This Kinky Kush is CannTrust’s Gold Kush.

Topics we discuss here are:

We note Gold Kush’s terpene content and give with a very loose comparison with my rough view of what the range is (I did not check the actual figures). We also touch on relative terpene content graphs and the importance of knowing sum totals.

Genetic lineage, which I could not find.

Flavour profile review and further thoughts.

Gold Kush from CannTrust posts some pretty high cannabinoid numbers. They also note that it produces a terpene content higher than any other CannTrust variety. For terp content, it ranks in about 3%, which is pretty high. Most of what I see out there has 1%-2% terpene content.

Cropped Macro, kinky trichomes

I bought this from Alberta Cannabis (.org), they use relative terpene contents, so I had to go to the producer website to find the total. Beware, a variety can have 0.0002% myrcene and 0.0002% limonene and I can still call it 50%-50% on a relative terpene graph. ABCannabis lists this as 31% limonene, 15% myrcene, and 15% alpha-bisabolol, although these figures are helpful, you also need the totals.

Just to make this more confusing, CannTrust’s site lists this Gold Kush as myrcene dominant (1%, total) with terpinolene as secondary (0.79%, total)…. limonene doesn’t even show up. So there is a discrepancy here between the two sites.

I am unable to research a genetic lineage on this, which I may have anticipated. Since their expansion, CannTrust has released a few varieties that I’ve had trouble tracing. Which is fine, just means they’re creating ‘new’ varieties (or being quiet about rebranding old varieties), I am not sure.

The Gold Kush has flavours I would liken to a hybrid kush. Likewise in structure and density, my gram came as one solid bud. Forward notes in the profile are sweet berries that stop well before dankness, which allows the spice and earth to follow through, there is definitely some Afghani here. It interprets on the top end but the sweet berries are soothing. Some earths can be darker and coarse, this Gold Kush has some polite spices with softer tones that span towards the deeper parts of the profile. The powdery top notes you’ll see from other Kush varieties (Hindu, Violator Kush) are hinted at but not prevalent, this is sweet with earths lightly flecked with spices. It has polite character but is deceptively strong, a little seems to go a long way. The profile is well within what I would consider friendly. I’d recommend the ‘kinky kush’ to my Grandma, but I’d tell her to cut her usual in half and I would call it Gold Kush.

I’m underwhelmed by it, despite it posting figures well above average. It is a good Kush, but I could name to you five other Kush varieties off hand that have a similarly fantastic character and a great narrative about how they were created. Also, this isn’t 2011, the flavour profile has been done and, done again, better. Like the having Chemdawg after OG, or watching The Breakfast Club after 2002, you can observe the elements of what made it successful, but it has been dwarfed by what evolved from it.

The stats alone beg you to try it. But once you do, go to the Pink Kush and realize the similarities in the earth profile and the punched up spices. Get to the SFV OG to experience how those earths evolved with California pines, try the Rug Burn OG and ask yourself if the earths are still even there.

I certainly don’t mean to knock this Gold Kush and if it wasn’t so good, I’d be less critical. It has the flavour similar to a true kush and upper echelon stats. However, the flavour here is really just an early chapter for a longer story that is still ongoing today. And I hope you get to know it.

Gold Kush, October 2018


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