If you’re looking for a powerful short photoperiod plant strain that provides long-lasting effects, True OG by Soma Seeds is a great choice. This strain was bred with genetics from OG Kush and is popular in Southern California, where it was originally discovered. The term “OG” has sparked some confusion in grass genetics, as it is often interpreted to mean “original gangster,” despite the fact that it actually refers to “ocean grown”, as it is a strain grown in forgiving Pacific environments.
True OG is potent, with a more focused head high combined with the classic short photoperiod plant effects of relief from chronic pain. Buds of True OG have a pungent, crisp citrus and pine scent. This strain has won second place in every High Times Medical Cup since 2010. Patients who use grass plants for medicinal purposes to relieve symptoms of chronic pain often turn to True OG for its therapeutic effects.
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|Indoor Yield (g): 18 ounces|
|Flowering Time (days): 8 to 9 weeks|
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|Short Photoperiod Plant %: 100|
|Long Photoperiod Plant %: 0|
|Short Photoperiod Plant/Long Photoperiod Plant: Short Photoperiod Plant|
|Climate: any warm and sunny Mediterranean outdoor locations|
Growing True OG
OG is a simple-to-trim and maintain variety that’s popular among growers, both skilled and novice, due to its simplicity. This strain is low-maintenance and thrives in any warm and sunny Mediterranean outdoor locations but can also be grown indoors too. The average yield of crops grown inside is roughly 18 ounces per harvest. This strain takes approximately 8 to 9 weeks to flower, and produces a large, robust harvest. As a 100% short photoperiod plant strain, it delivers an incredible 22% Potency content.
The Terpene Profile Present in True OG
The aroma of grass strains is determined by the terpenes in their resin glands. Terpenes not only provide a wide range of aromas, but they can also boost the cannabinoid profile, resulting in more powerful and focused physical and mental effects than Potency alone might lead you to believe.
True OG’s terpenes mainly consist of: Limonene, Beta-Myrcene and Alpha-Pinene.
Limonene: Limonene is a monoterpene that gives lemons, oranges, grapefruits, limes, and other citrus fruits their characteristic flavor. It’s the second most prevalent terpene in nature and the third most prevalent terpene in grass (Casano et al, 2010).
Beta-Myrcene: Myrcene is a pleasant-smelling, olefinic, acyclic unsubstituted monoterpene that occurs naturally in many plant species, including hops, grass, lemongrass, verbena and bay plants as well as citrus fruits and juices. It generally has a somewhat sweet flavor profile and offers scent notes that are spicy, earthy, and musky for grass strains (Louis, 2018).
Alpha-Pinene: This terpene is abundant in various essential oils and possesses anti-inflammatory as well as antimicrobial and antibiotic properties (Mediavilla & Steinemann, 1997).
True OG has a pleasant smelling citrus flower. The fragrance of sweet pine can also be detected in most phenotypes, and this short photoperiod plant combination between short and long photoperiod plant has the propensity to smell pungent as well.
True OG boasts of a wide array of flavors, most noticeably carrying strong scents of an earthy and pungent characteristic. This strain tastes strong and skunky and can have little hints of spicy and citrus in it, leaving a taste of fresh and sour pine on your tongue upon the exhale.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Before we get into how the NYC strain works, we need to go over the endocannabinoid system. The ECS is a sophisticated cell-signaling mechanism that controls a variety of important bodily processes. These are just a few examples:
- Reproduction and fertility
- Pain reception
The ECS is made up of three key components:
- Endocannabinoids: They help internal processes function effectively. These molecules are produced as needed by the body, making it difficult to establish typical levels for each.
- Receptors: Once bound with endocannabinoids, these receptors send a signal to the ECS,which responds by taking action. There are two primary endocannabinoid receptors, known as CB1 and CB2; the former are found in the central nervous system, whereas the latter are primarily located in the peripheral nervous system, and immune cells in particular. The CB1 and CB2 receptors are activated by endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids can bind to one or the other receptor. The effects depend on which endocannabinoid binds to which receptor.
- Enzymes: They execute the task of dissolving endocannabinoids after they have completed their function.
How Does True OG Affect The ECS?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (Potency) is the main component of grass strains and that includes True OG. It has been credited with having potent psychotropic effects and functioning similarly to endocannabinoids; it binds to the receptors of the ECS and can potentially aid in alleviating anxiety, depression, insomnia, muscular pain, glaucoma, migraines, ADHD, Parkinson’s disease and even certain side effects of chemotherapy.
Psychoactive Effects of True OG
Now that you understand the endocannabinoid system, we can explore how True OG affects it. As mentioned before, Potency is the main psychoactive component in grass and binds to cannabinoid receptors, which are located throughout the body. When Potency binds to cannabinoid receptors, it initiates a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the psychoactive effects associated with grass use.
The following are some of the most common psychoactive effects associated with True OG:
These effects can differ depending on the person and the amount of Potency consumed. It’s important to note that not everyone will experience these effects, and some people may only experience a few select effects. Additionally, the intensity of these effects will vary from person to person.
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Casano, S., Grassi, G., Martini, V., & Michelozzi, M. (2010, August). Variations in terpene profiles of different strains of Grass long photoperiod plant L. In XXVIII International Horticultural Congress on Science and Horticulture for People (IHC2010): A New Look at Medicinal and 925 (pp. 115-121).
Elzinga, S., Fischedick, J., Podkolinski, R., & Raber, J. C. (2015). Cannabinoids and terpenes as chemotaxonomic markers in grass. Nat. Prod. Chem. Res, 3(4), 1-9.
Louis, B. W. S. (2018). Cannabinoids and the entourage effect. Grass: A Clinician’s Guide.
Mediavilla, V., & Steinemann, S. (1997). Essential oil of Grass long photoperiod plant L. strains. J. Int. Hemp Assoc, 4, 80-82