibacterial and anti-inflammatory component. During the growth, CBG is converted into different cannabinoids, mostly THC and CBD. The compound itself increases appetite and decreases eye pressure. 0.24 - 1.25%
CBN Cannabinol, or CBN, is a trace element in cannabis that is considered to be mildly psychoactive. It appears from oxidation THC, exposed to light and heat. CBN is mostly contained in old cannabis and in traditional hashish. It is effective against insomnia, bacterial infections and appetite loss. 0.33 - 0.39%
THCV Tetrahydrocannabivarin, or THC-V, is a compound contained in cannabis in trace amounts. Even though it is close to THC molecularly, it is different in effects. This compound may be psychoactive only in large amounts. THC-V reduces blood sugar, controls appetite, stimulates bone growth, etc. African Sativa strains are the richest in THC-V. 0.24 - 0.93%

Afghan Kush Terpene Profile

Carene Carene (also known as Delta-3 carene) is a terpene found in rosemary, lemons, pines, and cedars, offering citrusy and cypress aroma. Studies on mice showed that carene provides anti-inflammatory effects, as well as promotes bone health and chronic pain relief. 0.14%
Pinene Pinene is one of the most widespread terpenes in nature, found in pine trees, basil, nutmeg, parsley, and rosemary. Cannabis containing terpene (alpha-pinene or α-pinene) boasts a strong pine scent. Pinene is responsible for anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and anti-anxiety effects. 0.09%
Myrcene Myrcene (also known as β-myrcene) is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis, representing more than 20% of the modern marijuana terpene profile. Myrcene has a distinct earthy, musky flavor, resembling cloves. It is responsible for calming and soothing effects of weed. Myrcene is also found in hops, thyme, mango, lemongrass, guava melon. 0.21%
Ocimene Ocimene (derived from the Ancient Greek word Ocimum meaning basil) is a terpene with sweet and herbaceous flavors, also boasting citrusy and woody undertones. Naturally, ocimene occurs in mint, parsley, orchids, hops, kumquats, mangoes, basil, bergamot, lavender, and pepper. Offers antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties. 0.03%
Geraniol Geraniol is a terpene initially contained in geraniums, as well as lemongrass, lemon peels, roses, blueberries, and carrots. The aroma is a sweet rose scent with notes of citrus. Geraniol features anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and neuroprotectant properties. It's rumored to have side effects such as allergic contact dermatitis or sensitive skin irritation. 0.07%
Humulene Humulene (also known as α-humulene) is one of the major terpenes found in cannabis, contributing to woody, earthy, spicy, herbaceous, and, mainly, floral aromas of cannabis. Used in modern medicine, humulene offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and appetite suppressant effects, which have been well-researched by pharmaceutical companies. 0.04%
Limonene Limonene (also known as d-limonene) is the second most common terpene in nature and the third most common terpene in cannabis. It has a powerful citrus aroma and can be found in all citruses, including lemons, oranges, grapefruits, limes, juniper, etc. Limonene is known to elevate moods and provide anxiety, depression, and stress relief. 0.1%
Linalool Linalool (also known as beta linalool, linalyl alcohol, linaloyl oxide, and p-linalool) is one of the rarest terpenes found in cannabis, mostly in small quantities. Linalool is known for its spicy and lavender aroma, bringing relaxation and calming effects. It is also said to provide anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can be useful for athletes. 0.03%
Bisabolol Bisabolol (also known as α-Bisabolol or levomenol) is a lesser-known terpene found in cannabis. It contributes to anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, antioxidant, anti-microbial, and analgesic properties of weed strains containing bisanol. Attentive smokers would be able to catch a nutty, fruity scent with herbal and floral undertones, with a tender trace of coconut. 0.16%
Terpinolene Terpinolene is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis; however, It's usually presented in small quantities. Is responsible for piney, floral, herbaceous, and even a little bit citrusy aroma of cannabis. Terpinolene can be found in lilacs, nutmeg, and cumin. In cannabis, terpinolene contributes to the sensation of "freshness." Has the potential to reduce the risk of heart diseases. 0.01%
Caryophyllene Caryophyllene (also known as beta or b caryophyllene) is a terpene found in many herbs and spices, such as black pepper, basil, rosemary, and oregano. Cannabis high in caryophyllene delivers a strong spicy, peppery aroma, resembling cinnamon and cloves. Caryophyllene offers potent anti-inflammatory and sedative effects. 0.12%
Total terpenes content 1.00%

Growing Info

Flowering time 63 - 77 Days
Flowering type Photoperiod
Grow difficulty Moderate
Harvest time 86 Days
Yield outdoor 10 - 15 Oz/plant (~ 400 g/plant)
Yield indoor 0.5 - 1 Oz/Ft² (~ 300 g/m²)
Height indoor 30-60
Height outdoor 30-60

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