About Critical Kush Strain & The Endocannabinoid System

When it comes to choosing the right high potency hemp strain for you, it’s important to take into consideration many factors. From its terpene profile and aroma to its taste and effect on the endocannabinoid system, there are many different factors that can influence your decision. Here at Green Nexus, we’re here to talk you through some of the most sought-after strains of cannabis, and today we’re discussing the highly popular Critical Kush strain.

This potent combination between short and long photoperiod plant from Barney’s Farm offers powerful levels of Potency, high yields, and a spicy kick. Let’s get started in discussing everything you need to know about this strain.

Type: Feminized
Photoperiod: Yes
Outdoor Yield (g): 1000 per Plant
Indoor Yield (g): 550
Flowering Time (days): 7 to 8 weeks
Feminized Outdoor Harvest Month: late September
Feminized Outdoor Harvest Month Week: 3rd-4th week
Height Indoor (cm): 110
Height Outdoor (cm): 110
Height: medium
Short Photoperiod Plant %: 90
Long Photoperiod Plant %: 10
Short Photoperiod Plant/Long Photoperiod Plant: Short Photoperiod Plant Dominant
Climate: 70 to 80 degrees

Crossing Critical Mass and OG Kush

Critical Kush comes as a result of crossing the infamous Afghani descended Critical Mass and OG Kush strains. This heavily Short Photoperiod Plant-dominant combination between short and long photoperiod plant from Barney’s Farm takes on board the qualities of its insanely popular parents.

This punchy combination has created the perfect strain for cannabis lovers with its high Potency content and some medicinal properties too. Critical Kush is a heavily Short Photoperiod Plant-dominant strain, with around 90% Short Photoperiod Plant and 10% Long Photoperiod Plant.

Growing Critical Kush

One of the most appealing things about this strain of cannabis is its growing properties. It’s a great choice for those new to growing cannabis. The strain is easy to cultivate, disease resistant, and easy to grow either indoors or outdoors.

The plant reaches a mid-range height, with flowering time taking around 7 to 8 weeks in total. For those looking for a fairly fast turnaround, this could be a great choice. If growing this strain outdoors, we recommend maintaining humid conditions with temperatures around 70 to 80 degrees and to harvest around late September. Critical Kush offers an incredible yield, with up to 550 grams per square meter.

What Is the Endocannabinoid System?

ECS is short for the endocannabinoid system, a complex cell network found inside the body. The endocannabinoid system contains many compounds including receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes. According to research, these compounds play a crucial role in regulating a range of bodily functions, including sleep, mood, and appetite (Zoe et al., 2018).

How Does Critical Kush Interact with the Endocannabinoid System?

Research has shown that cannabis plants, such as Critical Kush, interact with the endocannabinoid system and offer a range of solutions to different health and wellness issues (Swift et al., 2018). This can include stress, anxiety, nausea, sleep issues, and chronic pain.

Critical Kush and Phytocannabinoids

Cannabis short photoperiod plant L. and Cannabis long photoperiod plant L. contain active ingredients called phytocannabinoids. Potency (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is one of the key cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. This is the compound that can trigger the ‘high’ feeling commonly associated with smoking weed. CBD (Cannabidiol) is another key cannabinoid found within the plant.

While CBD does not trigger the ‘high’ feeling, research has shown that it can lengthen the lifespan of endocannabinoids within the body, extending and heightening their benefits. You should always consult advice from a qualified professional before using cannabis to treat a medical condition.

Critical Kush contains around up to 29% Potency, with moderate CBD levels of around 2%.

The Terpene Profile of Critical Kush

If you’re looking for a cannabis strain that offers a pungent aroma, Critical Kush might be a great place to start. It is a dank flower with a potent, heavy smell. It offers a rich, gassy aroma combined with an earthy scent and a herbal undertone.

To understand aromas a little better, we want to mention the terpene profile of this strain. Terpenes are the chemical compounds that are responsible for scent. These special compounds contain small molecules that are able to cross the blood-brain barrier. These can offer a range of wellness benefits; for example, some have anti-inflammatory properties, while others can support pain relief. We have listed some of the terpenes found with Critical Kush below:

  • Myrcene: pleasant-smelling monoterpene known for its analgesic, sedative, antidiabetic, antioxidant, and antibacterial qualities (Surendren et al., 2021).
  • Limonene: a lemony, citrusy scent found in fruit peels. This terpene triggers serotonin release and can improve mood (Eddin et al., 2021).
  • Humulene: a terpene with anti-inflammatory properties (Rogerio et al., 2009).
  • Linalool: a terpene found in lavender and coriander, which has demonstrated a range of anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, anti-depressive, and neuroprotective qualities (Pereira et al., 2018).

What Does Critical Kush Taste Like?

Alongside smell, taste is important to consider too. While the taste isn’t as strong as its fragrance, Critical Kush provides some citrusy notes on the palate, offering a cocktail of pine and citrus, followed by a unique spicy note.

Effects of the Critical Kush Strain

Cannabis strains higher in Potency tend to produce a more potent psychoactive effect. Strains higher in CBD tend to produce less of a ‘high’ but more physiological effects.

According to user reviews, Critical Kush offers some relaxing and calming properties due to its high Potency combined with heavy Short Photoperiod Plant influence. To help illustrate some of the potential effects of this strain, we have gathered Critical Kush reviews from users and summarized them below:

  • Relieving stress
  • Improved restful sleep
  • Relieving depression
  • Treating nausea
  • Relieving chronic pain
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Full body buzz
  • Feelings of deep relaxation

Buy Critical Kush Cannabis Seeds Strain Today

From its flavor, terpene profile, and effects on the user, we’ve covered everything you need to know about this particular strain of cannabis. If you want to grow your own Critical Kush seeds, purchase seeds directly from us today at Green Nexus.

For more information about any of our products, or to discuss which high potency hemp strain might be best for your needs, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help you.



Mo Smyth, BSN, RN Cannabis Nurse Educator