Strain Review: OG Kush

March 20, 2017

OG Kush is one of the most well-known and popular (highly potent) hybrid strains on the market. But, surprisingly, its lineage has been a closely guarded secret (or, rather, given its origins, no one can say conclusively). Nonetheless, many people (“in the know”) believe OG Kush is a cross between the hybrid Chemdawg and legendary pure-Indica landrace strain, Hindu Kush. Because “allegedly” (it could be stoner legend), OG Kush originally came from bag seed at a Grateful Dead show (back in the early 1990s), its lineage remains unconfirmed.

No doubt: OG Kush is ubiquitous, making up as Leafly describes, “the genetic backbone of West Coast cannabis varieties.” OG Kush’s scent is often described as “lemony,” “piney,” with “earthy” and “woody” undertones, suggesting healthy terpene content including limonene, pinene, and sleep-inducing myrcene. Unsurprisingly, given its ubiquity, OG Kush has spawned dozens of phenotypes, that reportedly count Alpha OG, Boss OG, Butter OG, Tahoe OG, Khalifa OT, and Triple X OG Kush (to name a few) among its ranks.

Boasting average THC content that usually exceeds 20% (and regularly approaches the high 20s), OG Kush packs a powerful punch! Given it powerful therapeutic powers, it’s a go-to strain for many patients (and consumers) coping with chronic pain and insomnia.

OG Kush Effects & High

For most users, OG Kush produces consistent effects: a well-balanced head and body high, complemented by with intense euphoria and cerebral sensations. OG Kush passionistas claim a few puffs will leave you in a mellow, trance-like state. And, often couch-locked (which could be a good or bad thing, depending on what your preferences are).

Given its sky-high THC potency, the uninitiated should tread lightly. Smoke too much, and you may feel dizzy or paranoid. Likewise, many users claim they get a case of dry eyes or evil cottonmouth following a few tokes. So keep a bottle of water nearby and maybe some Visine. Moreover, like many strains, it doesn’t affect all users the same. For many users, it helps alleviate headaches; some people, however, report they experience a headache after indulging. Of course, everybody’s physiology is different — so how it affects Suzy, may be different than Sam. Nonetheless, most people say OG Kush leaves them feeling happy, euphoric, and relaxed.

OG Kush also has a reputation for being incredibly versatile. This strain can also be used to treat a wide number of health conditions. OG Kush's robust cerebral effects make it a popular choice for alleviating stress, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. It’s also popular with many vets (and others) suffering from PTSD-related symptoms. Likewise, OG Kush’s pleasant body effects make it a consistent standby for those coping with chronic pain and movement disorders.

What Are Consumers Saying About OG Kush?

Of the nearly 3000 reviews on Leafly, most reviewers rate OG Kush as “exceptional.”

On its versatility, reviewer Retnolsmiff ponies up the following:

“The best strain of cannabis if I had the ultimate say so, the true definition of dank. Purchase in large quantities if possible, as it can heal in multiple facets. Can you work out after smoking it? Hell yeah. Can you sit on the couch all day and play the Playstation? You damn right. I love it, truly, and if it was all I could ever smoke, I'd die a happy and high fella. Peace to all.”

Reporting on OG Kush’s near-perfect head and body balance (and therapeutic versatility), LegitLogic says:

“Apparently got ahold of some very very very nicely grown OG Kush and I truly have to say this stuff is insanely amazing! Amazing balance between Head and Body, it totally hits you both ways...amazing for Migraine Headaches, Stress, Pain and Spasms. A definite must try especially if it looks as crazy as my batch did.”

Another reviewer, 420IndigoChild, credits OG Kush for helping him bond with his girlfriend:

“For me and my girlfriend, smoking is a bonding experience. After each hit, I love talking with her, Whether it be about our day, us and our future, or life experiences or little things. This weed is GREAT for that, take your time with it, take a hit from the bong and let it take its course and fully hit you before taking another. Experience each kind of high. Each hit you take is a different high, so love it, stay in it, then tell it goodbye…This weed is great to be open and intimate with...Save this for late at night, when the moon is in the sky just right, and you are ready to snuggle with the love, or the cats.”

420IndigoChild claims the “only downfall” is that OG Kush has the proclivity for making you sleepy (which, of course, is what also makes it a popular strain for insomnia).

Many OG Kush enthusiasts claim it helps them “kill two birds with one stone,” alleviating pain and insomnia.

Remember Cypress Hill? Watch B-Real on the Joe Rogan Show reminisce about OG Kush:

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