There are very few cannabis strains on earth as popular with consumers and important to modern cannabis genetics as OG Kush. OG Kush is a true anytime strain, with effects generally reported as being more cerebral than physical, without the anxiety associated with heavy sativa-leaning strains. Because of its high potency, many patients claim that varieties from the OG family provide excellent relief for chronic and neuropathic pain.
OG Kush carries many traits found in the original Hindu Kush landrace strains of Afghanistan. Today, the entire Kush family of strains originally discovered thousands of years ago in the Hindu Mountain range are referred to as the “OG” family.
The “OG” stamp is commonly misperceived as standing for “Original Gangster”, most likely due to its use in pop culture. The reality is much more pleasant: OG simply stands for “Ocean Grown” – a nod to its California roots.
OG Kush also found a way to dodge a straight answer about whether it is an indica or sativa strain. This may have a lot to do with OG Kush’s 16 phenotypes, often sold on dispensary shelves as completely different strains. With phenotypes including Tahoe OG, SFV OG, and True OG, many have been found to lean slightly toward indica dominance, and others sativa.
OG Kush’s past may be murky, but its prominence in the future of cannabis genetics is crystal clear.
Once established, OG Kush became the genetic backbone for breeding some of the most prized hybrid strains, including Bubba Kush, Girl Scout Cookies and Headband. While most cannabis experts agree that OG Kush’s potency and effects make it one of the most widely consumed modern-day strains, almost every other facet of the plant’s lineage is still debated. Some claim that it’s a cross between Chemdawg and a Hindu Kush landrace, while others believe it is simply a Chemdawg phenotype.