Afghan Kush Afghani Kush

Cannabinoid THC Dominant

THC 17 - 19.2%

CBD 1.37 - 1.98%

Effect Sleepy

Side Effect Thirst and dry mouth

Flavor Spicyherbal

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All About Afghan Kush Weed Strain


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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%.

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.

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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 0.14%
Pinene 0.09%
Myrcene 0.21%
Ocimene 0.03%
Geraniol 0.07%
Humulene 0.04%
Limonene 0.1%
Linalool 0.03%
Bisabolol 0.16%
Terpinolene 0.01%
Caryophyllene 0.12%
Total terpenes content 1.00%

Grow 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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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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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.