With legalization just around the corner, what better time to take a closer look at some of the most popular cannabis strains in the world.
This week we’re looking at OG Kush, a strain shrouded in mystery. The ‘OG’ in the name is often mistakenly said to stand for ‘Original Gangster’, probably because it has been referenced by a bunch of rappers, from Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa to 2 Chainz. However, experts agree that the ‘OG’ in the name most likely stands for ‘Ocean Grown’, possibly in reference to the strain’s West Coast origins.
While OG Kush has generally quite a heavy high (which would more often be associated with Indica strains), it is actually a hybrid of both Indica and Sativa. Whether it is more Indica or Sativa dominant is often up to which phenotype or version you come across – and OG Kush has a lot of them. Either way, the common consensus is that OG Kush is generally a very strong strain, and its high THC content (typically between 20-25%) makes it not the best strain for newcomers to cannabis.
The origin of the strain is somewhat contested, but the general consensus is that OG Kush comes from a mix between the popular Chemdawg strain, and a cross between Old World Paki Kush and Lemon Thai.
The effects of OG Kush are notably euphoric with deep, relaxing body-highs to be expected. Because of its strong bodily effects, which are likely to help relax the user, OG Kush might be beneficial for those treating depression, stress and chronic pain.
Along with OG Kush’s strong bodily effects, it also has a very pungent flavour – which, to many, is instantly recognizable. It’s got an earthy taste – think woodsy, oaky, pine-infused flavour. The strain has also been said to have a slight touch of citrus, likely due to its Lemon Thai origins.