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Type: 30:70 sativa:indica
Ancestry: Kashmiri Hash Plant and Afghani Kush
Creators: Barney’s Farm in Amsterdam
THC Levels: 20%
Terpenes: caryophyllene, myrcene, humulene, pinene
Aroma and Taste: As its name suggests, this strain is a vanilla delight, a dessert of a cultivar. The aroma carries some hints of lavender, whereas the creamy taste has some citrus undertones.
Appearance: American football- or spade-shaped buds, with curled-up, forest-green leaves and orange pistils throughout. The trichomes tend to be amber.
Trivia: Winner of 2nd place at the 2009 High Times Cannabis Cup
Vanilla conjures up a sense of gentle caress on the senses, and this doesn’t just apply to the taste and smell of this strain. Vanilla Kush soothes the body and soul.
The high does start with a sense of euphoria, but nowhere nearly as electric as the rush that sativa-dominant strains generally charge users with. The more the high progresses, the more this glee mellows out, but instead of simply fading away, it grows deeper inwards, provoking self-reflection and often morphing into an underlying sense of wellbeing and peace.
Vanilla Kush is perfect for relaxing recreational activities like watching movies, or cooking in a blissful dream-like state, as long as you’re confident you won’t burn anything.
Your tolerance levels and the quantity consumed will determine when exactly the couchlock and eventual sleep will come, but they will come sooner rather than later. While some users can consume Vanilla Kush during the day and still function and overcome the couchlock, this is most definitely an evening and night strain.
The almost sensual, full-body relaxation and mental bliss can put some users in the mood for some play in the bedroom before they go to sleep.
Vanilla Kush is even more popular as a medicinal strain than it is as a recreational one.
The deep sedation and bliss provide a double line of defense against anxiety and stress. While the gleeful disposition it unlocks, followed by positive self-reflection, can help people battle depression, other, sativa-dominant strains would probably be more effective in uplifting clinically low spirits.
The powerful, deep body high is great for shutting out chronic pain, muscle soreness, arthritis, inflammation, etc.
Insomniacs can hardly go wrong with Vanilla Kush, especially in larger quantities, as the sedation tends to simply deepen without a particular increase in the risk of side-effects like paranoia, which can happen with sativa-dominant strains.