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Our Master Kush strain review covers the origins, effects, aroma, and growing tips of this landrace-derives strain. This powerhouse indica hybrid provides you with euphoric and relaxing effects.

A subtle earthy aroma blends with notes of incense and citrus fruits. Master Kush is an easy strain to grow and use for beginners and seasoned users alike.

What s the Master Kush Cannabis Strain?

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Master Kush Strain

Master Kush strain, also known as Grandmaster Kush or High Rise, is a powerful indica-dominant hybrid hailing from the Hindu Kush region in Asia. It’s thick coating of resin is prized by hashmakers around the world.

If you’re looking for a pure indica with a high THC concentration, look no further than Master Kush. It’s THC concentration ranges from 15 to 19 percent.

Average THC level: 17.5 percent

Awards: 1st Place in the Kush category & Overall Highlife Cup for Best Variety – Highlife Cup 2017; 1st Place in the Hydro category – 1994 High Times Cannabis Cup


Amsterdam’s White Label Seed Company sourced a couple of landrace strains from different areas of the Hindu Kush region, known for its legendary indica landrace strains.

Cannabis strains with Master Kush genetics include:

Iceberg – Master Kush x Granddaddy Purple

Lemon Kush – Master Kush x Lemon Joy

Ayahuasca Purple – Master Kush x Red River Delta

Hashmaster – Master Kush x Afghani

Woody OG (Woody Kush) – Master Kush x OG Kush x Hindu Kush

Master Jedi Kush – Master Kush x Jedi Kush

Master Bubba (Master Bubba Kush) – Master Kush x Bubba Kush

Master Kush Strain Aroma

Breathe in Master Kush’s classic Kush aroma. A hint of sweetness underlines the bright citrus and incense notes reminiscent of the charas hash from the Hindu Kush mountains. It’s subtle and sugary scents may remind you of ripe fruits, berries, in particular.

Master Kush’s most common terpenes include:

Caryophyllene’s spicy, earthy, and floral notes produce a complex aroma. Caryophyllene displays analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anxiolytic properties.

Limonene’s citric zing complements Master Kush’s herbal and hashy flavors. Limonene is thought to improve mood, relieve stress, and improve the bioavailability of terpenes.

Myrcene, one of the most common cannabis terpenes, has a spicy and hoppy aroma, a great pairing with caryophyllene and limonene. Myrcene may have anti-anxiety and pain-relieving effects, as well as antioxidant and antibacterial characteristics.

Master Kush Strain Effects

Master Kush is a versatile marijuana strain that can be enjoyed when smoked or vaped. As an indica hybrid with strong landrace genetics, this strain offers users a balanced experience that affects the mind and body equally.

You won’t feel overwhelmed, sedated, or lethargic. Instead, you may feel a surge of focus and awareness. Users will feel relaxed, happy, and euphoric almost immediately after consuming it. In high doses, you may feel slightly sleepy.

Medical use: stress, pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia

Best Way to Grow Master Kush Weed Strain

Master Kush seeds are widely available in regular, feminized, or automatic seeds. This strain is relatively easy to grow as long as you grow the plant under optimal conditions. If grown successfully, it can produce a high yield.

Master Kush yield per plant: 3-6 ounces per square foot

Master Kush grows short and bushy in indoor or outdoor environments as long as temperatures remain between 65 and 80º F and humidity levels remain between 30 and 40 percent relative humidity (RH).

Outdoors, this indica hybrid can handle the cold nights. Indoors, it can effectively use a small space.

Due to its robust size and shape, you should stay on top of feeding your plants. Growers have had tremendous success growing this strain in a hydroponic sea of green (SOG) layout. Lightly prune some of the lower bud formations to divert energy to the colas.

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Use garden trellises to train plants and maximize yield.

Flowering period: Seven to nine weeks

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Gavin Kushman

Gavin is a worldly adventurer and cannabis connoisseur, embarking on journeys that take him to the far corners of the globe to explore and document the varied effects, flavors, and histories of both renowned and lesser-known strains. From the misty high-altitude farms of the Hindu Kush highlands to the vibrant cannabis cafes of Amsterdam, Gavin's quest for knowledge spans continents. A recognized authority in the cannabis industry, he frequently lends his expertise to leading publications such as Cannabis Training University, where his captivating blog articles chronicle his unique experiences with different cannabis strains.

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