With summer almost upon us, it is time to put away the indica-dominant strains, which are so popular for long, cozy winter evenings with a hot chocolate and a movie, and bring out summery sativa-dominant strains. Summer is a time of energy when the sun is shining, and it is almost impossible not to feel inspired. Sativa-dominant hybrids are perfect for such weather, lifting your mood and giving you a much-needed energy boost and a desire to be productive while enjoying the sunshine.
Goji OG is the perfect summer strain, just begging to be enjoyed on a hot afternoon with the windows thrown open and nothing but time ahead of you to let your mind wander and your creativity fly.
Let’s take a closer look at Goji OG and find out if it is the right strain for you this summer.
What is the Goji OG Cannabis Strain?
Goji OG is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain, being 20% indica / 80% sativa with a strong focus on its mind high effects and very subtle hints of its indica-induced physical effects hiding in the background. Goji OG has become a popular strain among those looking for a fast-acting energy boost and a mind high without the typical sedated effects that can later occur with most hybrids.
Originally created by Bodhi Seeds, a breeding company, Goji OG is a cross between Nepali OG and Snow Lotus. The strain got its name as a result of its deep berry aroma mixed with the smell of black cherries that reminded people of the sour berries that grow within the Himalayan Mountains called Goji, with OG being added to the name as a reminder that it is part of the OG family. Goji OG has won a number of awards, including 2nd Place Non-Solvent Hash in the 2014 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup San Francisco, and 1st Place Concentrate in the 2013 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup Seattle.
It is generally recommended that those new to marijuana should avoid Goji OG due to the sheer strength of the strain and it’s higher than average THC content. Being a sativa-dominant hybrid, you should not expect much in the way of physical effects; this is considered to be one of the strain’s main strengths, as you feel physically normal and able to take full advantage of Goji OG’s mind high. As a result of there being so few physical effects, Goji OG can be enjoyed at any time of day with there being no chance of you becoming drowsy or couch locked.
The effects of Goji OG can be felt within just a few minutes of smoking; you will first notice a slight head rush that when taken in larger doses makes you feel like the world is spinning around you. This sensation spreads through your body quickly fading and leaving behind a sea of calm. Your mind begins to empty and become noticeably more transparent, with everything around you appearing to almost have a rose-colored shine to it.
As the high develops, you continue to feel uplifted with a sense that anything is possible. You have an enhanced desire to do something purposeful, often manifesting itself in creative ways. This is a great time to let your creativity lead you, just going with what your mind tells you is the right thing to be doing at the moment. Goji OG is commonly recommended for helping you work through projects or tasks that require a higher level of focus than normal and the ability to think outside of the box.
Goji OG can also be a great social strain, perfect for days out with friends when you need an energy boost and are looking for an enhanced sense of excitement. Summer days out at the beach or in the park are the perfect time to experiment with Goji OG and just see where its optimistic outlook on the world takes you.
What can you expect from Goji OG in terms of aroma and flavor?
Being a strain named after the Himalayan Goji berries, it is no surprise that Goji OG has an intense fruity aroma, with strong notes of red berries. The first thing that you will notice about Goji OG is its strong aroma, even before it is ground, filling the air with a fresh berry smell. Grinding Goji OG, you start to notice it has a slightly earthy undertone that mixes with the smell of rich berry and black cherry, creating a very natural aroma.
Goji OG emits a smooth smoke that creates a warm, almost licorice, smell that clings to its berry roots, warming your lungs and reminding you of the excitement that comes from taking a freshly cooked berry pie out of the oven.
How does Goji OG’s flavor profile compare to its aroma?
From your first breath of Goji OG, your mouth is filled with a deep warmth, similar to placing that first piece of pie in your mouth after having been too impatient and not let it fully cool. The strong berry flavor sticks to your tongue as you allow Goji OG’s smooth smoke to travel down your throat and work its way through your lungs. You quickly begin to notice a sharpness on the tip of your taste buds, as though you have been eating tart berries that could so desperately benefit from a spoonful of sugar.
As you exhale your mouth is washed with a thick earthy taste that carries away the berries, leaving behind the tongue tingling effects of the tartness. You are left with the desire to take another drag just to experience the warm berry taste that came with that initial wave of smoke and warmed your insides.
How does the Goji OG strain look?
Goji OG plants stand out when planted among other strains due to their extraordinarily tall yet thin shape. The plant’s buds are loosely packed together, making them easy to crumble apart with just your hands.
