The Story Behind OG Kush

Whether you have actually tried it or not, the chances are good that you have heard of the marijuana strain OG Kush before. It is easily one of the most well-known marijuana strains on the market, and it is particularly popular among medical marijuana users. Let’s look at some facts about OG Kush.


Medicinal Value

OG Kush is renowned for its medicinal properties, and it is, therefore, one of the most common medical marijuana strains that you can find at dispensaries. Plenty of well-known musicians and other celebrities have tended to use OG Kush, as have a large number of medical marijuana patients. It creates a high that feels like a warm for your whole body, given its dense and highly resinous buds.

It is particularly useful at night, helping to treat symptoms such as anxiety, depression, migraines, bipolar disorder, vomiting and other stomach issues, and various body ailments. OG Kush is a hybrid strain, and its high will often create a sort of calming “zone out effect” for its users.


The Story Behind The Name

The big question with OG Kush is what the “OG” stands for. To know this, we first have to know where exactly the strain OG Kush comes from. There are a variety of false tales trying to explain it, and unfortunately, these false tales also give the wrong details behind the genetics and strain information. From what is generally accepted, the most likely scenario is this:

In the year 1993, a northern Californian grower managed to get the strain Chemdawg, which he shared with another grower who had a male marijuana plant that served as the perfect breeding tool for a number of hybrids. This “secret ingredient” was a combination of Lemon Thai and Old World Paki Kush (which is presumably where the “Kush” part would come from). Two years later, everyone in Los Angeles was in love with OG Kush.

Some say the “OG” part comes from the website, a marijuana website that was taken down in 2006 for providing seeds. Others say it stands for “Original Gangster,” which is a strain of marijuana from Los Angeles. In any case, the OG Kush plants made the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles well known for its excellent medical marijuana strain, OG Kush.


Getting Enough Is Tough

Because OG Kush is so popular and it isn’t very easy to grow and get high yields from, OG Kush often has more demand than supply. Growers often elect to grow other, more reliable strains for the better payoff. But people who can get their hands on OG Kush will pay a premium on it.

OG Kush plants have buds that are very dense and a vibrant, neon green color. The resin and crystallization stick to your hands if you ever touch their buds, and the strain is fantastic when grown successfully.



Robert Bergman, founder of

Robert has been growing cannabis passionately for over 20 years and shares these insights to educate growers avoid mistakes and to fully capitalize on a bud's potential.