OG Kush Strain: 9 Things You Must Know

OG Kush = Chemdawg x (Lemon Thai x Hindu Kush)




OG Kush is a wildly popular sativa dominant hybrid. It is a living legend amongst cannabis strains. Highly regarded for its knockout high and great taste, it has quickly become the most popular cannabis strain in the world.

OG Kush is a wonderful for breeding and creating new phenotypes. It shares its epic genetics with a plethora of California’s highest potency Kush strains, such as Fire OG and Tahoe OG. Despite its popularity, the original OG Kush strain is considered a genetic mystery. Many growers believe it was a cross between Chemdawg, Lemon Thai and Hindu Kush, but nobody knows for sure.

Many find OG Kush is a great strain for pain relief and insomnia. It is not uncommon for OG Kush to have around 24% THC. This produces a high that is initially uplifting, followed by a heavy relaxing body high.

OG Kush is one of the best strains I’ve ever tested! It had a strong slow paced high, although very strong, lasts for hours. This is one of the first strains that has made me feel like I was getting high for the first time

OG Kush Strain Information

LINEAGE: Chemdawg x (Lemon Thai x Hindu Kush)
TYPE: Sativa Dominant
THC: 18-24% CBD: 0-.3%
APPEARANCE:  OG Kush has beautiful hues of bright and dark green. The nuggets are thc rich, dense and visually magnifiscent. The buds vary in size and are usually smaller and popcorn sized nugs. Orange pistils are present throughout the sticky buds.
SMELL: OG Kush is very pungent! It will smell up a room in no time. It has a wonderful sweet scent, with a strong piney fragrance. The smell is intense but tantalizing.
TASTE: OG Kush tastes very nice. It has a sweet citrus taste with piney earthy undertones.
BEST FOR TREATING:  Insomnia, Anxiety, Pain, Appetite, Depression and Migraines
CREATED FEELINGS: OG Kush produces a very uplifting and social buzz. Between 30 minutes and an hour you may start to feel the relaxing effects set in. Some experience relaxation, couch lock or even fall asleep given the circumstances. Overall OG Kush is a very satisfying mix of head high and relaxed body high.
DURATION:  The OG Kush high ranges from 2 to 3 hours
SIMILAR STRAINS:  Sour Diesel, Chemdawg, Tahoe OG, SFV OG and Raskal’s OG


FLOWERING TIME: 50-70 days and Finishes in Early October outdoors.
YIELD INDOOR: Around 450 grams per 10 square feet
YIELD OUTDOOR: Around 500 grams per 10 square feet
GROW DIFFICULTY: OG Kush is Moderate to Difficult to grow and real OG Kush is clone only.

OG Kush: 9 Answers You Should Know

1. Where Did OG Kush Originate From?

OG Kush originally blew up in popularity in Northern California and Los Angeles. Its origins are deeply shrouded in mystery. It is believed the first true OG came from a Chemdawg clone. Supposedly imported from the East Coast by a grower named Putz. This clone was likely cross bred with Lemon Thai and Pakistani Kush, but no one knows for sure (this is the genetics of dinafem OG Kush). All we know is whatever was crossed created a wonderfully potent strain that would become the genetic backbone for many fantastic strains.

2. What Are Some Phenotypes of OG Kush?

OG Kush is commonly bred with other strains to increase the offsprings potency. Therefore it shares its genetics with literally hundreds of popular strains.  A few great phenotypes of OG Kush are Tahoe OG, Skywalker OG, Mars OG, Larry OG, Church OG, Raskal OG, Deadhead OG, Alien OG and Sour OG.

3. How Did OG Kush Come to Dominate the World?

Over the years OG Kush has passed through the lungs of millions, satisfying the vast majority. Og Kush is wildly popular in Southern California Dispensaries and is currently the most purchased strain in the United States. In 1993 a grower in LA named Putz crossed the original Chemdawg (from a grower named Chemdog) cutting with his secret ingredients a male Thai Lemon and Paki Kush Hybrid, creating OG Kush. He distributed the resulting seeds out to various growers in the San Fernando valley.  These seeds became the modern phenotype of OG Kush.

Its popularity exploded in California around the Los Angeles area in 1995. You can thank Og Kush seed sales on the internet for solidifying its worldwide conquest. Prices for OG Kush can go as high as $30 dollars a gram, but can be found around $20 in California.

4. Enough of the History, How is OG Kush’s High, Smell and Taste?

OG Kush packs a punch! It smells wonderful with a mix of sweet and piney fragrances with a slight hint of gasoline. The aroma is very pungent with remnants of concentrated citric acid and earthy tones. This results in a fresh, piney and uniquely sweet after taste.

OG Kush’s fantastic aroma and taste is likely the reason OG Kush exploded in popularity in the first place. The high is uplifting initially followed by a long lasting relaxing body high. OG Kush can be as high as 24% THC and .23% CBD producing a very medicated high, with great pain relief. Probably why it is a favorite amongst OG gangsters for recovering from fights and wounds. Only kidding.

5. Speaking of OG, what does that mean anyways?

Pretty much everything about OG Kush has a story and a little uncertainty, including what OG actually means. Most growers believe that OG means Ocean Grown. This stems from a story about the original grower Putz. Legend has it Putz was told by a smoker who tried OG Kush and loved its taste that it must be a mountain-grown Kush. Putz replied “this Kush is ocean-grown, bro” hence the name OG Kush.

Another popular belief is that the OG is short for Original Gangster. An Original Gangster is a gangster who worked his way through the ranks to become a boss. This belief likely stems from Cypress Hill songs that used the term in a few of their songs in the 90’s. OG Kush is very popular in the gang scene for its great pairing with 40 ouncers, ability to relieve pain and anxiety relief.

