Holy Grail Kush strain: savor the sacred cannabis smoke

holy grail kush strain

Everyone has a favorite strain, or at least a top three. For many indica lovers, the Holy Grail Kush strain makes the cut. This variety delivers what the name implies: a golden cup of indicas. However, I am not going to promise eternal life.

This mostly indica strain is a cross of heavy Kosher Kush and breezy but chill OG #18, and it hasn’t only impressed me. Holy Grail Kush was a 2012 Spannabis Cup winner, and rightfully so. The resinous variety was first bred by DNA Genetics, who report that Holy Grail won the 2011 High Times Cup with a perfect score.

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The bud presents a classic Kush structure with big, dense, chunky nuggets. In my years covering cannabis, I’ve had the opportunity to try Holy Grail in a few markets. After smoking HGK in Flagstaff, Ariz., which was grown and sold by High Mountain Health, and in Washington, grown in Spokane, Wash. by Budwise, I have notes and experience to share.


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Holy Grail Kush strain appearance and aroma

Holy Grail Kush is pungent and effective, with impressive nugs and an earthy scent. Buds feature combinations of dense and spacey florets. The nugs appear a bit sparse at the stem but are actually tightly packed where the flower has populated.

This indica variety smells of spiced musk with a fresh lemon undertone. Upon inhalation, prepare for the taste reminiscent of the best of every California designer OG

The effects of Holy Grail Kush

Holy Grail Kush offers a classic indica effect with relaxation in the body, a settled mind, and maybe even some good sleep.

I begin to feel immediate ocular relief that generates towards my temples immediately after I smoke Holy Grail. Eventually, the sensation trickles down the spine. I experience long-lasting relief from daily aches and pains after I consume this indica.

For me, mental relaxation is imminent, but as always, I’m prepared for slight possibilities of paranoia while my anxiety melts away. About five minutes after a bong rip, I experience that my muscle tension relieves right alongside that familiar dry, red eye. Grab some eye drops for this one! This strain is not for the novice smoker; it can make you extremely tired, and it is advised to consume wisely and in moderation.

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Holy Grail Kush strain
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Holy Grail Kush cannabis grow guide

The Holy nugget can be grown both in and outdoors, but be mindful that it is a stinky plant and should be somewhere with proper ventilation. With the correct training methods, Holy Grail Kush can yield impressive amounts.

This variety takes about nine weeks to flower and is moderately difficult to grow. Though it can be grown in either environment, HGK thrives indoors, but don’t forget the carbon filters because this one’s scent spills out of the grow room.

Many growers recommend pushing the nutrient regimen to the extreme so that the plant pushes out heavy weight, but that’s why it’s not for beginners. It takes experience and knowledge to build and implement a complex nutrient cocktail, not to mention properly purging the plants. But those that make it work will harvest a bounty of chunky colas.

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Holy Grail Kush strain FAQ

This cannabis variety is coveted by many and sought after by some; let’s peruse some frequently asked questions.

Is Holy Grail Kush an indica or sativa?

Holy Grail Kush is an Indica-dominant strain, with creators DNA genetics reporting that it contains about 90 percent indica.

What is the genetic cross of Holy Grail Kush?

DNA genetics bred Holy Grail Kush with Kosher Kush and OG #18.

How will Holy Grail make me feel?

Many people who consume Holy Grail Kush report a relaxed body, relieved mind, low stress, and possibly sleep. Everyone is different, though. Try the strain before deciding how it will impact your endocannabinoid system.

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The final word on Holy Grail Kush

The Holy Grail Kush strain may not promise eternal life, but it’s still got a lot to offer. The variety impresses, from the resounding effects on the body and mind to the nostalgic OG Kush aromatic profile.

It is seen less often at dispensaries due to the chase for the next new phenotype, but Holy Grail Kush will always have a special place in my heart. And you best believe if I see it, I’ll buy it.

Cara Wietstock is Senior Content Producer of GreenState.com and has been working in the cannabis space since 2011. She has covered the cannabis business beat for Ganjapreneur and The Spokesman Review. You can find her living in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, son, and a small zoo of pets.