What does OG Mean?

Bugs Moran, the mobsters and bootleggers of the 1920s and 30s, such as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

OG stands for “Old-School,” and it’s a sort of compliment for someone who is exceptionally excellent, genuine, or “old-school.” It may be sincerely given to a legend like Michael Jordan or ironically applied to that friend who can unwrap a Starburst with their mouth.

When it comes to cannabis strains, names are quite significant. Some examples include White Widow, which is named for its external characteristics (e.g., “Bubba” of Bubba Kush infamy), and others are named after their creators (such as “Bubba” of Bubba Kush infamy). Most significantly, the vast majority of strains contain some information on their parents. Sour OG is a crossbreed between Sour Diesel and OG Kush. The term “OG” appears frequently in many of the cannabis strains sold at dispensaries; however, what does it represent? There are a number of different theories about how the term “OG” came into being.

The OG origin story

Let’s take a look at the cannabis culture terms surrounding this well-known strain, which has a lot of competing ideas. Some believe it stands for “ocean grown,” “original gangster,” or a truncated form of the phrase “original.”

To comprehend what OG means, you must first understand the names of two cannabis growth pioneers from Los Angeles’ early 1990s who became friends and roommates: Matt “Bubba” Berger, a consultant and dispensary owner in Denver’s legal marijuana industry, and Josh Del Rosso (Josh D), Founder and Managing Director of Josh D Farms.

According to Berger, he created the strain in Florida in 1992 after receiving a random bag of flower from a friend. Another buddy was impressed by the strain’s frosty colas and dubbed them “kushberries,” a name that was shortened to “kush.” In 1996, Berger and Del Rosso returned to Los Angeles with their kus seeds and grew Kush, Bubba (another of Berger’s strains), and Purple Indica in the crawl space of a rental property they shared.

In the 1990s, Del Rosso and Berger’s Kush strain became a worldwide sensation when it was featured in High Times magazine. The tale of Del Rosso and Berger’s Kush strain went viral, with demand skyrocketing to $8,000 per pound — roughly $13,400 in today’s dollars. But success brought rivals intent on profiting from the Kush craze. To distinguish their original Kush from all the others that stand for “original,” Berger and Del Rosso added “OG” to the mix. Adding another layer of perplexity, Berger and Del Rosso’s Kush is totally distinct from landrace kush, an indica cultivated in Afghanistan.

Kush was a massive hit with 90s youngsters, owing to its usage in Los Angeles hip hop. It has been suggested thatsuper star marijuana celebrity Snoop Dogg and West Coast rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill (who subsequently released a album titled Greatest Hits from the Bong in 2005) were fans.

What Does OG Mean?

Although the stigma and legal difficulties surrounding marijuana make it difficult to learn accurate information on many strains’ histories, much of what we think we know is based on myth and rumor, including the origin of the phrase “OG.” While the origins of the phrase “OG” remain a secret, there are three primary and numerous lesser-known reasons for its meaning when it comes to cannabis.

The abbreviation has long been misinterpreted as “Old Guy,” but its original meaning of “original” is now preferred by current social media criteria. It might also be taken to mean “the first.”

The term “original gangster” appears to have been used for the first time in the 1970s. The crips, a Los Angeles street gang, was rapidly expanding during this period. Some of the original or “original” members were dubbed “OG.” As a result, they became known as the “original gangsters,” or first generation of criminals.

The meaning of the word “gangster” has altered, but it is still used in this context. Although it is now employed differently than it was decades ago, it continues to be linked with criminals, street gangs, and organized crime. Many people utilize the term in casual speech or on-line conversations to imply that someone is an expert in a certain area or has exceptional talent.

The term OG was beginning to be used interchangeably with gang culture and rap music and videos in the 1980s, when artists referred to incredibly badass aspects of gang life as OG. Ice-T’s LP and single entitled “O.G. Original Gangster” may have helped spread the word even farther by including it on his album cover, according to which it may have been where Del Rosso and Berger got the notion.

The phrase seeped into popular culture and evolved further in meaning. Today you see it all over the place as an indication of excellence, perfection, or uniqueness.

Where can you find OG strains?

OG Kush has been around for over 20 years, yet its impact on cannabis is significant, ongoing, and appears to be growing. It’s almost everywhere you look. OG Kush is a building block strain because of its strong genetics, potency, flavor, and smell. It’s frequently used in successful cross breedings that have developed numerous well-known strains as a result of its excellent qualities:


GSC (Greenhouse strains C and S) is a young strain that has had a significant impact on marijuana culture — just as OG Kush did early in its history. After GSC hit California dispensaries, rapper Berner founded Cookies. GSC hybrids may now be found all around the world.

Tahoe OG 

The most famous OG Kush variety is said to be the result of a cross between the seeds of the parent strain.


SFV OG is a well-known characteristic of OG Kush, although its origins are unknown. SFV OG is recognized for being very powerful.

Bubba Kush 

It’s a cross between OG Kush and Northern Lights, an indica-dominant behemoth. Berger’s plants inadvertently crossed in his garden, resulting in the development of Bubba Kush.

Fire OG

Fire OG is a sativa-dominant hybrid derived from OG Kush and SFV OG, which is mentally uplifting while also being physically soothing.

True OG

The OG creators built up this indica-dominant hybrid through backcrossing OG plants until it had creative and sleepy effects.

Glueberry OG

This award-winning variety is a mix of Blueberry, Gorilla Glue (GG), and OG Kush from the breeders at Dutch Passion. For steady users, a fruit forward scent with plenty of THC is ideal.

Alpha OG (aka Alpha Medic OG)

Alpha Medic in San Diego, California, created Alpha OG. The strain is a heavy OG Kush type with a tasty flavor that includes notes of pineapple and honey.

When to Use the Term “OG”

“OG” is short for “original,” and it can be used to refer to the first of anything. Remember that just like most slang, “OG” should generally only be used in informal settings. It’s a pretty widely known word, so if you say “OG,” most English speakers will know what you’re talking about.

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