As for the term “Kush.” Kush is commonly used to refer to a subset of strains originating in Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan, near the Hindu Kush mountain range.

6. What Should I Expect When Growing OG Kush?

OG Kush is a moderately difficult strain to grow, that has very small yields if grown improperly. OG Kush buds are commonly popcorn sized, but some talented growers produce colas the size of soda cans. OG Kush can be grown both indoor and outdoor with a flowering time of around 55 days. If growing Indoors we highly recommend a carbon filter to combat the overwhelmingly dank smell, especially in the last 2 weeks of flowering.

When Growing OG Kush outdoors, she requires a dry climate. It is also recommended not to use pots if possible. This will allow the marijuana to grow more bush/tree like giving better yields. Like all marijuana strains, try to keep the plant’s buds dry to avoid bud rot.

The average yield for OG Kush is around 425 grams per plant. Yields can be increased greatly by super-cropping in the vegetative stage. With OG Kush it is best to crop between 4 and 6 inches in height. Also adding Purple Maxx has shown increased yields with some growers, but is not recommended if you want to grow organically.

Like any strain, with OG Kush you need to examine the trichomes under magnification before harvest. This will ensure that there is an amber color to it, meaning the plant has reached maturity. It is believed, that the more amber the trichomes, the heavier the body high. In contrast, immature trichomes are believed to produce a more uppity sativa high. So tailor the ratio of amber to clear trichomes to your desired high. OG Kush is a real delicacy if grown properly. So hone your skills and give it a try!

7. How Should I Prepare My OG Kush For Harvest by Drying Prior to Curing?

Depending on the size of your harvest, you will need multiple strings or lines to hang the marijuana from. It is ideal to do this in a warm, dry, and dark room or closet. It is important the room is dark, because sunlight degrades THC content.

A few days before harvest, growers should pull the big fan leaves aka water leaves from the plants. This will assist in producing a more even dry. Harvest the plants and hand trim any leaves wearing latex gloves. The often resinous smaller leaves will catch THC on the latex and can be reclaimed to make edibles later (throw the gloves in the freezer after trimming).

Hang the full OG Kush plants upside down from your lines, leaving space between each plant to provide proper circulation. Make sure to put an oscillating fan in the room to assist in ventilation. This part of the process is VERY stinky. So if you live in an apartment complex, please be respectful of your neighbors.

It is essential to check for mold and mildew daily. If detected remove immediately and isolate any plants that may have been contaminated. This can ruin the entire harvest if not contained. After a few days the plants smell will start to diminish. They are ready to begin curing when the twig inside your buds snap easily.

8. How Do I Cure OG Kush?

Many people use brown paper bags to begin the curing process, but if your climate is rather dry, you can skip this step. Never use plastic bags or white paper bags. Plastic bags will result in mold and mildew forming on your buds, and white bags have bleach residue in them, which will make your buds harsh at best, and toxic at worst. Always use brown paper bags. Just place your buds in the bags no more than few inches deep and mix them up at least once a day, remembering to always check for mold and mildew.

When your buds can pass the snap test, start picking them off the plants and place them loosely in glass mason jars. When a jar is about 2/3 full, put the lid on loosely. You still want some air to get into your buds to help the natural  curing process. This will breakdown the sugars and chlorophyll. Letting the sugars breakdown makes the smoke smoother. When you reduce chlorophyll in the buds, it reduces the rawness that makes any bud taste green.

Every day, for the first week or two, preferably twice a day; you need to check each jar for mold and mildew. To do this remove each individual nugget from the jars. After you’ve checked and removed any buds that looked moldy, replace the buds into the jars. Packing them differently than they were before will help them cure more evenly.

After a few weeks of curing in the jars the buds will look quite nice, but some prefer a longer curing period. The longer you cure your buds, the smoother the smoke will be. You can always test smoke a bud to see if the rest of your harvest is ready. A longer curing period is not detrimental to the harvest as long as you remember to check for mold several times a week. Some people cure marijuana for over a year with excellent results.

9. Where Can I Get OG Kush?

OG Kush is one of the most readily available strains in existence. You can easily find OG Kush at a pretty much any marijuana dispensary. If you are trying to grow OG Kush just remember real OG Kush is clone only. So try and find a respectable cultivator near you.


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  • Tony Bruno says:

    I have some really good OG Kush growing. This strain is uplifting but has a quick wave of relaxation. Smells soo good.

  • Neil says:

    I have some OG Kush in my bong. Ready to get lit.

  • Fletcher says:

    After a long stressful day of helping my roommates move out I was physically drained and sore. This bud took all the pain and all the stress still on my mind right away. Physically I felt as if I were melting into my bed but that it was ok, I was at peace with everything. I think I found my next go-to strain when I need to drift off.

  • Jameson says:

    Set down the drank OG Kush is a keeper

  • Wayne says:

    OG Kush is a classic. That explains all the OG Kush phenotypes around here. Yet when you want the best go to the source. This strain is balanced and super dank!

  • Kim says:

    This strain is perfectly balanced. It gets me nice and high with no paranoia.

  • Maverick says:

    Magnificent strain!

  • Benjamin says:

    I’m visiting my brother in LA and she always has bomb OG Kush. He gets it from a grower friend of hers and they never disappoint. Beautifully colored buds that range from smallish to very large dusted with a healthy helping of white crystals. The high is strong and goes straight to your head and body. Can be good for relaxing or getting things done. I love California

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