Where did the Banana Kush strain come from?
Banana Kush has taken dispensaries by storm for its notoriously soothing and therapeutic effects. This strain was first cultivated on the West Coast and then quickly dominated dispensaries in California and Colorado to become a Top-5 strain. Depending on who you ask, you may get one of two stories on Banana Kush’s origins. The breeders at Cali Kush claim their Banana Kush was cultivated from OG Kush and a male Banana plant. The Crockett Family Farms on the other hand, claim that Banana Kush was spawned from two strain icons – Ghost OG hybrid and a Skunk/Haze hybrid.
What are Banana Kush’s genetics?
Regardless of its origin, Banana Kush certainly carries California OG Kush genetics and has a unique expression of mild banana and tropical aromas. This West Coast beauty certainly is eye candy – its buds are a vibrant green with yellow-orange pistils, sprinkled with an abundance of sparkly trichomes. The Banana Kush strain is an indica-dominant hybrid known for its potency and ability to tuck in and knock out even the most experienced cannabis users. That said, it makes this strain very popular among medical marijuana users seeking sleep and pain relief.
What does Banana Kush taste like?
Banana Kush was named simply after its mild yet distinctive banana flavor. At first taste, users report an initial taste of bananas followed by tropical notes and pine. Overall it boasts a sweet and kushy flavor.
What are terpenes?
Cannabis connoisseurs may come across the term “Terpenes” or “terps,” but the average person there might have some questions about this frequently used terminology. Terpenes are phytochemicals that are naturally produced by all living flowering plants that create an aroma. These aromas help attract specific pollinators and repel some pests. But for the rest of us, terpenes create the flavors and aromas we crave.
The terpene profile behind the complex tropical flavors of Banana Kush can be broken down into a select few terpenes. Banana Kush is predominantly high in beta-caryophyllene, linalool, and limonene. These terpenes can be highlighted by a few characteristics:
- Beta-Caryophyllene is found in black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon. This terpene is known for its spicy aroma.
- Linalool, commonly found in many flowers and fruits such as lavender, strawberries, tomatoes, and basil. This terpene is known for its complex floral aroma.
- Limonene has a zesty, fruity citrus aroma and is commonly found in lemon and orange rinds.
So what is it like to smoke Banana Kush?
Each terpene has a claimed personality. The potential effects of these phytochemicals are still being researched for validity as scientists learn more about these novel compounds. Banana Kush’s terpene profile is high in beta-caryophyllene, limonene, and linalool. These terpenes have a soothing and mood-lifting effect that can increase creativity and talkativeness. Banana Kush is typically used as a part of a night time regiment because of its claimed sedative qualities reported among users. Yet, in contrast, this strain is also known for encouraging talkativeness, clarity, and focus. Medical marijuana patients seek out Banana Kush for its soothing, creative, and mood-elevating effects, making it the first choice for people suffering from anxiety and depression.
The known terpenes and corresponding effects found in Banana Kush are:
- Beta-caryophyllene potential effects include; calming, uplifting, pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety. It is also the only terpene known to act as a cannabinoid: it works by activating the endocannabinoid system to provide anti-inflammatory effects.
- Linalool’s potential effects are stress relief, relaxation, and relief from inflammation.
- Limonene’s potential effects are anxiety and stress relief. This terpene has antifungal and antibacterial properties.
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