A renowned West Coast hybrid, Banana Kush is a 60% Indica-dominant variety. It also possesses a name that foreshadows its perfect harmony of banana and kush aroma and flavor. Birthed from the lovely fusion of Ghost OG and Skunk Haze, it also boasts 18-25% of THC concentrations. This indicates the strain’s potent kick.
Considering its predominant calming Indica profile, the famed variant is also best for night-time use. Nonetheless, many will also appreciate its Sativa-like mood-elevation capacity and cerebral high.
|Indica to Sativa Ratio||60/40|
|Flowering Period||Indoors: 8 to 9 weeks|
|Outdoors: Early October|
|Yield||Indoors: 510 g/m2|
|Outdoors: 595 g/plant|
|Growing Difficulty||Moderately difficult|
Banana Kush is one of the most beautiful many-hued strains. It flaunts compact, brightly-colored green colas laced with sunny streaks of yellow. The orange hair-like pistils protruding between the calyxes also provide a wonderful contrast against the more prevailing shades. A dense blanket of frosty-white trichomes also covers the sugar leaves, displaying the cannabis variant’s staggering THC levels.
Fragrance and Flavor
Clusters of freshly ripe bananas are the dominating aroma and flavor of Banana Kush. This scent immediately graces the consumers the moment the buds are pinched or an herb-filled jar is opened. Many also describe a faint sweet taste reminiscent of most tropical fruits. Moreover, it also radiates earthy notes that can be linked to its Skunk Haze parent.
Apart from its signature taste, consumers will also delight in the strain’s smooth, almost silky smoke which allows virtually zero tendencies of intense coughing.
Aside from splashing the sensory experience with tropical fruit goodness, the hybrid’s impressive recreational and therapeutic benefits also contribute to its legendary reputation and growing traction within the cannabis community.
With its Indica background and soaring THC content, Banana Kush offers a body high which initially strikes the users with a lazy sensation and escalates into a sedating experience. Contrary to an energy-exhausting feeling, the type of tranquility is purely satisfying. This potent effect can be felt with just two to three puffs of the herb, especially when consumed a couple of hours before bedtime.
Before its soothing physical influence transpires, however, it also induces euphoria. This grants an elevated mood and optimistic spirit and stimulates the user’s talkative and sociable side – even arousing fits of giggles. Meanwhile, its bestowed cerebral buzz sparks creativity, focus, and motivation. If smoked at the right time or its Indica impact can be endured by the user, it could also be an ideal strain for social settings.
Thanks to its ability to deliver deep relaxation, patients with sleep problems such as insomnia will without a doubt, find this strain incredibly beneficial. Also, the soothing quality melts away troubles and worries which permits a clear-head free of mental inhibitions. This makes it a suitable remedy for patients with mental problems such as depression and anxiety.
While not its strong suit, it may also moderately ease migraines, glaucoma, nausea, eating problems, stomach issues, and muscle spasms. Some medical users also swear by its viability as a treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, and fibromyalgia.
Despite these noteworthy benefits, the potent strain also has minor concurrent side effects that can be easily mitigated. Some of which include dry eyes and mouth, bloodshot eyes, occasional dizziness, mild paranoia, and headaches.
Banana Kush is quite demanding to cultivate and is thus unsuitable for amateur growers. It entails proper ventilation, a suitable light source, know-how and consistent regulation of humidity levels, and accurate provision of essential macro and micronutrients. Its large leaves also need regular pruning throughout the growth cycle to ensure better plant development.
Moreover, it is not tolerant of small mistakes. An oversight in the lighting schedule will likely cause stress to the plant. On the flip side, as long as the humidity is maintained at around 40%, it can be a hardy variant which is resilient to a wide array of pests, molds, and plant pathogens.
Banana Kush can be grown both indoors and outdoors. However, it thrives best in well-regulated environments where the source of light and temperature is easily monitored and controlled. It grows well in a hydroponic setup with a heat intensity of 20-27°C (68-80°F).Although, it can still bloom vigorously in outdoor gardens considering that the area has a warm climate and the plants receive a constant supply of natural light.
While its Indica profile is exhibited in the effects it gifts the consumers, the strain screams Sativa appearance-wise. As such, rather than the usual compact built suggestive of Indica, it tends to grow taller (between 40 to 80 inches tall) akin to Sativa-dominant varieties. This is one important thing no take note of when growing indoors in order to allocate an appropriate growing space ahead.
Generally, the strain is an average yielder with a flowering period that ranges between 8 to 9 weeks. When grown outside, anticipate reaping a bountiful harvest in early October of about 595 grams per plant. For indoor grows, yields are around 510 grams per square meter.
Banana Kush Strain
Banana Kush offers a unique, delightful banana aroma and taste which is a deviation from the usual lemony or piney varieties. Despite its fruitiness, it is not sugary sweet. Instead, it delivers a soft and mellow punch which everyone can appreciate. It is also a treat for both recreational and medical users alike, mainly owing to the strain’s initially uplifting capabilities that plummets into a soothing experience.
While the growing process demands the full attention of cultivators, Banana Kush’s aesthetics, fragrance and flavor profile, and gratifying leisure and therapeutic benefits make all the hard work worth it.