You probably won’t be shocked to learn that the Obama Kush marijuana strain is named in honor of former U.S. President, Barack Obama.
We’re not sure if the ex-POTUS approves, but given his university antics, he would probably give a wry smile if told. Unlike Bill Clinton who claimed that he “didn’t inhale” weed when trying it in college, Obama was rather open about his usage by saying, “I did inhale. That’s the point.”
Although Obama Kush has OG Kush and Afghani genetics, it is actually a cross of Bubba Kush and Mendocino Purple. This indica-dominant (65%) strain is extremely popular in the Pacific Northwest and was created by Superior Genetics in a Michigan lab. With a THC content ranging from 14% to 21%, Obama Kush is a fairly potent smoke, although the effects aren’t overwhelming and they don’t hit you straight away.
If you are growing the Obama Kush strain with a view to consume it yourself, we recommend using it in the evening. After a few minutes, you should feel relaxed and calm as this marijuana strain is an effective sedative. Happy thoughts will take over your mind, and the body high ensures you’ll feel extremely comfortable on the couch to the extent where you have no desire to get up again.
In the medical cannabis community, Obama Kush has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. For example, it is helpful for individuals suffering from chronic stress disorders because it is invigorating yet calming. This indica is also a great option for those with depression or an anxiety disorder. Also, its sedative properties mean it can work to treat chronic pain, back spasms, and insomnia.
| “In this step-by-step guide, we provide you with eight important tips and tricks to ensure you grow your Obama Kush crop successfully.”
1 – Should you grow Obama Kush indoors or outdoors?
Frankly, Obama Kush is a marijuana strain capable of growing beautifully indoors or outside. Obama Kush’s indica traits come to the fore when it grows because the plant becomes short and stout; when you grow it indoors, it should take 8-9 weeks to reach flowering. You can expect around 14 ounces of bud per plant, and marvel at this lilac beauty.
If you grow outdoors, your yield should increase to approximately 16 ounces per plant. It is best that you live in a warm and dry environment if you want your plants to thrive, as it prefers temperatures of between 65- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit. Obama Kush is normally ready for harvest in October.
2 – Learn how to prune!
Regardless of whether you have an indoor or outdoor grow, Obama Kush plants must be trimmed. Otherwise, the bottom half of the plant won’t receive the light or nutrients it needs. By removing unnecessary leaves, you ensure that each plant will get the most from the light, heat, water, and nutrients it receives.
Begin pruning your Obama Kush plants when they start to take a bushy shape. In the early vegetative stage, the plants will be narrow enough so that the majority of the foliage receives enough light. Within a few weeks, however, the plants become bushy and in dire need of a trim. From that point until flowering, you should be actively looking to trim.
If you want the maximum yield from your plants, you have to ensure the entire plant gets enough light and airflow. In particular, you need your plants to focus their energy on the top. We recommend removing low-down branches that don’t get much sunlight, leaves dying due to lack of light, and bud sites located way down the main stalks of the plants.
First and foremost, it is best to have at least two pairs of scissors ready; Fiskars and Chikamasa scissors are often mooted as the best options for small leaves or branches. For larger branches, you’ll require a stronger pair of scissors. Above all else, please ensure that your tools are sharp because clean and smooth cuts help reduce the risk of infection.
Remove the larger, unnecessary branches first, as this process gives you space to complete the detailed work. If you have never pruned marijuana plants before, you’ll probably feel as if you’re damaging your yields. That’s a normal feeling! Next, focus on branches growing up into the center of the plant beneath the canopy. You can safely get rid of them because these branches will never become as strong as those with full light exposure.
The final step involves the removal of bud sites that don’t get enough light. It is also a bad idea to try and prune everything at once because it could send your plant into shock for several days. Work at intervals and, a few days after you’re finished, watch how your plant enjoys a growth spurt.
| “And one final tip: Make sure pruning is finished a few days before forcing your Obama Kush into the flowering stage.”
