OG Kush Strain

Medically reviewed by Alexander Tabibi, MD
September 8, 2020
OG Kush Strain Review
OG Kush Strain Review

It’s hard to talk about the most famous strains of all time without highlighting OG Kush, a strain that sounds iconic in name alone.  The beloved parent of a countless number of cultivar offsprings, its “OG” form remains one of the most sought-after on the market for recreational and medicinal users alike.  Let’s take a closer look.

What is OG Kush?

The OG Kush cannabis strain is quite possibly the most famous and in-demand marijuana strain globally.  This hybrid strain is heavily indica-leaning at a 3:1 ratio, and is believed to be a breed originating from the ChemDawg (Chemdog) strain crossed with Thai Lemon and Pakistani Kush.  This is a high THC, low CBD strain that can go up to 24% THC in many cases.

This is a medium to large, dense and bushy plant with heavy flowering, and can get up to 3 meters tall.  The flowers are lime green and packed with resin.  The flowers are typically an olive green, but sometimes have purple waves, especially if grown in colder climates.  The telltale orange pistils offset the colors and help show off the crystal-like covering of the trichomes.

What Does OG Kush Taste and Smell Like?

Within the expected musky and earthy flavor and aroma of cannabis, you’ll find the distinctive diesel note, mixed with lime and other citrus, which will surprisingly remind you of a backyard barbeque.  It’s also been compared to a craft beer, thanks to multiple musky flavors and aromas.  Known for its flavor along with its potency, it’s clear why this is a strain that’s strong in demand, with the price tag to follow.

It is as aromatic as it is potent, and when smoked can cause coughing.  Its distinctive aroma lasts, so if discretion is your focus, you should be aware that this scent can draw attention.

OG Kush Cannabis Strain Uses

Urban legend has it that this is the strain of choice used by gang members to reduce the pain from gunshot wounds.

What are OG Kush’s Effects?

Urban legend has it that this is the strain of choice used by gang members to reduce the pain from gunshot wounds.  While there’s nothing to back this up, this strain is high in THC and, combined with the CBD levels, offers therapeutic effects that include relief from muscle pain, stress, migraines and a variety of mood issues.  It’s also a fantastic choice for sleep.

OG Kush is a strong, quick-acting strain, so it will hit you hard and fast.  While some report effects as energizing, most find it more relaxing and sedating, but either way, it’s potent, and consumers should be ready for its near-immediate effect, as it can be debilitating.

The effect is more of a head high, beginning with a euphoric and cerebral rush.  As a result, you may feel more “in the moment,” focusing on the world around you as you notice intensified colors, smells and sounds.  This will give way for even more high-climbing euphoria overall.  If you’re a more experienced sativa user, you may not experience the sudden rush we’re describing, but the OG Kush strain does adapt to the consumer’s state of mind.  It is a favorite for those in social settings, or for use in settings that benefit from an increase in mind/body integration experiences.

Possible Side Effects of the OG Kush Cannabis Strain

The side effects are minimal but include the typical dry mouth and eyes, which is managed easily by straying hydrated.  Depending on your sensitivity, you may experience some degree of paranoia, dizziness, or headaches, but these are uncommon reactions.

Growing the OG Kush Cannabis Strain

This strain grows dense, busy, and tall, and is a sturdy, durable plant that can get up to three meters tall. Since it’s packed with resin, the flowers appear large, and will require regular pruning to maximize the yield. This strain is also used as a clone source, so it’s a sought after strain by growers as well as users.

  • Flowers in about 9 weeks (early October for outdoor growers)
  • Responds well to ScrOGging / Super Cropping in the right climate or controlled environment
  • Best grown in lower humidity and moderate temperatures, typically around 75oF
  • Yield: approximately 45 grams (1.6 ounces) per square foot.

OG Kush: Be Totally One with the Present Moment

Life coaches, therapists, doctors and internet memes all agree that mindful meditation and living in the moment are practices we should all consider to remain focused and engaged in our lives.  The OG Kush strain seems to be the embodiment of this concept, as a fast-acting and undeniably potent strain that quickly focuses you on your surroundings, engaging your mind and body in the experience.