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November 16, 2021

What Does "OG" Stand For in Cannabis?

Original gangsta, ocean grown, or original grower - let’s figure it out

Cannabis glossary is extensive and new words as well as new meanings attributed to old words appear all the time.

Considering the fact that cannabis had been illegal for a long time, and the subject was never covered in encyclopedias or dictionaries, the origins of slang terms are usually hard to trace and are often surrounded by mystery and debate.

Today we will try to get to the bottom of the meaning of the letters OG.

Why is OG Kush so Popular? What Kind of Strain Is It?

Despite the fact that OG can potentially mean very different things, it will typically refer to a type of strain in the cannabis world. Namely, it is tied to the OG Kush strain. This potent hybrid - 22-27% THC - appeared in the 1990s and has a mysterious origin story of its own. One of the theories is that OG Kush came as a result of crossing Chem Dawg and Hindu Kush.

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Whatever the case might be, we care more about what it offers today and in this regard it is simply amazing. The strain has made a name for itself and spread throughout the states and the world in a very short time, aided by its popularity among hip-hop celebrities of the time. The term Original Gangster was made popular by rapper Ice-T, Snoop Dogg called OG Kush his favorite strain on Twitter, and the OG part of it is often attributed to Cypress Hill.

OG Meaning

Here is a brief overview of the possible meaning without going into too much detail as to who said what:

Original Gangsta / Original Gangsta. This is one of the most common origin theories, with the name often credited to hip hop group Cypress Hill.

Ocean Grown. Another prevailing vision of what OG stands for, which refers to the California coast. 

Original Grower. This is also related to the California cannabis scene. Reportedly, the region’s growers brought seeds directly from Afghanistan to be cultivated, hence the name that gives credit to growers.

OverGrow. A less common theory refers to the OverGrow.com website that was an early forum for cannabis enthusiasts. It launched in 1999 and was shut down by Canadian police in 2006.

In Conclusion

Regardless of how you want to decipher the OG part, if you see the letters in the name of the strain, it often means that it has the genetics of the beloved OG Kush, like Silver Stem’s Ghost OG for instance. 

In general, OG or Kush means original, authentic, the best, and is used to describe someone or something that has a long-standing reputation, which is very much on point when we talk about OG Kush.

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