OG Kush - Hybrid
OG Kush is a hybrid strain originally created in Florida when a strain from Northern Cali was mixed with a Hindu Kush plant. This strain has been used to create some of the most famous strains such as GSC and Headband. The commonly reported effects of this strain are happiness, euphoria, and relaxation. This strain averages 19-24% THC, but the THC only tells a small portion of this strain’s story.
Terpene Profile and Effects
Cannabis has a notably strong unique aroma, and each individual strain has a different smell as well. The part of the cannabis plant that causes these different smells are the terpenes, aromatic molecules secreted inside the resin glands of the cannabis flowers. Terpenes not only provide a wide range of smells but can also accentuate the cannabinoid profile resulting in stronger and more focused physical and mental effects than the THC % would lead you to believe.
The primary terpenes found in OG Kush include caryophyllene, myrcene, and linalool.
Caryophyllene, also found in black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and other spices like oregano, is best known for its spicy and peppery notes. Beta-caryophyllene binds to CB2 receptors, hence its use in anti-inflammatory topicals and creams. Caryophyllene is the only terpene that binds to cannabinoid receptors.
Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis. The aroma is often described as earthy with musky notes, resembling cloves, and sometimes even has a fruity, red grape-like smell. It has also been reported that it is useful in reducing inflammation and chronic pain.
Linalool is the most responsible for the recognizable marijuana smell thanks to its spicy and floral notes and can also be found in lavender, mint, and cinnamon. This terpene provides very strong sedative and relaxing properties. Patients suffering from arthritis, depression, seizures, insomnia, and even cancer, have all found aid using this terpene.