Tuna Kush

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This Session Garden strain guide article provides crowd sourced information about the Tuna Kush strain including the origins, THC content, appearance, effects & more.

Tuna Kush is a popular strain in British Columbia that’s now starting to break into the wider North American market. Even if it can be tough to get hold of, it’s well worth the effort to be able to experience one of the best indica highs on the market. It’s famous for its unique and overpowering smell, but is otherwise a bit of a mystery.

What is the Origin of the Tuna Kush Strain?

The origin of Tuna Kush is shrouded in mystery, with breeders and genetics unknown, beyond some speculation based on its characteristics and esoteric history. There are a few competing theories as to its origin, but none are based on any hard evidence.

The Lineage Of Tuna Kush

One very probable theory is it is a descendant of the legendary hall-of-fame strain Hindu Kush from the mountain ranges between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Hindu Kush strain bred the equally famous OG Kush, so if Tuna Kush does indeed come from this storied lineage then it has one of the best pedigrees around. There is also some speculation that the strain is related to Tuna OG, which itself hails from OG Kush and Black Tuna.

Tuna Kush History

There is very little certain information about the history of Tuna Kush. We know that it comes from British Columbia, but anything else that is said about the strain is mere conjecture. It has recently become available in the American market, but can be hard to source.

How Is The Tuna Kush Strain Grown?

Tuna Kush is a tough strain to grow. On top of that, even if grown correctly, it will produce an extremely small yield of only about one ounce per meter square. This is an appalling rate of return on your time, space and money investment, so it’s not usually advised to grow it yourself unless you’re very keen to try this mysterious weed and can’t find a source for already-grown Tuna Kush.

Furthermore, you will need a carbon filter, which is not something every grower has. The “tuna” part of this weed’s name is included for good reason, and that is because it stinks like rotten fish at its worst. Even at its best, the strain has a powerful fishy scent that you’ll not be able to disguise effectively unless you have a system in place for tackling it. On top of these obstacles, you’ll need to chop the top of the plant down periodically as the leaves will shade the rest of it and cause it not to grow effectively, resulting in an even smaller yield than you would already get. Finally, it needs to be kept in a dry environment. Like its supposed parent, Tuna Kush doesn’t like humid atmospheres.

Apart from that, the usual standards apply when growing this cannabis plant that apply to most effective growing. Make sure the soil is healthy and that the plant gets plenty of light. For feeding, we recommend during the 4-week grow cycle to keep it in 18 hours of light followed by 6 hours of dark. Use 4ml of pH perfect Sensi Grow A & B (or something equivalent) for the first week, 8ml for the second week and 16ml for weeks 3 and 4. For supplements, use 8ml of B-52 and Voodoo Juice for the first two weeks, and 8ml of B-52 only for weeks 3 and 4.

Once bloomed, 16ml of pH Perfect Sensi Bloom A & B should be added in each of the first 8 weeks. To get the most out of your seeds, add 8ml of Voodoo Juice in weeks 1 and 2. In weeks 2 through 5, add 8mls of Big Bud a week. Use 8mlsB-52 in weeks 3 through 7, and top it off with 8ml of Overdrive in weeks 6 and 7. Remember in week 8 to use no nutrients so that the plant has a chance to flush them all out.

Even if you use this complicated nutrient cycle (which isn’t a necessity to grow the weed), you still won’t push the yield up beyond 1 ounce per square meter. Nevertheless, if you’re someone who thrives on adversity and likes their victories only when they’re hard-won, this bud is the challenge you’ve been looking for.

8-10 weeks




Physical Traits of the Tuna Kush Strain

Tuna Kush is an average looking Kush bud with an unappetizing fish scent, so this isn’t a bud you cultivate for display purposes—but its taste and effects make it worthwhile for many.

What Does Tuna Kush Look Like?

On first impressions, it isn’t particularly special. On closer inspection, you’ll notice the incredibly dense frosting of tiny trichomes bursting from every part of this bud. Its mint green color and sprouting of thin amber hairs make it a fairly average-looking weed. It also has very thin stalks. It’s not the prettiest, but not the ugliest either.

What Aroma Does Tuna Kush Have?

Tuna Kush—it’s just a name, right? No! If you don’t like the smell of fish, and slightly rotting fish at that, then this bud is not for you. The Tuna Kush strain is extremely pungent and utterly distinctive from other strains. When growing, you’ll need to cover the scent or it will fill every available space. It’s a smell that will make some gag—be warned!

What flavors can you expect from Tuna Kush?

Tuna Kush—it’s just a name, right? Yes, this time—kind of. Tuna Kush doesn’t actually taste much like tuna at all. Most of that taste comes from its smell. It actually has a magnificently earthy skunk taste intermixed with a melody of sweetness and a baseline of diesel fuel. It is a spectacular tasting bud that keeps all the hallmarks of its Kush ancestors.

What Effects can you expect from Tuna Kush?

Hard to grow, smells strange and looks only average. Why bother with this bud at all? (Apart from the fabulous taste.) Well, firstly, it’s very potent. Although the THC content can be as low as 16 percent, usually this weed has a THC content of a whopping 25 to 27 percent. Not for the faint-hearted and certainly not for the beginner smoker, it can be a relatively harsh smoke, too.

Moreover, as a mostly indica strain, Tuna Kush is superb for relaxation. It has a very lazy headspace and is perfect for the days you’re not leaving the living room. For a perfect setting for this strain, have a nature documentary omnibus to get through and find some friends who are happy to bring you pizza all day. Its sublime calming properties make for great stress relief, and many use it in small doses to send them off to bed with its potent body-high. Just make sure to keep a jug of water close at hand to ward off the cottonmouth, which is a problem with this bud. Tuna Kush keeps you returning for punishment. Even though the strain won’t grow well, but smells heavenly and—due to a lack of solid lineage, breeder or seller—you’re never sure what you’re going to get. Yet the delight the strain brings you is worth the pain: a total body introspective euphoria that’s rare to find even amongst the best indica strains out there.

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