OG Kush

Modern Heirlooms – Strain Relevance #2

Classic Blue Dream v. OG Kush/Chemdog Cut
OG Kush
OG KUSH / CHEMDOG – Original Cut – Partial History and Background

An Old Cutting, The “Chemdog” was 18 when I got it, almost 30 by now. 432

I grew this genetic as My “Signature Strain” in my early years in “Da Medical Hobby.” The Real “OG Kush.” Original Gangsta, Ocean Grown, There are many acronyms.

The “Kush,” as we called it,  delivers a potent Narcotic Buzz, by no means Boring. Almost Hallucinogenic when produced right.  The original cutting has actually been improved upon in terms of Yield, but the “snappy” flavour of the First and Proper version is not always duplicated in more recent knock-offs. There are many, many copies out there. Some Good, most diluted.

Contrary to popular belief, there is not much Indica within the Genetics. Except perhaps its’ look. The Strain is/was reportedly 70% Sativa. From Boston via Colorado. It is The Legendary “Chemdog” Cut..

This Cut is the Mother to Sour Diesel and the Sister to Original Daywrecker Diesel #1, as well as other Historical Diesel-Related Strains. Legend has it that here were 8 seeds in a bag obtained at a Grateful Dead Concert in Colorado. Some were later bred, such as the Original Chemdog Cut x Massachusetts Super Skunk to comprise ECSD – the famous East Coast Sour Diesel. Otherwise known simply as Sour Diesel, Sour D, Diesel, or SD. In itself, absolutely unique. 438

The Folks that kindly shared the Original Cut with Me after Two Summers of Service to Them, called it “OG Kush” – Original Gangster Kush. They said that “the Hippies do not like the name  ‘Chem’ in it.” Thus, the name change from Chemdog.

I was not even told of the actual lineage for two years.. And I can see why. People clamoured all around Me trying to obtain the “Cut.” Even a well-known Seed Bank visited Me in Northern California, and clipped off 8 cuttings from a Large Mother Plant when I was out of the room. Which I never should have been..!Lesson Learned.

The reason for the name Chemdog was that reportedly, it was the only strain that actually performed better in a Grow situation when CHEMICAL NUTRIENTS were employed, rather than more Organic options.

The unique part of the name was that Chemdog was the moniker for the Inorganic-Grown version, while the “Chemdawg” spelling was used by connoisseurs for the Same Genetic grown Organically, or more naturally. Unique within the Cannabis World, that a name is different in different growing conditions.

My Associates back then were from Families where Parents and Friends ghad grown this for years.

The Original Chemdog cut pictured above in its’ Dried form, and below as a living plant, takes at least 65 Days Indoors to REALLY finish. Usually, it gets taken at 55-58 days. At a loss of potency, flavour, appearance, and bouquet.

As I always state, 90% + of the Marijuana Growers Worldwide “Pull” (Harvest) their Indoor and Outdoor plants early. 430

Outdoors, in a Greenhouse, the OG Strain is just lovely, if ventilation is sufficient. Rock-Hard Nuggets that can almost scratch Glass, can be produced.

Powdery Mildew, a Fungus, is a problem with this strain. Preventative spraying until Mid-Flower is wise.

Now 094INDOORS, the reality is that OG Kush is Horrible to grow due to spindly Branches, low yield, and large internodal space between Flowers, as well as 3+X Stretch.

The First 3 weeks of flower (12/12 hour light regimen) see a 1 foot plant go to 4 feet, with no support for the heavy Flowers….  To Root cuttings it takes at least 14 days, but usually more like 21 days to clone, with a success rate of about 50%. While other strains take 10 days to truly root, with 90%+ success rate.

In a wild fit of Glory-Seeking, I shipped One Ounce of the best Headies from my Organic Greenhouse Grown OG Kush Marijuana Flowers as well as some Bubble Hash to the High Times Amsterdam Cannabis Cup, in 2006. And then I met the box there in an apartment rental. I was liberal with Sharing my Stash…

No one (including the C’Shop owners and Breeders) could stop screaming about it. Imagine the “Pied Piper,” leading the flock. Almost every One said that they had never experienced anything like it. Tastewise, looks, or Effect.

Derry of Barney’s Coffeeshops and Restaurants, as well as other “Amsterdam Luminaries” called it the “Best Pot in Town.” They liberally stated that if I could have entered the Flowers in the Cannabis Cup Competition, it would have easily won.  Derry Ended up winning the Cup, with his worthy G13 x Haze. Obviously, Having taken several Cups over the years, Derry had a good idea of what a “Winner” constitutes.

Happily trading from their “Personals” to get their mitts on this NEW thing that got them so Twisted. I felt like a local Celeb.

