OG Kush Strain: An All-Time Favorite Explained

A legend among marijuana strains, the OG Kush strain is a classic that has proven its potency and medicinal benefits time and time again. Though we still don’t know where it came from exactly, that hasn’t stopped marijuana enthusiasts from crossing it with other strains and using its incredible effects to spawn other, almost equally legendary varieties. Today, we’ll explain the phenomenon of OG Kush and why it’s so popular. Trust us — there are lots of reasons for it!


OG Kush Strain: Genetic Makeup and Effects


We definitely cannot say for sure where OG Kush comes from, though there are some indications that it might be a cross between Chemdawg and Old World Paki Kush. Even its name is a bit of a mystery; you’d think the OG stands for Original only, but some say it may also signify Ocean Grown.


Either way, OG Kush’s effects are far more interesting right now, and one of the reasons it has been used to spawn various (now rather popular) phenotypes and hybrids. Those effects mainly come down to its genetic makeup and THC content. 


This is a balanced strain that’s typically 55% sativa and 45% indica. As such, we can benefit from a rather energizing hit, which comes on strong and inspires body-melting euphoria. It relaxes the mind and makes it so tranquil that all our worries simply flow away. 


However, OG Kush has a strong effect on the body, too, as it generates a mild to strong couch-lock. It definitely isn’t a strain we should use to increase our productivity or before a night out. It’s perfect when relaxing after work, though!


How It Looks, Tastes, and Smells


The OG Kush strain’s appearance is fairly typical of cannabis and without any too vibrant pops of color. There’s some green water leaves there, as well as some green and yellow sugar leaves. The pistils are traditionally orange. There’s also a coating of crystalline trichomes, courtesy of the high THC content (19 to 26%).


When it comes to the aroma, don’t expect anything too sweet. This strain has a fresh scent with some earthy tones. It definitely smells like pine with hints of lime, lemon, and spice. 


Flavor-wise, the fragrance matches the taste. We can easily notice the earthy undertones, as well as a sort of herbal, woody flavor. However, it has some sweet notes too, which mix well with the citrus notes to give the strain a unique taste.


Health Benefits and Side Effects


OG Kush can be proud of its various health benefits, both physical and psychological. Thanks to its high THC content, it is a well-known severe and chronic pain-reliever and powerful relaxant. Furthermore, it can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression, though it’s best to consume a lower dosage. 


There are some indications it may also help soothe nausea, migraines, and headaches. Some users even opt for it to treat insomnia, but in that case, a greater dosage would do more good. 


Unfortunately, it does come with some side effects, which aren’t that different from other strains but do require extra precaution. Because of the THC content, it’s easy to overdo it with OG Kush and experience some mild paranoia and anxiety. Those who aren’t that used to powerful highs may endure dizziness and lethargy as well. However, if we’re careful, we may only experience some dry mouth and eyes, which are relatively standard across most major marijuana strains.


Growing OG Kush


OG Kush is a sought-after strain, so inevitably, its price tends to go pretty high. Another reason it may come off as expensive is the fact that it’s not the easiest strain to grow. It is sensitive and requires optimized settings and maintenance because of its low resistance to powdery mildew. Unfortunately, it isn’t able to resist bugs and disease all that well, either.


This strain requires a hot and tropical climate, as well as lots of sun and water. Still, it can be grown both indoors and outdoors. 


In case someone decides to cultivate it inside, they’ll have to set up a controlled microclimate. The flowering time should be somewhere around eight to nine weeks, and the expected yield may be about 16 to 18 oz/m2. 


If grown outside, the yield is about 14 to 18 oz per plant. The flowering time is in early October.


Final Thoughts


Given its legendary effects and medicinal benefits, it’s no wonder that the OG Kush strain is one of the most sought-after options even today. And it looks like its popularity isn’t going away anytime soon. The fact it’s tough to grow only adds to its demand, and it makes for a good payday for growers ready for a challenge. Plus, this heavy hitter offers an incredible balance of energizing effects and couch-lock. What more could anyone want from their weed?

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