OG Kush vies for an enviable position as one of the most popular cannabis strains of all time. If you’ve ever walked into a dispensary and gazed up at its menu, chances are you’ve seen the name OG Kush staring back down at you. We’re going to take a deep dive into this legendary cannabis strain, including whether OG Kush is an indica or a sativa, its effects, and a local dispensary where you can find it.
What Is the OG Kush Strain?
For being such a popular strain, there’s a lot of mystery surrounding OG Kush. For one, we’re not even actually sure what its name refers to. According to some sources, the term “OG” stands for “Original Gangster,” or simply “original” in layman’s terms. There are plenty of pieces of popular culture, from music to movies, that will confirm this definition (including the Merriam-Webster online dictionary).
However, there’s a smaller contingent that maintains “OG” means something else in this specific case. When referring to cannabis, the term “OG” may actually mean “Ocean Grown,” not “Original Gangster.” We may never know which camp is correct in their naming conventions, so feel free to draw your own conclusions.
Is OG Kush Indica or Sativa?
Now that we’ve covered OG Kush’s naming conventions, let’s get down to its genetics. If you’ve ever asked yourself whether OG Kush was an indica or a sativa, it’s actually somewhere in between. Specifically, OG Kush is often about 45% indica and 55% sativa. While its specific genetics may have been lost to time, some sources believe OG Kush is a cross between Chemdawg, Lemon Thai, and Hindu Kush. That would make it a fairly balanced hybrid demonstrating both indica and sativa effects and benefits.
OG Kush Strain: Aroma, Appearance, and Flavor
You’ll know OG Kush as soon as you smell it. SImply put, it smells like dirt. OG strains are known for their earthy aroma, which is totally unmistakable once you pick up on it. Its Kush genetics give this strain a fairly unique aroma, too, including subtle notes of pine, citrus, and diesel fuel. If your nose is particularly sensitive, you may pick up some skunky and sour smells, as well. When inhaling OG Kush, its flavor underscores its aroma, along with adding a distinctly herbal taste.
When it comes to looks, OG Kush is something to behold. Its buds feature a prominent bold, green tone. Orange hairs crown its flowers, making them burst with ruddy color. As you approach the apex of each bud, the density of its trichomes increases, creating a glistening, shimmering sheen.
OG Kush: Effects
Thanks to its diverse genetic background, OG Kush has a wide range of effects. And since OG Kush has an above average THC content generally ranging from 20% to 26%, it’s no slouch! You can expect a cerebral rush of euphoria that can induce a happy, giggly, and particularly sociable experience. It may even help artists find that creative spark needed to get on with their work. After that initial euphoria fades, it may lull you into a deep state of relaxation.
Medical Benefits of OG Kush Strain
Medical cannabis patients often use marijuana for a variety of reasons, and OG Kush is no exception. One common reason that medical patients use OG Kush and cannabis in general, is to help improve their sleep. Additionally, CBD—one of the primary active ingredients in cannabis strains like OG Kush—may be an effective way to soothe anxiety, as well.
Growing OG Kush Cannabis Plants
Growing OG Kush isn’t a simple task. This strain can be temperamental, and may get upset if you don’t dial in your environmental variables. First off, try to keep your temperature between 65 and 80 degrees. You’ll also want to keep the relative humidity in your garden around 40%. You need to keep your plants moist and happy, but you don’t want to promote mold.
If you’re growing OG Kush indoors, you’ll want to harvest after 8-9 weeks of flowering. When growing outdoors, wait as long as you can before your first frost. This usually happens sometime in October. If you successfully nurture your OG Kush plant through harvest day, you’ll be rewarded with average yields of 17 ounces per square meter indoors. Its outdoor yield can often reach 16 ounces per plant.
Find OG Strains at Your Local Mission Dispensary
Does reading about OG Kush whet your appetite for some high-grade cannabis? At Mission, we’ve got you covered. Browse our list of locations to find the Mission dispensary closest to you and browse our online menus to see what OG Kush products or other OG strains we currently have in stock. We look forward to seeing you!