Pineapple Kush Strain Review: Appearance, Taste, Smell & Effects

By NuggMD Team Updated March 8th

Pineapple Kush cannabis strain is not to be confused with the infamous and elusive Pineapple Express popularized by the 2008 comedy (though some say it was the inspiration). Pineapple Kush has garnered an almost legendary reputation as one of the Emerald Triangle’s most sought after strains, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, and I’m honored to share my thoughts on it.

Pineapple Kush Appearance, Taste & Smell

Pineapple Kush is a hybrid mix of Pineapple and Master Kush (some great genetics if you ask me). It tastes as the name indicates: tangy, fruity with hints of caramel and a distinct minty finish.  For me, it’s one of those “feel-good” strain smells and instantly lifts my mood (my brain is obviously prepping for enjoyment).

It has dark, dense, green nugs that come wrapped in glistening white crystals and red-orange hairs, which give off an incredibly strong sour-citrus smell. It always reminds me of Fruity Pebbles, so much so that I often have a bowl after my bowl.

pineapple kush appearance elements

Effects of Consumption

Pineapple Kush is a sativa-dominant cannabis flower that induces a strong high, but one that’s not overly intense. It offers consumers a combination of cerebral and physical effects, most notably bloodshot, hazy eyes and cotton mouth after the first twenty minutes.  If you ask me, this is neither a “work weed” nor a sociable strain.

Initially, the flower produces a head high that will keep you awake, energized and optimistic without the introspective judgment or heart palpitations; about an hour later you’ll gradually feel more calm and relaxed with a body numbness perfect for couch-lock, day or night.

Medical Uses

Pineapple Kush is an ideal breed for alleviating physical ailments like nausea, soreness, arthritis, headaches/migraines, and menstrual cramps, as well as combating psychological afflictions like insomnia, anxiety, ADHD, depression, and the stresses of daily life.  In addition, this Cali kush augments appetite, creativity, and sexual arousal—perfect for a night in.

Proper Dosages

This very potent strain should be handled with caution, even for the veteran consumer who understands how to control their cannabis dosing.  The THC levels test between 19% and 25% (fairly high) and CBD levels clock in at 0.14% to 0.19%. That means even for greenhorns, an iced-bong rip of Pineapple Kush might spell trouble.

I’d recommend smoking a few hits from a joint (about 0.25 grams) instead, which will retain the flower’s tropical flavor and effects, and give you a mind-body relaxation for two-and-a-half to three hours. If you need to re-medicate, do so only after the peak effects have started to wear off. Each person reacts a bit differently, so it’s important to be conscious of how you react to different marijuana strains and products.

As a former long time smoker I believe vaporizing is always the best way to medicate.  Like wine from a decanter, vaporizers at medium temperatures extract a flower’s full flavor and healing properties without forcing the user to face the consequences of combustion, and without that wretched resin taste.

Depending on which vaporizer you’re using, pre-heat to 350°F and adjust the dial until your buds are toasted but without burning, keeping the cannabinoids unsullied.  Also, I’d suggest saving your AVB (already vaped bud) in another jar and use them to bake a batch of edibles once you have enough!

Growing Pineapple Kush

Pineapple Kush plants will usually yield about half a kilo for each square meter, and will fully ripen in eight to ten weeks, depending on indoor or outdoor growing conditions, light availability, nutrients, and watering.  September or late-Fall is the ideal time to harvest. Once you see that 80% of its pistils, or white hairs, have turned red the plant is ready to reap.


“This strain is damn amazing—grows fast, gives huge yield and the potency is over the limits— you will feel insanely stoned right after smoking and the effect lasts for several hours.  Totally recommended strain, not hard to grow it, either.  After topping branches grow straight and strong, producing massive buds.” –Ignas L.

“Loving this strain.  It smells and tastes amazing.  I love grooving to music when I’m high and this really put me in the mood for moving and swaying.  Definitely can feel both indica and sativa, entire body high.” –Fiona F.

“I have grown this strand for two years now and all I have to say is I love this bud…never have I had a high as relaxing as this.” –Kris K.

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Pineapple Kush deserves the praise from medical and recreational users alike.  It comes highly recommended for those wanting a sweet taste, pungent odor, and mellow relief without the drowsiness or uncontrollable sense of impending doom.  Do not pass up the opportunity to try this powerful and renowned strain—if you can find it.

Nugg Rating: 8.5/10  

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