OG Kush Cannabis: Why Is It So Crazy Popular

OG Kush is in record demand in the United States and other countries, and for good reason.

As one of the most popular strains in the marijuana world, OG Kush is instantly recognizable among cannabis consumers by its signature earthy pine and lemon scent. This 17-year old strain is the Coca-Cola of cannabis, with countless nicknames in the market and dozens of spin-off varieties being sold by independent retailers. But what gave the “Original Gangster” its legendary status as the undisputed name-brand variety in existence?

Aside from its stress-crushing, weighty euphoria, OG Kush is one of the strains most commonly prescribed to medical patients to ameliorate anything from depression to migraines. It contains up to 24% THC and 0.23% CBD, providing an intense high, deep muscle relaxation and alleviation of a broad spectrum of ailments. OG Kush packs so much beneficial versatility that it has drawn praise from all corners of popular culture; in television, comedy clubs—even pop songs and rap lyrics.

But there’s another theory on OG Kush’s unrivaled recognition around the world: through its high rates of consumption, it helped to bring terpenes out of laboratories and into the mainstream.

Just decades ago, medical and recreational marijuana were just plain weed. THC levels were the name of the game and a good high was the best that consumers could hope for. Terpenes brought matching aromas and flavors (along with a host of potential health benefits) to the fore just in time for sweeping marijuana legalization across the United States. The resulting reductions in regulation invigorated the exploration of cannabinoids—leading to breakthroughs in endocannabinoid research and the introduction of the Entourage Effect.

For its own part, OG Kush is popularizing terpenes through its own manufacture and retail in the emerging marijuana market. Terpenes, along with the study of endocannabinoid systems and Entourage Effect, is resulting in increasingly sophisticated “descendant strains” of OG Kush like Khalifa Kush and Fire OG. All of these strains use terpenes; now Lime OG Terpenes are even available for vapers online.

The “Original Gangster” is one of the most expensive strains on the market because it is in high demand and low supply. It is famously difficult to grow and produces low yield when grown incorrectly, making it a risky investment for growers and investors alike. Despite this, OG Kush is sought out anywhere it’s available, with consumers willing to pay up to $30 a gram. To weed lovers, its 55:45 Indica-to-Sativa ratio, mixed high and intense euphoria are more than worth the price. the added praise of performers, celebrities and even recovering athletes, it doesn’t look like the OG will be giving up its top spot in the marijuana mainstream anytime soon.

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