Strains & Reviews // April 26, 2021 // Ephrata

Master Kush Strain Review

Master Kush Strain Review
Gifted Curators offers “DC weed at its finest.” One of our cannabis connoisseurs, Kush-n-Pain, is sampling legendary strains from Gifted Curators to review for Urban Aroma readers. Read on for Kush-n-Pain’s review of Master Kush.

Master Kush

Are you looking for a stress-be-gone total body relaxer that allows you to feel upbeat yet baked? Chances are, you'll probably want to get to know Master Kush. It's the child of two landraces, which simply means it smokes like old-school '90s ganja.
On first whiff, the aroma is skunk funky, cheesy feet — yum! The smell could be described as pungent earth with citrus hints. The buds are deep green cones with dark areas hidden by glistening trichomes and reddish-brown hairs. This batch is moist but not too sticky, making it easy to handle.

Two Tokes Test

Confession time: I wrote this after what was actually my third hit, as I needed a lift from the crash of a Krispy Kreme comedown.
The taste is definitely citrusy, while the exhale is woodsy and floral. The smoke is rather quiet on the back of my throat allowing for a deep lung hit. I did cough a little bit, but there was no gagging fit. The psychoactive aspect lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. The whole high is two to three hours at fullness, and then dissipates gently.

The Breakdown

Hindu Kush and Skunk were crossed by White Label Seed in Amsterdam back in the '90s to create Master Kush.


Lab results show:
  • THC: 16 - 24%
  • CBD: .83 - 1.17%
  • CBC: 0.08 - 1.4%
  • CBG: 0.36 - 2.46%
  • CBN: 0.07 - 0.15%
  • THCV: 0.41 - 1.85%


  • Limonene - citrus, uplifting
  • Beta caryophyllene - spicy, immune booster
  • Beta myrcene - earthy, pain relief, sleep
  • Linalool - lavender, bergamot, anti-anxiety, sedative, anticonvulsant, pain-relieving
  • Bisabolol - German chamomile, tangy, citrus, sweet, antibacterial
  • Terpineol - pine, antioxidant, sedative, anti-malarial
  • Camphene - citronella, ginger, pungent, musky, earthy, pain relief, antioxidant

Final Hit

THC ranges from 16-24% so dose responsibly. CBD has tested at slightly over one percent; this, along with the terpenes linalool and myrcene, may help to explain the value of Master Kush in alleviating symptoms associated with muscular dystrophy, migraines and PMS. THCV and CBG have also tested in the high plus one to two percentages — THCV is being studied for anti-munchies qualities, and CBG for it effects on glaucoma.
Rating:  I really enjoy this simple and effective cultivar. On the rec level it's an 8.75, and the med count comes in at 9.4. Considering its productivity value, I give Master Kush an overall 9.1 on the Ephrata 1 - 10 Scale.