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Kandy Kush

Kandy Kush — aka Candy Kush — is an indica-dominant hybrid bred by DNA Genetics. It crosses the classic kush strain, OG Kush and Trainwreck. Hailing from two California greats, Kandy Kush is an award-winning strain (cultivar) with a THC concentration of 14% to 18%.

Kandy Kush is a great evening strain with strong relaxing effects allowing users to wind down after a long day. Kandy Kush may be ideal for alleviating stress, anxiety, and insomnia.

Kandy Kush has a sweet lemon scent and sweet candy flavor with herbal and peppery undertones. The hybrid strain’s indica effects, aroma, and great taste are some of the reasons it won the top spot in the 1st Annual Western Slope Cannabis Crown.

Cannabinoids

Tetrahydrocannabinol

THC

14%-18%

Cannabichromene

CBC

0.4%

Cannabigerol

CBG

0.4%

Cannabidiol

CBD

0.27%-0.38%

Strain types

  • 60%Indica
  • 40%Sativa

Aromas

  • Citrus
  • Herbal
  • Lemon
  • Pepper

Flavors

  • Candy
  • Sweet

Terpenes

Terpenes, found in trace amounts in cannabis, are responsible for producing a wide variety of smells and flavors unique to each strain. Terpenes vary from strain to strain and can also vary depending on various factors.

You can maximize the levels of terpenes in your yield by growing in nutrient-dense soil, having high levels of light exposure, and curing your buds slowly and carefully.

  • Beta-Caryophyllene

  • Limonene

  • Myrcene

Flavonoids

Effects

Kandy Kushs has been reported to have the following effects:

  • Happiness
  • Hunger
  • Relaxing
  • Sleepiness

The following adverse effects have also been reported:

  • Anxiety
  • Appetite Loss
  • Depression
  • Dry Eyes
  • Dry Mouth

Kandy Kush is an indica-dominant strain with both cerebral and bodily effects that are both positive and negative.

Medical Applications

Kandy Kush is often used at night to aid sleep by helping you relax. This marijuana strain produces strong cerebral effects and a “body high” that helps alleviate aches and pains and get you settled for bed. Kandy Kush is also known to reduce nausea and stimulate your appetite. This can be helpful in people who are undergoing chemotherapy or are managing an eating disorder.
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Chronic Pain, Muscle Pain and Other Types of Pain

Cannabis contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic compounds that can help reduce or distract from pain, including THC, CBD, and beta-caryophyllene.

Organ Systems

  • Brain & Nervous System
  • Muscular
  • Skeletal
Insomnia

THC can stimulate the release of the sleep neurotransmitter, adenosine.

Organ Systems

  • Brain & Nervous System
  • Mental / Emotional
Anxiety, Panic Disorders

Cannabis contains many anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) compounds that can beat stress and reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol.

Organ Systems

  • Brain & Nervous System
Depression

Cannabinoids like CBD can help modulate serotonin transmission, giving it anti-depressant and anxiolytic effects.

Organ Systems

  • Brain & Nervous System

Dosing

Growing

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Kandy Kush produces densely-packed buds with beautiful green and purple hues thanks to its trainwreck parents. This variety branches well and can produce around 400 grams per square meter when grown indoors.

Kandy Kush is known to have multiple phenotypes. A squat and bushy plant typical of indica lineages is the most common, but taller sativa-type phenotypes are also known. Both phenotypes have approximately the same flowering time.

The compact phenotype may be more suitable for beginner growers as compact plants are generally easier to manage in terms of training and trimming; however, it will still be essential to keep on top of trimming the fan leaves of the compact variety to let light into bud sites deeper in the plant and improve air circulation.

Both phenotypes are well-suited for “screen of green” (SCROG) training, and it may be necessary to train your plants this way for the taller phenotype if your indoor setup is small. The SCROG method involves topping the plants in the early vegetative stage (removing the apical or center stem).

This encourages the plant to produce more side-shoots, eventually becoming colas (flowers). Once topped, the branches of the plants are gently weaved through support (usually a horizontal trellis) to maximize the amount of light reaching each potential bud site.

Low-stress training (LST) may also work well for Kandy Kush. Similar to the SCROG method, LST is used to increase plant yield. Plants are topped to encourage lateral outgrowths tied down towards the pot, typically with string, to spread branches out horizontally and maximize light penetration. This method does not require trellising.

Height

The most common Kandy Kush phenotype is short and stocky, typically reaching about 14 inches (60 cm). This phenotype is well-suited to indoor environments and may not need much training to stay manageable. The sativa-dominant phenotype may grow taller, and it would be advisable to train it if growing indoors.

Humidity and Temperature

Kandy Kush is suited to growing in cooler environments, but make sure you avoid frosts.
When growing Kandy Kush, keep the relative humidity between 40%-60% in the vegetative phase and drop it to 30%-40% during flowering to prevent molds such as bud rot from taking hold. Try to keep the temperature range between 70-80 F.

Flowering

Kandy Kush has a longer flowering time than some other varieties, taking around 67 to 73 days to mature indoors. Kandy Kush is known to be mold and pest resistant, so if managed well, this extra growth time shouldn’t pose too much of a threat to yields.
You may be able to find auto-flowering varieties of Kandy Kush, which will flower automatically with age rather than from a change in lighting. It’s important to note that these varieties have been crossed and may not produce a true Kandy Kush phenotype.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Kandy Kush an indica or sativa?

Kandy Kush is one of the hybrid strains considered to be indica-dominant (60% indica and 40% sativa).

How strong is Kandy Kush?

Kandy Kush is a moderately potent variety with a typical strength of 14%-18% THC. Users who are new to cannabis should use this strain in moderation.

What is Kandy Kush good for?
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