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What is OG Kush?

July 12, 2020

OG Cush is a legendary and highly popular strain of marijuana. Kush is a type of cannabis that grows in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan, one of the few places on earth where cannabis grows natively. Kush can easily be grown in the US because of the genetics that makes this plant highly resistant to different environmental elements. It is easy to manage these plants as they do not grow very tall. It resulted in the strain becoming a popular choice among cannabis growers because of the availability of many strains with kush genetics.

Kush cannabis has very dense buds. This strain of cannabis features colas that are deep green in color with a purple tint on the leaves. The tiny hairs of the cannabis, called pistils, are either rust-colored or orange. Kush is known for its powerful smell, ranging from natural to earthy and floral to sweet, making it difficult to spot kush using smell alone.

A very popular  strain of kush is the OG Kush, a hybrid. OG Kush provides a relaxing but uplifting euphoric high, not as sedating as other strains of kush. 

The name OG Kush is so popular that even many non-users of marijuana are familiar with the name. it is not clear what “OG” stands for although there are different speculations as to what the letters mean.

The origins of “OG” have given rise to endless debate and discussion and still, nobody is sure about its meaning. The meaning of “OG” is a genuine mystery although there are many different theories.

Some people believe that “OG” was a tribute to, a very popular cannabis website at the start of the 21st century until it was shut down by Canadian authorities. Another school of thought is that “OG” refers to “Original Gangster” as it was a strain that was grown in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles. The most probable meaning of OG Kush is “Ocean Grown Kush” in reference to the place where the strain is grown - close to the Bay of California. However, the discussion on the real meaning of “OG” does not end there as many other theories are coming from the different areas of California, which means that the investigation should continue.

The OG Kush bud is easy to identify even before feeling its effects because of the unique way it looks and smells. The strain has flowers that are medium-sized, usually in bright green that are covered in crystalline trichomes which leaves a sticky resin on the fingers. The OG Kush flowers contain many terpenes, such as humulene, limonene, and pinene, which combine to provide OG Kush a signature sour and earthy aroma. 

OG Kush is a notoriously difficult plant to grow. It is probably the most difficult variety of marijuana to cultivate. The strain prefers an arid, outdoor climate, taking about 8 to 9 weeks to flower. This marijuana strain can also be grown indoor but you should take into account its pungent smell. Growers must bear in mind that OG Kush is a building block strain used for cross-breeding.

Consumers of OG Kush claim that the strain can relieve headaches, lower stress levels, and help attain focus when dealing with an attention deficit disorder focus. It produces mentally-stimulating highs coupled with uplifting and energizing effects that build to a sense of euphoria instead of a purely physical “body buzz.” OG Kush affects individual users differently. It is known for its potency and consistently high THC composition so it should not be used by a first-timer.

OG Kush History

The beginning of OG Kush in California could be traced somewhere in Los Angeles in 1996. The Golden State was contemplating changing the game when it comes to cannabis reform by passing Prop 125 that established what would become the largest medical marijuana market on the planet.

Even before the passage of Prop 125, intrepid cultivators have been harvesting countless cannabis crops from their backyards and the hills and canyons of Los Angeles, where Josh D, known as @therealogkushstory, was living a rebellious life growing weed for the black market. Josh first experienced cannabis at the age of 13, immediately falling in love with its effects. By age 17, Josh was traveling the world to meet cannabis connoisseurs and collect pot seeds for his garden back at home.

At about the same time, in Florida, Matt “Bubba” Berger was also playing with law enforcement as he grew his cannabis plants. Berger was known in Florida for his prized cut of a Northern Lights phenomenon, which he called ‘Bubba.’ Berger is also known for another Florida cannabis legend known as Kryptonite. This is a high-grade week that allegedly originated in Seattle and shipped back east in hard-packed rectangular bricks. The overpowering effects and added density are the reasons the strain was called Kryptonite.

Kryptonite, over the years, got chopped down to Krippy, a term that was used to describe all high-grade cannabis in the region.

According to the story, a friend of Burger’s loved Krippy very much that he referred to the dense nugs as “Kushberries,” with no intended correlation to or knowledge of the Hindi Kush mountains in Afghanistan that produced some of the world’s most potent cannabis at the time. The name became a hit and it was eventually cut down to “Kush”.

Back to Los Angeles

By this time, things were beginning to heat up in Los Angeles because of the topic of medical marijuana. 

Matt Berger moved from Florida to Southern California and was linked with Josh through a mutual friend named Chris. Josh, Matt, and their buddy moved into a place in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. Josh dug into the extensive collection of seeds that he had been stockpiling for a while. 

Berger observed his buddy Josh growing cannabis and observing that nothing quite like Kush was grown in LA, packed his clothes and went back to the Sunshine State to retrieve his prized strains of Kush, Bubba, and KY and brought them back to the west coast.

With the rare cannabis strains from Berger, Josh D started a cannabis revolution in the West Coast of not only the strains to be grown but also how to grow them well. Much like some of the most iconic strains known, Bubba Kush was the result of accidental pollination of a lower nug of the Kush strain.

At that time in Southern California, law enforcement treated weed and grow operations as Public Enemy # 1. People were getting arrested regularly over their association with the cannabis plant.

