Pineapple Kush HMS

STRAIN: Pineapple Kush
PRODUCER: HMS
MEDIUM: Flower
POTENCY: Med-High
THCa 23.24%
THC .45%
THC VA .15%
CBD . 14%
CBDA .05%
CBGA 1.79 %
CBG .11%
CBCA .34%
Total Terpene content: 2.38%
CLASS:  Hybrid
LINEAGE: Pineapple X Master Kush
PURCHASED: Ethos Catonsville Medical Dispensary/ formerly Mission Catonsville

pineapple kush buds by hms

AROMA + TASTE:

AROMA;

  • Fruit-tropical/ pineapple base aroma
  • Confectionary- under layer of vanilla/  burnt or carmelized sugar
  • Mint undertone which was quite heavy and reminiscent of many Sativa strains like Cinderella 99
  • Sweet-indiscriminate essence of citrus-like sweetness/ fruit punch
  • Some generic chewable vitamins mixed with the aforementioned mint aroma after grinding
  • Under layer of a peppery scent
  • Vague aroma of Pineapple upon exhale especially the scent of a partially combusted bowl

TASTE;

  • Citrus- lemon
  • Herbal-lemon pepper
  • Pine- slight piney aftertaste
  • Non- descript carmel – vanilla type taste

pineapple kush bud by hms resting ontop of a real pineapple

EFFECTS (MIND + BODY):

MIND;

  • +euphoric uplift
  • +mentally energizing/ invigorating
  • +/heightened awareness- mild sensory intensification/distortion^^
  • +Increased ability to focus [STANDOUT EFFECT]
  • +cerebrally stimulating w/o much potential for negative introspection
  • +”stoney” head buzz overall
  • +feelings of calm/relaxation

^^at higher doses/IMO

BODY;

  • + feeling of warmth around face, neck, shoulders, and chest
  • +/-mild ocular pressure
  • /+ stimulates appetite
  • dry “cotton” mouth+ Dry eyes ^^
  • +/ mild sedation of body that can potentially induce sleep^^

^^ at higher doses/IMO

BEST USED:Early Morning/ Morning / Daytime/ Early Evening – Pineapple Kush could be mistaken for an “evening strain” given its “kush” designation and the overall sense of relaxed calm that it can offer.

However, along the spectrum of this strains effect set, there are many points at which Pineapple Kush could be a perfect choice for a creative session, or delving deep into an activity with augmented concentration and focus.

Pineapple Kush served me very well as a morning/daytime strain: it kept me interested and on task. This was especially true when micro dosing… where I seemed to gain the most benefit from its initial uptick in cerebral stimulation without becoming couch locked or distracted.

Those who approach this strain expecting it to induce sleep may find themselves wide awake and motivated to action…like cleaning house.

detai of pineapple kush strain bud with some sugar leaf showing

Pineapple Kush also proved to be an asset for late night work sessions. This isn’t to say Pineapple Kush isn’t without its “kush-ness” because it definitely finishes with a very effective body high marked by typical indica effects.

One physical effect in particular, a warm sensation in my neck, shoulders, and chest was present with every session and helped round out the balance of this hybrid.  So, while neurons are firing you also feel wrapped in a sort of warm, cottony-haze while relaxing muscles and alleviating stress. It was a very clean and elevated feeling sensation.

 

gorgeous green bu of pineapple kush strain

APPLICATIONS (MEDICINAL + RECREATIONAL)
MEDICINAL;
Could help mitigate or alleviate. some symptoms associated with:

  • PTSD
  • Stress
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Anxiety/ panic disorder/ panic attacks
  • Depression/ depressive thought patterns
  • ADD/HD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

NOTE: Pineapple Kush may be a very good choice for those who would like to feel some sativa fueled cerebral effects but with minimal potential to provoke or aggravate anxiety.
*With the Kush name some may think of Pineapple Kush as more appropriate for evening use. However, the heightened cerebral effects will do little to sedate and tend more to amplify focus or, if fatigued enough, a sort of “hazey” stoned effect

RECREATIONAL;

  • Lends itself to activities requiring attention to detail / increased focus
  • Artistic endeavors/ creative pastimes/ hobbies/ etc.
  • Can be socially/ conversationally stimulating
  • Gardening/ yard work/ etc
  • Pineapple Kush is an extremely adaptable strain and will enhance almost every activity

APPEARANCE + PACKAGING

APPEARANCE:

This may be the best cured flower I’ve had from HMS. Their Stardawg brought me back as a customer but even it was still a little rough. However, this batch of Pineapple Kush far exceeds the Stardawg in aroma, taste, trichome and pistil coverage, and sheer density. Not to mention, the Stardawg was around 25% whereas the Pineapple Kush is closer to 23% and its effect more intense.

