What Does OG Stand For?


The term OG has been around since the early 90’s. Not only is it one of the most popular strains of marijuana on the market, but it one of most talked about mysteries in the cannabis industry. The term “OG” has been used in many different contexts. It is most commonly known by the cannabis strain OG Kush.

There are two main mysteries involved with “OG.”

One is the actual lineage of the strain itself, and the other is what does OG really stand for.

The Definition of OG

There are multiple theories behind the actual definition of “OG.” The term “OG” has become very popular amongst many hip hop artists. Artists like Wiz Khalifa and Chamillionaire frequently reference the term in multiple of their songs. It is the wide spread popularity of the strain OG Kush that has caused its definition of “OG” to be questioned.

Theory 1

The first theory towards the definition of “OG” stands for Original Gangster.

OG KUSH LB GoogleThis theory comes from the 90’s when a rap group from California, Cypress Hill, inserted the term into one of their songs. “OG” or Original Gangster was used by this group to describe someone who has climbed through the ranks as a cannabis dealer. It is also thought that Original Gangster was a strain grown down in San Fernando Valley, California and helped OG Kush become so popular.

Theory 2

The second and most unlikely theory is that the “OG” stands for OverGrown.com.

This was a website back the early 2000’s, that was known as the world’s largest cannabis grow site. However, in 2006 the website was shut down by the Canadian Police. It is thought that the term “OG” is a tribute to that website. This theory does not exactly fit the timeline, but since these are all just theories, this is a possible answer. It is the least popular theory though.

Theory 3

Ocean-Grow-Weed-OGThe last and most popular theory is “OG” stands for Ocean Grown.

There is a story about a Californian grower who received an original ChemDog cut. It is thought that this cut is what eventually led to OG Kush. This Californian grower then shared this cut with a couple of other growers and the final mix that they came up with is rumored to the original OG Kush. This strain became very popular in the 90’s.

It is rumored that one day the growers were passed a bowl and told that it tasted like Mountain Grown Kush. It was then that the growers corrected their friend. He said, “This isn’t Mountain Grown man, this is some Ocean Grown Kush bro.” From this point, it was known as Ocean Grown Kush, later shortened to what we now know as OG Kush.

The Mysterious Lineage of OG Kush

The unknown lineage of OG Kush is one of the biggest mysteries in the cannabis industry. It is one of the most popular strains on the market, and nobody even knows its genetics. There are many different rumors as to what the actual lineage of OG Kush is. It is impossible to know really, but some of the theories do make sense.

Theory 1

The first theory about OG Kush’s lineage is that its original cut came from a seed out of a 91′ChemDawg. It is rumored that this seed originated in the Lake Tahoe area in 1996. This is not the most popular theory, but it is similar to other theories out there. OG Kush is usually sold as an indica, but there is a theory that it is a sativa dominant. This first theory plays to that idea.

Theory 2

The most common and popular theory is that OG Kush is a cross between ChemDawg x Lemon Thai x Old World Paki Kush. The full story is that there was a weed farmer from Grass Valley, California who received an original cut from the ChemDawg family.

This grower then shared his cut with two other growers, a grower from Dibble Creek, CA and Sunset Beach, CA. One of the growers had what he called “the secret ingredient” for a cross-breed. His secret ingredient was Lemon Thai x Old World Paki Kush. The outcome of crossing this with the ChemDawg is what is rumored to be the original OG Kush.

Which Theory is Most Probable?

The second lineage theory is interesting because it goes on to explain how the founders of the OG Kush sent a cut of their plant to other growers in California. One cut made its way down to the San Fernando Valley, and the other made its way up to Orange County. The cut from the Valley became SFV OG, but the cut from Orange County is now known as Larry OG.

The third grower from Dibble Creek later took his cut of ChemDawg and crossed it with an Indica dominant from Humboldt County. This cross became known as West Coast Dawg. West Coast Dawg was later crossed with an Old World Kush male and a cut of, what was considered to be, OG Kush. This crazy lineage is what eventually became known as the original Bubba Kush.

The term “OG” will forever be a mystery to the cannabis industry. As time passes, there will probably be more and more theories that come about. One thing is for sure though, the mystery behind OG Kush is what will forever make it one of the most popular strains on the market.