3 – Beware of excess moisture
When it comes to humidity, it is always best to keep it on the low side when it comes to Obama Kush. If there is excess moisture in the air as the buds develop, there is a heightened risk of mold. On the other hand, if you keep humidity levels too low, the dry air causes plants to lose more water when respiring, which drives down the plant’s overall moisture content.
In this case, your plants will almost completely close the pores in the leaves to keep moisture loss to a minimum. While it is an effective defense mechanism, it results in less carbon dioxide being absorbed. The inevitable cell death which results makes your leaves look sick and limp.
When your Obama Kush plants are still seedlings or clones, keep the humidity level in the 65-80% range. After a few weeks of vegetative growth, bring the level down to 55-60% and ensure the daytime temperature is 80 degrees, down to 70 degrees at night. In the early flowering stage, reduce humidity to 40-45%. Finally, in the late flowering stage, bring humidity all the way down to 30-35%.
As Obama Kush is a thick and bushy indica-dominant hybrid, it produces dense buds that are susceptible to bud rot if exposed to excessive humidity. Purchase an all-in-one thermometer and hygrometer to monitor the humidity and temperature in the grow space. Increase the cool air supply if humidity levels get too high, and water your plants at the beginning of the light period. When all else fails, purchase a high-quality dehumidifier.
4 – Why are the leaves on my Obama Kush grow turning yellow?
New growers tend to panic when they see yellow leaves and assume their entire crop is about to die! First of all, there are several reasons why the leaves on your previous Obama Kush crop are showing a yellow hue. Secondly, you can rescue your plants as long as you quickly identify and solve the problem.
If your leaves are becoming yellow during flowering, there is no need to be worried, especially if your crop is close to harvest.
It is normal for plants to show some yellow in their leaves when they are ready to be harvested. Nitrogen deficiency is one of the most common reasons for yellow leaves.
Your Obama Kush plants use the nitrogen to extract energy from light; a process that keeps your leaves green. The next time you check your plants, we’re willing to bet that the leaves and stems on top have a lush green color that’s much deeper than leaves on the bottom. This is because the leaves on top are getting more light.
As your plants get set for harvest, you want to keep nitrogen levels low to prevent a nasty taste from your weed. High nitrogen levels at this stage can also prevent plants from budding. As a result, nitrogen deficiency is fine late into the flowering stage. If leaves are turning yellow during the vegetative stage, on the other hand, you may have a problem! In this case, purchase premixed nutrients with high levels of nitrogen and start feeding it to your plants immediately.
Other possible causes of yellow leaves include excessively high/low pH levels, poor lighting, pests, over-watering or under-watering, bud rot or iron deficiency. As long as you spot these issues early, there is every chance you can rectify the situation and save your Obama Kush crop.
5 – The pH conundrum
The pH of a substance is a ‘logarithmic measure’ of its acid-alkaline balance. According to the pH scale, 0 is the most acidic substance on earth, 14 is the most alkaline, and 7is neutral. The pH of your crop’s soil or growing medium has an impact on how it absorbs nutrients. If you are using a hydroponic system, keep the pH of the growing medium in the 5.5-6.0 range. If you use soil, keep it at 6.0-6.5. As you can tell, marijuana prefers a slightly acidic growing medium.
Collect runoff water and use a pH meter or pH test strips to determine the pH level. If your plants grow in soil outside of the ideal pH range, they develop small, dark-green leaves and grow extremely slowly. Alternatively, their leaves will turn yellow because they are finding it hard to absorb nutrients. The ensuing nitrogen and iron deficiency will result in yellowing leaves.
There are various ways to fix the pH of your soil, but purchasing pH UP or pH DOWN solutions is the easiest method.
6 – Use compost tea when growing Obama Kush
As well as requiring plenty of nitrogen in the vegetative stage, along with Potassium and Phosphorus throughout, Obama Kush thrives when it receives enough Calcium and Magnesium. The easiest thing to do is purchase a special CalMag product which contains both in the right amounts.
Compost tea is another essential addition if you’re hoping to grow organic marijuana at home.
