Banana OG Marijuana Strain Information & Review

Sophia Delphi March 02, 2023 - 6 min read
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Banana OG is an extremely potent weed that really does smell and taste like bananas.

However, this indica-dominant hybrid (70% indica, 30% sativa) has an OG Kush heritage, so there’s more to the flavor and aroma of the strain: citrus, earth, pine, cinnamon, and diesel. The result is a pungent but enticing aroma and smoke that combines a banana taste with a more “hashy” one.

The Banana OG high arrives gradually, starting with a euphoric head rush that morphs into mental relaxation and powerful physical effects. The body buzz is heavy and can quickly become couch-locking the more you smoke. Sedation and sleep are quite likely, sooner or later.

With high THC levels that can easily hit 25%, this bud isn’t for the faint-hearted.


The best way we can describe the overall effects of Banana OG is by saying this strain is a “creeper.”

At first, it doesn’t seem like you’re getting very high. You’ll feel a buzz in the back of the head and perhaps some tingling lower in the body — and you’ll go back for a few more hits. All of a sudden, though, you realize that you’re getting totally wasted. The cerebral euphoria and body stone hit like a freight train when they finally arrived.

The head high will wipe out any stress or worries. From there, some users experience strong mental relaxation, the urge to become talkative, and a burst of creativity. Others describe a more disorienting experience that may include racing thoughts and dizziness. Eventually, the buzz calms down and becomes deeply calming and relaxing.

Meanwhile, Banana OG is working its wonders on the physical side of the equation. Body lock is quite common, and the more people smoke, the more likely it is that they end up stuck on the couch or becoming sedated. Some may feel so relaxed that they end up in deep and enjoyable slumber; others will simply be blissfully stoned until the high wears off.

This is not daytime weed. Banana OG’s potency makes the strain’s heavy body stone an “anchor” you can’t ignore, even if the cerebral high is urging you to tackle a new project or enjoy a hobby that can’t be indulged from the comfort of the couch.

Bottom Line: Banana OG’s effects come on slowly, but it delivers an extremely potent body stone that’s often couch-locking and sometimes sedating. The head high starts euphoric and eventually becomes strongly relaxing. This is a bud that gets you blasted.

Positive Effects:

  • Energy: 2/5
  • Creative: 3/5
  • Pain: 4/5
  • Stress: 4/5
  • Sleep: 4/5
  • Mood: 4/5

Side Effects

Be careful when smoking Banana OG. Since the potent high creeps on you, it’s very easy to consume too much and have to deal with the dizziness, anxiety, or paranoia that are sometimes associated with high-THC strains. In the same vein, inexperienced users or those with pre-existing anxiety issues might want to steer clear of Banana OG.

Some of the side effects associated with weed smoking hit harder than usual with this strain. Coughing, dry throat, and dry eyes are extremely common, as is mild dehydration. Be sure to keep water (and possibly eye drops) handy and near the couch — where you’ll probably be spending much of your time. You’ll need munchies, too.

Negative Effects:

  • Paranoid: 3/5
  • Dry Mouth: 5/5
  • Dry Eyes: 5/5
  • Lethargy: 4/5
  • Cough: 5/5

Medical Conditions

Virtually all MMJ patients say that Banana OG is an ideal medical weed.

They report that the initial euphoria and subsequent stoney head high make short work of anxiety, depression, and routine or chronic stress. Even difficult-to-treat conditions like PTSD, OCD, and bipolar disorder are said to respond well to this strain’s cerebral uplift.

Patients dealing with chronic and serious pain are equally effusive about Banana OG, saying the bud’s powerful body stone completely relaxes painful muscles and joints and can be a potent weapon against the pain caused by injuries and cancer. Other users choose this strain to alleviate migraine pain, appetite problems, and, thanks to its sedative properties, insomnia.

Flavor and Aroma

Banana OG smells and tastes of — no surprise here — banana. But the flavor and aroma are more complex than those of the yellow fruit.

Some people think the pungent scent smells like fresh bananas, while others describe it more like banana skins or rotten bananas. The latter opinion may be due to Kush aromas like earth, citrus, pine, spice, and skunk, all present thanks to Banana OG’s Kush lineage.

This weed’s flavor is somewhat typical of a delicious dessert strain. The banana taste is strong, but it’s mixed with the flavors of cinnamon, citrus, and earth; pine and skunk are most noticeable in the aftertaste.

Flavor and Aroma Ratings:

  • Earthy: 3/5
  • Citrus: 3/5
  • Fruity: 4/5
  • Spice: 2/5
  • Wood: 2/5

Cannabinoids and Terpenes

A 20% THC level would make any strain potent, but 20% is only the average calculated in lab tests. The flower sold in dispensaries is more likely to have 23%, 24%, or 25% THC content since growers do their best to maximize the amount of THC in the bud they produce. CBD and CBN content are usually between 0.5% and 1%.

Limonene, nerolidol, pinene, myrcene, and caryophyllene are the dominant terpenes in Banana OG. There are smaller amounts of terps like carene, camphene, and humulene in the strain’s profile as well, not unusual for weed that has a strong Kush background.


There are two different varieties of this strain, each called Banana OG.

The more popular one was supposedly originally cultivated by a West Coast breeder known as OrgnKid. He’s said to have crossbred OG Kush with a Banana plant grown from a seed that he bought on eBay.

The name Banana OG is also used to describe an OG Kush-Banana Kush strain created by Apothecary Genetics. Needless to say, this bud displays even more Kush characteristics than the Banana-OG Kush variety.

Where to Buy Banana OG Seeds

Feminized Banana OG seeds are available from vendors like Growers Choice Seeds, ILGM (I Love Growing Marijuana, which also carries autoflowering Banana OG seeds), Pacific Seed Bank, and Seed Supreme (which sells regular seeds of this strain as well).

Similar Strains

Other weed strains that provide effects similar to Banana OG include Strawana, Venom OG, and Love Affair.

Banana OG Strain Review: FAQ

Q: Is Banana OG an indica?
A: It’s not a pure indica, but the strain is indica-dominant, usually with 70% indica genetics and 30% sativa genetics.

Q: How much bud can you get from a Banana OG plant?
A: If you’re growing outdoors with optimal techniques, you can expect to harvest about 14-16 ounces per plant. For indoor grows, harvests can be as much as 14 ounces per square yard.