Lemon Kush is often used to describe a few similar strains. The breeders Alien Genetics claim that they created one Lemon Kush strain by crossing Lemon G and Afghan Kush. Another variety of Lemon Kush comes from Master Kush and Lemon Joy. The THC levels of Lemon Kush have been measured at 15% up to 26%, making it a moderate to potent high.
Lemon Kush’s buds are nugget-like and tend to be smaller than average. They have a dense structure that is more typical of indica than sativa. The greens are light green and appear even lighter thanks to a thick coating of trichomes. These make the buds sticky and difficult to break without a grinder. When they are broken, they give off a sweet lemon smell and when smoked a harsh smoke expands within the lungs. It has a citrusy aftertaste without the ammonia or diesel taste that often comes with lemon strains.
The lemony scent and taste are due to a terpene called D-Limonene. This chemical can be found in citrus fruits and it is also used industrially to enhance the fragrance of lotions and perfumes. There is some evidence that the terpene has medical benefits.
The Lemon Kush high builds slowly and it can take up to 10 minutes for the effects to be fully felt. It brings an enhanced sense of cerebral focus, an increase in creativity and rapid free-association thoughts. The mental effects are clearheaded, leaving users free to carry out errands and chores. It is an evenly balanced strain so also produces a bit of a body buzz. It is rare for users to experience couchlock, so the strain can be enjoyed both during the day and at night.
It is not a particularly difficult strain to grow, and indoor growing is recommended. Under high-wattage light bulbs indoors, the plants will grow to between 4 and 6 feet tall and have a typical bushy indica shape. The plants should be grown in organic soil that is supplemented with nutrient treatments such as humic acid and vitamin B. The plants flower between 8 and 10 weeks and provide an average yield.
Lemon Kush is a great strain for those looking for a balance of indica and sativa effects. It is energising and motivating, while being deeply relaxing. Furthermore, thanks to its lemon taste and smell, it is also an enjoyable smoke to share in social settings.