Interesting Cannabis Facts

Who doesn’t love reading interesting facts? Well, here’s a list of some very interesting marijuana facts. Cannabis, Marijuana, weed, bud, you have probably heard it called all of these names if you use it.  It’s no surprise that marijuana has been the most commonly used illegal drug in the country. The growing popularity of the plant is evident, but people still lack a common knowledge about it.   Whether you smoke it, vape it, or eat it, you’ll love reading these interesting facts.

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana on November 6, 1996. Prop 215 was proposed to help sick and dying people with HIV/AIDS and Cancer. It exempts patients and defined caregivers who possess or cultivate marijuana for medical treatment recommended by a physician from criminal laws which otherwise prohibit possession or cultivation of marijuana.

Legal Marijuana is the Fastest-growing industry in the United States. The American marijuana market grew 74 percent to $2.7billion in 2014, up from $1.5 billion in 2013. If it legalized drugs, the United States could save $85 billion to $90 billion per year. Roughly half that is spent on the current drugs policy and half that is lost in taxes that the state could have levied on legal drugs,” Jeffrey Miron, Harvard Professor told Der Spiegel in 2013.

  • 53 percent of Americans now think marijuana should be legalized. According to NORML, the majority of Americans believe that the adult use of cannabis ought to be legalized, while more than nine in ten Americans endorse allowing its use for therapeutic purposes, according to the results of nationwide polling data provided by Quinnipiac University.
  • Nearly half of American adults (49 percent) have tried marijuana. In a Gallup Poll, 60 percent of adults believe that marijuana should be legalized. That is up from 58 percent from the same time in 2015.
  • In Colorado, medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks locations 3 to 1. Wow! That’s almost worth repeating, because we all know how common a Starbucks is. So, that being said, what does Colorado do with all that income? Well, the first $40 million, they give to the schools in the form of grants, this past year they raise $2.9 million on top of that and the rest of the 10 percent goes to the state legislature to use however they want. And this year they created  a work program for homeless folks to get off the streets by helping themselves.
  • No one has ever overdosed or died from smoking too much weed. According to one report, it would take 800 joints to kill a person – but the cause of death would be carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • THC is one of more than 86 active ingredients in cannabis. Marijuana is comprised of  unique chemical structures called cannabinoids for the medicinal and psychoactive effects. Cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), cannabavarin (THCV), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), delta-8-THC, cannabicyclol (CBL), cannabitriol (CBT), and cannabielsoin are among the many different naturally-occurring cannabinoids. Most are known to have psychoactive and/or pharmacological properties just like many other synthetic cannabinoid analogs.
  • Most trees take many years for them to be able to produce paper and wood items. But with hemp it can produce things within almost 120 days. Some of the many things that can be made from hemp are hemp Crete, biodiesel, paper products, clothes, and many other items.
  • The cannabis plant can grow in nearly an environment and averages one to two inches of growth per day up to 18 feet.
  • There are over 200 slang terms for marijuana in the popular vernacular. Some of the most common nicknames include pot, grass, weed, hash, and ganja.

I’m sure we can all think of a few interesting facts that are not in this list. If you think it’s something you think we all should know, drop us a comment so we can all share!

 

 

No-Bake Chocolate Cannabis Cookies Recipe

No-bake marijuana cookies are a winner everyday of the week, but most especially  on the weekends. The weekend is on the way and who wouldn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie and some milk? They are just yummy! A great gift or snack for the adult family and guests. The recipe below is easy to follow and easy to make.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
½ cup cocoa
½ cup of cannabutter
½ cup of milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups quick cooking oatmeal
½ cup peanut butter

Directions:

Combine the sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk in a saucepan. Boil for one full minute. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter (optional), vanilla, and oatmeal. Drop by spoonful onto wax paper. Let cool for at least 30 mins.

Top 10 events in Marijuana Policy for 2016

This is the top 10 events that have shaped our country in 2016. Things were beginning to change for the better in marijuana reform. Let’s see where we go with this new administration.

