About the Strain
This classic marijuana strain has relatively little info about its precise origins, but some say it could be derived from the strains Chemdawg, Hindu Kush, and Lemon Thai. Popular on the West coast of the US, and indeed, around the globe, OG Kush is a stress busting strain, with a distinctive skunky, and spicey aroma.
OG Kush is the parent of many other well-loved cannabis strains, such as Girl Scout Cookies. There are also several phenotypes derived form this strain, such as Tahoe OG, SFV OG, and Ghost OG.
Aromas, Flavours and Appearance
OG Kush has complex aromas and tastes, and smells somewhat like fuel, spice and earthy, with a similarly lemon-spice taste, as well as pine and hints of citrus.
The appearance of OG Kush is the classic cannabis bud look, with natural green coloured leaves, bright yellowy-green sugar leaves, and green and orange pistils. The high THC levels in this strain ensure there is a good coating of trichomes, giving this strain lovely snow-covered look.
Effects and Usage
This strain will give you a full body high, which will make you feel both deeply relaxed and give a punchy euphoric sensation. The balanced high will uplift you but also allow a sense of calmness and tranquillity to wash over you, giving a fairly strong coach-locking sensation, and also the munchies!
High doses of this could lead to dry mouth and eyes, as well as dizziness and paranoia (although the latter is mostly for beginners). When trying a high THC strain for the first time, always start in small doses.
OG Kush is a great strain for those seeking some medicinal benefits and is known to help with a variety of ailments. It can help with inflammation, sleep, pain, stress, and depression. If using for a mental condition, do not overdo it as too much THC could lead problems to actually worsen.
OG Kush can be a moderately difficult grow due to its susceptibility to powdery mildew, mites, pests, and other diseases. But if growing your favourite strain is a must, then it can be grown both indoors and out- you just have to monitor the environment and keep a close eye on your plants.
OG Kush prefers hot, or tropical environments, but can handle lower evening temperatures. Keep the temperature at around 26.5 degrees Celsius during the vegetative stage, dropping to around 21 degrees Celsius whilst flowering. Night-time temperatures can drop to 10 degrees below daytime temps.
Make sure the humidity goes no higher than 55% during the vegetative stage and gradually lower it during flowering, down to around 40% humidity.
Indoors or Outdoors?
OG Kush will only do well outdoors if you live in a hot or tropical climate. If not, then you can easily grow it indoors, and it does particularly we in a hydroponic system. Coconut fibre is an excellent growing medium for hydroponics and is also environmentally friendly! When growing hydroponically you will also need the right type of nutrients.
Flowering, Yield and Harvest
OG Kush has a flowering time of around 8 weeks. You might see a harvest of 500 to 550 grams per plant growing outdoors, or 425 to 475 grams per square metre indoors. Plants will grow short and compact and produce an average yield.
When growing outdoors in the Southern hemisphere you can expect to harvest around April, and in the Northern hemisphere, around October.
Check out our Aussie grow calendar for when to harvest outdoors in Australia.
Watch for signs of calcium deficiency in your OG Kush plant, as it takes it in slowly, you will have to keep a good eye on it. To give extra calcium and magnesium if needed, you can use a pre-mix solution.
Of course, your plant will need the three main nutrients, which are Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium (NPK). During the vegetative stage you will need a higher dose of nitrogen to phosphorus, and potassium, and in the flowering stage you will need more of phosphorus, and potassium, and to lower the nitrogen levels.
Other Growing Tips
Some growers like to expose their OG Kush plants to enhanced levels of CO2, in order to get bigger yields. The air should hold 1200-1500 ppm of CO2 for this method to work, and you do this by using a CO2 generator. This can also strengthen the plant to resist higher temperatures, up to 35 degrees Celsius.
Bud rot & powdery mildew are two problems that growers can face when growing OG Kush. These diseases can quickly get out of hand if not spotted early on. You can help by ensuring there is plenty of ventilation and air flow around the room, as well as keeping to the optimal humidity levels.
Feminised seeds ensure that the plant you will grow is female. Only the female plants can make the flowers and buds that produce weed (not male plants). By buying feminised seeds you can be sure that you have the best chances for a good harvest!