Name: San Fernando Valley OG
Genetics: Chemdawg x [Lemon Thai x Hindu Kush]
San Fernando Valley OG (SFV OG) is basically a phenotype of OG Kush. SFV OG was first brought to us by the legendary Cali Connection (the group also responsible for the amazing Tahoe OG strain), whose take on the already popular strain brought more balance to the hybrid. Most dispensaries list SFV OG as an indica-dominant hybrid, however I have seen it also listed as sativa dominant on several occasions as well. Go figure, right? If there is one thing I have learned from this business, it is that 100% agreement on genetics amongst growers is nearly impossible to attain.
Anyways, the genetic code of SFV OG has been written as to coax out a more euphoric uplifting head buzz, basically adding sativa effects to counteract the dreaded (or loved, depending on your mood) "couch-lock" that is often associated with most OG strains. Although this particular strain is probably not my favorite of the OG family, it is a building block for many of my favorite hybrid OG's, including Deadhead, Blackwater, Simpson, Jedi, Corleone, and the original Sour OG, just to name a few.
Looks and Smell
It is somewhat difficult to give a general description of SFV OG, since every time I come across it, it seems to never look the same way twice. Generally it is a darker/paler shade of army green with darker leaves around the perimeter of the nugs. A fair amount of orange to reddish-brown hairs dot the landscape, but are not in huge abundance. Like most OG-influenced strains, the buds tend to be smaller in size, dense with a little give, and the nugs are indica-like in appearance, forming perfect little pyramids/Christmas tree buds that are quite sticky to the touch due to the heavy trichrome coverage and THC content (usually between 17%-22% THC).
SFV OG rarely makes me fork out my hard earned bucks on looks alone. However, what SFV OG lacks in appearance, it certainly makes up for in the smell profile, and this is where the strain shines. The buds exploded with lemon and tangerine aromas. The citrus smell was incisive, yet distinctively complex. Once the buds were ground up, hints of diesel fuel and pine became very apparent and filled the entire room with the lovely aroma almost instantly.
The taste was a little disappointing when compared to the very pungent smell the strain emits. SFV OG basically retained the aroma in the flavor of the smoke—there are definite notes of citrus/pine/diesel fuel and a slight sweetness was left on the lips—however these flavors were somewhat faint, which could have been due to an insufficient flush cycle while growing this particular batch. The smoke is thick, somewhat spicy, and expansive once it hit the lungs. The effects that are relaxing and sedated come on strong within five minutes and start in the upper back and neck area while working their way down. My mood became elevated; for the most part, it was a very balanced, full cannabis spectrum experience. What pain I once had was washed away by waves of energy and light pressure that seemed to surge throughout my entire body. Not an overwhelming high, but very strong nonetheless. Not the longest of highs either—after 90 minutes the ride was over and I was ready for more.
As I alluded to earlier, this is probably not my favorite OG strain. Consistency is an issue with this strain as I have recently learned there are about 3-4 different phenotypes of SFV OG, each with slightly varied effects and appearance. SFV OG is a good strain for beginning growers. The strain produces really nice looking plants that deliver a heavy yield in as little as 8 weeks. If you can wait a little longer until the 9-10 week range, you will be rewarded with an even bigger crop.
As the smoke from SFV OG can be quite harsh to some, many recommend vaporizing this strain. SFV OG has been found useful in the treatment of muscle and body pain, stress, anxiety, depression, chronic migraine headaches, and arthritis, just to name a few. As the name implies, initially this strain was exclusive to the Southern California region, however the strain has recently gained a lot of steam and street cred and has gained quite a following in the Bay Area and other states mostly on the West Coast. If you’re an OG fan, then give this strain a try. You might just find yourself a new favorite.
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