When I tried cannabis at 18, my friends didn’t have access to different strains of cannabis.
We had two varieties—”mids” or “regs” were usually imported from Mexico, also called “Mexican brick weed”; and then there was “dro,” “crippy,” or “chronic” which were seedless, high quality marijuana buds.
The latter varieties were typically grown indoors with hydroponic setups, hence the name “dro” which is short for hydro. Back then the higher quality weed was roughly $50 to $60 for an eighth of an ounce of flower buds while the “mids” or “regs” were roughly $25 for the same amount. Since the mids were poorly grown and harvested ditch weed from Mexico, there weren’t diverse genetics available. But at some point the hydro weed started to really improve to the point where my friends were getting unique and exotic strains for us all to try. Some of the very first strains that I had a chance to sample were White Widow, Afgoo, Blue Dream, Pineapple Express, and OG Kush. I think it was OG Kush that impressed me the most when I got a chance to try it for the very first time. While it is often labeled as an evenly balanced hybrid strain, I find that OG Kush gives me a pleasantly stimulating high without giving me any anxiety. I can’t imagine trying to use it before bed to get tired, so that makes me lump it in with sativa-leaning hybrid strains. But since there are different phenotypes of OG Kush out there, who knows what I was smoking back then.