The practice of growing Sativa-leaning marijuana plants, like lemon thai, in the yard carried a lot of risks as they could hardly be concealed from nosy neighbors, the threat of cannabis thieves, and of course, the pesky police.

High Times Magazine released around that time an article about a “Million Dollar Crop” that showcased the emerging technology of indoor growing of cannabis instead, using the system of  rock wool hydroponic instead of planting in the soil. Growing cannabis indoors changed the game in Los Angeles and everywhere else. It took out the watchful eyes of law enforcement and concealing everything behind doors and blackout windows.

The Kush strain is notoriously difficult to grow properly as it is super sensitive to light. It is picky about its nutes and when stressed, it can throw seeds and wreck the entire crop.

By 1997, the strain was fetching up to $8,000 per pound based on low supply, high demand, and ever-higher quality. This incredible popularity of the Kush strain is something that could not have happened outside of Los Angeles.

Today, various cannabis strains can be sourced legally from licensed growers such as the Royal Seed Bank and Royal Queen Seeds, where growers can find popular varieties such as the sunset sherbet strain, a direct descendant of the Girl Scout cookies. The California seed bank provides interested growers with the basic knowledge of marijuana growing such as how to germinate marijuana seeds. The knowledge is now available and seeds of various strains are available to start a well-paying operation to grow cannabis legally. Royal Queen Seeds, like most seed banks are always in search of better hybrids, by crossing strains themselves.

Is Kush a Indica or Sativa?

Kish is one of the strains of Cannabis indica. The Kush cannabis originated from landrace plants that were mainly grown in Afghanistan, North-Western India, and Northern Pakistan. Some strains come from the Hindu Kush mountain range. Strains of Hindu Kush Cannabis were taken to the US in the 1970s and continued to be grown in the country, specifically in Southern California, to the present. 

It is known that Sativa gives more “head high,’ and should be used while the user is physically active. On the other hand, Indica, with its more sedating effect, tends to calm the body. But the effects of either Indica or Sativa always vary, depending on the genetic make-up of each plant, the consumption method, the dose, and the user’s tolerance. Hybrids combine the elements of Indica and Sativa to produce both body and mind effects.


People wrongly refer to every exceptionally good cannabis plant as Kush. However, Kush is a very specific variety. The Hindu Kush, with a naturally 20% THC content, is considered as one the purest Indicas in the world. It is similar to Indicas in that the plant is short, with dark green buds and orange hairs. When you see a grower to look for weed seeds for sale, you will easily identify the Hindu Kush because of its strong, floral aroma. The original Hindu Kush has many strains, each has its unique aroma, appearance, effect, and flavor.

Sellers of marijuana seeds online, Purple Kush, which is a cross of Purple Afghani and the Hindu Kush is one of the best strains of Hindu Kush. Other famous varieties of Kush include OG Kush, Bubba Kush, Skywalker OG, and Master Kush. 

Novice growers are not advised to plant Kush right away because the strain is notoriously difficult to cultivate. New growers will be better off starting with autoflowering seeds, which are Sativa or Indica that are crossed with a ruderalis species as they are easier to grow.


Is OG Kush a hybrid or indica?

OG Kush is a balanced hybrid cannabis strain that has slightly more sativa characteristics. The body high that it produces may be described as an inducing couch lock. The THC levels are very high and the cerebral euphoria has made this strain extremely popular to users. The popularity of OG Kush contributed to the development of many other Kush, OG Kush strains.

OG Kush is a hybrid with a very unique terpene profile, boasting of a complex aroma with notes of spice, fuel, and skunk. It is a 55/45 Indica dominant hybrid that has a whopping THC average of 24%. 

Kush, OG Kush has become a worldwide staple that has been used in creating other famous strains such as Headband and GSC. OG Kush has many different phenotypes such as SFV OG, Tahoe OG, and Ghost OG.

Is OG Kush high in CBD?

CBD is the second-most abundant cannabinoid content of cannabis. High-CBD cannabis strains deliver clear-headed and functional effects minus the euphoria that is common with high-THC strains. A strain with high CBD is a good choice for people who need to medicate throughout the day for pain control, anxiety, inflammation, and other chronic conditions.

CBD Kush is a small plant that reaches only 100 cm in height. It has high medicinal value with up to 5% of CBD level and 7% THC. It is considered a treasure for patients who suffer from tension and pain, and who do not want to experience a strong brain high. 

CBD Kush has many medical uses that are highly preferred than the recreational ones. The strain offers relief from deep-seated pains and aches, either temporary or chronic. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe daily annoyances such as nausea and headaches. The high concentration of CBD allows for fewer distractions, allowing users to focus on a single task. CBD Kush elevates mood by providing temporary relief from depression, stress, and anxiety.


Despite being notoriously difficult to grow, OG Kush remains a popular cannabis strain. People love it because of its unique scent, taste, and appearance. It has a nice feel and euphoric cerebral high. Kush, OG Kush is a potent strain that is not recommended for the newer smoker or someone who may be considered lightweight. 

OG Kush has a THC concentration that averages 21-24% levels, with some of the related strains going higher than that. When grown correctly, OG Kush is a must-have for cannabis connoisseurs.

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