Gupta Kush

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Gupta Kush, also known as Sanjay Gupta Kush, is a marijuana strain named after Dr. Sanjay Gupta by Jeff Kless, owner of Helping Hands Herbals in Boulder, Colorado.[1] It was announced in 2013 following the airing of Gupta's documentary called Weed.[2] Kless wanted to honor Gupta's "evolution on marijuana" and told "Dr. Gupta’s recent reporting on marijuana puts him at the forefront of the medical cannabis movement, and we thought what better way to honor his efforts than by giving him his own strength. We’d like to ensure he remains part of the annals of cannabis culture, and now he will."[1]

Shortly after the press release went public, CNN reportedly contacted the dispensary demanding a stop to sales of Gupta Kush. Kless confirmed, "We may have to change the name. CNN phoned us and asked us to remove it. I think we’ll leave it alone for the weekend and see what happens."[3]


The 2014 strain Double Down Kush, also named by Kless in honor of Gupta, is derived from Gupta Kush.[2][4]

Additional Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sanjay Gupta Kush: Colorado Marijuana Strain Named After CNN's Chief Medical Correspondant by Andrea Rael (August 22, 2013), The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Second Strain Named in Honor of Sanjay Gupta by Mark Miller (March 17, 2014), High Times. Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  3. CNN Attempting to Shut Down Gupta Kush (August 26, 2013), High Times. Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  4. Sanjay Gupta Honored with New Strain of Medical Marijuana by Matt Ferner (March 13, 2014), The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 5, 2015.