The Scoop: Thanks to the timely propagation of OG Kush back in the early 1990s, California’s hybridized genetics have benefited dramatically. Mysteriously cloaked by its vague parental downline – thought to be a cross of Chemdawg and Hindu Kush – its elevated THC content and lofty flavor profile represented a dramatic game changer for Southern California’s skilled cultivators. Rolled out during “Bubba” Clinton’s first term in office, OG Kush was one of the first strains with a dramatically elevated THC content.
The Result: Despite its Indica-dominant status, the OG Kush high tends to be more cerebral than physical. A trendsetting strain that was ahead of its time, OG Kush’s flavor profile and potency set an incredibly high bar for future cultivators to reach. A great strain for both recreational consumption and medicating, OG Kush helps the physically overburdened relax and concentrate on their tasks at hand.
The Verdict: While the origin of the “OG” nomenclature remains up for debate – some say the acronym stands for “Ocean Grown” while others claim it’s a reference to an old cultivation website (Overgrow.com) – its potency is not.
Type: Indica-dominant hybrid
Also Known As: OG Kush
Genetics: Chemdawg x Hindu Kush
Origin: Born in Florida, stabilized in California
How Stoned Will You Get: 7.5
Average THC: 19-26%
Average Price Per ⅛: $45
Awards: A parent of many winners
The Science: Now cultivated by numerous cannabis brands, a sample test of OG Kush indicates the following terpenes had a heightened profile: Humulene – 0.97%, alpha-Pinene – 0.63%, and Caryophyllene – 0.34%. As to its THC content, this specific batch of OG Kush tested at 20.28% in total THC. While not overly impressive nowadays, at least from a THC standpoint, OG Kush gets mad respect from cultivators for its critical role in propagating a multitude of potent phenotypes.
Appearance: OG Kush set the standard early and high for beautiful buds cultivated on the West Coast. Refined, tight, and incredibly sticky when cultivated by a knowledgeable professional, a thick psychotropic layer of trichomes should coat the flowers. Engulfed by complex hues of green and orange, OG Kush’s crystal-coated buds are the real “stars” of Southern California.
Consistency: Cultivator dependent, the flowers from a typical OG Kush plant are exceedingly viscous, malleable, and compact. Condensed and pungent, OG Kush maintains its unyielding consistency throughout the flower structure. With compounds too valuable to waste, the use of a grinder is strongly advised when breaking apart OG Kush for consumption.
Scent: A deep and piney aroma is intermixed with OG Kush’s sweet and sour, lemon scent. If there was a strain-cloud for the verbiage used to describe OG Kush’s overall aroma profile, the following words would be dominant: Sweet, Fruity, Tropical, Citrus, Lemon, Lime, Spicy, Pine, Diesel, and Earth.
Taste: A hybridized flavor profile, the strain interacts well with the pallet. Providing hints of wood and a slight evergreen fragrance on the initial inhale, a lemon-infused sour-diesel dominates the flavor on the exhale.
Effect: As relaxing as it is tasty, OG Kush provides a holistic shout-out to individuals suffering from debilitating stress, chronic pain, and unrelenting depression. A synergistic task force, OG Kush’s combined terpene and cannabinoid profile represent truly holistic medicine for the 21st century.
Strain Background: According to an online source, the “Ocean Grown” name originates from a California grower hailing from the Grass Valley area. Referred to only as “John,” the story asserts the Northern California cultivator was fortunate enough to get his hands on a cutting of the palatable Chemdawg strain in 1993. An early and curious cultivator, John immediately handed out clones of the Chemdawg strain to two other cultivators: “Jerry (of Dibble Creek) and Harold (Putz) of Sunset Beach, [California].” After Putz performed a little genetic manipulation, crossing the Chemdawg strain with a “Thai Lemon and Old World Paki Kush hybrid,” OG Kush was thrust upon the West Coast cannabis scene.
Medical Uses: Known to stomp out anxiety, ADHD, chronic pain, insomnia and depression in a single toke – OG Kush also works wonders at stimulating the repressed appetite.