Tahoe OG Marijuana Strain Information & Review

Sophia Delphi March 02, 2023 - 6 min read
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Tahoe OG may be the strongest OG there is, and it may be one of the best medicinal choices on the market as well.

Tahoe OG is sometimes mistakenly called Tahoe OG Kush, but they’re two different strains. The real OG hit the weed scene more than 30 years ago, and it remains popular for its OG characteristics and potent high.

Those characteristics include a classic scent and flavor that melds citrus, pine, and earth with notes of spice and diesel. The buzz is just as familiar to long-time stoners; it’s a strongly-uplifting cerebral high combined with a soothing and ultra-relaxing physical stone that locks the body and often leads to lethargy, sedation, and sleep.

The only downside to Tahoe OG: it can be difficult to find.


Tahoe’s OG fast-acting cerebral high may tempt you into leaving the house once you’ve toked up, but that would be a mistake.

The experience begins with cerebral euphoria that’s happy and uplifting, easing stress and erasing negative thoughts in a hurry. The mood boost can be productive and creative for some users, but it’s much more likely to be dreamy and a classic stoner buzz. Either way, Tahoe OG makes people more sociable, at least for the first hour of what can be a three-hour trip.

Well, before that first hour is over, the body stone becomes dominant. It’s a powerful one that relaxes muscles, joints, and nerves before it becomes numbing and then strongly body-locking. It’s possible to stay awake through the entire smoke sesh, but that’s not easy; sedation usually hits long before the experience is over, and it’s quite common to be lulled into a deep sleep.

Tahoe OG is a great evening or nighttime weed. The sociability the strain provides makes it a fun choice for an hour or so, but after that, most users are likely to retreat into their warm, comfortable world to chill or to grab some zzzs.

Bottom Line: Tahoe OG delivers the high you’d expect from a potent OG strain: an uplifting and happy head buzz, followed by a very strong body blast that can easily be sedating or put users to sleep.

Positive Effects:

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

Side Effects

Overconsumption of Tahoe OG, or its use by inexperienced smokers, may lead to dizziness and rapid sedation. Users with anxiety problems may see their anxiety deepen because of the strain’s high THC content, so they should go slow at first. Otherwise, dry throat, dry eyes, and mild dehydration are the only other side effects to be aware of.

Negative Effects:

  • Paranoid: 2/5
  • Dry Mouth: 4/5
  • Dry Eyes: 4/5
  • Lethargy: 4/5
  • Cough: 3/5

Medical Conditions

Tahoe OG has been popular medicinal marijuana for a long, long time, ever since it first appeared in California back in the ‘90s.

Its heavy body stone, which may put some users to sleep, is praised by chronic pain patients. They say it’s able to greatly reduce or eliminate the muscle and joint pain caused by fibromyalgia, arthritis, as well as migraines, and back pain — at least for a few hours. Some suffering from serious pain uses Tahoe OG to help with their issues as well.

The strain’s uplifting head high is a potent weapon against stress, anxiety, and depression, according to MMJ users. Those dealing with poor appetite say this weed helps them eat, and perhaps the most common use of Tahoe OG is to deal with insomnia and poor sleep quality because of its ability to knock smokers out for the count.

Flavor and Aroma

The dominant scents and flavors in Tahoe OG will be no surprise to those who’ve enjoyed OG strains for years.

The pungent aroma is heavily redolent of pine and lemon; it’s a sweet smell, but there’s an undercurrent of earth, diesel, and spice that appears when the bud is ground or broken up. And what you smell is pretty much what you get. The smoke tastes strongly of citrus and pine, with the other flavors, particularly diesel, showing up in the aftertaste.

Flavor and Aroma Ratings:

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

Cannabinoids and Terpenes

The flower you buy at a dispensary (or from a dealer) should have about 21% THC content. That’s the lab-reported average for Tahoe OG, and it rarely varies by more than 1% either way. CBD levels are usually right around 0.5%, with even lower amounts of other cannabinoids.

The strain’s terpene profile prominently features limonene and pinene, not surprising given the weed’s strong citrus and pine flavor and aroma. Other terps in the mix include caryophyllene, carene, myrcene, and valencene.


Ganja Guru, a well-known Lake Tahoe breeder back in the day, created Tahoe OG. It’s widely believed to be a phenotype of the legendary OG strain, although some claim it’s actually a cross of OG Kush and SFV OG Kush. (The latter may be confusing Tahoe OG with Tahoe OG Kush.)

In any event, Tahoe OG exhibits just about all of the great characteristics of most OG strains: the pungent lemon, pine, diesel, and earth sensory experience, the strong indica genetics, and the mix of cerebral euphoria and powerful body lock.

Where to Buy Tahoe OG Seeds

Many of the big online vendors sell these seeds. For feminized Tahoe OG seeds, check out Pacific Seed Bank, Seedsman, and Growers Choice Seeds; Seedsman also sells regular seeds, as does Royal Seed Bank. Cloud City Clones and The Cali Connection are among the companies that sell Tahoe OG clones.

Similar Strains

Tahoe OG has been used as a parent to create a number of terrific strains. Alien OG delivers a similar but less body-locking high, and White Tahoe Cookies is a bit tastier and even stronger. Other alternatives to consider include Kong, London Pound Cake, and MK Ultra.

Tahoe OG Strain Review: FAQ

Q: What’s the difference between Tahoe OG and Tahoe OG Kush?
A: Tahoe OG Kush is a cross of Tahoe OG and SFV OG Kush, bred by the Cali Connection when trying to create a phenotype that would let them sell Tahoe OG seeds. For obvious reasons, Tahoe OG and Tahoe OG Kush are quite similar. The big difference is that the Kush version delivers stronger euphoria that’s extremely fun and giggly, with a less powerful body buzz.

Q: Is Tahoe OG a sativa or an indica?
A: It leans heavily indica. The percentages are often as unbalanced as 90% indica/10% sativa, but don’t discount the head high of Tahoe OG just because it’s an indica. The strain provides a strong cerebral uplift and mood boost.