OG Kush

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This Session Garden strain guide article provides crowd sourced information about the OG Kush strain including the origins, THC content, appearance, effects & more.

OG Kush is one of the most widely-known and popular cannabis hybrids in the United States. Unlike some strains that have higher sedative properties, OG Kush has been known to produce experiences of happiness and euphoria for some people. It is popular among both recreational and medical users.

What is the Origin of the OG Kush Strain?

OG Kush is one of the more recently developed hybrid strains. Originally cultivated in Florida using strains from northern California, many speculate that OG Kush actually has its origins in Seattle. In any case, OG Kush made its way from Florida to the West Coast sometime in the 1990s, thanks in large part to master cultivator Matt “Bubba” Berger. From there, OG Kush became a popular form of cannabis throughout the country and was later used to create even more hybrid strains.

The Lineage Of OG Kush

OG Kush is a hybrid of somewhat unknown origins. The original cultivation is believed to involve the crossing of Hindu Kush with an unidentified strain out of northern California. Although pure OG Kush is somewhat rare, it spawned many subsequent hybrids, including GSC, Headband, Tahoe OG, and Ghost OG.

OG Kush History

The origins of OG Kush are debated even though the strain was recently developed.  However, most cannabis experts agree that OG Kush originated in Florida, with the first batch cultivated by Matt “Bubba” Berger. He crossed a Hindu Kush plant from Amsterdam with an unidentified strain from northern California. Some speculate that bricks of the OG Kush strain were shipped first from Seattle to the Sunshine State.

In any case, Mr. Berger shared his discovery with local growers in Florida before passing the strain to Josh Del Rosso in California. Del Rosso coined the name “OG Kush” sometime in 1996, at which time he also shared seeds with other farmers in the region. Due to differences in climate and light exposure between California and Florida, Del Rosso’s OG Kush varied somewhat from the original Florida batch.

Cuts of the OG Kush plant quickly spread across the West Coast, causing significant variations in flavor, quality, and THC content. As a result, OG Kush is generally used to refer to those plants grown by Del Rosso and his small group of cultivators. Today, OG Kush is considered the grandfather of most West Coast cannabis strains and remains one of the most sought-after hybrids on the market.

How Is The OG Kush Strain Grown?

OG Kush is grown in both indoor and outdoor environments. It is somewhat sensitive to changes in light and, like many strains, susceptible to pests. As a result, most California OG Kush is grown in indoor facilities. Many growers choose the OG Kush strain for its short flowering time, which is generally less than eight weeks.

OG Kush Cultivation Details:

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Physical Traits of the OG Kush Strain


OG Kush is one of the taller cannabis plants and grows much higher than strains like Purple Kush. OG Kush is most distinctive for its “sticky” texture. Many users report having sticky fingers after handling buds of the OG Kush strain.

What Does OG Kush Look Like?

OG Kush generally has green-yellow flowers, with a little hint of orange in many plants. Some growers even describe the color as “neon green.” The plant itself usually grows to about one meter in height and produces triangular-shaped colas.

What Aroma OG Kush Have?

Though OG Kush is considered a “high-quality” strain, it often has a strong, skunky flavor. OG Kush also has hints of citrus. It is easy to confuse OG Kush with lesser strains based on the smell.

What flavors can you expect from OG Kush?

OG Kush tastes much better than it smells. Most users report very strong, earthy flavors like oak and pine. Additionally, it has a touch of citrus. Some people believe that this citrus flavor is the result of OG Kush’s connection with the Lemon Thai strain, though it is not verified.

Similiar Strains

OG Kush is not the only high-quality strain available on the market. Are you curious about strains similar to OG Kush? If so, take a look at some of the top alternatives:

  • Bubble Kush – Bubble Kush is another indica-dominant hybrid. While OG Kush and Bubble Kush share some of the same genetics, Bubble Kush tends to produce a stronger body high with sedative effects.
  • Kushberry – Kushberry is a blend of OG Kush and Blueberry Hindu Kush. Kushberry has high CBD content and produces a very strong high.
  • Chemdog – Chemdog is a blend of OG Kush and Sour Deisel. It is known for its strong, pungent aroma and cerebral high.
  • Skywalker Kush – Skywalker is a hybrid that tastes and smells similar to OG Kush. It also has comparable THC levels, so the effects are quite similar, as well.
  • Sour Deisel – Sour Deisel is a sativa-dominant strain with a strong, gassy aroma. It is notable for people experiencing an energizing and cerebral high.

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