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.