#1 Adult Use Marijuana Laws Win Big on Election Day

Voters in eight states on Election Day decided in favor of legalizing marijuana. Voters in four states: California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada backed statewide initiatives regulating the adult use, possession, and sale of cannabis. Voters in four additional states: Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota endorsed initiatives either legalizing or expanding the use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes. Twenty-nine states now recognize the medical use of cannabis by statute, while eight states permit its adult use and retail sale


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#2 Record Percentage of Americans Say Marijuana Use Should Be Legal

A greater percentage of American adults than ever before say that the use of cannabis should be legal. An October Gallup poll reported that 60 percent of respondents back legalization, the highest percentage ever reported by the poll. Sixty-three percent of respondents age 18 or older endorsed legalization in this year’s American Values Survey, a 30 percent increase in public support since 2014.


                                

#3 Marijuana-Related Tax Revenue Exceeds Projections.

Tax revenue collection from retail marijuana sales is greatly exceeding initial projections. In Colorado, regulators took in $129 million over the 12-month period ending May 31, 2016 – well exceeding initial estimates of $70 million per year. In Washington, tax revenue totaled $220 million for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2016. Regulators had initially projected that retail sales would bring in only $162 million in new annual tax revenue. In Oregon, marijuana-related tax revenues are yielding about $4 million per month – about twice what regulators initially predicted.


#4 Medical Cannabis Access Associated With Less Prescription Drug Use

Patients who have legal access to medical cannabis mitigate their use of prescription drugs, particularly opiates. Data published by University of Georgia researchers in July reported that patients in medical marijuana states spent $165 million less on conventional prescription drugs, particularly those used to combat anxiety, depression, and pain. Separate data published in September in the American Journal of Public Health reported lower rates of opioid prevalence in medical marijuana states, while an April study commissioned by Castlight Health also reported lower rates of opiate abuse.

 


#5 Teens’ Marijuana Use, Access Falls In Era of Legalization

Fewer teens report being able to obtain marijuana, according to federal data released in 2016. Data reported by the US CDC in September found the percentage of teens that perceived cannabis to be “fairly easy or very easy to obtain” fell by 13 percent between the years 2002 and 2014, while separate data compiled by the University of Michigan determined that younger teens are finding it more difficult than ever before to procure the substance. The CDC report concluded, “[S]ince 2002, the prevalence of marijuana use and initiation among U.S. youth has declined” – a finding that is consistent with prior studies.

 


 

#6 Anti-Marijuana Zealot Selected For US Attorney General

President-Elect Donald Trump has selected Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to serve as US Attorney General. Senator Sessions has been one of the most outspoken opponents of marijuana law reform in Congress. He received a failing grade on NORML’s 2016 Congressional Scorecard for stating, “[G]ood people don’t smoke marijuana.” He has been confirmed and is currently focusing on “drug dealers”!

 

 

 

#7 Medical Cannabis Laws Associated With Fewer Traffic Accidents

The passage of medical marijuana legalization is associated with reduced traffic fatalities among younger drivers, according to data published in December in the American Journal of Public Health. Investigators from Columbia University reported: “[O]n average, MMLs (medical marijuana laws) states had lower traffic fatality rates than non-MML states. …. MMLs are associated with reductions in traffic fatalities, particularly pronounced among those aged 25 to 44 years. … It is possible that this is related to lower alcohol-impaired driving behavior in MML-states.”

 


 

#8 DEA Reaffirms ‘Flat Earth’ Position With Regard to Scheduling Marijuana

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration in August rejected a pair of administrative rescheduling petitions challenging the federal classification of cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance with no accepted medical utility. The decision continues to classify marijuana in the same category as heroin. In a separate announcement, the DEA acknowledged for the first time that it will consider issuing cannabis cultivation licenses for private entities engaged in “commercial product development.”

