True OG Weed Strain Information & Review

Sophia Delphi March 08, 2023 - 6 min read
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Word has it that True OG (sometimes called Kobe OG) was one of the strains that led stoners to coin the phrase “couch lock.”

A powerful body stone isn’t all that this heavily indica-dominant weed delivers. Its cerebral effects include a gentle euphoria that is productive and focused for some users, trippy and stimulating for others. With a THC level that’s usually around 22%, this is a powerful weed bud.

True OG is a phenotype of OG Kush, so its Kush characteristics are strong. It’s skunky, with lots of dank earth, sweet pine, and citrus in the aroma and flavor of the harsh smoke (which is notably cough-inducing). The potency and sensory delights of True OG are no secret; it’s won first- or second-place awards for “best indica” in multiple competitions.


The True OG isn’t just potent — it’s long-lasting as well.

The high hits slowly, though, sometimes taking five or ten minutes before users begin to feel cerebral pressure that blossoms into stress-busting, happy but relatively mild euphoria. From there, the effects can go in two different directions: focusing and motivating for some people, more psychedelic, and wildly creative for others.

Over time (or with continued smoking), True OG begins to weigh the body down. It’s likely to eventually put users onto the couch while slowing the brain down so that productivity becomes difficult or impossible. Some will find that they have difficulty keeping their eyes open, while other smokers will simply be extremely relaxed and ready for sleep when the high wears off.

True OG is best used in the late afternoon or evening because of the growing lethargy or sedation it eventually produces. Despite the temptation to use this strain during the day to take early advantage of the focused and motivating cerebral buzz, users are likely to find themselves unsuccessfully fighting the urge to curl up and chill during the second half of the experience.

Bottom Line: The True OG high is legendary for its happy euphoria that can be either focused or trippy, followed by a powerful body stone that can weigh users down or put them to sleep.

Positive Effects:

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

Side Effects

Dry throat, dry eyes, and coughing are very common negative effects associated with True OG, and some users may have brief dizzy spells or develop a headache, particularly with heavy consumption.

Anxiety, paranoia, and panic attacks aren’t common among experienced users, although they’ve been known to happen. Those effects are more likely among new smokers, those with a low THC tolerance, or patients who already have problems with anxiety before sparking up. Users in those categories should go very slowly with this strain — or try something less potent.

Negative Effects:

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

Medical Conditions

MMJ users choose True OG to help them with a variety of conditions.

Those dealing with chronic pain issues like arthritis, back pain, and fibromyalgia say the powerful body relaxation can ease or temporarily erase their muscle and joint pains, and patients with more serious pain issues like the fact that the latter stages of the high numbs their body and may put them to sleep. Users also say that headaches and cramps are no match for True OG.

Patients with mental health conditions like depression, stress, and anxiety are just as likely to use this strain for its mental euphoria and happy high, which they say eliminates negative and recurring thoughts that trigger their issues (although this weed can cause increased anxiety for some patients). Insomnia sufferers love True OG for the sedation it can provide at higher doses.

Flavor and Aroma

Sweet, dank, and skunky are the three terms you’ll often hear used to describe the scent of True OG. There’s lots of sweet pine and earthiness in the aroma, with undertones of citrus and incense.

The thick, cough-inducing smoke has the same flavors that you smell when opening the container of flowers, along with notes of spice and diesel. There’s a little good news for those who aren’t huge fans of dank weed: it tastes better than it smells.

Flavor and Aroma Ratings:

  • Earthy: 4/5
  • Citrus: 3/5
  • Fruity: 1/5
  • Spice: 2/5
  • Wood: 3/5

Cannabinoids and Terpenes

Lab tests tell us that True OG has an average THC content of 20%, but it can often inch up into the low 20% range in the batches sold at retail outlets. We wouldn’t worry about the 1-3% difference; this is potent weed. CBD and CBC levels usually average somewhere between 0.5% and 1%, and CBG content may be a little higher.

The terpene profile of this strain is dominated by camphene, limonene, caryophyllene, myrcene, and pinene, all commonly present in OG strains. There are smaller amounts of carene, phellandrene, linalool, and humulene.


Elemental Seeds gets the credit for introducing True OG to the market. They self-pollinated OG Kush plants until they came up with this terrific phenotype. The potency of OG Kush and its earthy, citrusy characteristics are clearly evident in its popular child strain.

Where to Buy True OG Seeds

Elemental Seeds isn’t one of those breeders that closely guard its products. They make their feminized seeds widely available and you can purchase them from most seed banks including Pacific Seed Bank, Dutch Seeds Shop, Home Grown Cannabis Company, and Canuk Seeds. Pacific Seed Bank also sells an autoflowering version of this strain’s seeds.

Similar Strains

OG Kush would be a good choice if you can’t find its child strain; True OG’s sedating effects are stronger and OG Kush produces stronger euphoria, but they’re pretty similar. Others to consider include Lavender, Sour Tsunami, Venom OG, and God’s Gift.

True OG Strain Review: FAQ

Q: What is True OG’s flowering time?
A: For indoor grows, the flowering period usually lasts between eight and nine weeks. Outdoor crops should be ready for harvest in mid-October.

Q: Is True OG an indica or sativa?
A: This strain is strongly indica-dominant. If you get bud from plants that have the original Elemental Seeds genetics, it will generally be 70% indica, 30% sativa.