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Difference Between Kush and OG

Kush and OG are some of the commonly known strains of Cannabis Sativa. Even though most people mistake them and interchange the names, the two strains are completely dissimilar. Each of the strains has a range of effects on the mind and body of the user. Consequently, they each have a varied range of medicinal benefits.

The two strains have a strong and sweet or sour odor to the buds. The odor is also known to provide a relaxing and strong body high that users claim to help treat body pains, general anxiety, and sleeping disorders.


What is Kush Cannabis?

The Cannabis Kush is a variety of the Cannabis family and descends from the Hindu Kush mountains. The mountains are one of the few geographic regions that harbor the Cannabis plant natively.

Attributes of Kush Cannabis

The Kush Cannabis strain is characterized by the following attributes:

  • Smell: – the aroma varies from floral to earthly, pine, pungent, sweet fruit, incense, pepper, hash spice, herbs, citrus, and gas.
  • Appearance: – the Kush strain may appear with deep green colas and leaves that exhibit hints of purple. The hairs (pistils) may look bronze, rust-colored, or orange. The buds are usually chunky, dense, or knotted.
  • Flavor: – the smooth or vapor generated from smoking the Kush strain is usually smooth and herbaceous with a taste of grape, citrus, flowers, diesel, and earth.
  • Effects: – the effects of the Kush strain are usually heavy and sedative.


What is OG Kush?

The OG Kush (commonly referred to as Ocean Grown Kush) is a Cannabis strain that was first cultivated in the early 1990s in Florida. The product was as a result of cross-pollination with a Hindu Kush plant from Amsterdam. The resultant strain was a hybrid that had a unique terpene profile and boasted of a complex aroma with notes of spice, skunk, and fuel.

Traits of OG Kush

The main OG Kush attributes include:

  • Strong and unique.
  • Very dank
  • Slightly citrus aroma.
  • Almost like strong detergent or fuel.
  • String and dank flavor with a long-lasting aftertaste.
  • Large and dense buds.
  • Lime green clusters.


Difference Between Kush and OG

The striking differences between the two strains of Cannabis include:

Origin of Kush Vs. OG

The Kush strain originated from the Hindu Kush mountains while the OG strain originated from a cross of a Hindu Kush plant in Florida in 1990.

The composition of Kush Vs. OG

The Kush strain is composed of relatively higher levels of fenchol, camphene, a-terpineol, Linalool, and terpinolene. The OG strain, on the other hand, contains mainly compounds of guaiol, myrcene, a-pinene, β-eudesmol, and trans-ocimene.

Kush Vs. OG: Comparison Table


Summary of Kush Vs. OG

The Kush and OG strains are both Cannabis Sativa strains even though each has outstanding characteristics. From the region of origin to the attributes, effects, and components, it is apparent the two strains differ from each other. A frequent user can, however, tell each from the other depending on the effects it will have on their body and mind.


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  1. Kush and og are both Indica not Sativa. Hindu comes from the Hindu mountains that produce the best hash which is Indica. I’m hoping this message is well received.

  2. I don’t even know where to start but there is no “OG”…OG is OG kush the hindu is a stretch. Also just for the rec. josh got those seeds from a bag that Matt got from NorCal.OG has been around the inner circle for along time.It was around way before 92 or whatever OGKS says.it’s been around my area went by a different name. Which he admits it came from NorCal.anyways the real deal OG it almost a 50/50.if you can find ogks,club33,diablo,Malibu fire or 91fire, 91malibu fire or topanga cyn. Green angel had the gear. If you can’t smell the Og threw a sealed jar the cut is garbage.hit me up if you need some research material

    • Its amazing how people that dont know shit are the ones that wanna write about it. Also drives me nuts when people refer to og kush as simply “kush” which is ignorant and obviously never dealt in straight kush. In ny from 2005-2008 thats all i was about- the kush… and sometimes purple kush. East coast shit

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[0]"OG". Colorado Potguide, 2019, https://www.coloradopotguide.com/marijuana-glossary/og/.

[1]"What Is 'Kush' Cannabis? | Leafly". Leafly.Com, 2019, https://www.leafly.com/news/strains-products/what-is-kush-marijuana.

[2]"What Is The Difference Between Indica And Sativa Marijuana Plants - The Weed Blog". The Weed Blog, 2019, https://Cannabismaven.io/theweedblog/growing/what-is-the-difference-between-indica-and-sativa-marijuana-plants-t4fIpgQUyUWXnOEer1nQiw/.

[3]Image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:OG_Kush.jpg

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