Merlot OG Strain

Merlot OG is distinct for its buttery smooth smoke and hints of fruit similar to the wine it is named after. But, apart from its terpene profile, it garnered its fame for the seemingly balanced blend of its effects. Minutes after the first swig, it takes the mind on a ride with its dreamy euphoria before parking into a tranquility.

The strain is the result of a four-way marriage, beginning with a cross between Larry OG and Grape Ape. It developed its terpene profile of citrus blended with pine and laid the ground for its relaxing Indica effects. It also ensured that Merlot OG exuded the royal purple of the latter. It was later crossed with Blackberry Rhino to work on its stress-crushing cerebral stimulation. Meanwhile, SFV OG improved upon its medicinal effects. In this way, Southern California breeders Ocean Grown Seeds successfully created an OG strain with a deep, almost violet hue.

Apart from recreational and therapeutic users, Merlot OG is also popular among growers. It is a sturdy strain that yields high and stays manageable. Moreover, it has impressive commercial potential. It is not only large but eye-catching as its purple perfectly reflects its trichomes.

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    Information About Merlot OG Strain

    ORIGINLarry OG, Grape Ape, Blackberry Rhino, and SFV OG
    EFFECTSRelaxed – 10
    Happy – 9
    Uplifted – 8
    Euphoric – 8
    Sleepy – 4
    FRAGRANCEButter, fruity, sweet, citrus, woody, earthy
    FLAVORSCitrus, butter, woody, pine, sweet, earthy
    Dry mouth – 8
    Dry eyes – 5
    MEDICALStress – 10
    Insomnia – 8
    Headaches – 8
    Depression – 6
    Pain – 6
    FLOWERING TIME INDOOR8 to 10 weeks
    FLOWERING TIME OUTDOORMid to late October
    PLANT HEIGHT2 to 3 feet
    THC CONTENT %15%
    CBD %Unknown
    INDICA/SATIVA %60 %/40%
    INDOOR YIELD12 to 14 ounces per square meter
    OUTDOOR YIELD14 ounces or more per plant
    CLIMATETemperate climate

    * 10 is the highest
    * 1 is the lowest


    Merlot OG is a slow-starter that users must pace at the beginning. Thus, consuming too much within a small amount of time can be overwhelming once its effects begin. In low dosages, its onset introduces itself as a soothing euphoria that gradually wraps the head with in an uplifting buzz. It clears the mind, replacing negativity with cheerful memories or happy thoughts that bring a smile back to one’s face. Indeed, it is like floating up to the sky in a carriage made of clouds.

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    After two or three hours have passed, the same sensation around the temple ebbs down to the rest of the toes. It seeps into the muscles, kneading away the tension or tightness before planting a heaviness in the limbs. It does not weigh down the body immediately. Instead, it is similar to a slow descend from the clouds as it cradles users back to earth. In all likelihood, users will want to lounge around the couch to await the tranquilizing effects.

    Overall, Merlot OG is a strain best reserved for nighttime use. Its end is a heavy-hitting comedown that lulls users to sleep especially when used beyond individual tolerance. Using it in moderation is essential to keep its sedating effects at bay during the day.


    Merlot OG has a buttery scent with salty undertones. It has a fruity hint of sweet citrus which intensifies after breaking apart of the bud. Combusting it, on the other hand, produces an aroma similar to freshly unearthed wood.


    Merlot OG entices the palate with the taste of ripened citrus. Swirling its smooth smoke inside the mouth brings out its buttery overtones as well as a refreshing hint of woody pine. It leaves a sweet but earthy aftertaste on the exhale.

    Adverse reactions

    Users are likely to experience dry eyes and a cottonmouth while smoking pot regardless of the strain or dosage. Each contain cannabinoids that inhibit moisture and interfere with the production of saliva. At times, it is accompanied by dizziness as the side effects last for hours. Staying hydrated before, during, and after the session will ease the discomfort.


    Merlot OG has an uplifting head high that, in spite of its subtlety, crushes stress. It enhances the mood while calming the overwhelming anxiety that users commonly experience due to work or the looming dread of disease and disorder. In a similar manner, it also manages symptoms of depression and other mental health issues like PTSD.

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    Its high psychoactive compounds also have analgesic properties. It relaxes the body through a soothing buzz that start from the temples. It undoes knots in the muscles and, as a result, releases tension. A drowsiness eventually sets in as the sense of tranquility persists.

    A good night’s rest does wonders for users and patients. It restores the body to better conditions as it stabilizes turbulent emotions and hastens the healing process. With its sedating properties, Merlot OG not only entices users to sleep but also enhance the quality and quantity of sleep.

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      Merlot OG is truly an Indica-leaning hybrid. It exhibits typical characteristics such as a compact structure and a small height which rarely exceeds 3 feet. Its buds are similar too. It is small but dense and packed with trichomes. Additionally, it is sturdy with its thick stalks and branches that do not break in half when exposed to various growing conditions. However, growers should still protect it against harsh weather like heavy rains, strong winds, and frost which can either stunt its growth or kill it overnight.

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      Indoors, its Indica frame makes it one of the best candidates for the Sea of Green method which encourages plant growth and bud production. At the same time, it maximizes small spaces by allowing growers to plant at least four seeds in a single square meter.

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      Flowering Time


      Merlot OG has an indoor flowering period of 8 to 10 weeks. It yields at least 12 to 14 ounces of buds per square meter.


      In the northern hemisphere, Merlot OG’s flowers begin to bloom around the second to the last week of October. Growers can expect at least 12 to 14 ounces of buds from each plant once ready for harvest.

      Have you ever smoked or grown your own Merlot OG? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.


      Robert Bergman

      Robert Bergman is an Amsterdam-based marijuana grow expert who has years of experience from small grows to massive operations. His passion for growing lead him to develop his own Gold Leaf strain. Now, Robert is dedicated to sharing his knowledge with the world.... [Read full bio]


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