Cherry OG is a landrace-driven hybrid with well-balanced effects and an earthy, fruity flavor. This strain comes to us from Emerald Triangle Seeds, the producers also responsible for Emerald Jack. It is a cross between a Thai sativa and an Afghani indica that was backcrossed with its original Thai mother and then crossed again with lemony hybrid Lost Coast OG. A great choice for either all-day productivity or mellow introspection, Cherry OG has a potency that has been measured at between 10% and 23% THC.
Cherry OG boasts impressively large buds that adhere in a dense, indica-typical structure. These oversized flowers are almost conical in shape, broad at the base and distinctly pointed at the end. The tightly-packed leaves are an earthy shade of olive green and are shot through with hairy, rust-colored pistils. Finally, translucent white trichomes cover the nugs, making them very sticky difficult to break up without the use of a quality grinder.
When properly cured, Cherry OG’s flowers indeed give off faintly floral, cherry notes. On closer inspection, there is also an astringent aroma reminiscent of gasoline, passed on from the Chemdawg in parent strain Lost Coast OG’s genetics. Also lurking underneath is a slightly citric, sour tang. Meanwhile, grinding up these resinous flowers speaks to Cherry OG’s Afghani heritage, with hashy, incense-like odors that almost overwhelm the traces of berry. When combusted, this bud burns with a smooth and easy smoke that tastes like subtle cherry and blueberry with some added diesel fumes on the exhale.
Cherry OG offers what can be described as a creeper of a high, steadily mounting until smokers can’t help but succumb to its effects. Along with a pressure at the front of the head, users may detect an onset of rapid thought association. This head buzz is good for focusing on tasks as complicated as sorting your inbox or as mundane as taking on spring cleaning. The mental energy can also very social in the right set and setting, lending itself to camaraderie and flowing, stimulating conversation. Unlike some hybrids in which the strain’s indica side emerges in a second, distinct phase, Cherry OG seems to offer a consistently balanced high, with a pervasive feeling of relaxation throughout. Couch-lock is not commonly reported, and lucidity is long-lasting. If you’re feeling active and outdoorsy, the strain can set the stage for a long nature walk; under more relaxed circumstances, simply zone out and enjoy a good album or movie. Because of its versatility, Cherry OG is appropriate for use during the daytime or evening — however, smokers should refrain from enjoying this strain just before bed, as its thoughtful effects may keep them wired and alert.
Cherry OG’s wide-reaching effects can have several uses for medical cannabis patients as well. It can provide effective analgesic relief for aches and pains, whether they’re mild and temporary or chronic, as due to conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia. Its sustained positive energy can also combat the symptoms of mild to moderate stress and depression, helping users to spend their time more mindfully. In some cases, the strain’s lucid clear-headedness may be of use to patients with attention deficit disorders. Finally, Cherry OG is known to provoke hunger, making a good supplement for those who have lost their appetites to sever illness or medication. Although well-balanced, Cherry OG’s cerebral effects may prove disorienting for some, and it is not recommended for users who are prone to panic or who have a low tolerance for THC.
Fortunately for home growers, Emerald Triangle has made seeds of Cherry OG available for sale online. In can be grown indoors or outdoors in consistently warm, semi-humid climates; that said, the strain’s hardy landrace genes make it somewhat resistant to adverse conditions like variations in temperature and humidity. Plants of Cherry OG lean sativa and can reach lofty heights — those growing indoors should be sure to train their crops early on via pruning and trimming. Also characteristically sativa is Cherry’s OG’s long flowering time: it flowers within 9 to 10 weeks when grown indoors and is ready for harvest in early October when grown outdoors.