THE STORY OF OG KUSH by Judah Ray
Although not a typical “Kush,” OG Kush does possess some Indica (Cannabis Sativa, Subspecies Indica) traits, and it is rumored that it may have some Kush bred in its genetic heritage. However, it is mostly a Sativa in both phenotype and psychoactive effects when consumed.
At a Grateful Dead show at Deer Creek Amphitheatre way back when, JoeBrand (aka Wonkanobe) and “Pbud” met Chemdog and sold him an ounce of very high quality pot for $500. Joe and Chemdog exchanged numbers and they later arranged for 2 ounces to be shipped to Chemdog on the East Coast. According to Chemdog, one ounce was seedless and the other had 13 seeds. In ’91, Chemdog popped the first 4 seeds. A male was found and disposed of. The three females were labeled “ChemDawg” (now “’91 ChemDawg”), “ChemDawg a” (now “ChemDawg’s Sister”) and “ChemDawg b.” In ’01, ChemDog and his girlfriend attempted to germ three more seeds, labeled “c,” “d,” and “e.” The “e” seed never geminated, “c” turned out to be junk (according to Chemdog), and “ChemDawg d” was the keeper.
“OG Kush” (the original cut) came from an s1 in a bag of ’91 ChemDawg from the Lake Tahoe area in 1996… but we will get back to that.
In late ’93, John of Grass Valley, California, got the ChemDawg cut. He shared it with fellow Californians Cowboy from Dibble Creek and Putz from Sunset Beach.
Putz had a male he called the secret ingredient – a cross between Lemon Thai and an Old World Paki Kush – and he bred it with the ChemDawg. The buds ended up circulating throughout southern Los Angeles County in ’95. Someone complained to Putz that because Kush was mountain grown, its quality might suffer. Putz laughed and told him “this Kush is Ocean Grown Kush, Bro…” The tag stuck, and it became known as “OG Kush.”
In the spring of ’96, Putz married a girl from New Zealand. Before moving there, he sent cuts of his OG to Cowboy and another man by the name of Beans in Salinas, California. He gave all his P1 stock and all the remaining seed he had to Mad Dog in Downey, and in late ’96, Mad Dog sold some seed to some guys in the Valley. That’s where the San Fernando Valley cut of OG comes from and the name “Original Gangster.”
It’s like the original only more sat in pheno type. Mad Dog sold a cut of the original to a guy in Orange County, where it continues to go by the name “Larry.” Mad Dog sent one other cut of the original OG to a breeder in Europe, but as far as anyone knows, it never went anywhere else. Jerry bred his ChemDawg cut with a Humboldt County Indica lover. This was the beginning of his cubing process. At BX3, he got a pheno that had all the smell, taste and kick of the ChemDawg, but in a pure Indica pheno. Jerry gave this plant to Beans. It became known as the “West Coast Dog.”
Now… into the crosses and where this is all leading…
Sour Diesel, aka ECSD, came from an accidental cross of (’91 ChemDawg x Mass Super Skunk/NL) x DNL after the DNL hermed and seeded the room. The DNL’s lineage is NL/Shiva x Hawaiian.
Original Diesel (also known as “Diesel #1,” “Headband,” “Daywrecker Diesel,” “Underdawg”) came from a cross between ’91 ChemDawg x (Mass Super Skunk x Sensi’s Northern Lights), done by a guy known as “Weasel.”
Chemdog and friends made several crosses that are held closely by a small group of friends and acquaintances. Among them are:
1. Super Snowdawg (Bubble Chem x [Super skunk x Oregon Sno])
2. Giesel (Chem D x Mass Super Skunk)
3. Bubble Chem (ChemDawg ‘s Sister x Sag’s Bubbleberry)
4. Dawg Daze aka ChemHaze (Chem D x ’93 Sensi’s NL#5/Haze)
5. ChemDawg D x PBud (another old-school Colorado strain)
In ’06, Chemdog and Joebrand reunited, and Joe came away with four of the last six beans: ChemDawg phenos 1-4, 4 being the chosen keeper. Joe thought the ‘4’ was the best representation of the original and thus dubbed it the “Reunion Pheno.” Chemdog still has two seeds left in his stash.
JJ-NYC has been working on a ChemDawg D-based seed line for several years now. He started by crossing ChemDawg D with Sensi’s Afghani after thoroughly testing both Sensi’s Afghani and Sensi’s Hindu Kush to determine which was more stable and performed better in the initial cross. JJ then did a backcross, known as “Double Dawg.” Several phenos of this circulate and several people still have beans. JJ’s latest work to the line is a second backcross known as “Tres Dawg” which is just starting to get tested.
Rezdog of Reservoir Seeds recently released several ChemDawg crosses as part of his “Trinity” charity auctions. The crosses included ChemDawg D x Sensi’s Hindu Kush and Snowdawg x Sensi’s Hindu Kush, ChemDawg D x Sour Diesel IBL, Snowdawg x Sour Diesel IBL, ChemHaze x Sour Diesel IBL and Giesel x Sour Diesel IBL.
Beans bred this plant with Cowboys Old World Kush male. He took a male from that cross and bred it with the OG cut Putz had sent him. This is what made the original Bubba… also known as the KB.
Info on some different cuttings of OG Kush:
Tahoe: cut brought into the community by Swerve. The grower that Swerve got it from had sourced the cut in the Lake Tahoe area in the ’90s.
Larry: The Orange County Larry cut that is available in the medical scene came from the same Orange County crew that the H.A O.G Kush came from.
SFV: There are a million O.G cuts grown in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, but the cut that goes by this name on these forums and in medical dispensaries came from forum member Swerve.
Ghost: This cut came from ORGNKID, who had sold an O.G cut to an Overgrow forum member named “Ghost,” who further distributed it.
Triple OG: This cut came from ORGNKID. This cut is A.K.A Triple X/XXX O.G Kush.
Abusive: This cut was brought into the community by an overgrow member named “Abusive”, believe it or not Abusive claimed to have got the cut through the rapper Snoop Dogg.
SAC#2: Cut brought into the scene by forum member O.Gkushman, O.Gkushman got the cut from DJ Muggs.
P.R OG A.K.A Private Reserve O.G: Another O.G cut that ORGNKID brought into the scene. Also known as the “og18,” which won the High Times Cup in 2009.
Apothecary: O.G cut brought into the scene by the Apothecary Seed Company’s “Brett.” Brett got it from a high profile Medical MJ activist in L.A back in 1999.
Diablo: This cut came from the R.D.C dispensary in the San Fernando Valley.
Raskal’s OG: Another cut sourced in the San Fernando Valley. Cut was bought for several thousand dollars from friends of forum member OGraskal.
HA OG: Cut came from an commercial H.A room in Orange County, grown by the same crew that brought the Orange County Larry cut into the medical dispensary.
Poison OG: Cut came from O.Gkushman, who grew it from seed found in a pound of O.G back in ’96.
SAC#1 & SAC#3: #1 came from G-Thumb in the San Fernando Valley, #3 came from San Fernando Valley and sometimes goes by the name “Purple O.G Kush.”
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