Seedfinder lists OG Kush as indica, with a family tree stemming from Chemdawg (Chemdawg x [Lemon Thai x Old World Paki Kush]). However, a number of debaters argue that OG Kush is simply a phenotype of Chemdawg that is a result of years of stabilization and finding the perfect fertilizers.
“From that point on the name Ocean Grown Kush caught on and was shortened to OG Kush over time.”
OG Kush is known to be fairly difficult to grow; and will produce low yields if not grown correctly. This also makes it a risky investment for growers; and tends to drive down the supply.
A phenotype is simply a difference in the outward, physical appearance of the plant. This includes the atoms, molecules, cell structures, metabolism, and basically everything else that is a function or behavior of a plant (different smells, tastes, and effects). There is in essence, an endless amount of marijuana phenotypes beyond sativa and indica. When you examine different types of pure indicas, there are obvious differences in traits across the strains.
While many websites and dispensaries list OG Kush as an indica, many people argue that the strain is in fact a sativa, or some sort of sativa-dominant hybrid. We can’t exactly argue with them considering the genetics are, for the most part unknown, and stem from purely myth. The thing to remember is that most of the different types of OGs are phenotypes of the original OG Kush plant from the 90’s.
We also came across a number of other theories about the origins of OG Kush and the meaning of ‘OG’ in our research on the subject.
“A phenotype is simply a difference in the outward, physical appearance of the plant.”
Then, when the original grower fled the country in 1996, he left cuts of his OG with some friends in Downey, California. These phenotypes were eventually spread to San Fernando Valley and Orange County, and later became known as SFV OG and Larry OG. SFV is similar to the original phenotype, but is known to possess more sativa attributes. Larry is thought to be a phenotype of SFV and the original OG Kush. The same group of growers is rumored to be the forefathers of the original version of West Coast Dog and the original Bubba Kush.
Kailua Kid from the Sierra Seed Company believes that in the latter part of 1993, a grower in northern California got his hands on the famous Chemdawg strain. He goes on to say (summarized from Seedfinder), that this was shared with a fellow grower from Sunset Beach who claimed he had a male that was the, “secret ingredient” for breeding. The male was a cross of Lemon Thai and an Old World Paki Kush (possibly where the ‘Kush’ came from), and was an ideal mix for the Chemdawg. The buds became wildly popular in Los Angeles by 1995.
The Mysterious Legends of OG Kush and What ‘OG’ Stands For Remains Unanswered to This Day