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Alana Rossi
August 19, 2023

OG Kush is a widely popular indica-dominant strain of cannabis that rose to prominence in the late 1990s primarily in California. Its genetics are believed to originate from founding strains Hindu Kush and Chemdawg, which produced a hybrid boasting a complex aroma and uniquely euphoric, relaxing high. The origins of “OG” are disputed, but the most common belief is that it is short for “ocean grown” and referenced Northern California’s reputation for cultivating quality cannabis.

Strains carrying the OG name spread quickly and soon spawned endless west coast hybrids containing lineage and characteristics traced back to the original genetic discovery. DNA Genetics propagating the strain amplified its influence. Its pungent lemon-fuel scent also made it distinguishable and highly coveted. While its exact origins remain uncertain, OG Kush’s potency and subsequent ubiquity ultimately defined the genetic direction of West Coast cannabis for decades. Even offshoot breeds with minimal relation adopted OG into their names to capitalize on its clout.

Beyond California, OG Kush massively impacted the genetic lineages that now dominate the legal market. Despite many counterfeits, OG Kush continues to be regarded as an elite, A-list cannabis variety.

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