Kush strains can be traced back to landrace plants in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Northern India. The name is derived from the Hindu Kush Mountain range and is widely considered some of the world’s oldest and strongest strains of cannabis. But you can forget all that cause we are talking about OG KUSH, a strain as heavily consumed as it is debated. The folklore surrounding the OGs and their lineage is truly a tale of Paul Bunyan proportions.
Most common belief is that the various OG cuts (Larry OG, Fire OG, SFV OG) originated from seeds found in a bags of another infamous strain, Chem Dawg 91. Chem Dawgs are also supposedly the result of finding a number of seeds in a high quality unknown strain through a connection made by a person nicknamed Chem Dawg at a Grateful Dead concert in the early 90’s. The amount of cannabis purchased and the numbers of Chem Dawg seeds that were retrieved are highly debated and written different from post to post. The OG’s are the same way, with different stories pertaining to where the strain was first acquired and who were the original people to harbor the legend. So here were are, a handful of years between some randomly found seeds resulting in the creation of some of the most sought after cannabis in the world!
So what is the OG Kush like? It has a reputation for being one of the strongest medical cannabis strains available, with a taste that is most often described as lemon cleaner or fuel. The flowers are dense, neon green and heavily resinated and consistently produce some of the highest THC levels found in modern cannabis. It induces an intense, long-lasting effect that hits the body hard and keeps the mind stimulated. The profile of the smoke is hard to discern wether it is Indica or Sativa dominant. With such a broad spectrum of effects and its unknown lineage it’s not surprising that you will find OG’s labeled as either Indica dominant or Sativa dominant depending on the location and opinion. Besides being some of the most in demand cannabis the OG Kush is responsible for the creation of the immensely popular Diesel strains; NYC Diesel and Sour Diesel.
Now, the story of the True OG starts in the rolling hills and dense vegetation of Topanga Canyon in unincorporated Los Angeles County which has always beckoned bohemians and artists because of the privacy and sheer beauty it affords. The level of privacy ensured by numerous high-profile residents coupled with a steady water supply has made it an attractive area for both indoor and outdoor growers. It was from this area that the San Jose collective Elemental Wellness obtained 10 cuts of True OG for $50 a piece in 2004. Over six years of cultivating and perfecting the strain paid off for Elemental Wellness at the 2010 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup, where they won a 2nd place in the indica category for the signature True OG strain, proving that the Kush strains still continue to generate seriously strong buzz. There is so much OG Kush being produced, but, this OG is truly something special, and it is ultimately the relationship and interaction between the plant and the grower which makes this strain TRUE OG!