As well as providing your Obama Kush plants with lots of natural nutrients, it helps protect your crop against a host of pests and diseases. Please note that while compost tea is a great addition, it is NOT a substitute for all soil additives.
The most effective compost teas pull the soluble microorganisms and nutrients from compost. Obviously, compost is the base, and it must have enormous levels of nutrients and microorganisms. Look for compost with developed mycelium, as these fungal colonies help the crucial fungal growth process.
Worm castings are another pivotal ingredient and consist of the by-product expelled by a worm after it digests organic material. Fish hydrolysate is created by breaking down crustaceans and fish. The result is a high-nitrogen product. As a bonus, the exoskeletons of crustaceans contain chitin, which is an excellent immune booster. Finally, fish hydrolysate feeds fungi populations and enables them to grow.
The final ingredients are molasses (a fantastic food source for bacteria that grow during the brewing stage) and kelp (a source of food for fungi). To make the compost tea, use a large bucket (5 gallons will suffice). Outside the bucket, connect an air pump to an aerator device. This combination will oxygenate the water and help the microorganisms to breathe. A 400-micron mesh bag is an ideal option for adding the tea’s ingredients. Alternatively, purchase a readymade tea brewer.
In general, a compost tea takes anywhere from 24 to 36 hours to brew, and it must be applied as soon as possible. If you allow the tea to brew too long, its microorganism population will die from lack of oxygen. Apply the tea to your plant’s leaves in the form of a spray, at a ratio of one-part tea to two parts water. If applying directly to the roots, use a one-part tea, 20 parts water solution.
7 – Getting your grow container size right
When it comes to marijuana growing in general, bigger is only better when it comes to the size of the buds! Regarding container size, an excessively large container can often be a bad thing. During your Obama Kush’s growing cycle, you’ll need to change its container several times if growing indoors because it will continually outgrow old pots. If you use a pot that’s too large, it takes the root system of the plants longer to reach the nutrients it requires.
Novice growers often make this mistake, and when harvest time comes, they find that the root system doesn’t occupy the full container with large tracts of soil left unused. On the other hand, using tiny containers can stunt growth. By using smaller pots, you enable the plant’s root system to find nutrients faster, but when you don’t change the containers as and when necessary, the root system has no more room to grow.
As a rule of thumb, you can expect your Obama Kush plants to grow at least 40% taller and wider from the vegetative stage onwards.
Allow at least 40% extra space for the root system to develop. If you suspect that your plants are outgrowing their container, upgrade to a larger model. As Obama Kush is from the Kush family, its plants require a larger container than fast flowering versions such as Skunk.
8 – Remember, silence is golden
Before you embark on your quest to grow the best Obama Kush crop ever, take the time to go through your state’s cultivation laws. It is dangerous to just assume that you are allowed to grow marijuana at home even in a state where it is legal medicinally or recreationally. For example, although medicinal marijuana was made legal in Connecticut in June 2012, cultivation remains a felony. It is the same story in Louisiana.
There is also the small matter of different cultivation limits according to state. In Alaska for example, you can grow a maximum of 12 plants in a household with two adults aged 21+. In Massachusetts, you can grow up to six plants (or 10 ounces of weed) inside the home, but only one ounce outside!
In states where cultivation is illegal, the penalties are severe if you get caught. In Iowa for example, cultivation or distribution of any amount of marijuana is a felony with a maximum prison sentence of up to five years. Large-scale operations are heavily punished. The cultivation of 100+ kilograms of marijuana could result in a prison term of 25 years! Of course, Iowa is still one of the toughest anti-marijuana states as possession of any amount can result in six months in prison, even if it is your first offense.
Finally, we have to point out that marijuana is federally illegal. Therefore, even if you’re growing a maximum of six plants in Colorado in accordance with state law, there is a possibility that federal law enforcement will arrest you. Current Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has made it clear that he wants to ignore states’ rights.
| “Simply put, if you decide to grow Obama Kush at home, keep it quiet!”
An indoor growing room is best for secrecy, and it is important that you don’t brag about your mini-operation as you never know who is listening! Stay silent, grow your crop, and enjoy the glorious proceeds.