 

 


 

#9 Twin Study: Marijuana Use Does Not Adversely Impact IQ

The cumulative use of cannabis by adolescents has no direct effect on intelligence decline, according to longitudinal data published in January in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Investigators evaluated intellectual performance in two longitudinal cohorts of adolescent twins. Participants were assessed for intelligence at ages 9 to 12, before marijuana involvement, and again at ages 17 to 20. They concluded: “In the largest longitudinal examination of marijuana use and IQ change, … we find little evidence to suggest that adolescent marijuana use has a direct effect on intellectual decline.”

 


 

#10 Cannabis Use Not Associated With Increased Health Care Utilization

Marijuana consumers do not access health care services at rates that are higher than non-users, according to data published in August in the European Journal of Internal Medicine. Researchers assessed the relationship between marijuana use and health care utilization in a nationally representative sample of 174,159,864 US adults aged 18 to 59 years old. They concluded, “[C]ontrary to popular belief, … marijuana use is not associated with increased healthcare utilization, [and] there [is] also no association between health care utilization and frequency of marijuana use.”

 


Ending the Drug War

Drug use is down over the last 25 years, but a half million Americans are in prison for drug offenses. How should success be measured?

Are we really still fighting a “war on drugs”? This country has over half of it’s states with some form of legalization, whether it be, cbd, medical, or full legalization. Haven’t we suffered enough?

How many people have been arrested and received some sort of offense for marijuana. This plant has done as much harm to America’s people as some of our police actions in other countries! In fact,  this should be considered a police action against its own people? There are actually people serving life sentences for a plant. Then, down the street lives some pedophile walking free. I believe as 2016 ends, we’ve had enough of this crazy war on drugs. Let our people go, let them live a normal life like everyone else.  We now know, 45 years later, that the war on drugs is a war on people — and more specifically, black and brown people, whom it has sought to demonize and silence, criminalizing generations of youth of color and creating severe drug-sentencing laws ultimately to target and incarcerate communities of color.

What has gone wrong with our judicial system?

To start with, the government is fighting a losing battle. This year the war on drugs has cost the judicial system 56 billion dollars. Taxpayers spend almost $70 billion a year on corrections and incarceration. Just like alcohol prohibition, it has done nothing but drive a black market into a major cartel that we are having a hard time getting rid of. They have gotten to where the drug cartels just come here, guerrilla grow, and in turn ruin the land along with everything else in their path. The only thing is this cartel isn’t going to give up so easily when legalization takes place. They just trade off for another illegal substance. So goes the world right? How is this helping a made up war on our own people? It’s not folks!

It’s time we changed this paradigm in this country and we can start by getting rid of the DEA.

The DEA does nothing but rape, pillage, and plunder in the name of the law. They take land, home, cars, children, anything they can get their hands on. They always leave shattered lives and destruction in their wake. The United States has a problem with the DEA, but not cannabis! In 1971, Nixon temporarily placed cannabis into Schedule 1. Temporary has turned permanent, and this scheduling has remained in place since.

In 1972, his own commission he created unanimously recommended decriminalizing the possession and distribution of marijuana for personal use. Nixon ignored the report and rejected its recommendations. In October 1977, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use. However, that was quickly squashed with the arrival of Nancy Reagan and her “Just say No” campaign.

The beginning of Bush’s term escalated the drug war on cannabis, while the overdose rate of other drugs continued to rise rapidly. By the end of Bush’s term, there were about 40,000 paramilitary-style SWAT raids on Americans every year – mostly for nonviolent drug law offenses, often misdemeanors. While federal reform mostly stalled under Bush, state-level reforms finally began to slow the growth of the drug war.

Let’s lay this out in facts that we can understand. According to Office of National Drug Control Policy, the U.S. federal government spent over $15 billion dollars in 2010 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $500 per second. Someone is arrested for violating a drug law every 19 seconds. Arrests are expected to exceed the 1,663,582 arrests of 2009, and as of today they have.

According to the Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation  police arrested an estimated 858,408 persons for cannabis violations in 2009. Of those charged with cannabis violations, approximately 89 percent were charged with possession only. An American is arrested for violating cannabis laws every 30 seconds.  Arrests for this year have already surpassed that number, as well as all the previous ones.

