Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What Does OG Mean for Marijuana?

There are many marijuana strains that include “OG” in the name. The OG name comes from kush seeds rumored to have been bought at a Grateful Dead show. The meaning has many urban legend theories. All strains that have the OG name are typically a phenotype of the original OG Kush strain.

The most widely accepted theory behind the name is based on the strain originator. He grew a new phenotype of Kush. His friend gave him some cannabis to smoke and told him it was mountain grown. The grower smelled it and recognized the marijuana as his own original strain. He corrected his friend saying it wasn't mountain grown but instead ocean grown. Over time the name was shortened from Ocean Grown Kush to OG Kush.

The distributor of OG Kush seeds is DNA Genetics. San Diego's asked them what the origin of the OG name was. DNA Genetics believed the name came from the rap group Cypress Hill. The singers use it as slang to say Original Gangster. The original gangster in music refers to a gangster that has been around from the beginning.(Source)

An alternative theory is comes from the website This forum was the largest internet site for marijuana cultivation. The website was closed by the Canadian government for illegally distributing seeds. Some people believe this name serves as a tribute to this website.

The original grower left cuttings of his strain in Downey California. The cuttings spread to other growers in San Fernando Valley and Orange County. Popular new strains later developed including; Tahoe OG, SFV OG and Larry OG.

Both the grower and the name origin still remains a mystery. By not growing correctly the strain can result in low yields. The difficulty of growing can make OG Kush a high demand strain. It is thought that it is a cross between Chemdawg with a male that is a cross of Lemon Thai and Paki Kush.


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