It has gained a sort of mythical reputation and has become one of the most sought-after strains in California. Although the strain is relatively popular on dispensary menus, the extremely high demand causes some prices to get as high as $30 per gram and $80 per eighth.
While many websites and dispensaries list OG Kush as an indica, many people argue that the strain is in fact a sativa, or some sort of sativa-dominant hybrid. We can’t exactly argue with them considering the genetics are, for the most part unknown, and stem from purely myth. The thing to remember is that most of the different types of OGs are phenotypes of the original OG Kush plant from the 90’s.
A phenotype is simply a difference in the outward, physical appearance of the plant. This includes the atoms, molecules, cell structures, metabolism, and basically everything else that is a function or behavior of a plant (different smells, tastes, and effects). There is in essence, an endless amount of marijuana phenotypes beyond sativa and indica. When you examine different types of pure indicas, there are obvious differences in traits across the strains.
We also came across a number of other theories about the origins of OG Kush and the meaning of ‘OG’ in our research on the subject.
- Some people believe that the ‘OG’ is a memorial to OverGrown.com, which was the world’s largest cannabis grow site until 2006 when they were shut down by the Canadian police for “illegally distributing seeds.”
- Others believe that ‘OG’ stands for “Original Gangster,” which was a strain from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. It is thought that this is the plant that produced the OGs that became so famous in southern California, putting the area on the medical marijuana map.
Seedfinder lists OG Kush as indica, with a family tree stemming from Chemdawg (Chemdawg x [Lemon Thai x Old World Paki Kush]). However, a number of debaters argue that OG Kush is simply a phenotype of Chemdawg that is a result of years of stabilization and finding the perfect fertilizers.
Then, when the original grower fled the country in 1996, he left cuts of his OG with some friends in Downey, California. These phenotypes were eventually spread to San Fernando Valley and Orange County, and later became known as SFV OG and Larry OG. SFV is similar to the original phenotype, but is known to possess more sativa attributes. Larry is thought to be a phenotype of SFV and the original OG Kush. The same group of growers is rumored to be the forefathers of the original version of West Coast Dog and the original Bubba Kush.
The urban myth is that the original grower of the new strain was handed a bowl when his friend mentioned that the Kush he was about to smoke was “so good because it was mountain grown.” Upon further inspection, the grower detected the recognizable scent of his own crop and corrected the man by saying, “This Kush isn’t mountain grown, its Ocean Grown Kush, Bro!” From that point on the name Ocean Grown Kush caught on and was shortened to OG Kush over time.
What this means is that two different seeds from the same mother plant (same genotype) can have significant variation in the resulting plants (phenotype). This is thought to occur in some hybrid plants because the sativa gene is recessive. A plant with a 60/40 cross in favor of sativa can produce seeds with a dominance of indica traits, essentially resulting in two completely different strains. Although people modestly classify them as “hybrids,” we believe these phenotypes are far more complex than that, and deserve more accurate categorization in the future.
The Mysterious Legends of OG Kush and What ‘OG’ Stands For Remains Unanswered to This Day
On top of that, he worries that genetics are suffering and that easy-to-grow filler strains like Blue Dream and Grand Daddy Purple are back on the rise, often under fabricated names.
But even before the sudden glimmer of legality, intrepid cultivators had harvested countless backyard cannabis crops in the hills and canyons of LA and that’s where we find Josh D, aka @therealogkushstory, living a rebellious life as a young black market weed grower.
These days, Josh D is legally operating in the California cannabis industry, continuing to build on his top shelf reputation and protect that of the strain.
The thing about nicknames is that they have to be earned.
As so often happens, the name got chopped down over the years to Krippy, and soon was used to describe any and all high grade cannabis in the region.
“We’re not tough guys,” explains Josh, “most of us are intellectuals fighting for what we know is right.”
In our opinion, the timing was just too perfect, and the fateful connection between Josh and Matt Berger that brought that Florida “Kush” back to Cali forever changed the course of cannabis history.
Josh’s first experience with cannabis occurred around the age of 13. He calls it a “revelation” and says, “I had a love affair right away with its effects.”
Back on the west coast, things were heating up in the medical marijuana market.
For decades, rebel weed growers kept their identities, and their stories, closely guarded. As the popularity of the OG Kush strain and all of its variants skyrocketed, alleged stories of its origin began floating around – most of them completely devoid of truth. So now those with key parts of the story to add are ready to set the record straight on the origins of OG Kush.