Marijuana Strain Review: OG Kush

Little is known about the exact origins of OG Kush. It is rumored to be a blend between Hindu Kush and Chemdawg, but this has never been confirmed.

Despite its history having been lost to time, OG Kush has become one of the most prominent strains in the world. What’s more, it has provided the backbone for some of the most enduring and sought after strains of all time, which have been derived by crossing OG Kush with a variety of other strains.

With an enticing aroma, eye catching appearance, smooth smoke, and potent effects, OG Kush has become a favorite among smokers and breeders alike. A high THC Sativa Indica hybrid (with a slight Sativa dominance,) OG Kush is sought after by both medical and recreational users for its distinctively piney flavor and its powerful high.

The OG Kush Name

Much like its parentage and origin history, the OG Kush name isn’t well understood. While it is certainly a Kush (the name Kush itself being given to a variety of marijuana plants said to originally hail from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and north-western India, with the name borrowed from Hindu Kush mountain range,) beyond that the name remains a matter of debate.

Even the term “OG” has some uncertainty. While “OG” is an abbreviation of “original gangsta” in popular slang, some claim the “OG” in OG Kush instead stands for “Ocean Grown,” a reference to the possible origin of OG Kush from Florida or the West Coast of the United States (another matter of debate!)

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The Effects of OG Kush

OG Kush is a true hybrid between Sativa and Indica, often testing in at around 55% Sativa and 45% Indica. This gives it a balanced blend of mental and physical effects, letting users experience the best of both worlds from a single strain.

Though typically testing in at around 16-21% THC, some record holding OG Kush has been tested at upwards of 25% THC! It contains a negligible (less than 1%) amount of CBD, making this a powerfully THC oriented strain.

At the onset of effects, OG Kush offers a stimulating cerebral high accompanied by a delightful euphoria. After it’s had some time to work its magic, it induces a full body relaxation which can result in a “couch lock” effect for some users.

While OG Kush does offer a mentally stimulating and cerebral high, it seems to promote a tranquil and relaxed mindset. It doesn’t induce racing thoughts, instead encouraging a gentle mental relaxation.

Well suited for socializing or solo smoking, OG Kush offers a potent dose of THC and does a great job at promoting a good mood. When smoking socially, the mental stimulation combined with the gentle relaxation proves excellent for keeping the conversation flowing and not bogging down the participants too much.

In larger doses, OG Kush shows its Indica side and can produce a more pronounced body high, complete with an intense relaxation which will give you a new appreciation for the chair or seat you’re sitting in!

Like most high THC strains, OG Kush can dry out the mouth and eyes, leading to “cotton mouth” and dry eyes. Be sure to drink plenty of water and have some eye drops on hand if you’re susceptible to dry eyes.

While some users find OG Kush to be a great tool for taming their anxiety, other users may find OG Kush to induce anxious thoughts. If marijuana tends to provoke your anxiety, take it easy and keep doses low.

The Appearance

OG Kush buds have a dense structure and a yellow-green hue. Some varieties even have tones of a light purple in their coloration. This purple color is more likely to occur with OG Kush plants grown in colder climates. The flowers are decorated by striking orange hairs (known as “pistils,”) and lend the buds a very eye-catching appearance.

These flowers tend to be very sticky, thanks to a thick layer of resinous trichomes. The trichomes can be quite large, leaving OG Kush with a gorgeous shiny appearance which seems to dance in the light, reminiscent of a light dusting of snow.

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The Taste and Aroma

The distinctive aroma of OG Kush Strain is rich with earthy overtones of pine and citrus. It has a light “hoppy” smell which might remind you of a quality beer rich with hops. The musty scent of OG Kush brings to mind a leisurely stroll through a beautiful forest rich with all the scents of plant life growing wild.

When smoking, OG Kush has a taste with hints of a hash-like flavor, a very rich and almost spicy experience. You can still note the hints of pine and deep earthy aromas in its flavor profile when burning the flower.

Cultivating OG Kush

OG Kush responds well to being grown both indoors and outdoors. However, it has become a favorite indoor grow for its relatively small size. OG Kush plants tend to be short and stout, with bushy growth that typically reaches about 2-4 feet in height.

When grown outdoors, OG Kush prefers stable temperatures of around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Regular trimming and topping is a good tactic to employ with OG Kush plants. Left untrimmed, the bushy nature of the plants can sometimes block light and airflow to the lower portions of the plant, preventing it from getting full exposure to light and blocking airflow, which can potentially lead to mold issues or encourage parasites.

OG Kush typically takes around 9 weeks to flower with moderate yield. You can expect around 2 ounces per plant from a good OG Kush harvest.

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A staple of the marijuana world, OG Kush is not to be forgotten. Whether you’re just looking to experience a high quality weed, find the perfect indoor plants, or are seeking genetics for your own breeding experiments, OG Kush is a perennial favorite.

Fortunately for those interested, OG Kush can be found in stock at just about any dispensary. You can also find OG Kush seeds available from any major seed bank.

If you haven’t tried it already, give it a go. You might just find a new favorite classic strain.

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