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One of our most popular sativa strains here at Illicit Gardens is Chemdog OG (used interchangeably with the alternative spelling Chemdawg OG). This sativa-dominant strain is known for its energizing, stress-relieving effects, but why? Are all sativa strains uplifting? What gives Chemdog OG its unique, sought-after effects? Find out in this blog post!
What is Chemdog OG?
Chemdog OG is a popular sativa-dominant hybrid strain bred from legendary parent strains Chemdawg and OG Kush. Chemdog OG is also known as OG Chem or Chem OG.
Chemdog OG’s aroma is a nuanced blend of Chemdog’s chemical/diesel notes and OG Kush’s pine & lemon fresh fragrance. How does Chemdog make you feel? As a potent, uplifting, and calming strain, Chemdog is preferred by those looking for anxiety relief. Combining Chemdawg with the “original gangster” tension remedy OG Kush gives us Chemdog OG– the ultimate stress reliever!
What are the effects of Chemdog OG?
Chemdog OG is sought out by experienced cannabis users who are looking for heady flavor and potent, invigorating effects. About a fourth of users polled on Leafly say that Chem OG helps relieve their stress, depression, and anxiety. People who love Chemdog OG say it makes them more:
But what gives Chemdog OG these uplifting effects? While sativa-dominant strains are often touted as energizing, it is not actually their sativa classification that warrants those effects. Specific cannabis strain effects can more likely be attributed to the terpene profile of each strain. What do terpenes do in weed? Keep reading to learn more!
How do Terpenes Work?
Does sativa give you a better high than indica? Do certain strains make you feel great while others are not a fit? While you may be thinking that your favorite strain’s indica or sativa classification is the reason you like it, it probably has more to do with its terpene profile.
Terpenes are aromatic compounds that are found in nearly all plants on planet Earth– including cannabis. But terpenes don’t just provide smells– they actually have effects and benefits of their own. Learn more about terpenes in this blog post.
The most prevalent terpenes in Chemdog OG are limonene, caryophyllene, and myrcene. Check out how these terpenes give Chem OG its unique effects!
Limonene Terpene Effects
Limonene is the terpene that gives lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus fruits their tangy, invigorating aroma. Limonene provides a fresh, zesty scent, so it is often used in cleaning and self-care products like detergent, soap, shampoo, cleaning sprays, and perfumes.
But limonene’s amazing smell is not its only perk– it also harbors many beneficial properties, including being anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-stress.
So when you find limonene in weed strains like Chemdog OG, it is safe to assume that it is potentially an energizing and anxiety-relieving strain appropriate for daytime use.
Caryophyllene Terpene Effects
Caryophyllene is the only terpene that is also a cannabinoid! Found in peppercorns, cloves, and cinnamon, caryophyllene has a warm, spicy, nostalgic scent that helps to ease stress.
As a cannabinoid, caryophyllene is a unique terpene that can interact directly with the endocannabinoid system by binding to CB2 receptors, providing anti-inflammatory effects.
Myrcene Terpene Effects
Also found in mango and lemongrass, myrcene is highly prevalent in hops– so if you get a pungent whiff of beer in your cannabis, that’s the myrcene you smell. Myrcene is actually the most common terpene found in weed, and it is known for its sedative and muscle-relaxing effects. For this reason, folks often turn to strains high in myrcene for potential pain relief.
If you want to avoid getting too sleepy, make sure your myrcene-heavy strain is balanced with an energizing terpene such as limonene, like Chemdog OG is.
How to Enhance Your High
Now that you know a little more about terpenes and how they affect your high, you can use this knowledge to tailor your experience with weed.
Curious about how to enhance your weed high? Rather than just looking at the indica or sativa classification of a particular strain, ask about the terpene profile– that is actually what enhances your high!
In the case of Chemdog OG, its heavy dose of limonene lends itself to energy-boosting benefits, while caryophyllene provides anti-inflammatory effects. These invigorating terpenes balance out the sedative effects of myrcene, which may help to ease pain and anxiety.
Whenever you try a new strain, take note of the terpenes it contains and how it affects you. Because strain effects are truly an individual experience, this practice will help you determine which terpenes give you the personalized effects you’re looking for.
Now you know how to boost your high by considering your cannabis strain’s terpene profile!
Where to Find Chemdog OG
If Chemdog OG’s balanced, energetic high sounds like a good fit for you, find this Illicit Gardens strain at a Missouri dispensary near you.
About the Author:
David Craig is the VP of Marketing for Illicit and From The Earth. Craig has been on the ground floor of developing multiple lifestyle and retail brands in the cannabis, fitness, and entertainment industries from Las Vegas to New York City.