82% of all drug arrests are for possession only, according to the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

With over half of the United States having some form of legalized cannabis, whether cbd, medical, or full legalization, why does this war rage on? Isn’t it time we as Americans say, “NO MORE”?

Strawberry Infused Muffins

 

With all the warm weather, I’m ready for spring. That means fresh fruit and berries!  While strolling through the grocery store the other day, I saw some delicious looking strawberries. Well, that led to this month’s recipe! Strawberry infused muffins and a cup of coffee, now that’s a wake and bake for sure! So, try this recipe and let me know what you think.


Ingredients

1cup of flour
1/2 cup of quick oats
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup of cannabis butter
1 cup of milk
1 cup of fresh strawberries


Directions

Step 1: Mix together the oats, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: In a smaller bowl mix together the egg, milk, and marijuana butter.

Step 3: Make a crater in the large bowl and then pour in the liquid mix from the smaller bowl.

Step 4: Stir it up a little, don’t stir until smooth, it should be lumpy.

Step 5: Carefully insert the strawberries deep into the mix, you can slice the strawberries into halves and quarters if you wish..

Step 6: Pour the mixture into a muffin tin, using muffin liners, make sure that you leave room in each muffin tin for them to rise, your mix should fill about 75% of the capacity of the liners.

Step 7: Bake for 25-30 minutes in an oven which has been preheated to 380F-400F.

Step 8: Leave to cool on a wire rack, and then enjoy!

John Shott’s devious flower heist in West Virginia

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Currently there is a piece of legislation headed to the Governor of West Virginia’s desk that has sold out the public in desperate need of cannabis. The Governor is expected to sign WV SB 386 as well.

 

Introduced Version of SB 386

 

Richard Ojeda and eleven co-sponsors introduced the original version of SB 386. It was more restrictive than I would like to see personally, but was much better than the current version of the bill. Home growing was left out of the original bill, a great disservice was done to the citizens of West Virginia by omitting this provision. Allowing home grows is the only way to ensure that most will be able to afford their medical cannabis.

 

It states in several places that growers are able to transfer cannabis to processors, dispensaries, qualified patients, caregivers, and labs. This is great, it doesn’t block any forms of ingestion that may work best for a particular patient. Like I said earlier, not the greatest access to cannabis. All forms of ingestion were on the table though. Dried flower and smoking weren’t illegal at this point.

 

Senator Stollings Amendment

 

Senator Stollings introduced an amendment that was passed, but the Shott Zatezalo amendment nullified it. Part of the Stollings amendment contained the language“providing an exception for a qualifying patient to grow a specified amount without a license”, this was great. Also, “providing that certain persons licensed, registered and authorized under the act may not be subject to arrest, prosecution or any civil or administrative penalty, including a civil penalty or disciplinary action by a professional licensing board, or be denied any right or privilege, for the medical use of cannabis.” This protection is much better than the one in the Shott Zatezalo amendment.

 

SB 386 Shott/Zatezalo ammendment

 

Here’s the amendment that gutted SB 386 for the patients of West Virginia. With this amendment smoking cannabis is actually illegal, possession or use of dry flower is illegal for a qualified patient or caregiver, and one of the worst cannabis DUI laws instituted.

 

No smoking cannabis? Are Mr. Shott and Zatezalo doctors? No, they don’t have the right to introduce language that restricts how one of their own constituents can use cannabis to best suit their condition at the given moment. There is a provision in the amendment that states vaporization of flower could be approved by the commission at a later date, but not smoking.

 

No dried flower? Once again, Mr. Shott and Zatezalo are not doctors. No right at all to practice medicine on the citizens of West Virginia. While they may not be prescribing anything, these amendments effectively tie the hands of doctors who will recommend cannabis for patients. As well as dispensary owners in what they can offer to help patients.