As a result of their size and almost washed out green coloring the buds appear somewhat hidden among the bright orange and red hairs that jump out from the buds muted colors. When looking closely at the buds, you notice a thin layer of crystals that add a gentle sparkle to the overall appearance of the plant.
Goji OG’s leaves do not conform to the rest of the plant’s shape and coloring, having a dark, rich green color and growing to over double the width of the plant making them stand out in a protective manner.
You might be wondering whether it is possible to grow your own Goji OG plant at home, so let’s take a look at everything you need to know in order to start growing.
Goji OG Cannabis Strain Grow Info
Goji OG is well known as a relatively easy plant to grow and one that can be attempted by slightly braver beginners who already have some gardening experience. Goji OG can be grown both indoors and outside; however, it is important to note that plants tend to grow extremely tall, with an average height of 78 inches, which might be something to consider if you were planning on growing in a confined space.
Goji OG plants have an average flowering time of 9 weeks, placing them firmly in the category of fast-growing strains. Despite being such fast growers, you can expect plants to produce a larger than average yield. If you are planning on growing outside the best time to start planting is around mid-summer, with harvesting taking place during October.
Before you decide whether or not Goji OG is the right plant for you to grow it is important to know what levels of THC and CBD you can expect from your harvested buds.
THC Content – Highest Test
Goji OG is known as being a psychoactive strain due to its extremely high levels of THC. You can expect to find between 21% and 22% THC in Goji OG, which is almost 10% higher than the average THC level of most hybrid strains.
It is because of the strain’s high levels of THC that it is not recommended as a beginner’s strain, or if you do decide to experiment with Goji OG, to use with caution sticking to extremely low doses. Similarly, if you are somebody who has a low THC tolerance, this might not be the best strain for you.
How does its CBD content compare?
CBD Content – Highest Test
Given Goji OG’s high THC content, it is unsurprising that this is a strain with an extremely low level of CBD. Lab results have shown the average levels of CBD are just 0.5%, which explains why Goji OG has so few physical effects and provides a very mind focused high.
As Goji OG contains such a low level of CBD it is not considered as being a strain suitable for dealing with most major physical health concerns; it does, however, have a number of positive effects when it comes to your mental health.
Medical Benefits of the Goji OG Cannabis Strain
Goji OG is commonly recommended as a medicinal strain for helping to manage a number of mental health conditions due to its positive and uplifting mind high. The two most popular uses of Goji OG are as a way of coping with stress and depression. The long-lasting, clear-headed and upbeat feel that comes from Goji OG makes it perfect for reducing stress and pushing negative thoughts out of your head and gaining a refreshing, bright outlook on life. Goji OG can also be used to help control the highs and lows that come with bipolar and to maintain a stable and consistent mood.
With there being so few physical effects of Goji OG, you are not left with a weighted couch locked feeling which is so common with hybrid strains. This, combined with the strain’s energizing mood high means Goji OG is a great strain for combating fatigue. With just a few puffs you are raring to go and are able to work through tasks or simply enjoy a fun filled day out.
A common effect of Goji OG is an increased appetite, making it a great strain for countering medications that can often leave you unable to finish even your favorite meals.
Despite having so few physical effects Goji OG has been reported to help relieve mild aches and pains, but this could be more as a result of its euphoric and energizing effects rather than it actually acting upon the pain in the way that a more Indica dominant strain would.
As is almost always the case Goji OG has a number of negative effects that can sometimes occur. Let’s take a look at the side effects that you should watch out for when smoking Goji OG.
Possible Side Effects of the Goji OG Cannabis Strain
Goji OG has very few negative side effects, with the two most commonly experienced being dry mouth and dry eyes. Both side effects can be easily countered by staying hydrated throughout the day and even a few hours before smoking. The good news is that neither has any long term effects on your health and should wear off within a few hours.
Less common effects include dizziness, headaches, and paranoia, all of which are very rarely experienced but are worth being aware of especially if they are already something you experience. For those who have a history of paranoia to is recommended that you experiment with small doses of Goji OG, in order to gauge the effect that it has on your body, before taking a regular dose.
Final Thoughts on the Goji OG Cannabis Strain
Goji OG is a fresh and upbeat strain, from its fruity flavor profile to its mood-enhancing effects that leave you in a fun and enjoyable mood.
Whether you are looking for a strain that will help you focus on complex tasks or for a mood boost that makes a chilled weekend with friends just that little bit better, Goji OG might be the perfect strain for you. It is almost impossible not to have a good time with Goji OG, so enjoy it on your own or in company.
Just make sure that you don’t overdo it on your first try of this pungent, potent strain.