OG Kush Strain Information & Review

OG Kush Strain
Author avatar By Derek LaRose
July 15, 2021

As a hybrid, the OG Kush strain consists of 25% sativa and 75% indica. Users partaking in the magic of the Original Gangster of Kush will find themselves floating on a fairly intense cerebral high combined with euphoric and calming relaxation. 

With an array of intricate earthy scents coupled with hints of citrus, spice, and lemon flavors, this strain will start you off on a hardcore trip, which will gradually fade away, allowing you to slip gently into a deep, restful sleep.

Despite gaining immense international popularity and recognition, the OG Kush strain and OG’s exact meaning remain a mystery. 

Regardless of its origins, the OG Kush strain is the West Coast ganja varieties’ genetic backbone. Ever since this weed was crossed with “the Bubba” in the mid-’90s to create the Bubba Kush strain, it became a worldwide staple used to propagate various famous phenotypes, such as the SFV OG Kush strain, 8 Ball Kush strain, and Tahoe OG Kush strain.

Read on to find out everything there is to know about the Kush strain and start growing this infamous weed variety yourself.

OG Kush Fast Version Feminized
OG Kush Fast Version Feminized

OG Kush strain (aka Original Kush, Ocean Grown Kush, Original Gangster Kush)

Before we get into our OG Kush strain review, here’s a summary of her key elements:

  • Type: Indica-dominant hybrid
  • THC: 20-23%
  • CBD: 0.5-0.7%
  • Top reported effects: Euphoric, happy, relaxed
  • Top reported flavors: Citrus, diesel, earthy
  • Flowering time: Eight to twelve weeks depending seed type
  • Difficulty: Beginner friendly
  • Yield indoor: Up to 17 oz. sq/ft
  • Yield outdoor: Up to 16 oz./plant

OG Kush strain flavor & effects

The OG Kush strain is a hybrid originally cultivated by crossing a Northern Californian plant (popularly believed to be Chemdawg) with a Hindu Kush strain from Amsterdam during the early ’90s. The result boasted a unique terpene profile with a complex, compounded aroma, that keeps stoners worldwide coming back for more.

When you take in the fragrance of the buds, you can clearly distinguish a pine or earthy evergreen scent, with a pungent diesel note lingering beneath the rich herbal odor. When lit up, it will bring about a spicy aroma, underlined with a hint of woody nuance and citrus sourness.

Nicknamed “The Original Gangster,” lighting up will hit you fast and hard. You’ll start feeling the effects almost immediately and you can rest assured that your high will last for several hours. The sativa influence typically hits you first, creating a euphoric head buzz, but don’t let the happy mood mislead you, it’s true nature will soon become remarkably apparent.

When the full effects of OG Kush hits you, you’ll find yourself couch-locked and sinking into a blissful world of deep relaxation. As the initial cerebral high dwindles you’re bound to become drowsy, eventually drifting off into never-neverland, making it perfect for those who have trouble falling asleep.

Be warned, OG Kush is known to cause a severe case of the munchies, so, before you light up, make sure you have enough snacks conveniently lying around within arms length.

With THC content ranging between 20 and 23%, novice smokers should take care as overly enthusiastic use can become a bit much. When you light up, start with a couple of tokes and gradually increase the dosage as needed. 

OG Kush Feminized Bud
OG Kush Feminized Bud

OG Kush strain grow information

Growing the OG Kush strain at home with our fast, auto, or feminized seeds is pretty straightforward. Topping (trimming broad fan leaves near the plant’s top) works well for this weed, as it allows fresh air and light to reach the flowering nodes situated on the lower branches.

Raising this strain in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment indoors will result in the best and most favorable yields. The crop can’t be left unattended for too long because it’s prone to developing mold and powdery mildew due to its dense foliage. To prevent this, improving air circulation by installing an oscillating fan and pruning and trimming is essential.  

Under the right conditions, the OG Kush strain can also thrive outdoors, especially if placed in an area with ample sunlight. The plants are typically ready to harvest after seven to eight weeks of growth, and you can expect between 12.3 and 21 ounces of dried bud.

Outdoor growers need to keep in mind that the OG Kush strain is highly aromatic and not the stealthiest choice if you’re growing in secret.

Nuggets produced by this strain’s seeds are usually quite dense and medium to large. The leaves are frequently yellow-green, but specific phenotypes, especially in colder regions, may display hints of violet. In contrast, the buds, with their bright orange pistils, are tremendously appealing to the eye.

The buds, shimmering with diamond-like trichomes, tend to be exceptionally sticky, and Homegrown Cannabis Co. recommends that you put it through a grinder before packing a pipe or rolling a dube.

OG Kush strain genetics

First cultivated by Matt Berger in Florida, the OG Kush strain has achieved worldwide fame. It became the backbone of West Coast cannabis genetics and fathered phenotypes such as the Obama Kush strain, Blackberry Kush strain, and Bubba Kush strain.

Despite its widely acclaimed and highly regarded lineage, this strain’s origins remain cloaked in mystery. The most popular beliefs are that this strain is a combination of:

Thai Lemon, Old World Paki Kush, or Chemdawg

OG Kush strain
A Hindu Kush strain

OG Kush strain seeds to buy near you

If you’re itching to grow your own OG Kush, visit the Homegrown Store today for the highest-quality cannabis seed specimens available:

  • OG Kush Fast Version. These seeds, leaning more toward indica cannabis, will flower in no time at all.
  • OG Kush Feminized. Eliminates the genetic uncertainty, ensuring that you harvest only the highest-quality sinsemilla buds.
  • OG Kush Autoflower. Like OG Kush, this strain produces an excellent yield without worrying about the lighting schedule.

OG Kush strain consumer reviews



I wanted to wait to review until I went through a full cycle and these girls definitely didn’t disappoint. Shipping was fast, 100% germ rate and every pheno had explosive growth. I gave some beans to a buddy who had a great harvest using only a spider farmer 2000 and a box fan. These genetics do some serious heavy lifting too. He was very new and used veg nutes for the whole life cycle and the end product was still dense, sticky, and covered in frost.”

Jason D.

I germinated 3 seeds and all three popped, one of them has some fat leaves on it, is that the genetics?”


I planted 2 seeds. They’re now in the 11th week, and both are beauty’s. I’m very pleased with Homegrown Cannabis Co.”


“After 6 days in starter cups I transplanted my plants. They’re now on day 22 and stand 1 foot tall. This is the fastest auto flower strain I’ve seen. Thank you.”

Larry M.

“The seeds germinated well, and the plants are healthy.”

Time to grow your own OG Kush strain

Regardless of which strain you choose to start with, join Homegrown Diaries to share your experience and get OG Kush strain growing advice from novices and professionals alike.

The OG Kush weed strain is a time-honored favorite that even veteran stoners can’t resist. Kick-back, relax, light it up and let your inhibitions fly while you drift off in a gentle state of euphoria.

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About the author: Derek LaRose

Also known as Kronic from The Cannabis Kronicles, Derek LaRose is a young ambitious cultivator and a staple educator for indoor cultivation.