Hindu Kush, an indica cannabis strain, bares a sweet yet subtle sandalwood aroma veteran consumers esteem. Its buds consist of forest green leaves and burnt orange pistils, and are covered in a thick layer of frosty trichomes when harvest-ready.
First blossoming in California, Hindu Kush is a landrace strain originating from the mountain range that bares the same name, stretching between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Because of the harsh weather conditions its parents originated in, this strain has evolved to create a thick layer of protective trichomes that hash makers adore.
The THC level of Hindu Kush are generally high, topping off at 20%. It provides a calm, euphoric high that alleviates tension and aches in the body, causing the consumer to relax and fall into a state of happiness. However, it will cause sleepiness, so consuming this strain towards the evening and at night time is usually advised.
Ill side-effects include the normal dry mouth and eyes. Because of its high THC content, it can induce small bouts of paranoia, dizziness, or anxiousness. Novice consumers take heed.
Hindu Kush has a shorter growth height (normal for most indica strains) and prefers warmer outdoor climates despite its parent strains’ origins.
A long and tormented history, together with fragmented topography, has produced a veritable mosaic of peoples in the region. The lower parts of the Vākhān and the higher parts of the Sanglīch and Anjoman valleys, all on the northwestern slopes of the Hindu Kush, are sparsely inhabited by the so-called Pamir or Mountain Tajik, most of whom are Ismāʿīlī Muslims. Other Tajik (who are Sunni Muslims), Uzbek, and some Ḥazāra (Persian-speaking peoples of Central Asian origin) live in the valleys of the central and western parts of the Hindu Kush. Kyrgyz nomads formerly occupied the high pamir but migrated to eastern Turkey in the 1980s during the Afghan War. Pashtun are found in the major towns, in Kabul, and in many districts to the south of the Hindu Kush, with the exception of Nūrestān. Pashtun nomads range over the western hills and into northern high pastures in Afghanistan. Some Indic Gujar nomadic herders seasonally penetrate the valleys of the southern slopes. On the southeast (Pakistan) side of the Hindu Kush, most people are Kohistani, an ethnic group that shows a marked cultural unity from Kashmir to Kabul.