OG Kush is perhaps the most famous name, and perhaps the most important in the cannabis strain business today. But, what do we really know about the most famous cannabis genetics on the planet?
The history of OG Kush is quite mysterious and riddled with gray areas. The plant was born, sprouted, and then passed down and manipulated so many times that some claim that there is no longer any real, original strain of OG Kush. Indeed, the plant was born out of a mishmash of genetics, but then, how do we know its lineage? That’s exactly it, while it is widely rumored that it would be a cross between a Chemdawg and the Hindu Kush, these are just guesses. Additionally, many strains tagged as OG Kush in U.S. dispensaries could even be direct descendants of the original OG Kush.
And to add to this mystery, a great debate has long raged around the true meaning of the term OG. According to legend, this plant was born and cultivated by the oceanfront by growers in California, from a Chemdawg clone crossed with a Thai / Kush blend. However, other than genetic research, we have no way of knowing whether the rumors are correct or not. In any case, despite or precisely because of its complex and mysterious origin, OG Kush is one of the most popular cannabis strains of all time.
A little history of the Kush
The story of OG Kush begins in the rugged mountains of Hindu Kush in northeastern Afghanistan, the land of the best hash in the world. During their travels from Europe to India in the 1960s and 1970s, many hippie adventurers passed through Afghanistan, where local cannabis strains were cultivated and processed using traditional techniques for several generations. It was around this time that they discovered that the aromas and flavors of the flowers of these plants were completely different from anything they knew.
From the late 1960s to the early 1980s, travelers would bring back seeds of this new, and so surprisingly, the cannabis plant, which would eventually be planted in Western cultures. In the late 1970s, local Afghan varieties were expressing certain characteristics of interest to late Prohibition outdoor growers: small stature, early maturation, and improved resin gland production. The hybridization of local genetics would then offer some spectacular results, with dense, pungent, and powerful flowers.
The origins of OG Kush
As the war on drugs intensified, growers sought refuge indoors, under artificial lights. Traditional varieties with thin leaves, and long maturation, were difficult to grow indoors, and the smaller, earlier maturing plants offered a visibly perfect solution.
Thus, the line of OG Kush is a product of indoor cultivation of the prohibitionist era. In the 1990s, Florida resident Matt “Bubba” Berger was known for his Northern Lights phenotype clone that would eventually take the famous name Bubba, using the affectionate word his grandmother gave him. Matt Berger was also known for another cannabis legend from Florida, Kryptonite, a very potent strain that some referred to as Krippy or Supernaut. According to the story, Krippy turned into Kushafter a friend of Berger told him that the colorful, round buds looked like “Kush Berries”, obviously without knowing the significant impact of the local varieties of Hindu Kush on the plant.
For years, this Kush was a well-kept secret and only shared among a community of Florida growers. This is why this celebrity only came after his arrival in Los Angeles, thanks to the breeder Josh D, whose name has become synonymous with the modern clone of OG Kush. Josh D became the guide who ultimately perfected the techniques needed to grow this demanding plant. OG Kush is not an easy plant to grow since it is sensitive to the amount of light and nutrients, to pests, and when stressed it will accidentally produce male flowers and seeds.