Name: Presidential Kush
The Presidential Kush strain is another popular sativa-dominant hybrid (60% sativa, 40% indica) that has emerged out of the crowded Kush/OG boom occurring on the West Coast for the past 10 years. It is also another strain that has as many aliases as it has awards and "best of " list appearances. Presidential Kush can also be found under the strain monikers Presidential OG, Presi, Presi Kush, Lemon OG Kush, or Lemon OG. The strain does have only two parents, and they are the cream of the crop: the "original gangster" of cannabis strains OG Kush, coupled with the flavorful and heavy-hitting Lemon Skunk. The frosty Presidential Kush (with its trichromes, on top of trichromes, on top of trichromes...) is a great example of new-school Kush genetics where growers are constantly pushing the envelope.
Looks and Smell
Being that OG and Kush varieties are a dime a dozen out here on the West Coast, one must really shine amongst the heavy competition to even be considered, especially by this well trained eye. And that is what Presidential Kush does—it literally shines.
Without a doubt, this is one of the most aesthetically pleasing, sticky strains I have ever come across. The first thing everyone will notice with this strain is the abundance of bright white trichromes that are seemingly stacked on top of each other for several layers. Even the stems had the white-flecked appearance that managed somehow to get me in the Christmas spirit, which really helped, as I was begrudgingly on my way to get a head start on my holiday shopping. The nugs had the typical round, small in stature Kush bud structure, a perfect density for just taking buds off the stem straight to the bowl, and the trim job and cure were executed perfectly. There are really no flaws to speak of in the appearance department.
The aroma emitted from Presidential Kush is definitely heavy on the skunk-like properties, and there is also a noticeable fuel smell going on, but the real star of the show is the amazing citrus notes that come from the Lemon Skunk side of the equation. Hard as it may be to deface these beautiful nugs, a few spins in the grinder releases the citrus funk in full force, encompassing the entire room in its wonderful stench.
The taste of Presidential Kush is similar to the smell profile with a few added bonuses. On the first inhale there are immediate noticeable flavors of bitter lemon, orange, and fuel that are undercut by a pronounced sharp piney taste along with that ever-present earthy taste that is always associated with Kush/OG strains. This is quite an amalgamation of incredible flavor profiles, as anyone familiar with the parent strains or any close relative strains can attest to.
This hybrid has sativa dominance on paper with a 60/40 sativa leaning split, however the effects are closer to 50/50. There is an initial cerebral blast and boost of energy from the sativa side. This is what constitutes the first 45 minutes or so of the high, with high ocular and head pressure at its peak. As the high progresses, the effects become more indica-like and body-focused in nature. The whole body begins to feel light and relaxed, with waves of warmth washing over, all leading to some quite euphoric moments. There is really no lag or comedown associated with this strain, making it a good choice for those who need to medicate throughout the day.
Presidential Kush is a great all around smoke for day or night, and a great choice for the garden. Indoor or outdoor, this strain will flourish, and only moderate growing skills are needed to get the best out of this strain. The only real reported problems with the cultivation of Presidential Kush is that it can be touchy in humid and damp climates, which in turn can lead to mold, root-rot, and bud-rot problems.
The Presidential Kush strain has been proven useful in the treatment of chronic pain, stress, headache/migraines, insomnia, glaucoma, fibromyalgia, anxiety, and PTSD. In the already crowded Kush/OG market, Presidential Kush stands out. The looks alone will have you pointing and drooling speechless at the dispensary counter. If you run into problems finding Presidential Kush, don't panic... Instead, take a deep breath, remember what I told you, and run your budtender through the litany of names I gave you at the beginning. One of them has to work, right?