About Monster OG
Don’t think about this intimidatingly-named strain as a threat. Instead, it’s a friendly, helpful giant like one-eyed Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. Monster OG is an indica-dominant hybrid that shows consumers what ocean-grown genetics are all about. This knockout strain is a cross between old warhorse OG Kush and regional favorite San Fernando Valley OG. It delivers a robust, earthy aroma and deeply relaxing effects. Its THC content has been measured at between 16% and 26%.
Monster OG is set apart by its flowers, which are medium to large in size and hold an elongated shape that tapers slightly at the bud’s terminus. The nuggets have an indica-typical structure, clinging together in a tight, compact formation. The tightly curling leaving are a yellowish green and are wound through with contrasting orange and yellow hairs (which are actually pistils, botanical structures used for reproduction). Finally, a high volume of cloudy white trichomes covers the flowers, giving them their psychoactive edge and making them very sticky to the touch.
Monster OG is distinguished by its hashy, earthy aromatic profile. When properly cured, peppery top notes of spice predominate. On closer inspection, there is also a woodsy hint of pine. Breaking open the flowers releases the rich, incense-like odor often associated with Afghani landrace indicas. When burnt, Monster OG gives off a harsh, acrid smoke that can trigger watery eyes and coughing fits. On the exhale, this thick smoke tastes earthy and slightly herbal.
Despite its mostly indica characteristics, Monster OG takes hold of the smoker relatively quickly. Initial signs that it may be working include an increased pulse around the temples, along with some possible flushing in the cheeks. As consumers become adjusted to these odd sensations, they may find their senses affected by this spacey bud’s force. Certain sight or sounds make take on a new dimension or significance, while ineffable phenomena like time dilation or a flattening of visual depth are sometimes reported. If so desired, smokers can make this psychedelic high even more intense by turning on some moody music or flipping on an atmospheric, visually-engaging movie. Indeed, hanging back and watching a movie may be all you want to do under Monster OG’s influence; the strain pulverizes any physical pain at the same time that it begins to weigh down limbs and eyelids. This near-narcotic sedation may have the effect of relieving discomfort (both physical and mental) but it can also turn down the volume on mental overstimulation. Consumers tend to slip into a stoned, cloudy mindset, processing stimuli and cues more slowly than usual. This is not a strain to enjoy before tackling a long to-do list, especially if that list involves leaving the house. As the dosage on Monster OG is increased, these sedative effects can approach immobilization, making smokers melt into their immediate surrounding while the outside world recedes into the background. Because of its mostly sedative vibes, this strain is best enjoyed between late afternoon and evening; it’s almost certain to derail productivity if toked during the day.
Monster OG’s stoney effect can also have applications for medical cannabis patients. Its ability to distract from preoccupations can temporarily improve symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. It can also soothe physical pain, whether it’s chronic and disease-related or minor. For some, Monster OG can bring about a case of the munchies, making it an effective appetite stimulant for patients who have lost their appetites to disease or to chemotherapy. Finally, this deeply sleepy strain can work against insomnia under the right conditions. Because it isn’t likely to trigger bouts of obsessive, paranoid thinking, Monster OG is a good option for patients who are prone to panic or who have a low THC tolerance.
Unfortunately for home growers, seeds of Monster OG are not available online. Those looking to grow the strain at home should obtain clippings from mature plants that can be grown as genetically identical clones. Monster OG’s plants can be grown indoors or out, although outdoor success calls for a semi-humid climate with consistent daytime temperatures in the 70s (Fahrenheit). Plants tend to grow short and bushy with strong lateral branches and may require occasional pruning. This strain flowers in a very short 7 to 8 weeks when grown indoors.
Monster OG’s therapeutic relaxation is a great way to kick back after a long day or week of work. Note that this can be a very pungent smoke and can attract some unwanted attention when consumed in public.