PACKAGING:
Nothing new here for HMS’ 1/4 ounce containers. Yes, they are simple, yes the child safety cap functions like an actual pharmaceutical container, but where do you keep it if you’re leaving the house? It’s impractical size (most of which is wasted space see the pic below) prevents any quick slips in any pocket besides one belonging to a parka.
I usually empty these into old fashioned zip lock or sandwich baggies and then back into huge HMS container.

inside of 1:4 hms container

Good For Bowls and Rolls:
HMS’ Pineapple Kush grinds to a finer grain than previous batches of HMS. Even Stardawg was a little rough around the edges. After grinding it was more like a dried mulch. The ground Pineapple Kush was more finer and there was more of a homogeneous mix of trichome kief and raw leaf material.
pineapple kush hms ground and in glass bowl next to container displaying terpene and potency info

A CLOSER LOOK INSIDE…

NOTABLE TERPENES:
1. Caryophyllene .90%
2. Terpinolene .51%
3. Beta-Myrcene .3%
4. Beta-Caryophyllene .24%
5. Limonene .22%

bright green bud of pineapple kush with red pistils

CONCLUSION:
Pineapple Kush is the potent offspring of Pineapple x Master Kush (itself an OG Kush relative) which imparts a fruity aroma, a sweet flavor, and effects that range from cerebral energy to physical euphoria.

Although technically an Indica dominant hybrid (usually 70%/30% sativa) Pineapple Kush offers effects typical of a head strong Sativa; elevating moods, sparking creativity, and intensifying focus.

These cerebral effects develop almost immediately, but they are soon joined by a body “buzz” more calming than sedating, which serves to intensify the uplifting, but mellow, head high.

THE LONG ROAD HOME (my toke…)

Pineapple Kush may be HMS’ best offering yet.
Seemingly expertly cured, with a perfectly dense bud structure, a notably pungent and matured aroma, a sweet savory taste —even mild and flavorful on the exhale, and a combo of a lofty head high and a lesser body high that was, to me, almost a perfect sativa /Indica blend…by my senses anyway.

red pistils with purple and green leaves on a bud of hms pineapple kush with other buds in the background

Pineapple Kush is strong enough that it may be capable of conjuring up negative introspection or nervous thinking but its tendency to send me down that rabbit hole was very minimal.

Almost immediately after each session, Pineapple Kush gave me a very warm sensation in my neck, shoulders, and chest in particular. 

So, while your neurons are firing you also feel wrapped in a sort of warm, cottony-haze while relaxing muscles and alleviating stress.

underside of pineapple kush buds

Pineapple Kush is a potent strain and depending on your tolerance/level of experience, etc. the needle can move toward complete couch lock or nervous anxiety.

Too much of Pineapple Kush’s soothing waves of calm and you may slip into a haze of sorts… rendering you incapable of anything beyond gazing at a screen or sleeping.

By the same token, just as Pineapple Kush’s high level of cerebral activity sparks creativity with successive sessions, and/or higher doses, over doing it could precipitate a certain degree of anxiety/paranoia/ or general distress for some who may be more sensitive to this sort of influx of cerebral activity.

elongated bud of pineapple kush

Such is the case with most strains this potent in general, and, such is the case with OG Kush and its relatives in particular, in my opinion. OG Kush is a notoriously strong “indica leaning” strain, but it also carries a very uplifting, energizing, and euphoric set of cerebral effect.

In fact Pineapple Kush seems to resemble OG Kush with an added sweet, fruity, almost tropical component.
And, much like a real pineapple with its sweet, refreshing, tropical fruit lying beneath a thorny, and potentially uncomfortable outer skin, Pineapple Kush should be taken carefully and with respect to its more prickly attributes.

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