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5 Types of Sativa Kush – Effects and Uses of Sativa Kush

Utilizing cannabis for its medicinal properties is not something new. It can be traced back thousands of years with evidence in the ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Indian civilizations. Even with its popularity, rarely people know about the strain of cannabis they are using and its lineage. Today, we will discuss one of the most celebrated classifications of cannabis – the Sativa Kush. The Sativa Kush are renowned strains of cannabis for their medicinal effects. There are various types of Kush Sativa includes Bubba Kush, OG Kush, Master Kush, Purple Kush, Skywalker Kush, and more. 

Cannabis strains can be predominantly divided into three categories – Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid. A Sativa Kush is a hybrid with the cross of a Sativa strain and a Kush – an Indica strain.

This classification of cannabis is based chiefly on the morphology of the plant and its unique psychological and physical effects. The Indica strain of cannabis is known to have physical sedation effects ideal for relaxing and night time use. The plants are shorter in stature with broad leaves and short flowering cycles. Indica strain of plants prefers to be grown in cooler climates with shorter harvest season.

Sativa, on the other hand, has a cerebral uplifting effect that pairs well with day time activities and incites creativity. The Sativa plants are taller in stature with narrow leaves and longer flowering cycle. Plants of this strain suits to be grown in warmer climates and offer a long season.

The hybrid is a cross of Sativa and Indica, garnering the best of both worlds. They can exhibit the features of both Sativa and Indica. You can view our review of rockstar strain which is a hybrid strain!

What is Sativa Kush?

"A picture of several bright green sativa kush plants"

The Kush strain is an Indica subspecies of the marijuana plant. Aside from the morphology of the plant, cannabis can be further categorized according to distinct characteristics such as effects, smell, flavour, and geographical region. The Kush is one such classification of the cannabis plant. Other classification includes Haze, Purple, etc.

Kush descends from the Hindu Kush Mountains that stretch from Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan to Tajikistan and China. This strain of cannabis grows naturally in these regions. A strain with Kush genetics has characteristics such as:

  • Appearance – Light green leaves with slight purple and pistils of bronze, orange, and rust colour. Dense and knotted buds from short stature and thick plant.
  • Aroma – A variety of aroma from pungent, earthy, incense, floral, hash spice, sweet fruit, citrus, herbs, pepper, and gas.
  • Taste – A smooth smoke tasting like diesel, earth, flower, citrus, and grape.
  • High – Generally high THC, the effects of Kush strain are heavy and sedating.

These are the basic characteristics of the Kush strain, but it can vary from one strain to the other. A Sativa Kush strain of cannabis is a hybrid strain by broad categorization. The top 5 types of Kush Sativa strain include Bubba Kush, OG Kush, Master Kush, Purple Kush, and Skywalker Kush. You can check out and purchase all these strains by visiting the sativa strain section of our mail order marijuana website.

Medical Benefits of Sativa Kush

Sativa Kush is an incredibly potent strain of the cannabis plant. It does not just mean an awesome high for recreational use, but the strain is also popular for its medicinal properties. With a higher THC content than CBD, the Kush strain of plants offer a variety of relief from medical conditions such as:

  1. Depression
  2. Anxiety
  3. Chronic pains
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Stress

The Sativa Kush is known to increase the focus, creativity, and serotonin (a neurotransmitter responsible for anxiety, mood, and regulation of learning, appetite, and sleep).

5 Types of Sativa Kush

Let’s discuss everything there is to know about the top 5 Sativa Kush available in the market.

1. Bubba Kush

"A picture of two nugs of bubba kush"  

All plants of the Sativa Kush strain are hybrids, the known lineage of the Bubba Kush hybrid is the OG Kush, while speculation on the other parent is that it’s a Northern Lights phenotype. The Bubba Kush is a heavy strain with sedating effects. This strain of cannabis has gained notoriety in the US and Canada winning a number of cannabis awards. With a sweet hash flavor and hints of chocolate and coffee, the Bubba Kush provides relaxing effects while being very palatable. It puts the user in a dreamy euphoria with a serene mood relaxing every inch of the body from head to toe. The strain has a THC ranging from 15% to 22%.

