Despite an average THC level that’s below 20%, Platinum OG is widely viewed as one of the heaviest-hitting strains you can find. That’s because of the potent, numbing body lock delivered by this indica-leaning (70%/30%) hybrid. The physical effects are paired with a spacey, euphoric head high.
Platinum OG’s Kush-heavy lineage, which includes OG Kush and Master Kush, is evident in more than just its effects. The strain’s scent is pungent and earthy, with sweet, tart, diesel, and spicy notes. Its flavor is just as earthy and complex, accented by the tastes of citrus, pine, herbs, diesel, and, surprisingly, coffee.
The Platinum OG bud also has the telltale characteristics of a Kush, with chunky colas that are covered with a glistening layer of trichomes that makes the flowers look much like — you guessed it — platinum.
This weed is known for its heavy physical effects, but don’t sleep on its head high (sorry about the pun).
The Platinum OG experience starts quickly and doesn’t fool around. It begins with cerebral euphoria that eases mental stress and brings on a feeling of happiness that usually lingers as hazy calmness. At times during the high, there can be surges of euphoria that seemingly come out of nowhere and break through the spacey mental calm.
This strain’s physical buzz doesn’t fool around, either. It quickly moves through the body, relaxing muscles and then numbing them. The result: a powerful couch lock that’s impossible for even experienced users to avoid. Some people simply feel that they’re weighed down, but most become lethargic, with sedation and eventual sleep extremely common.
Platinum OG is a nighttime strain, period. (Of course, you can use it on a day off if you don’t mind falling into a deep sleep). The head buzz can make socializing with close friends enjoyable for a while, but you’d better each have your own chair, couch, or bed for the latter stages of the high. Many smokers say that Platinum OG is their favorite strain to enjoy right before bed.
Bottom Line: Platinum OG makes users feel calm and happy with bursts of euphoria, but its more potent effects are physical. Numbness, body lock, sedation, and sleep are to be expected.
- Energy: 2/5
- Creative: 2/5
- Pain: 5/5
- Stress: 4/5
- Sleep: 5/5
- Mood: 4/5
The power of Platinum OG can occasionally cause negative effects, mostly for those who smoke too much of the bud. Dizziness or headaches are the most common issues, with anxiety or paranoia also possible, but the vast majority of users don’t run into problems other than dry eyes, cottonmouth, the munchies (if you think that’s a problem), and potential sedation.
The one exception: smokers who have already been diagnosed with anxiety issues. They may feel their anxiety worsen when smoking Platinum OG, so they’d be smart to start with very small doses until they know whether this strain is a problem for them.
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 5/5
- Cough: 3/5
Medical patients suffering from insomnia swear by Platinum OG because they say it puts them into a long and restful sleep in a hurry. Those dealing with serious pain often choose this strain as well, saying its body-numbing effects put their pain on the back burner until they wake up from a Platinum OG-induced nap.
Chronic pain patients praise this strain even more, reporting that the body buzz is so powerful that it easily dispenses with muscle, joint, and core pain caused by conditions like fibromyalgia, inflammatory diseases, and minor injuries. Platinum OG’s ability to cause munchies is also appreciated by medical users who are plagued with low appetite issues.
Flavor and Aroma
Kush fans will instantly feel at home with Platinum OG’s scent and taste.
The strain’s pungent aroma is dominated by earth, citrus, and pine, with notes of herbs, spices, and diesel. Coffee is also present in the flavor mix, giving Platinum OG an intriguing blend that’s still pungent and earthy but also tasty.
In two words: classic weed.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 5/5
- Citrus: 3/5
- Fruity: 2/5
- Spice: 3/5
- Wood: 4/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
Platinum OG’s THC content averages 19%, a level that puts it into the company of many, many other strains. Don’t think that the 19% number tells the entire story, though. Platinum OG punches well above its weight class when it comes to extremely potent effects, thanks to its superb lineage.
There’s a good amount of CBD content in this strain, averaging about 1%, which adds to its medical effectiveness.
A terpene profile common to Kush strains, which includes caryophyllene, myrcene, limonene, pinene, and phellandrene, is found in Platinum OG. Other terps like terpinolene, ocimene, linalool, and humulene are present as well.
Master Kush, OG Kush, and a third unknown strain are said to be the parents of Platinum OG. Many people believe the third strain was a purple one, possibly Mendocino Purps. Both Apothecary Genetics and Mendocino Farms have been credited with creating Platinum OG; Apothecary Genetics seems more likely to have been the original cultivator.
Master Kush is known for its sedative power, and most crosses of OG Kush combine strong euphoria with their body-locking properties. Those characteristics comfortably fit the description of Platinum OG.
Where to Buy Platinum OG Seeds
You’d expect to be able to easily find seeds for this popular strain — and you’d be right. Many online vendors carry feminized Platinum OG seeds, including Crop King Seeds, Weed Seeds USA, and Premium Cultivars. You can purchase standard seeds for this strain from Irvine Seeds, and Pacific Seed Bank carries autoflowering Platinum OG seeds.
Clones are easy to obtain as well; check out Cloud City Clones and The Strainbank.
Needless to say, OG Kush would be a great substitute if you’re unable to get your hands on Platinum OG. Other strains to try instead include Vanilla Kush, Rainmaker, and Jupiter OG.
Platinum OG Strain Review: FAQ
Q: Where does Platinum OG come from?
A: Its origins are somewhat of a mystery, but it seems that it was first bred on the West Coast, either by Washington State’s Apothecary Genetics or California’s Mendocino Farms.
Q: How long is the Platinum OG flowering time?
A: When grown indoors, it’s somewhere between seven and nine weeks long. If you have an outdoor crop, it should be ready for harvest in early-to-mid October.