Blue Berry Kush from my last harvest
So how did this Blue Berry Kush I just harvested get its name?
Well first... Blueberry Kush is a pretty strong indica-hybrid, and offspring, of Blueberry and OG Kush. But to understand how the Kush... how the OG... how the blueberry all came together to create this amazing new hybrid strain, we have to first understand where the Kush, the OG and Blueberry came from.
The Blueberry part is pretty obvious, as if you smoke a Blueberry strain, you'll have an aftertaste more than likely of the fruity berry exploding in your mouth; sending your taste buds into a frenzy of happiness.
So here is a history lesson of how the strains got their names.
Strain names, like our own names, have a story behind them. Some were passed from parents or grandparents or even great-great grandparents. Others hold temporal significance, like Sputnik or Pre-98 Bubba Kush, denoting and preserving a place in history. Other names, like Strawberry Cough or Sweet Dreams, help you anticipate the flavors or effects to come.
So just as we name our children after someone in our lives, cannabis strains hand-down lineage names to their hybrids.
But instead of Jim Bob Jr or the Third... #cannabis has:
*Poison OG x GSC (f.k.a Girl Scout Cookies) = Suicide Girl
Which all makes sense to me, but where did Kush and OG, the main strains' names, come from?
According to Clear Choice, Kush; an indica-dominant strain hails from here"
Kush strains trace their heritage to the Hindu Kush region, an area with disputed boundaries shouldering India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Hindu Kush is located north of Jammu and Kashmir, currently controlled by India — which Pakistan argues belongs to them. The area has a rich history, not just because of its long history of cannabis and hashish production, but for its volatility and political instability
So somewhere in the Himalayan Mountains, the same place where I get my Pink Himalayan Salt from, originates one of the most popular indica strains to the cannabis world.
Not only is Hindu Kush a region made famous by its popular crop, Hindu Kush is an eponymously named landrace strain
But what is a landrace strain?
In simple terms, a landrace strain is known as a feral strain that was removed from its original location and reproduced (grown) by people in different areas and geographical locations. Now they (the feral plants/seeds) are known as domesticated plants and can be grown all over; not just to their indigenous location.
Did you know the OG in many cannabis strains stands for "Original Gangster"? Or does it mean "Ocean Grown"? Is this one of those "he said, she said" stories? So which is it? Depends on who you ask. Either way... OG is one of the most popular indica strains out there.
The OG strain name originated in southern California; which is not a controversial topic. See the FULL history of the infamous OG name here.
So every strain of cannabis that receives it name seems to have some ancestral namesake, as well as pointing to an important moment in history, famous person (ie. Bob Saget, Charlie Sheen) and the flavor/taste. Combine all, or some of these factors together, and you have a new strain of cannabis awaiting your sampling.
“Agent Orange was named as a tribute strain to Jill’s father who fought in Vietnam and ended up passing away from cancer due to the defoliant Agent Orange,” Subcool told Leafly. “Many distributors do not understand that this strain is a tribute, not a joke.
- Chuck Norris, described as an actual kick to the chest by the man himself
- Tom Cruise, a weed that’s supposedly able to make you end up doubled over in laughter for hours
- Dirty Harry has strong odors
- Bin Laden has also made its way into the world of weed. It’s used as slang for strains that can knock out even the most experienced smokers