I am sure you have heard of the OG Kush Strain somewhere even if you're not a cannabis enthusiast. Maybe it was at your college reunion, or family gathering, this strain does have some reputation and fan following that makes it omnipotent. With debated genetics and the parent of many dope strains, OG Kush is not just a strain; it is an experience. 

It wasn't an accidental discovery but a carefully curated hybrid with a wide range of terpenes, a skunky taste, a beautifully balanced effect, and a hoard of properties that won many awards, accolades, and fame. To this day, OG Kush is known as the top-shelf strain and is used to create many other phenotypes and child-strains.

Here, we will be talking about the Real OG Kush Strain, its effects, aroma, taste, and even its side-effects. 

Let's get started. 


Overview of the OG Kush Strain

The vast world of cannabis has never ceased to amaze its followers. From its natural and uncalculated high to its wide array of benefits, we have just begun to see the tip of an enormous iceberg. Whether you like the euphoric high to fulfil a tedious task or the sweet relaxed couch-locked feeling to spend a lazy afternoon - you get it all with these green friends. 

For all those in a hurry, here's an overview of the most famous strain:

Origin & Genetic


OG Kush is one of the most notable strains and is known as the epitome of California Cannabis. This being said, its origins and genetics are highly debated. While one side agrees that it is a hybrid of straight-to-the brain ChemDawg and a heavy Indica dominant Hindu Kush, another side disagrees with this proposition. 

What we do know for sure about this strain is that it was first propagated by Matt Berger in Florida. However, when you read about this strain, you will come across JoshD as the man who popularized it and made it what it is today. JoshD Farms perfected the growing conditions to produce a perfect hybrid with a high THC content, that it immediately became the favourite of every recreation and medicinal users. Currently, we can see a lot of OG-Kush derived strains, phenotypes and products that honour its effect and flavour profile. 

While its origin is debated, so is the acronym OG which is added to the strain's name. Some people believe "OG" means Ocean Grown since most of the cannabis was grown near the Californian coast.

It is also said to stand for "Original Gangsta" and “OverGrown.com,” a now-defunct website that served as a resource for countless cannabis growers.

Now that we know where it possibly came from, let's have a look at its growing condition and appearance.

Appearance & Growing Condition


OG Kush is generally dubbed as difficult to grow as it needs very specific climatic conditions, mirroring that of South California where it is originally grown. It is highly sensitive to light and nutrient level, which makes it much easier to be grown hydroponically where you can regulate and control these aspects. 

The strain also requires constant care, regular check-ups, and attention since it is susceptible to powdery mildew, bugs, mites and other diseases. If you're successful, you will experience a 58-day flowering period followed by a pretty generous yield. 

OG Kush Strain has an Indica to Sativa ratio of 75:25. With Indica heavily dominating, the strain is bound to have an Indica-like structure with closely packed large nugs. The buds are covered graciously by shiny trichomes which gives them a silvery-white appearance and sticky nature. Make sure you use a grinder with this one. 

The densely populated crystalline trichomes are indicative of PG Kush strain's high THC Content. There are stories of people throwing out the most potent and dope weed because they misunderstood the trich-laden nugs for mould. Now that's heartbreaking!

It has yellowish-green leaves, with traces of purple if it experiences cold-weather. The Vibrant orange pistils are intended to catch pollen from the fertilizing male plants and give the overall appearance a colourful look. 

Aroma - OG Kush Strain

The perfect way to describe the aroma of OG Kush Strain is to call it bold and attention-grabbing because once you experience it, there is absolutely no going back. The top-shelf OG Kush has one of the most refreshing and earthy smells that transports you right in the middle of a forest. 

The aroma is defined as spicy and skunky with notes of citrus and fuel. When properly cured, the fragrance would be similar to that of a hoppy craft beer, with a pine-like odour. The potent OG Kush Strain has a woodsy, piney, citrusy, and earthy aroma, all at once, that it hits in the most accurate and dope manner. Even acclaimed cannabis tokers are taken aback with this OG strain! You can judge from the overpowering aroma, just how potent this strain is. 

