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OG Kush Strain: A Comprehensive Guide to its THC Content, Genetics, and Effects

OG Kush is one of the most popular cannabis strains, and it took over California in the 1990s. Today, it’s still a popular strain to smoke. Here’s what you need to know about this famous strain.

Written By: The Pacific Stone Editorial Team
Date Published: February 23, 2024

PR OG strain growing at the Pacific Stone greenhouse farm

PR OG, Photographed from the Pacific Stone Grow.

The Origins of OG Kush

OG Kush comes from a mysterious lineage. It’s commonly believed that OG Kush was first grown by Florida cultivator Matt Berger in the early 1990s. As legend in the community has it,  Berger brought it to Californian breeder Josh D, who helped master the strain’s growing process. However, it’s difficult to fully know the lineage of OG Kush. Some people in the cannabis industry believe its genetics are a cross between Chemdawg, Lemon Thai, and possibly an unknown Hindu Kush strain.

OG Kush Strain Information

OG Kush is a very balanced hybrid strain known by a few names – OGK, OG Kush, and Premium OG Kush. While the lineage of OG Kush is uncertain, it has produced a whole family of popular strains. These strains have flavors and aromas similar to OG Kush’s, including Tahoe OG, Bubba Kush, San Fernando Valley Kush OG, Fire OG, Headband, True OG, and Girl Scout Cookies.

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PR OG nug, Photographed from the Pacific Stone Grow.

OG Kush Cannabis Strain Effects

Because cannabis can affect consumers differently, you’ll want to consider a strain’s most common effects when deciding what’s best for your individual needs. For OG Kush, you can expect to experience balanced effects. Here’s what we hear are the most common effects of the OG Kush Strain:

An Uplifting Head High

OG Kush is known to produce a euphoric head high that can uplift users. Often, this happens at the onset, transporting you to a state of happiness and ease. For some, this can mean becoming more chatty and wanting to socialize with everyone around them. For others, this euphoria can leave them giggling all night long.

Calming Body High

Because of its balanced profile, OG Kush can also produce a long-lasting and calming body buzz. This deep relaxation can make users feel like relaxing at home and escaping the stress of a long day. Many people who’ve tried OG Kush say it’s a great balance between head and body, providing a smooth high and giving them the best of both worlds.

Since these effects are user-reported, they can vary from one person to another. Your consumption method, amount consumed, and individual tolerance level can also play a part in your experience.

OG Kush Strain Typical Usage

OG Kush is well-known for its versatility. Thanks to its well-balanced properties, it can give users a great head and body high. While it can make some users more socially inclined, it’s often used in the late afternoon and evening. For the most part, users are reaching for this strain when they want to relax after a long day.

OG Kush Aroma and Taste

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OG Kush has a complex aroma and can’t be defined by a single aromatic note. With its complex aroma, you’ll notice hints of lemon and citrus, diesel, earthy funkiness, and even spicy, peppery notes. Once you’ve smelled OG Kush, you know the scent; so much so that Kush has now become its own aroma.

As for the flavor profile, your palette will pick up overwhelming earthy and spicy flavors. Often, you’ll experience different flavors on the exhale, including citrus, wood, pine, and funkiness. For many, the taste is a classic example of the flavor many people associate with cannabis.

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PR OG cola, Photographed from the Pacific Stone Grow.

What does the OG Kush strain look like?

OG Kush is known for its dense, high-quality buds. These darker green, chunky buds often resemble a grape’s shape. They have bright orange hairs, and their surface is covered in a heavy coating of white trichomes. This heavy layer of trichomes gives OG Kush its pungent aroma.

The THC content of OG Kush

A strain’s THC makeup can play a significant role in your cannabis experience. Therefore, understanding each individual strain’s THC content is crucial to ensuring you are matching a strain to your needs. Generally, the higher the THC content, the heavier the high. High-THC strains also provide the same effects with a smaller cannabis dosage. Our version of OG Kush, called PR (Private Reserve) OG, contains 22-24% THC. 

Exercising caution with any new cannabis strain is crucial, whether this is your first time smoking or you’re a veteran. When you start slow, you can always increase your consumption over time to produce your desired effects. In addition, how you consume cannabis is just as important to your overall experience. While some consumption methods can provide fast results, others take longer to provide the intended effects.

OG Kush Terpene Profile

The terpene profile of a cannabis plant is its chemical makeup, and these terpenes play a crucial role in a strain’s aroma and flavor expression. Terpenes can also impact the potency of a strain and the effects a consumer may experience. In OG Kush, the most prominent terpenes are myrcene, limonene, caryophyllene, and linalool.

Myrcene Terpene

Myrcene is one of the most common terpenes in cannabis, and you’ll find it in OG Kush. It can be found in herbs like lemongrass, hops, bay leaves, and more. This terpene is known to provide the spicy, peppery smells and tastes in cannabis. Many believe myrcene can provide a soothing effect, and current studies are evaluating its use as a sedative, anti-inflammatory, and pain reliever.

Limonene terpene

You’ll also find limonene in OG Kush. This terpene is present in many citrus fruits, including lemons, limes, and grapefruits. The pleasant citrus scent of limonene is commonly added to some foods and perfumes. Currently, limonene research is examining its potential benefits to help those suffering from depression, anxiety, and stress.

