Pink Kush by San Rafael '71

Indica-dominant Pink Kush is widely renowned for its perceived ability to provide a sense of calm and physical relaxation. The strain goes by a string of nicknames, including Pick Candy, Pink OG, and Pink Cadillac. Pink Kush remains an immensely popular hybrid, especially in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.


The experts at Barney’s Farm created the original Pink Kush plants. Although we don’t know much about the strain’s parents, breeders assure us that Pink Kush is 90% pure indica.

OG Kush

Pink Kush’s genetics remain shrouded in mystery, but many believe that OG Kush is one of the strain’s parents. According to legend, Florida growers originated OG Kush when they crossed an unknown California strain with Lemon Thai, ChemDog, and a pure Hindu Kush. OG Kush endows Pink Kush with its mixed head and body effects, a skunky lemon aroma, and powerful stress-busting properties.


Pink Kush buds have the look of an ultra-sweet, frosted kid’s cereal or a delicate pastry covered in powdered sugar. Bright green and yellow hues stand out in sharp contrast with striking pink pistils. Some Pink Kush cultivars feature such a generous dusting of trichomes that you can barely see the pink hairs passing through. With the strain’s Kush genetics and abundance of trichomes, Pink Kush makes delicious hash and other concentrates.

THC Content

The THC level of Pink Kush ranges around 18-22%. Some varieties can even possess up to 1% CBD, CBG, or CBN, which may add to the strain’s relaxing properties.

Aroma and Flavor

Pink Kush has a woody, earthy base with pronounced, sweet berry notes. The buds emit a pungent citrus aroma with strong vanilla overtones. If you vape Pink Kush on lower settings, you’ll notice subtle hints of pine and spice from the pinene and beta-caryophyllene content. 

Pink Kush Effects

Users have said that Pink Kush is a good choice for meditation or getting into the flow of creative work.

Growing Pink Kush

Pink Kush is mold-resistant and easy to grow both indoors and outdoors. The hearty seeds germinate quickly and need little coaxing. Although Pink Kush is fantastic for beginning gardeners, the plants like more nutrients than other strains and insist on a pH of no more than 6.5. Growers will have to resist the urge to get impatient as the strain takes at least 10 to 11 weeks to start flowering. But when Pink Kush finally blossoms, patient farmers will be rewarded with high yields of dense, sticky buds. 


Pink Kush plants grow short and react well to topping, making them excellent for cultivating indoors. Despite the strain’s preference for a dry climate, the plants easily adapt to hydroponic methods. Most growers love Pink Kush’s pleasant smell, but the aroma can get a bit overpowering. You might want to install an extra exhaust fan to avoid attracting unwanted attention to your grow.

Although Pink Kush resists mold, the plants don’t like too much humidity. You’ll still want to maintain ideal temperatures and monitor your airflow to prevent light mildew growth. Ensuring ample air-circulation and ventilation is critical with bushy Pink Kush plants.

Patient growers will see indoor yields of around 18 ounces per square meter. With a bit of low-stress training and pruning, Pink Kush plants make a fine choice for Sea-of-Green and ScRoG growing methods.


Pink Kush plants do best in a warm, dry environment. Luckily, the strain resists most pests, making it an ideal choice for outdoor growing. With the proper handling, Pink Kush plants can produce yields of up to 25 ounces each when grown outdoors. Pink Kush thrives under natural sunlight and grows thick, bushy branches during the vegetative stage.

Similar Strains

Pink Kush has a lot in common with other OG varieties and high myrcene indica strains, such as:

  • Pineapple Chunk
  • Alien OG
  • Pink Bubba
  • Ghost OG
  • Monster Cookies

Pink Kush Reviews

  • “Awesome medical strain! I use [Pink Kush] in place of benzos for serious anxiety and panic attacks.” - Constance Richards on Leafly.
  • “Pink Kush is my new late-evening medicine. When I went to bed, I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.” - funwaystoheal on AllBud.
  • “This strain is amazing for pain and very good before sleep.” - Lord on CannaSos.

Final Thoughts

If you’re searching for a strain that gets the job done every time you need it, consider picking up some Pink Kush.

Pink Kush’s dessert-like flavor delights the taste buds, but be careful to go low and slow because her flowers pack a punch. The strain’s high myrcene content can give you a serious case of couch-lock, making Pink Kush a better choice for evening use.

Pink Kush makes a stellar addition to any garden. The plants are undemanding and resist both mold and pests like a champ. If you watch your humidity levels and pH, Pink Kush plants will bless you with a high yield of terpene-rich nugs. You’ll be glad you have the fruits of your Pink Kush harvest in your first-aid kit.

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