Some of us are lucky enough to come across a strain that sticks with us for the rest of our lives. It stays etched into our memory: you can still smell it and taste it, and when you come across it again, well, it’s almost impossible to pass up.
For me, one of those strains is Kosher Kush. As someone with Jewish heritage, I was instantly intrigued when I first heard the name Kosher Kush many years ago. Winner of “High Times” Cannabis Cup’s “Best Indica” in 2010 and 2011, as well as “Best Strain” in 2011, Kosher Kush, was catapulted into the spotlight where it took on an almost mystical status. Rumors spread that it was grown by Ultra Orthodox Jews or had been blessed by a Rabbi.
It came out of Los Angeles in the early 90s, and was said to have pure OG Kush attributes. Kosher Kush was originally called Jew’s Gold, satirically named by the group of Jewish friends who were running it. Eventually able to acquire a cut, the Reserva Privada team of DNA Genetics, was able to propagate the strain and were calling it JG. Because of its controversial title, it was eventually changed to Kosher Kush to honor its Jewish heritage while keeping some of its humor alive.
Luckily, I was able to meet up with the owner of Fire Mountain Farms, an organic, pesticide-free farm that is committed to growing “good, clean cannabis under the best practices” in Humboldt County, California. He tells me how “after many years of patiently trying” to acquire a cut, Fire Mountain Farms was eventually able to get a cut of the original LA-bred strain that had previously been so elusive. It has become a staple for Fire Mountain Farms, who have run Kosher Kush under mixed light, light deprivation and outdoor conditions for the past few years. The farm also helps to produce a Kosher Kush Live Resin under the brand Errl Hill, an organic, frozen extract company.
Fire Mountain Farms and Errl Hill generously gave me some Kosher Kush and Kosher Dawg flower that was recently grown under mixed light conditions, as well as some Kosher Kush and super saucy Blueberry Muffin 10 Live Resin.
Upon opening the brightly packaged infinity container, I am greeted with a golden, honey-colored live resin with a slightly opaque appearance. The live resin is of a saucy, yet gelatinous sugar consistency, as it sticks to the side of the jar. I scoop up a small dollop, and as the light catches it, it starts to shimmer.
It smells quite strong. The flavors which waft out are unmistakably those of Kosher Kush. With intensely clean notes on the nose, a lively sweet-citrus with a strong, earthy cotton scent are dominant. It also has the distinct OG Kush notes that have made this phenotype memorable to so many. I also get some honey, pine, cedar and a faint hint of coconut as well.
I time myself with a one minute terp timer and plunge the glass dabber into a Chemdawg glass rig. It tastes as it smells; sweet-citrus, Kush, gasoline, cotton, pine and coconut all swirl around my palate. As I exhale, I am left with a pleasantly long lasting aftertaste. Immediately, I feel myself become deeply relaxed. With noticeable pain relief, my mood elevates and I feel extremely content.
The bud’s OG Kush-like structure is dense. Lime green in color and it’s consistently speckled with emerald green patches. Short, ginger orange hairs pop out as the bud glistens in the light from its covering of transparent, snow white trichomes.
The Kosher Kush is quite aromatic as notes of cotton, lemon, pine and of course, the very distinct OG Kush scent that has made this strain so renowned amongst cannabis consumers. Breaking the flower up, a lemon citrus takes on a candy-like sweetness and also gives off a lively pine and cedar wood smell, finished with a warm, earthy mozzarella note.
I light up a joint and am again greeted with familiar flavors. Candy-like orange and lemon are dominant, as a strong backbone of sweet pine stands firm. The initial sweetness gives way to a smooth, fluffy cotton mouthfeel, and I also get notes of cedar wood and melted mozzarella. As I continue to smoke, the flavors start to take on more earthy characteristics.
I start to feel very stony behind the eyes and my body takes on a deep relaxation. My mood is elevated with a calm, collected mind, although I must admit, my appetite is up significantly. I also get some noticeable pain relief, which helps when it’s time for bed.
Thank you to Fire Mountain Farms and Errl Hill, whose products can currently be found at Humboldt Patient Resource Center in Arcata, California. Also look for them to be at various California cups throughout the year. They can also be found on instagram @firemountainfarms and @errlhill.