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OG Kush & Other OG Strains to Know

OG Kush cannabis flower

It doesn’t take long in the cannabis world to hear someone mention OG Kush. There’s a good reason for that—it is one of the most popular and influential marijuana strains to date. In this guide, we’ll answer some of the most common questions we get about OG Kush, including: 

  • What is OG Kush?
  • What Does “OG” Stand For?
  • What Other Popular OG Strains Are There?
  • OG Kush FAQs
     

What Is OG Kush?

OG Kush is a hybrid (though it leans closer to sativa) marijuana strain that is likely a cross between Hindu Kush and Chemdawg, though some sources suggest it may have different influences as well. OG Kush has a unique history in that we aren’t exactly sure where it came from. However, most cannabis experts agree that the strain was developed by amateur growers in the 1990s. Some claim it was developed in Florida, while others say Southern California. As if the origin story wasn’t confusing enough, OG Kush and Landrace Kush are completely different from one another. Landrace Kush is an indica from Afghanistan. 

Learn more about the differences between sativa, indica, and hybrid cannabis strains.
 

What Does “OG” Stand For? 

Similar to its mysterious beginnings, there are many theories about what the “OG” stands for when referring to OG strains. Many people’s first thought is that it refers to “original gangster,” a nod to the Southern California hip-hop scene in the 1990s. Another possibility is that it stands for “Ocean Grown,” as the strain was developed close to an ocean. 

Today, the term is used to indicate if a strain was bred from OG Kush.
 

What Other Popular OG Strains Are There?

There are many different strains bred from OG Kush, and there are likely some strains we don’t even realize have OG Kush heritage. This is because many OG Kush strains have a mysterious history like the parent strain. For example, Tahoe OG was reportedly developed in the 1980s, but this would not be possible, because OG Kush wasn’t created until the early ‘90s. We know for sure that Tahoe OG is a phenotype of OG Kush, through genetic testing

Three of the most popular strains that hail from OG Kush are:

  • Fire OG: If you’re into potent strains, this is the one you’re looking for. Fire OG is the most potent strain in the entire OG Kush family. Fire OG is an indica-leaning hybrid with a citrus scent and a spicy-lemon flavor. Consumers also note that there are some earthy undertones too. This strain gets its name from its gorgeous bright red and orange streaks that decorate the bud, much like fire. 
     
  • Tahoe OG: This indica-leaning strain is popular with cannabis users who like to consume marijuana and relax. It has both a lemony-herb flavor and an elevated THC potency. It won 3rd place for Best Indica in the 2011 Cannabis Cup. 
     
  • True OG: While OG has been said to stand for “original gangster” or just “original,” True OG’s nomenclature is said to mean “Ocean Grown” because it was discovered in Southern California. Like its parent, True OG has a citrus scent with pine undertones, and also like its parent, it has won many awards. In fact, it won 2nd place for indica strains in every High Times Medical Cup since 2010. 


Frequently Asked Questions About OG Kush

OG Kush has remained one of the most popular cannabis strains, so we get a lot of questions about it. To make it easier for customers to find answers about this unique hybrid, we’ve compiled and answered a handful of questions here: 

Why Is OG Kush So Special?
OG Kush pairs a variety of things that many cannabis connoisseurs love, including a deep terpene profile—including myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene—strong THC potency, and the balance only a hybrid can offer. 

Are All OG Kush Strains Indica?
Nope! Because OG Kush is a hybrid, strains that are bred with it tend to run the full spectrum of sativa to indica.

Is OG Kush Strong?
When it comes to marijuana flower, OG Kush is considered potent. Its THC levels range from 22-27%. 

Why Is OG Kush So Good?
The reasons OG Kush is popular with consumers depends on the consumers themselves. Many people enjoy the balanced, hybrid experience of OG Kush. Others gravitate toward its high THC potency and rich terpene profile. Ultimately, only you can decide if OG Kush is good for you. 

Where Can You Find OG Kush?
Many state-licensed dispensaries, including Verilife, carry OG Kush. Because of its popularity, it's also a strain that beginners hear about and want to try. This makes it one strain that most licensed dispensaries sell, if they keep it in stock.

Interested in giving OG Kush a try? Visit one of our dispensary locations near you and talk to one of our expert budtenders. They can help you purchase OG Kush or find another strain more suitable to your needs and preferences. 
 


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