Just remember, that this strain is not for discreet smokers. It leaves its pungent fuck in the air which lingers for long. If need be, you can get a terpene candle or an odour stick to cover up the smell. 

Taste - OG Kush Strain


The taste and smoke of OG Kush are pretty similar to that of its fragrance. It has an earthy and woody taste which crosses the line into being spicy and feels like the wood was barbecued. It has a slight undertone of sweetness which is followed by the subtle-undertones of lemon-lime citrus notes. 

This unique blend makes it a favourite among the stoners, because how else will you experience the complete spectrum of aroma, taste, and effect that is perfectly balanced between energizing and relaxing. The smoke from OK Kush is known to be harsh and strong, almost spicy and might sting the sinuses and cause the eyes to water. 

Effect of OG Kush Strain


OG Kush is a hybrid, which means you get the best of both worlds! And now if that's not tempting enough, let me explain. 

The high from OG Kush starts in your head rather than physical. You will experience a sudden headrush kinda thing which will lead you to be more invested in the surrounding colours and sounds. This mood blends into euphoria and you will find yourself happily doing a task that you have been avoiding or procrastinating about. 

The euphoric high can be used to indulge in work, or do activities like working out, playing games, and even sex. The head-high is a blended one, so you will not feel as you do from a pure Sativa strain, but the effect will be slightly there. This makes it great for parties, social interaction, and lively conversations. 

Once the mind high starts wearing out, you will be welcomed into the relaxing state, which does not make you sad or tired, but just give you enough reason to happily lie down and space out. It's the best time to munch your favourite snack and watch Rick and Morty. This makes it a great evening/day - time strain. 

Depending on how it is grown, you might experience the Indica-effect more or the Sativa-effect. And if you get your hands on the originally grown OG Kush, then you're in for a ride. 

Side Effects

Now that we know all the medicinal benefits and the tempting effects of OG Kush strain, let's have a look at the side-effects. 

It doesn't have any severe side-effects, only those which come with cannabis usage. The first thing that you would experience while consuming the strain is a dry mouth. For this, keep a bottle of water handy and hydrate yourself to beat this one.

Another side-effect which comes with using cannabis is dry eyes. If you're looking to fight this, look for eye-drops that soothe the redness. You can get one from your local dispensary.

High dosage may lead to paranoia, dizziness and headache. 

Make sure you look out for these side effects before indulging in a heavy stoning session. Better to be prepared than not.


Is OG Kush top-shelf?

Yes, OG Kush does have a very potent relaxing effect indicative of Indica, followed by a clear-headed high like a top-shelf Sativa. There are many phenotypes of this strain, so make sure you're going for the top-shelf one.

What makes an OG Strain?

Nobody really knows what OG means here. Some people believe "OG" means Ocean Grown since most of the cannabis was grown near the Californian coast. It is also said to stand for "Original Gangsta" and “OverGrown.com,” a now-defunct website that served as a resource for countless cannabis growers.

How do you know its OG Kush?

It has large nugs, packed closely with a generous covering of shiny and sticky trichomes. You can also recognize the strain with its skunky and earthy aroma that is hard to ignore. 

How many weeks does OG Kush flower?

Generally, OG Kush takes about 8 weeks or 58-day flowering period followed by a pretty generous yield. 

Is OG Kush an upper or a downer?

As a hybrid mix, it entails both the effect, where you will have a mind-high which will help you complete the pending tasks and create lively conversations. This is followed by a state of relaxation and drowsiness.

Phew! This was all about the OG Kush Strain, and I hope I have covered everything you wanted to know. Novice stoners should be careful of this high THC breed and start with consuming a very small amount before going all out. 

Let me know, in the comments section, if you have any other doubt in your head and I will get back to you.

Till then, Ciao and toke it your way with Olivastu.