Sour OG is a descendant of cannabis royalty. Thankfully, though, like its award-winning parents, Sour OG had its own piece of the limelight in 2011. In that year, it was awarded the top prize in the Best Hybrid category at the Detroit High Times Medical Cup.
Can you guess from Sour OG’s name who its legendary parents are? Read on to find out if you’re right.
What Is the Sour OG Strain?
Sour OG is a 50/50 hybrid strain created by California seed company Cali Connection. Those of you who guessed OG Kush as one of Sour OG’s parents were partially right. Sour OG, in fact, is descended from San Fernando Valley OG (a West Coast phenotype of OG Kush). Its other parent is the world-renowned Sour Diesel strain.
The good news is that Sour OG has inherited the best traits of both of its parents.
Old school cannabis lovers may know Sour OG by its original name, 818 Headband (named after an area code in Los Angeles). Some California dispensaries may still sell this strain under its original name. It became known as Sour OG as its popularity soared and it became more widely used in other parts of the United States.
The good news is that Sour OG has inherited the best traits of both of its parents. While you might expect a 50/50 hybrid strain to produce a well-balanced blend of both sativa and indica effects, this is certainly not the case with Sour OG. The sativa effects come on fast and strong before the crash of its indica effects kick in a couple of hours later. Due to its potency, less is more when it comes to consuming Sour OG.
Sour OG’s aroma is an intense combination of both of its parent strain’s fragrances. An initial strong gasoline smell with skunky and sour aromas first hits the nostrils. These are soon followed by the strain’s more pleasant sweet, lemony, floral, earthy, and piney fragrances.
Sour OG consumers describe its taste as tart, with sweet and floral flavors that tantalize the taste buds. However, these sweeter notes are offset by earthier and more pungent flavors.
A Sour OG plant is a colorful mixture of vibrant lime-green calyxes and bright orange pistils complemented by milky-white trichome-covered buds. The buds are round and densely packed together, reflecting the plant’s OG Kush heritage.
Sour OG Strain Grow Info
Experienced Sour OG cultivators rate it as moderately difficult to grow. However, it grows well in soil or a hydroponic setup. It is naturally highly resistant to mold and mildew, and it isn’t adversely affected by humid climates. Temperature-wise, it grows best between 68-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
To get the highest yield from Sour OG, train the top of the plant regularly. Doing so will help to maximize the amount of light exposure to the buds. Effective pruning will help to achieve a dense coating of trichome-covered buds. A basic and regular feeding schedule is sufficient for this plant.
Sour OG’s indoor flowering period is between 8-9 weeks, and it produces a yield of around 16 ounces per meter squared.
Outdoors, October is the ideal month for harvesting, and growers can expect up to 19 ounces per plant.
THC Content – Highest Test
Sour OG is a potent strain with an average THC content of approximately 20%. However, some tests show that the Sour OG strain can contain up to 27% THC.
CBD Content – Highest Test
Sour OG’s generous THC level is offset by minimal amounts of CBD. At most, it will contain around 0.6% CBD.
Medical Benefits of Sour OG
As Sour OG is an uplifting strain, many use it to address mood disorders like depression. The combination of its relaxing and mood-enhancing effects makes it a popular option for those looking to de-stress and unwind.
Some also consume Sour OG to alleviate everyday aches and pains, such as muscular or joint pain.
Possible Side Effects of the Sour OG Strain
The most common side effects associated with smoking Sour OG weed are dry mouth and, to a lesser extent, dry eyes. It helps to keep a bottle of water nearby, as you may feel parched after smoking this strain.
Some Sour OG users may experience anxiety, dizziness, or paranoia, particularly if they overindulge.
Some Sour OG users may experience anxiety, dizziness, or paranoia, particularly if they overindulge. Again, experienced Sour OG consumers describe it as a ‘one-hit-quit’ strain. Bear this in mind before you consume this potent strain.
Final Thoughts on the Sour OG Strain
Sour OG has emerged from its parent strain’s shadows and become a hugely popular strain in its own right. While it is a 50/50 hybrid, it isn’t as well-balanced a strain as other hybrids out there. The effects are, in fact, far from even-keeled.
Users typically experience an uplifting and invigorating high followed later by a deep body stone. Therefore, be careful not to overindulge. If you choose to consume this strain – take one hit, and quit!