The OG marijuana strain has a complex history. Many people claim that it stands for “Original Gangster,” in part because of the popularity of these strains among West Coast rappers.
A more likely claim is that it stands for “Ocean Grown” thanks to its Pacific coast origins. Today, OG is an important phrase found throughout cannabis culture.
Certain strains become famous for a reason. The OG family of strains are known for their intense buzz, earthy, herbal smell, and unique history. The best OG strain has a healthy blend of all of these qualities.
Unfortunately, there are so many OG strains that it’s hard to choose the best. However, these five are definitely at the top of any OG strain list.
Let’s start with the original. OG Kush is the granddaddy of all popular OG strains, the real OG. Beloved by rappers and artists up and down the West Coast, OG Kush is famous, and for a good reason. It’s in high demand not just for its powerful, euphoric high, but also for its social status. In many cases, sheer demand is often enough to keep this strain at the top of the price scale.
There are many types of OG Kush, or perhaps a better name for them would be descendants. One creative offspring is OG Kush CBD. It has the same earthy with subtle citrus notes that give off a refreshing hint of pine and lemon. The main difference is its low amounts of THC and high levels of CBD.
Growing the compact OG Kush plant requires a tropical climate or an indoor grow setting. Unless you grow OG Kush autoflowers, it’s not a strain for first-time growers, because it’s prone to powdery mildew and disease.
However, if you have the experience and the setup to keep your plant stable, then you can see harvests of more than a pound per square yard. Whether you grow autoflowers, high CBD versions, or the original OG Kush, you should always start with the best OG Kush seeds you can find.
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Also known as Lemon Larry, Larry OG is a potent, energetic 50/50 hybrid strain that’s great for body highs. It’s the offspring of OG Kush and SVG OG, so the OG line is strong with this strain. THC levels can reach as high as 23%. The high is relaxing but motivating, making this a great daytime strain.
Larry OG has a seriously lemon-heavy scent profile. The OG genetics come through as a hint of spicy pine underneath the citrus. There are also earthy notes to the flavor, rounding it out to a truly OG strain.
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Growing Larry OG is a little simpler than working with OG Kush. It’s more resistant to pests and diseases of all types, making it one of the top 10 kush strains for newer growers.
The plant can get quite tall, but it can really thrive in a stable environment. As long as indoor growers watch out for that stretch, they can yield great results. Experienced growers can expect up to 19 ounces per square yard.
Another popular OG strain is Fire OG. It’s an incredible cross between OG Kush and San Fernando Valley OG.
The result is a 70/30 indica-dominant hybrid that can produce THC levels up to 24%. It has a happy yet relaxed high that will keep you stationary. The heavy effects make it a solid choice for the end of the day. People who like to end their night with a toke will love Fire OG.
The flavor of this strain is reminiscent of the best OG Kush has to offer. Fire OG has a primarily pungent, citrus scent with just a hint of spice. Balanced against sweet herbs and hints of wood, this is a real OG strain. The taste is primarily sweet with herbs, while the aftertaste is a lingering spiciness.
Fire OG requires a real commitment to grow. If you enjoy training your plants, you’ll get the most out of this strain. Topping and pruning help indoor growers maximize yields.
A well-vented, phosphorous-heavy growing medium can lead to yields as high as 17 ounces per square yard. In ten to eleven weeks, your plants will be ready for an impressive harvest.
Skywalker OG delivers a mellow high with high THC levels that won’t completely knock you out. Both long-time users and newbies enjoy this strain. With THC levels that can reach 26%, it keeps many long-time users happy, while being indica dominant enough to prevent nervousness. The most surprising thing – despite its potent effects, Skywalker OG will not put you to sleep.
Lovers of the outdoors will relish Skywalker OG’s distinctive scent. It’s heavily herbal, with undercurrents of loam, wood fires, and just a hint of spiciness. The taste is piney and distinctly sweet.
Warm, dry climates are perfect for Skywalker OG. If you have enough room, an outdoor grow can yield a show-stopping 28 ounces per plant. Even inside, plants can yield a respectable 17 ounces per square yard. Keeping humidity low is essential for this strain. As is the case with nearly all OG Kush cannabis strains, the indica genetics cause these plants to be bushy. When you add high humidity, this can create problems. Keep your humidity around 40%, and you’ll have great results.
One of the lesser-known OG strains, Banana OG, is still well-deserving of the OG strains name. In terms of effects, it’s pretty similar to the standard types of OG Kush. It is a high-powered, dank strain that can have THC levels up to 25%.
However, it’s the scent and flavor that makes this strain distinctive. On top of the citrus and herb scent that’s typical to OG strains, Banana OG clearly tastes and smells just like bananas.
For many, it smells like a tropical smoothie, with hints of citrus as a background to the impressive banana scent. The flavor matches the pungent smell, with an extra note of incense from the OG genetics.
Banana OG is a quick grow, flowering in as few as seven weeks. It’s relatively easy to grow, as well, so it’s a perfect choice for people looking to explore the OG line. It’s great indoors and out and can yield up to 14 ounces per square yard inside.
No matter where you live, you’ve likely heard of at least one OG strain, but do you know how to grow it?
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The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]