Every year new strains of weed are introduced, often developed simply to see what great results can be achieved. Faster flowering and higher yielding, providing a stronger stone, all grown like there’s some secret THC-laced arms race happening. If one didn’t know better, they may think that Candy Kush by Auto Seeds was the product of this – a high point in the development of a strain that seems to offer everything. Breeding the legendary high-yielding Auto Pounder with a variety of Californian Kush strains seems to have done the trick. The result is a quick growing indica/sativa/ruderalis hybrid whose small size belies the chunky and delicious yield it provides.
Smoking Candy Kush is nothing short of sublime, offering the kind of exquisite full body stone that proudly displays the quality of the strain. This is just what you need for a serious chilling session, with both THC and CBD levels being so high you may not want to do much else. Beginning with a steadily increasing and soothing high that first envelops the mind, the bodily sensations soon follow in relaxing waves as it gradually unwinds for a full knockout effect. Be aware, this is no mild buzz, it is a serious high and can last for hours.
Yet there is subtlety in this steamroller of a strain, and despite its strength the effects of smoking are very well balanced, offering a finely proportioned high that serves both body and mind. This deep numbing stone also serves it well for medicinal use, helping with problems such as insomnia or providing pain relief.
Candy Kush is an autoflowerer, but proportionately the volume of weed made by this modest sized plant is truly impressive. Under ideal conditions a yield of 400g per square metre can be obtained, promising a volume of high quality and high potency bud that is almost unheard of from an autoflowering strain. Upon growing, Candy Kush will branch out and begin flowering at numerous bud sites, filling its short body with generous amounts of bud largely from the central kola. You may also see some small bud production on the lateral branches, all coated in the glistening resin that gives clues to the strain’s potency.
Candy Kush is not only popular for its fantastic high and thick yield, however, it has also proven remarkably reliable and easy to grow even for beginners. It needs only 65-75 days to reach full growth, a stout 50-60cm when cultivated indoors, which makes it useful if space or visibility is a concern. On top of this it only needs a simple setup to flourish and can benefit from using the Screen of Green (SCRoG) or Low Stress Training (LST) methods.
Its diminutive size and easy growing genetics also makes it ideal for outdoor growing, and it can be harvested as early as May. This is helped by it being very resistant to mould, pests and diseases due to its excellent kush genetics, and it can even cope with cooler climates. The plant may be short but it is sturdy and has a bushy growth structure that makes it more robust.
Candy Kush is known for its quick turnaround time, and growers can take advantage of this by cultivating it with a continual supply system and permanent light exposure. Following this all you need is to feed in new plants, have patience, and harvest it every two weeks or so.
Even before the high though, the taste and smell of Candy Kush is where the fun really begins. The moment you open the bag you will be hit with the unforgettable kush scent we all know and love. Candy Kush has a citrus-y twist to it though, and more delicate noses may even pick up on notes of petrol.
Lighting it up reveals one of the biggest reasons for Candy Kush’s popularity – the mind-blowing taste. Inhale and release to be hit with a deliciously sweet blast of burnt caramel and spices, all blended with the natural earthiness of a good kush strain. This is definitely one for kush aficionados, combined with all the sweetness you can expect from a strain with ’Candy’ in its title.
This modest little powerhouse charms right from the start with its appearance. Pluck the bud from the plant and what you see is a dense lime-green body with wild orange flecks, as colourful as it is vibrant. Completing this is a thick and frosty layer of trichomes that could make even the most experienced smoker’s mouth water.
From its quick and easy growth and high yield to its fine taste and fantastic high, Candy Kush is a strain that just seems to tick all the boxes. The finely blended mix of kush genetics will impress new smokers and cannabis connoisseurs alike, while the Auto Pounder side of its parentage makes it ideal for both indoor and outdoor growers. Candy Kush confidently provides something for everybody, and those considering growing for the first time would do well to start right here.