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Caryophyllene is another terpene that’s present in OG Kush. Also known as beta-caryophyllene, it’s responsible for some of the earthy and spicy aromas and flavors in the strain. You can find caryophyllene in herbs like basil, rosemary, and oregano, and it’s also in black pepper. Caryophyllene’s ability to provide relief from chronic pain and reduction of inflammation are the two areas of current scientific interest.

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Finally, you’ll also find linalool in OG Kush. Linalool is known for its lavender-like scent, and it’s no surprise you’ll find it in the lavender plant and in basil. Researchers are examining the cognitive effects of linalool on chronic conditions, pain management, stress reduction, and fatigue.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is OG Kush so famous?

OG Kush’s popularity on the West Coast and throughout North America is due to its potency, flavors, and aromas. Since the mid-1990s, it has been a favorite strain for recreational and medical marijuana smokers alike.

Is the OG Kush strain an Indica or Sativa?

OG Kush is a well-balanced weed strain that can provide both Indica and Sativa effects. Many smokers say they first experience a head high that then melts into a full-body relaxation. It’s important to know that because of current cannabis cultivation practices, there are no longer pure Indica or Sativa strains. Instead, crossbreeding produces hybrid strains that have varying degrees of both Indica and Sativa effects.

Our version, PR OG, is an Indica-dominant hybrid that provides a mixed head and body high.

Does OG Kush strain make you giggly?

The OG Kush weed strain offers a balanced high for users. While not all users will feel giggly after using the strain, others do say it makes them more giggly than usual. As with all strains, these effects can vary from person to person.

What does OG stand for?

The OG in OG Kush has many possible meanings. While some believe it stands for “Original Gangster,” others believe it means “Ocean Grown.”

How strong is OG Kush?

The OG Kush strain is well-known for containing a higher amount of THC. Our version, PR OG, contains 24% THC.

How does OG Kush make you feel?

For most users, OG Kush provides two main effects – an uplifting head high and a calming body high. These effects typically start with a head high, putting you in a state of euphoria before fading into a calming body buzz. In some users’ experience, the strain may cause bursts of laughter. Keep in mind that these effects can vary due to personal tolerance, consumption method, and consumption amount.

What does OG Kush smell like?

The aroma of OG Kush can present many different flavor notes. Because of its multi-strain lineage, there are many scents users pick up in OG Kush. Some get a very heavy earthy aroma while others get more pungent lemon, sour citrus, and skunky notes. Other aromas include the smell of diesel fuel and spicy or peppery notes. The smell is often attributed to what many think of when they think of cannabis scent.

Can I use OG Kush if I’m a beginner?

Cannabis can affect individuals differently, so no matter if you’re a beginner or a veteran smoker, anyone trying OG Kush – or our version, PR OG – for the first time should exercise caution. Your consumption method can also significantly affect your experience, so start with a smaller amount than you think, as you can always consume more.

How do you grow your PR OG?

We grow PR OG like all of our other cannabis strains – in a greenhouse. Unlike growing outdoors, greenhouse growing is subject to fewer temperature swings. This means we can produce a consistent flowering time for each plant.

There are many advantages of greenhouse growing, but the biggest one for customers is that growing our plants indoors means we’re able to produce fresh cannabis all year long. To learn more about our growing practices, check out this article.

Is OG Kush good to smoke?

Yes, OG Kush is a well-known, classic smoke. It’s one of the most popular strains due to its unique aromas, flavors, and well-balanced effects. Our version, PR OG, offers a well-rounded high that’s perfect to smoke after a long day.

Is OG Kush expensive?

Cannabis prices can vary based on where you live, your preferred consumption method, and the dispensary you purchase it from. At Pacific Stone, we believe in providing quality products – like our PR OG – at affordable prices.

Can medical cannabis patients use OG Kush?

OG Kush is a popular cannabis strain in the medical marijuana community, with its balanced high providing a great option for a variety of people. While each person’s experience can be different, medical cannabis users say OG Kush is a great strain for them for depression, anxiety, muscle spasms, chronic pain relief, inflammation, sleep, and other symptoms. For more information about medical marijuana, check out this article.

What other strains are similar to OG Kush?

If you’re a fan of OG Kush, check out our version – PR OG. In addition, our Wedding Cake and GMO strains can provide similar effects to OG Kush.

Experience the relaxation of PR OG from Pacific Stone

Pacific Stone offers PR OG in many different varieties – including flower, pre-rolls, blunts, infused pre-rolls, and sugar shake. So no matter your preferred consumption method, Pacific Stone offers high-quality products at affordable prices. Shop PR OG now!

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About Pacific Stone

Pacific Stone was founded in 2015 with the goal of growing clean, consistent, and affordable cannabis for California. Founded by friends and family from the 805, Pacific Stone is a labor of love. We are intently focused on delivering high-quality marijuana at an affordable price.

As multi-generational Dutch greenhouse growers, we utilize our long history of growing to bring you farm-direct cannabis at the best price all year long. We take pride in ensuring customer satisfaction, and our flower has been consistently recognized as some of the highest quality and top-selling throughout the state of California.

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