By RQS Editorial Team

The precise origin of OG remains shrouded in mystery to this day. Depending on the source, you will find that the original strain was first bred in Florida in the early ‘90s, or that it originated in Los Angeles in 1996 when Matt "Bubba" Berger brought it to the famous cultivator Josh D. Others say that it's a clone-only variety related to the legendary Chemdawg strain found in a bag of weed brought to a Grateful Dead concert in the 1980s. You see, it's quite complicated, but also part of what makes this strain so intriguing.


The genetics of OG Kush are even more hotly debated. In fact, it’s contested that OG Kush contains any genetics from the Hindu Kush mountain range at all! But if you believe the original story from Florida, OG Kush is a cross of a strain from Northern California with a variety from the Hindu Kush. Many modern seedbanks claim that OG Kush is a cross between Chemdawg, Lemon Thai, and Pakistani Kush, but a lot of people seem to believe the bagseed theory, meaning that OG Kush is basically a special Chemdawg phenotype that became further stabilised and refined over the years. One consistency in these origin stories is the inclusion of some form of Chemdawg, so one could assume that her genes comprise a portion of the legendary OG.

Today, most versions of OG Kush, like SFV OG, Larry OG, Tahoe OG, Ghost OG, etc., are likely just specific phenotypes of the original OG.

Another aspect that sparked quite some discussion is the origin of the abbreviation "OG". At first, many believed that it stood for "Original Gangster", which surely was due in part to the West Coast rap scene quickly adopting the strain as their main herb of choice. Today, it seems to be common knowledge that "OG" actually means "ocean grown", referring to the strain's supposed origin on the Californian West Coast.

Interestingly enough, when talking about the characteristics of OG Kush, we have to keep in mind that there exists a wide spectrum of versions and phenotypes of this strain. This is because the actual genetics still remain a mystery. Therefore, we don't really know for sure what "pure" OG Kush consists of genetically. For instance, depending on the origin story you believe, the strain displays more indica or sativa traits, or is easier/harder to grow. But overall, some consistencies have been drawn between these phenos.


OG Kush is known for its pleasing looks and pungent aroma. It's important to remember that individual plants of the same strain can vary in color due to lighting, nutrition, temperature, and other environmental factors. On average though, the flowers of OG Kush tend to have an intense lime green color. The buds of the plant feature copious amounts of resin, which is partly to thank for its popularity. The buds usually have a dense, large, and compact appearance.

The strain's aroma is another attractive feature. The aroma is widely considered to possess a strong citrus component, which may lend credence to OG's supposed genetic ties to Lemon Thai. But it's more complex than that. The terpene profile also leans heavily on the earthy, fuel-like, and sour side that accompanies the lemon nuances, coating your mouth completely with its fresh, delicious, and almost overpowering taste. According to some people, the fragrance alone is potent enough to make you feel like you could choke on it. This is definitely not a subtle or easily masked smell, which can make OG Kush inconvenient for carrying around or travelling with.


OG Kush is a champion of the medical marijuana scene. In regions where medical cannabis use is allowed by law, dispensaries have a hard time keeping this strain in stock. This weed is very strong, boasting an average THC content of 20%. However, individual specimens with a THC content as high as 25% or more have been recorded. Like most medically significant strains, OG Kush proves extremely helpful for a huge variety of ailments, both chronic and acute:

As mentioned above, the effects of OG Kush can vary quite greatly depending on the phenotype or variety of the strain you smoke. While some consider the strain a hard-hitting indica-dominant variant, others point out the cerebral, stimulating, euphoric, and creative properties of a more sativa-dominant high. But either way, the general consensus is that OG Kush is some damn dank and potent smoke suitable for various situations and different types of cannabis lovers. Novices may only take a few puffs and will be sent to heaven, while the more seasoned veterans can still achieve that mighty high they are seeking. It seems as if the special cannabinoid and terpene composition of OG Kush has the ability to get even experienced smokers totally baked. It's safe to say that OG Kush is a superb hybrid, regardless of whether its genetics lean slightly more to one side than the other.


But the popularity of OG Kush isn't restricted to just medical patients and "normal" recreational smokers. Its strength and visual attributes have elevated it to legendary status. The strain is often referred to in music, and has been given props by famous artists like Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Dr. Dre, Brisco, Cypress Hill, and countless other major hip-hop stars. Furthermore, a lot of actors are also known to enjoy smoking this strain. Amanda Bynes, for example, was recently discovered tweeting about how she planned to smoke some. There are even variations of the strain named after major Hollywood stars such as Charlie Sheen OG, Lin Sanity OG, and Blue Ivy OG Kush, which is named after the daughter of Jay-Z and Beyoncé.


As mentioned above, the growth characteristics of OG Kush heavily depend on the seeds you get. On the one hand, some people find that OG Kush is one of the simpler cannabis strains to grow, requiring only moderate gardening ability and producing a bountiful harvest. But then again, there are those who experience problems when growing OG Kush. They consider the plant to be rather finicky, producing a low yield in the wrong hands.


OG Kush
23_genetic background_1 Chemdawg x Lemon Thai x Pakistani Kush
33_Yield indoors_1 15 to 17 oz/m²
31_plant height outdoor_1 3 to 5 feet
25_flowering time_1 7 - 9 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 19%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 25% Indica 75%
34_yield outdoor_1 18 to 19 oz/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 6 to 7 feet
27_harvest period_1 October
22_Effect_1 Calming, Uplifting

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Regardless, the plants usually aren't the fastest in the vegetative phase, but they eventually fill out nicely. In an indoor grow setting, this strain can be expected to reach a medium height of 3 – 5.2 feet, occasionally larger. It will get taller when grown outdoors, but the quality, potency, and yield will always be the best in regions with warm weather and plenty of sunshine, maybe near the ocean (wink, wink). When tended properly, indoor-grown OG Kush will produce an average amount of 14.1 – 17.6 oz/m²—but always keep in mind the differences in specific variations.

It is also important to note that these plants have somewhat high nutritional needs, particularly in the nitrogen, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium departments, and they like a lot of strong light. Always be aware that the quality of care you grant your plants determines the quality of care they provide for you.

As you can see, OG Kush has risen to the higher spheres of cannabis legend for a reason. The quality, potency, fragrance, and flavor of this cultivar remain superior and unmatched in the cannabis world. When someone smokes OG Kush, they fall in love with it! But the strain not only proves its seat in the cannabis pantheon time and time again, it is also present in the genes of almost every beloved modern cannabis hybrid—in some form or another—be it GSC, Gelato, or Bruce Banner #3. This secures the legacy of OG Kush, so we all can enjoy this divine marijuana for years to come.

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