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May 12, 2016 8:25 AM

What Hides Behind “OG” In Any OG Strain?

The question of what do the letters “OG” stand for has been widely asked within the marijuana community since the appearance of OG Kush. This class of the plant’s hybrids is well-known among all stoners in the country—from beginners to experienced weed veterans.

In the late 1990s, the rising popularity of OG Kush brought people both a great marijuana experience and a great many questions. Since then, cannabis breeders discovered a truly successful way to create new potent stains—breeding the offspring of the original OG. Today, they just take some decent strain, combine it with OG Kush, stabilize the genetics, and get a new OG strain that is guaranteed to be successful. But what do all these new strains with a popular name “OG” have in common? And why are they called such? What hides behind these two letters known to each stoner on the planet?

Let us start with the name. There is already a kind of an urban myth around the letters OG. It is believed that the original grower said that the strain was an “Ocean Grown Kush” and then the words “Ocean Grown” were just shortened to OG. There are also other theories, which are somewhat less popular.

Unfortunately, the genetics of OG Kush are still somewhat ambiguous; we cannot be 100 percent sure of its background. We should notice that most other OGs are just phenotypes of the original one. It means that the strains have the same genotype (same mother plant).

It should also be mentioned that all popular OG strains (like Soul Assassin OG, Lemon OG, Tahoe OG, etc.) are rich in diverse terpenes that make these strains so popular among stoners. Looking at the terpene profiles of this family, we can see some familiar combinations of compounds that give this cannabis class its characteristic fuel aroma. For example, linalool is responsible for the dense fuel scent; myrcene adds slight floral notes. The addition of such terpenes as limonene and caryophyllene is also common for OG strains. Despite their Kush heritage, these strains are mostly considered hybrids and their terpene profiles only prove this. The strains are basically full of both indica and sativa profiles. This combination creates the aroma that is associated with quality pot.

In addition to being rich in flavor, OG strains have high levels of THC. This cannabis class is popular among modern growers because it guarantees a rich harvest of potent weed. Another distinguishing characteristic of these strains is extremely low CBD content. This feature strongly hints at the strain’s Hindu Kush origins. Similar stains that are full of THC and lack in CBD are mostly grown in sunny regions. It means that the original strain was not grown too far north—in a colder climate the plant would have produced CBD instead of THC.

While we still cannot be sure about the genetics of these “ocean grown” strains, we know that if you are looking for a good weed strain, you can buy an OG one and be pleasantly surprised with its potent effects and flavorful nature.