Displaying the trademark characteristics of the Kush strain, the Bubba Kush has a bulky bud with cues of dark green and purple. The appearance of the plant suggests its Afghani heritage, but the genetics remain distinct. Users who consume the Bubba Kush report experiencing a mix of effects at different stages of high. Some of the effects of the strain are relaxed, happy, hungry, sleepy, and euphoric.

As with any heavy strain, the relaxing and pain relief properties are certain. With the Bubba Kush, you have a wide range of medicinal use from stress and pain relief, anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

The Bubba Kush is the parent of two popular strains the Lost Creek and Jabba’s Stash. If you want to try a Sativa Kush, the Bubba Kush should be on top of the list.    

2. OG Kush

"4 nugs of OG Kush"

With an average THC of 18.5%, the OG Kush is in no way lesser than the Bubba Kush. This hybrid is a cross of the renowned Hindu Kush and an unknown strain. A perennial favorite, the OG Kush provides a unique fragrance that includes hints of skunk, spice, and diesel. OG Kush is responsible for the genetics of two child strains the Paris XXX and IFC OG.

OG Kush has a variety of phenotypes such as the Ghost Kush, Tahoe OG, and SFV OG. With an Indica-like structure, the OG Kush as a medium to large dense buds. Most phenotypes of this strain have yellowish-green leaves with some displaying a slight trace of purple. Bright orange pistils give the buds a distinct appearance making it one of the beauties in the cannabis world.

Some of the medical usages of the OG Kush include stress, pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Users report feeling happy, euphoric, hungry, relaxed, and uplifted after using the OG Kush. The negative effects of the strain are similar to the Bubba Kush.       

3. Purple Kush

"Several nugs of purple kush ontop of one another with a white background"

This strain is also known by its other name the Purple Hindu Kush. A pure Indica, the Purple Kush is distinct from other Kush due to its alluring taste and attractive appearance. This hybrid is a cross between the Purple Afghani and the Hindu Kush. The Purple Kush is also the parent of two child-strains the Purple Aurora and Purple Killer.

With an average THC ranging from 17% to 27%, the Purple Kush qualifies among the most potent strains. The high slowly takes effect relaxing the body and lighting the mood, later delivering the user to a sound sleep extending several hours. These effects make the Purple Kush a great remedy for insomnia and pain. Some other medical uses of the strain are anxiety, stress, and depression.

Users who consume the strain report experiencing a completely relaxed state, sleepy, euphoric, happy, and hungry. Suitable for patients who are struggling with a lack of appetite. The Purple Kush is a great strain for people looking to enjoy the benefits of a Kush dominant strain.     

4. Master Kush

"six purple kush nugs stacked ontop of one another"

Another Kush classic that has the Hindu Kush as its parent. Master Kush is an Indica-dominant strain with an unknown second parent. It’s the winner of several cannabis awards such as the Cannabis Cup in 1992 and 1993. This strain has a strong aroma but pleasant enough to deliver the users in a blissful haze. A great strain for artists, users report an increase in creativity and mind activity after using the strain. Suitable for artists and writers experiencing a block, this strain can get your project going with new ideas. Terpenes that rests on peppery with slight citrusy and herbal, the effects of Master Kush is more relaxing than energizing.

With an average THC of 17.5%, Master Kush is not the most potent strain but its medicinal use is vast from application in stress, anxiety, depression, pain, and insomnia. Users report feeling relaxed, euphoric, uplifted, happy, and sleepy after using Master Kush.     

5. Skywalker Kush

"Skywalker OG nugs with one another"

The Skywalker Kush is a potent strain with THC measuring up to 26%. The level of THC can vary across phenotypes, but this strain remains on the high-THC scale. As the name suggests, this strain has strong Kush attributes with diesel, spicy, and herbal aroma. The fragrance of the Skywalker Kush is an accurate indication of its taste.

A fast-acting strain, the Skywalker Kush can leave you sedated for hours in a complete relaxed state. At various stages of the high, you experience relaxed, sedated, and sleepy. The common usage of this strain for medical purposes includes anxiety, insomnia, and loss of appetite. This strain is also a good remedy for depression as it can immediately lighten your mood.


Cannabis is a great alternative treatment to a wide range of ailments. Its medicinal properties are acknowledged by scientists from around the world. However, the medical properties vary from one strain to the other. Identifying the different strains and their effects can help you target specific diseases. In this post, we have helped you recognize the benefits of the Sativa Kush.   


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