Are you considering using marijuana as a form of medication and unsure of what you should use ? If this is the case, it can be hard to choose the correct strain that will fit your needs the best. You’re probably asking yourself that question ‘which strain of marijuana will best serve my needs ?’ There are two main parts to the marijuana plant. These are what are known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Each of these have different effects on the individual. From what you hear in the media, it is said that the high CBD marijuana strains assist better with medical conditions than THC. This is not always the case since there have been reports of many positive effects of the THC. There are also some strains high in CBD meant specifically for medical use. One of these strains which is good for recreational but some medical purposes as well is called Afghan Kush. Here we’ll cover where it comes from, how its used, the effects, and what it can be used for. Ready to learn more ? Let’s get started.
Sativa 5 %
THC: 22 %
CBD: 1 % or less
The strain has a higher level of THC (22%) when compared to the level of CBD (1 % or less), making it a strain that is good for recreational purposes. Even though the CBD levels in this strain are lower when compared to the THC, the CBD still has some small effects as well. The strain was started in Afghanistan and the Pakistan area, in the Kush mountain range and is a well-known strain which comes from the Hindu kush strain. In some places it is known also as Afghan OG and its original purpose of growth was hash, but it was found that the leaves when smoked have great effects as well. So what are some good uses for this strain ?
Since this strain is higher in THC as opposed to CBD, it is probably used for more recreational purposes, but the CBD effects that are seen when this strain is used can have their place in medical use for some conditions as well. The Afghan Kush strain is effective in helping conditions such as general stress, anxiety, insomnia, acute and chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and depending on the individual may be an option for treatment of seizures as well. Since mental and emotional stress may be a trigger for many individuals with some conditions mentioned such as anxiety, or depression, the level of relaxation that this strain brings could explain why it is of such assistance. For the individual with seizures, whether it is actually epileptic and of a chemical imbalance, or what is known as a non epileptic event, the relaxation felt and stress relief could be of assistance for either condition. More research should be done to scientifically show how this exactly works, since these effects are based only on testimony of individuals which have experience in using the strain. The levels of THC and CBD in different strains will determine the level of effects that are seen, with the specific strains. So what are some effects that this strain has ?
What effects does it have ?
When using this strain, it is good for its effects that come from the levels of THC that it has. Because of the of THC, it is known to bring a level of stimulating high. This also brings with it, an increase in one’s level of relaxation, and even a sedated like feeling. This makes it good to use if you have been stressed and need to relax or wind down. This strain is also said to have more effects on the individual physically than it does mentally as well. The physical effects that are seen are more dominant because unlike other strains, this one doesn’t play with your thoughts and feelings, but does bring with it a physical form of relaxation. You do feel a small sense of high or buzz, but the sense of a full body relaxation that follows is stronger. The nice thing about this though is that it isn’t so strong that you experience “couch lock” but still have a relaxed feeling and are able to function normally. This may vary for different individuals though, since there have been cases where one says a strong euphoria and out-of-body experience was felt. The physical relaxation and mental effects make it good for using in different settings, and by any individuals that may want to experiment with the strain. So who benefits the most from using this strain ?
Who Should Use the strain ?
As previously mentioned, this strain has a higher level of THC when compared to the CBD, bringing with it a moderate to deep sense of relaxation. The amount of THC in this strain is considered high when compared to other strains. Because of the high that is experienced, along with other effects, it is probably more suited for the experienced individual. Also, anyone experienced that thinks they may benefit in treating any of the previous conditions mentioned could try this strain as well. The effects are not as strong concerning any euphoria or mental stimulation if used in lower volumes, but anyone just beginning should first try other strains lower in THC prior to using this strain.
When should it be used ?
Since this strain can bring with it a sense of physical relaxation, along with a small increase in focus, it is a great strain to use during the evening or at night. After a long day that was stressful, or just prior to going to bed is the best time to use this strain. It will help especially if you suffer from insomnia and have trouble sleeping. The strain is also great for using during any type of relaxing event such as meditation. You probably don’t want to use this strain though during the daytime when you have important things to do, since the level of relaxation that it brings could affect what you’re able to do. For anyone that needs to relax after a long day, prior to laying down, or any social event where the atmosphere is mellow and not wild, this strain is good to use.
How to use it
There are many forms of CBD and THC which come from the marijuana plant. This includes: smoking, vaping, capsules, and oils. The best way to get the total effect of either the CBD or THC of the plant is to use it in its original form through smoking or vaping. Although the capsules as oils may be effective, this is not the same as when smoking or vaping. When using this strain, you should expect to experience an earthy flavor and aroma, along with a hash like smell and sweetness. Most of the time, you’ll probably purchase the product from a grower, but if you choose to use marijuana in the form of smoking and you know you’ll be using it for a while, you may want to consider growing it yourself since it may be less expensive in the long run.
Raising the strain
For anyone just beginning to grow their own strains of marijuana, this strain is not hard to grow, which makes it good for either the beginner or the experienced grower. The strain was originally meant for the use of different hash varieties, and because of this as well as where it comes from, this strain is ideal to grow outdoors, but you can grow it inside as well. In order to do this, you’ll need some equipment in order to get the most out of the plants. If you choose to grow this strain outdoors, it should be done mid July or early august since the harvest time is between September and October and it normally takes around 6 to 8 weeks to grow. When this or any strain is grown indoors, it can take place at any time just so the correct steps are taken to provide the correct environment. Since this strain began in a very cold climate, it probably prefers a colder to warm temperature along with a mild to moderate level of humidity. This specific strain may grow tall, requiring some maintaince to control it’s size. When growing this strain, you should also expect to see very dark green leaves, along with a very sticky resin as well.
As with any strain, the seeds may be hard to find, and depending on the laws in your area, obtaining the seeds may have to be done through other options. To begin with, you may want to first look at the manufacture of the strain, or any dispensaries in your area that sell seeds.
The ratios of THC to CBD for the Afghan Kush strain of marijuana is higher in THC (22%) than it is in CBD (1% or less), but it can be used for both medical and recreational purposes. Medically it helps with things such as, anxiety, fibromyalgia, insomnia, acute or chronic pain, and possibly seizures. The strain also has been shown to have a moderate sense of buzz, as well as a sedative and physically relaxing effect. This allows you to be free of physical or mental stress, and should be used during the evening or at night since the effects can last up to a few hours. It is not recommended to be used when you have anything important to do or focus on, since the relaxation that it brings may be too much for some individuals. Because of the intensity of effects, only the more experienced or those with medical needs should use it. Anyone experienced in using this strain that would to comment can do so below, and if you have any questions feel free to ask.