Based on the People who I shared it with, and the Ensuing High-Drama that occured in the following Year with Unsaid Seed Company, in Your Author’s Emerald-Triangle Mother Room, I may have caused some of the onset of the OG Mania that took over Amsterdam almost immediately after that Cannabis Cup and continues to this day. Rightly so, it was completely new to a large swath of devoted Cannabis Connoisseurs.. Hysteria happens with the Chemdog / OG.Has nothing to do with Me, personally. The Strain speaks for itself. The original “Loud” strain.

In its’ real form, OG has possibly the best effect out there. Best Flavour, as well, somehow –  as many have said in My Presence, and in “print.” In a Blind Taste Test, amongst other Strains, it always was the Chosen One. Women Love “The Kush,” as well.

One very good friend, a lifelong “Pothead” was positive that the Bud was “Laced.” It was just grown to maturity..! I let them Go until they are actually finished. Usually this Cut ikes 65 days of Flowering. There is a bit of “Trippy” to the Buzz. THC-V, a different form of THC than the commonly known variety, is the psychodelic compound sometimes found in Sativa-Dominant Strains.

The Politics of not sharing the Chemdog Cut with everyone I knew was a Stressor. Pester, Pester, they did.. A couple Friends were lost, because of a pact I had made to NOT distribute the Cut freely.

This Chemdog/OG Kush cut won 2 Private Local Cannabis Cups in a row, Held in a secret Location 7 miles inland from the Pacific, in the Emerald Triangle. Also was the standout in several impromptu smoke tests held at “Harvest Parties,” amongst Local Growers after harvest. Ah, the “mid aughts in the Em Tri…!!” A bit of paradise for a few years, no longer the case.

Pictured is Ice and Water Processed Pure Organic Bubble Hash.

Nuset 006Og Kush, Chemdog, East Coast Sour Diesel, most similar Genetic Variations and Crosses all make the Best Concentrates and Cannabutter. When produced with an eye toward purity. The consistency of the Finished Hash Product is Jelly-Like, which makes the need for potentially unhealthy Butane-Processed Concentrates unnecessary. One can also simply “Melt” the Substance in Any Fat, such as Butter or Olive Oil, to imbibe with the use of food.

Eating any Cannabis brings a much more substantial High and is not recommended without experience, or the supervision of one who has knowledge of dosage, and potential negatives.

Smoker’s Pleasure –  Grower’s Problem. Described in 4 words and a hyphen. OG Kush/Original Chemdog Cut. “Pure Kush” – in NorCal and SoCal… Platinum OG, and other names. Hybrids exist as well, some available from reputable Seed Breeders. Many are cheap knock-offs. I am now content to let others Grow the Inconvenient, low-yielding Strain.



Blue Dream – Ubiquitous, yes, but The Perfect Sativa hybrid Clone-Only Cutting…?

 A Sativa of a different nature. Specifically, DJ Short’s Blueberry Original Indica phenotype x Super Silver Haze – although some say Neville’s Haze, which is a rare 75% Haze. Bd

Blue Dream delivers a clear, slightly edgy, tasty, hazey, “go out and do something” effect. I actually see My jar of BD emptied First – the real test of One’s Preferences. It is a special Hybrid, a GREAT Upful feeling, but Yes, like a Great song overplayed – the Dream is now ubiquitous.

Ubiquitous maybe, but nonetheless, a Strain  which is in the top 5% of quality. BD always will have a place in my Stable.

If grown Organically, with Care, One can truly taste the Blueberry and the Haze simultaneously. That’s Unique, as well.  The Most interesting thing,  for Me is the Overwhelming Incense-like Haze smell that permeates the whole room. Perhaps the whole house. If One is the Smoker, it is not always easy to detect this strange, unique odour that Haze-hybrids can offer. Walking out of the room momentarily, and then returning, will bring that wafting Pleasure-Vapour to the Smoker’s nose.

From a Grower’s Standpoint, BD is a Major Standout, as it finishes in 60-62 days, depending on One’s tastes. With a Nice Big Yield. For a Sativa Dominant, or any Plant,  that is an extreme rarity. Blue Dream is a Genetic that approaches the rarely-attained  “Holy Grail” status. The antithesis of the problematic and disease-prone OG Kush.Blue dream

Many Sativas, although extremely exotic, and some truly worthy, take up to 14 weeks to Flower fully. This extended Flowering Period makes the endeavor not economically feasible for those who need to look at Electric Company balances.  Or those who depend on a few extra (or a lot extra) dollars to be generated from the Grow Process.

Due to the “Bagseed” phenomenon – wherein One finds an isolated seed in a Bag of something, grows it out and calls it the same thing. Due to phenotypical variation within seeds, odds are that the new version will NOT be the same. But, the name has been chosen by the person, and is passing around the cuts as “Blue Dream. Hence, the “dilution” of Strains continues.

To be explained in the next article, “Strain Dilution.”



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