 

Now to the DUI and work restrictions. These are absolutely terrible. There is no provision that states cannabis in the blood doesn’t mean you’re impaired. There is absolutely no protection for people at their job, anything that requires physical activity can be off the table at no consequence to the employer. You can be fired, not hired, or have your hours cut because you use medical cannabis, no recourse at all against your employer. The DUI restriction is awful as well, .3ng/ml. Wow, no one who uses cannabis as medicine will be able to fall under that mark. I believe that number is used due to that being the lowest level of cannabis metabolites the instrument used can detect. This will also line the pockets of the WV with DUI arrests at the expense of sick people. This is unacceptable. Look at the section below about ng/ml testing cutoffs for cannabis.

 

Cutoff and Detection Post Dose

The initial screening cutoff level is 50 ng/ml. The GC/MS cutoff level is 15 ng/ml. The elimination half-life of marijuana ranges from 14-38 hours. At the initial cutoff of 50 ng/ml, the daily user will remain positive for perhaps 7 to 30 days after cessation. At the confirmation level of 15 ng/ml, the frequent user will be positive for perhaps as long as 15 weeks. Marijuana metabolites’ storage and slow release from lipid tissues is the reason for this long detection period.

http://www.healthy.net/Health/Article/Detection_of_Cannabinoids_in_Urine/8085

 

There are several other issues with the amendment. The number was dropped from 15 growers to be licensed by the start date of the bill to 10. Although those 10 could now have 2 grow facilities for a total of 20 grow sites in the state. Only 30 dispensaries will be licensed, at most 5 per region of the state. Growers and Processors are ineligible to have a dispensary. County governments have the rights to block cannabis business from opening in that particular county. Growing must be done indoors and under heavy security. There is language that excludes insurance companies from covering cannabis medicines. Pills, oil, topicals, vaporization, nebulization, tinctures, liquids, and dermal patches are the only acceptable forms of administration of cannabis to patients. Edibles only seem legal if you make them at home yourself, that portion is very confusing. Seed to sale tracking will be implemented and a dispensary has to be 1000ft. from a daycare or school of any kind.

 

The Players

 

John Shott is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee in the WV House. Over the past five elections he’s run, his campaign contributions are dominated by energy, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies.

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Mark Zatezalo was the main sponsor of the controversial piece of West Virginia legislation that could allow more pollution in WV water sources. The bill allowed adopted a higher flow rate of streams to use in the pollution calculations. This was concerning to people due to the fact that it would allow more pollutants in the water because they would disperse faster on paper by the new numbers used in calculating pollution amounts.

 

Conclusion

 

West Virginians were sold out with the old bait and switch by their elected officials. With the evidence provided it’s hard for me to believe that Shott and Zatezalo had their constituents in mind at all. These two authored an amendment that benefited their campaign donors instead of the people of West Virginia. The West Virginia energy providers will get a windfall from selling electricity and gas to these massive indoor grows, all the while driving the price of cannabis up. They served their constituents up to big pharma on a silver platter as well. The restrictions imposed in the amendment helps the state more than the citizens in need. Other states that have restricted the number of growers and dispensaries don’t have affordable access to quality cannabis. It looks like WV residents will probably be paying the equivalent of $500 an ounce for products that sure aren’t dried flower to smoke. The DUI restrictions help the state rake in a staggering amount of cash while causing further issues for sick people. At 3ng/ml you will never be able to operate a vehicle without being considered impaired if you use cannabis daily. This amendment was approved by the rest of the elected officials of West Virginia. As far as I’m concerned they should all be held accountable for not respecting the wishes of their constituents and bending to the will of campaign donations and the state treasury.

 

It’s instances like this we can learn a great deal from here in NC. We must let our elected know exactly what portions of the three bills introduced that we want left in tact. Blind support for a bill means you’ve consented to a contract you know nothing of. Would you blindly buy a car or house without looking at the contract you were about to consent to? No, you want a lawyer to read the contract, find any hidden shenanigans and make sure the product is worthy as well. We have a responsibility to ourselves to be vigilant and never let this happen to us here in NC. Our elected work for us and need to be reminded of that constantly. Legislation is a contract between the governors and the governed. The Declaration of Independence states that “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The citizens of West Virginia didn’t consent to the amendment of the cannabis law passing. They should hold their elected responsible for governing without consent.

 

Our own legislators have been negligent in respecting the will of their constituents for years now. I believe it’s time we do the same here and hold them accountable for their actions. It’s time they stop trying to figure out how to profit off both sides of the drug war and free the cannabis plant for us. All the lives lost and ruined in the war on drugs are on our elected, this lack of action is only continuing the damage being done. They don’t deserve the jobs of representing their constituents if they won’t respect their wishes and keep choosing campaign funds and reelection over the health and wishes of the citizens of NC.

 

Top 5 Strains in 2016

Let’s take a look back at the 5 most popular strains of 2016, this is a list of the top five favorites. Today’s marijuana is definitely stronger than what you grew and smoked in the 70’s. It’s not only stronger, but comes in different flavors too! From lemon to orange, even blueberry! With all the different strains out there, how do you know what’s  going to be the right one for you? Well, that depends on what you’re looking for, because some strains are more popular than others. After a little research, here’s a list worth taking a look at. All of these strains, as you know, come out of legal states. Just saying…

5. Gorilla Glue

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Dried Flower

 

Specifically no. 4, Gorilla Glue #4, developed by GG Strains, is a potent hybrid strain that delivers heavy-handed euphoria and relaxation, leaving you feeling “glued” to the couch. Its chunky, resin-covered buds fill the room with pungent earthy and sour aromas inherited from its parent strains, Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. Taking first place in both the Michigan and Los Angeles 2014 Cannabis Cups as well as the High Times Jamaican World Cup, this multiple award-winning hybrid’s supremacy is no longer a secret, and consumers will search far and wide to get their hands sticky with Gorilla Glue #4.


4. Girl Scout Cookies

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Dried Flower

Girl Scout Cookies, or GSC, is an OG Kush and Durban Poison hybrid cross whose reputation grew too large to stay within the borders of its California homeland. With a sweet and earthy aroma, Girl Scout Cookies launches you to euphoria’s top floor where full-body relaxation meets a time-bending cerebral space. A little goes a long way with this hybrid, whose THC heights have won Girl Scout Cookies numerous Cannabis Cup awards. Patients needing a strong dose of relief, however, may look to GSC for severe pain, nausea, and appetite loss.


3. Jack Herer

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Dried Flower

 

 

Jack Herer is a sativa-dominant cannabis strain that has gained as much renown as its namesake, the marijuana activist and author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Combining a Haze hybrid with a Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk cross, Sensi Seeds created Jack Herer hoping to capture both the cerebral elevation associated with sativas and the heavy resin production of indicas. Its rich genetic background gives rise to several different variations of Jack Herer, each phenotype bearing its own unique features and effects. However, consumers typically describe this 55% sativa hybrid as blissful, clear-headed, and creative.


2. Herijuana

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Originally bred by Woodhorse Seeds, Herijuana is a combination of the highly regarded Humboldt County Afghan indica called Petrolia Headstash and an outdoor hybrid from Kentucky known only as the “Killer New Haven” strain. This combo was worked by breeders for 15 generations to create an inbred line (IBL), meaning that most of the seeds will grow into plants that are nearly identical. Herijuana produces large dense flowers on an open, stretchy plant, with aromas and flavors ranging from spicy earth and sandalwood to hashy fruit. THC levels have been measured at over 25%, and the high provides a heavy, almost numbing feeling.


1.  O G Kush

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Dried Flower

 

OG Kush makes up the genetic backbone of West Coast cannabis varieties, but in    spite  of  its ubiquity, its genetic origins remain a mystery. Popular myth maintains that Chemdawg and Hindu Kush parented OG Kush, passing on the distinct “kush” bud structure we see in many strains today. However, we can’t be sure because OG Kush first came from bag seed in the early 90s. The earliest propagators (now known as Imperial Genetics) are said to have brought the seeds out of Florida to Colorado and southern California, where it now flourishes. There are many different phenotypes of OG Kush, some of which include Tahoe OG, SFV OG, and Alpha OG.